11th October, 2023
Whale Watching Cruises with Saga
For over a decade, we have invited experts from marine charity ORCA aboard our ships – allowing them to conduct research on board free of charge. These wildlife specialists enhance the cruises with whale and dolphin watching, guided excursions, educational talks and more.
Who are ORCA?
Formed in 2000, ORCA is dedicated to studying and protecting whales, dolphins and porpoises in UK and European waters. They identify vulnerable whale and dolphin populations, helping to protect their natural habitats.
ORCA on your cruise
You could enjoy wildlife watching alongside ORCA’s experts on cruises to various regions – although Norway cruises, Iceland cruises and Mediterranean cruises are the most popular. You can even spend some time as a volunteer and collect data for the team to use in their research, recording what you see from the open decks. The team will also offer informative talks and activities on board, and come ashore for optional wildlife excursions, so you can get up close to many of these amazing animals.
What could you see?
Every cruise is different, but ORCA have had fantastic success on previous Saga cruises. During their time with us they've spotted thousands of whales, dolphins and porpoises from 15 different species – to the delight of the stunned passengers! Other sea mammals spotted from our cruises include grey, harbour and ringed seals, enigmatic basking sharks, sunfish, flying fish and tuna.
You could spot more than just marine wildlife. Previously while cruising to Greenland, the elusive polar bear was spotted in its natural habitat. Plus birdwatchers will relish in the many birding opportunities – up to 160 species have been recorded on previous trips. This has included the white-tailed sea eagle, puffins, kittiwakes and razorbills.
Find out more about whale watching cruises with Saga.
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