a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
There are expedition companies that offer ship based tours all over the world. They tend to be pricey, but offer great value experiences. They are normally staffed by 6 - 15 variously experienced and interesting expedition staff. If you are of reasonable fitness, it is best to focus on those areas that are otherwise hard to access by land, and these offer the best value for money; e.g.: remote coasts such as the Kimberley, remote islands such as Polynesia and the subantarctic, and 'difficult' places such as Papua New Guinea...
As a biologist, lecturer and boat driver I am fortunate enough to be able to go out with some of the best companies in the world to some of the best spots in the world. Unfortunately, the companies come and go a fair bit, and most of the ships I have worked on have been renamed or taken over, as it hard to make money in this industry. For the last ten years and for the next few seasons, these are some of the companies I have/am working for...
I have worked with/on:
Noble Caledonia & APT
Celebrity X Cruises (cruise ship)
(National Geographic Orion)
Spirit of Oceania
World Discoverer 2
Coral Princess 1
Coral Princess 2
Captain Cook cruises
Frankland Islands cruise
Frankland Islander 2
(escort on Quicksilver & Michaelmas Cay)
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea.