ORCA Cruises

Tail of a humpback whale in the water, Iceland
Protecting whales and dolphins in the UK & European waters

As part of an offical partnership, Fred. Olsen are proud to be working with marine wildlife charity ORCA, who will be sending teams of volunteers on a selection of Fred. Olsen sailings. 

The conservationist team's objective will be to locate whales and dolphins, observe their behaviours, and to provide guests with a unique experience, offering them the opportunity to take an active role in marine science and conservation. The cruises will also enable ORCA to collect vital data on the species and numbers of marine life sighted and identify wildlife hotspots, feeding directly into the charity’s Cruise Conservationist Programme and its conservation work. 

 
 

Pop along to one of their guest lectures, or find them on deck to ask them any questions you may have. With the help of ORCA, you may be lucky enough to spot several mesmerising whale and dolphin species, all whilst learning more about ORCA's conservation efforts.

As part of an offical partnership, Fred. Olsen are proud to be working with marine wildlife charity ORCA, who will be sending teams of volunteers on a selection of Fred. Olsen sailings. [ReadMoreMob]

The conservationist team's objective will be to locate whales and dolphins, observe their behaviours, and to provide guests with a unique experience, offering them the opportunity to take an active role in marine science and conservation. The cruises will also enable ORCA to collect vital data on the species and numbers of marine life sighted and identify wildlife hotspots, feeding directly into the charity’s Cruise Conservationist Programme and its conservation work.

Pop along to one of their guest lectures, or find them on deck to ask them any questions you may have. With the help of ORCA, you may be lucky enough to spot several mesmerising whale and dolphin species, all whilst learning more about ORCA's conservation efforts.

 

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In Search of the Northern Lights

Bolette | 14-nights | T2205

Cetacean Species Recorded
White beaked dolphin
Bottlenose dolphin
Fin whale
Harbour porpoise
Minke whale
Humpback whale
Unidentified whale
Unidentified dolphin species


Other Marine wildlife: Species Recorded
Grey seal
Common (harbour) seal

ORCA Conservationists: 
Brian Clasper & Bella Kelsey

Borealis | 17-nights | S2210

Cetacean Species Recorded
Blue whale
Bottlenose dolphin
Unidentified cetacean
 Cuvier’s beaked whale
Common dolphin
Fin whale
Harbour porpoise
Humpback whale
Pilot whale sp
Minke whale
Risso’s dolphin
Striped dolphin
Sei whale
Sperm whale
Unidentified dolphin
Unidentified beaked whale
Unidentified whale
White beaked dolphin

Other Marine wildlife: Species Recorded
Unidentified seal

ORCA Conservationists:
Kate Weston & Steve Jones

Borealis | 15-nights | S2221

Cetacean Species Recorded
Common dolphin
Striped dolphin
Atlantic white sided dolphin
Risso’s dolphin
Pilot whale
Unidentified dolphin
Cuvier’s beaked whale
Northern bottlenose whale
Sowerby’s beaked whale
Unidentified beaked whale
Sperm whale
Fin whale
Humpback whale
Minke whale
Sei whale
Unidentified whale
Unidentified cetacean

ORCA Conservationists:
Lynn Watts & Kelda McChesney

Borealis | 7-nights | S2219

Cetacean Species Recorded
Harbour porpoise
Bottlenose dolphin
Common dolphin
White beaked dolphin
Unidentified dolphin
Minke whale
Unidentified cetacean

Other Marine wildlife: Species Recorded
Grey seal
Harbour seal
Unidentified seal

ORCA Conservationists: 
Lily Pinner & Moira Gainey

Dolpin spotting in Komodo Islands, RIB boat
Dolpin spotting in Komodo Islands, RIB boat
Guests and Orca representative looking out from the deck to the sea
Whale tail in the water, Iceland
Bird and reflection in the sea, Iceland
Guests/Orca looking to spot wildlife
Whale tail in the water, Iceland
Guests/Orca looking to spot wildlife from deck
Puffin in the sea, Iceland
Guests/Orca looking to spot wildlife from deck
Birds in the water, Iceland
Guests/Orca looking to spot wildlife
Puffin flying, Iceland

Anna Bunney - Head of Education

Anna Bunney is the Head of Education for ORCA, and manages the outreach and education elements of the charity’s programmes. A geographer by training and wildlife conservationist by trade, Anna is particularly fascinated with marine mammals and delivers presentations and lectures on a daily basis to a variety of audiences. Anna also manages the ORCA Wildlife Officer programme that, through raising awareness of the incredible wildlife in UK and European waters, inspires passengers on ferries and cruise ships.

Anna has a huge amount of experience at sea, having been a Wildlife Officer and Expedition Staff on various ships sailing the North-East Atlantic Ocean. Her love for marine wildlife has taken her around the world, from Borneo to Madagascar, Iceland to Thailand and Canada to Norway. Despite this rich travel, Anna still truly believes that the best marine wildlife in the world can be found in Europe and so has dedicated her work to protecting marine mammals in this area.

Steve Jones is the Head of Partnerships for ORCA, overseeing the relationships the charity maintains with the shipping industry and leading ORCA’s unique Cruise Conservationist programme. Working with the rest of the team, this programme allows ORCA to collect scientific data in some of the richest parts of the ocean whilst showing guests the amazing life that can be found beneath the waves. 

With his commercial background, Steve’s experience has proved valuable in the charity sector, helping him to develop ORCA’s broad ranging partnerships with shipping and cruise companies. Steve has been passionate about the marine environment since he was young, and his job at ORCA has allowed him realise his dream of making a contribution to keeping the ocean safe for future generations.

Kate is the Ocean Conservationist Coordinator at ORCA. Kate’s fascination with dolphins began on holidays to West Wales, where she would sit on seawalls waiting for dolphins to appear. She has a BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and a MSc Environmental Biology. She has worked in conservation worldwide, studying turtles in Mexico and Cape Verde and bottlenose dolphins in Wales, Florida and Australia.

In 2018 Kate began working for ORCA as a Wildlife Officer in the Bay of Biscay and later became an Ocean Conservationist travelling to places like Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands, and Norway. Kate is passionate about chatting to people about the issues faced by whales and dolphins, and ways in which we can help them. In her spare time, Kate enjoys photography, scuba diving, and going to musicals. But her favourite way to spend time is out at sea looking for whales and dolphins!

Jenna has been involved with ORCA since 2014 when she took part in a one-day ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyor training course at her university in Cambridge while studying for a degree in Zoology. Since then, Jenna’s time at sea with ORCA has always been the highlight of her year, enabling her to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for whales, dolphins and porpoises, with hundreds of passengers on board cruise ships and ferries. 

In 2019, Jenna began working for ORCA full-time as a Cruise Conservationist Coordinator. As much as she loved her previous role in the rescue and rehoming of domestic pets, nothing could quite compare to the joy she’s found with ORCA; seeking the thrill of spotting the slightest splash, fin or blow of a distant whale or dolphin, and watching a deck full of passengers come alive as an animal approaches the ship.

Lily is an Ocean Conservationist that began working with ORCA in 2019. With a keen love of all thing’s nature, Lily used her qualifications in photography to begin photographing wildlife. The challenge of photographing dolphins and whales while on holiday inspired her love and passion for learning more about the ocean and the magical creatures that live within in it.

She began as a volunteer for ORCA living across the Bay of Biscay for a month and has since been to various parts of the world spotting wildlife and collecting data for the charity. She often runs wildlife workshops and forest school trips in her home town of Bristol, which has a fantastic variety of inner-city wildlife. A full-time nursery teacher, Lily enjoys taking back her stories from her ORCA trips to share with the children she cares for and passes on the love for all things cetacean.

Moira has always had a passion for wildlife and the oceans and at the age of 4 decided that she would go to sea! After a childhood spent exploring nature, she attained a degree in ‘Ocean Sciences and Geology’ and qualified as a hydrographic surveyor. She worked offshore for 10 years before leaving it all behind and returning to shore and family life, joining her husband in a graphics business interspersed with delving into food technology and the music/events industry.

More recently Moira qualified as a PAM operator (Passive Acoustic Monitoring) and an MMO (Marine Mammal Observer) working for several years acoustically monitoring cetaceans.

Moira joined ORCA in 2014 after discovering them on a ‘Sea-Safari’ across the Bay of Biscay and has not looked back since, participating in many surveys and cruises as an Ocean Conservationist. Moira is also a keen photographer, rock climber and hill walker.

Following a successful public sector career, Lynn now focuses her passion for protecting marine creatures and their environment into conservation work.
As an Ocean Conservationist, Lynn was fortunate enough to travel both North to Svallbard and South to The Canaries in 2019, surveying and helping guests to spot the amazing cetacean and bird life along these routes.
When not at sea Lynn can be found daily on the Wildlife Trust reserves at home on Gower; checking the Welsh Mountain ponies there daily for conservation grazing, on this important coastal habitat. Or, volunteering on Skomer Island, which is famous for its Puffins, but also a very important breeding colony for half the world’s Manx Shearwaters.

 

Bella is an Ocean Conservationist at ORCA following her passion to engage the public on marine life conservation. After completing her BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and taking part in ORCA’s marine mammal surveyor course, she has been fascinated with whales and dolphins. Whilst on holiday in Penzance, Cornwall, she encountered her first dolphin sighting and fell in love with their mesmerising behaviour.

Bella has experience in fieldwork research and scientific scuba-diving. She has volunteered worldwide; studying coral restoration in Mexico and helping at an orphanage in Malaysia teaching Science, Maths and English.

From tiny krill to huge Humpback whales, Bella is enthusiastic about inspiring our future generation to participate in the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises. She enjoys communicating with the public to inspire them. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, scuba-diving and embroidery. However, mostly she enjoys being encompassed in all thing's ocean and marine!

Brian Clasper, is an Ocean Conservationist and Marine surveyor for UK marine conservation charity ORCA, contributing actively to citizen science research. Brian was a NHS Dentist, Lecturer and Post graduate trainer for Newcastle University and the Royal College of Surgeons.

After taking early retirement, he became a RSPB volunteer, and - after seeing an inspirational feeding pod of Dolphins off the Northumberland Coast, he enrolled with ORCA and has never looked back. He has been a keen naturalist all his life with a special interest initially in World birds and is a regular speaker in nature groups providing in depth talks on local and international wildlife.

Brian’s passion for conservation and Wildlife photography motivated him to organise various expeditions throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, The Arctic, Australia and The Americas enabling him to study numerous species of animal. He has also been a wildlife guide for Jaguars, Tigers and Iberian Lynx.

Kelda first fell in love with cetaceans when she caught a glimpse of minke whales off the coast of Iceland and the fluke of a breaching humpback. She is a resourceful and flexible individual, keen to travel the world and share her passion for cetaceans through her bubbly personality. Seeing how whales and dolphins inspire a sense of awe in people is Kelda’s personal highlight of being an Ocean Conservation for ORCA.

Kelda holds a BSc in Zoology and has worked for various environmental NGOs. She has worked on boats while carrying out marine mammal and seabird surveys. Kelda has worked on Skomer Island, where she monitored seabird populations, including the charismatic Puffin. She has 7+ years of experience working within customer service – around the UK and abroad. Hence, she can tailor her customer service skills to match her audience, ensuring they have the best possible guest experience!