One Ocean Expeditions Introduces Five New Cruises for 2020 Plus Early Booking Offers, Redesigned Sales Collateral & New Commission Opportunities
Leading small-ship cruise company, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), has released its exciting new programme for the 2020 summer season to destinations including Arctic Canada, Svalbard, Greenland, Scotland, Iceland, East Coast Canada, Costa Rica and Panama.
In addition, early booking offers are available on selected cruises booked before 30th June 2019, plus a range of pre- and post-cruise excursion packages – all commissionable for agent partners – to ensure guests enjoy a seamless travel experience when choosing an OOE voyage.
Andrew Prossin, MD of OOE, comments: “We have listened carefully to market feedback from both customers and agents and – staying true to our reputation for innovation – we have designed some exciting new itineraries, all onboard RCGS Resolute, including two fantastic EPIC voyages and our first ever trans-Atlantic crossing. What’s more, our culinary focus on all vessels will rise to new heights as we pair unique, local and seasonal dishes with featured beverages native to the regions visited and continue our commitment to sourcing sustainable products.”
A Journey to New Worlds – A Trans-Atlantic EPIC, 22 nights Edinburgh to Sydney (Nova Scotia): Combines two stunning voyages – Scotland, Faroes & Iceland: Footsteps of Vikings and Gaels and the new Path of the Vikings: Iceland, Greenland & Canada – to make one true Viking epic.
From 20 June – 12 July 2020, passengers can experience the remote islands of the North Atlantic and immerse themselves in the region’s ancient history. Highlights include extraordinarily close-up views of breeding gannets, guillemots and puffins in Unst, Shetland Islands; the ‘lake over the ocean’ at Sørvágsvatn, Faroe Islands; the spectacular rock columns of Reynisdrangar, Iceland; Igaliku, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland, and the World Heritage-listed Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada. This incredible three-week experience features a wonderous array of wildlife, history and spectacular scenery, with prices starting from US$11,295pp in a Twin Private cabin.
Across the Arctic – EPIC, 23 nights Cambridge Bay (Nunavut) to Sydney (Nova Scotia): OOE’s Classic Northwest Passage & Greenland itinerary is combined with the new Viking Explorer to provide an exceptional 23-night EPIC voyage across the Arctic. Commencing in Cambridge Bay, passengers sail in the wake of early Arctic explorers through the remote Northwest Passage, exploring Canada’s High Arctic Region and learning more about its fascinating history.
Greenland’s stunning fjords include Tasermuit, often referred to as the ‘Patagonia of the North’ due to towering rock formations that surround its narrow waters. Crossing the vast expanse of the Davis Strait, passengers then discover the culture, wildlife and beauty of Canada’s East Coast, with zodiac excursions to locations such as UNESCO World Heritage Site, L’Anse aux Meadows, where Norseman Leif Erikson is thought to have founded ‘Vinland’ around 1000 AD. This EPIC voyage across the Arctic takes place between 31 August and 23 September 2020 and costs from US$20,495pp sharing a Twin Private cabin.
In addition to these EPIC voyages, three additional brand-new 11-night expedition cruises have been added to the 2020 programme, all of which offer outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities, historic locations, cultural interaction – often with remote communities, and truly spectacular landscapes.
Taking guests to some of the most remote and spectacular regions of the Northern hemisphere, they are:
• ‘Path of the Vikings’ from Reykjavik to Sydney (Nova Scotia), which links Iceland, Greenland and Canada’s East Coast, following in the footsteps of early Vikings across the Atlantic. Prices start from US$6495pp twin share and from US $4995pp triple share;
• ‘Journey to the North’ sailing from Canada’s Maritimes, through the spectacular Labrador and Torngats National Park, to reach Greenland’s breath-taking west coast. This trip operates from 8 to 19 August 2020 and starts from US$7395pp twin share; and
• ‘Viking Explorer’ from 12 to 23 September 2020, which will travel along the southwest coast of Greenland, crossing the Davis Strait before reaching Nova Scotia, Canada. Prices start from US$6495pp twin share.
OOE will continue to include its old favourites, with multiple expeditions along Canada’s East Coast (including the East Coast Golf expedition), Baffin Island, Greenland, the iconic Northwest Passage and Spitsbergen.
In addition, after inaugural voyages in 2019, Costa Rica & the Panama Canal, Scotland & Ireland Golf Expedition and Scotland, Faroe Islands & Iceland will also be returning next year.
OOE is known for operating the highest guest to passenger ratio in the expedition cruise industry (1:4). The company also offers a wide range of tailored small-group excursions and activities led by experts, who have already been handpicked for summer 2020 expeditions.
They include world-renowned artist, David McEown; award winning photographer Daisy Gilardini; ornithologist Dick Filby; Polar conservationist, Denise Landau; wildlife artist, Bruce Pearson; Viking expert Karin Murray-Bergquist; historians Russel Potter and Charlotte Young; Inuit guide Alex Anaviapik; Dianne Chisholm Arctic cultural expert, and Martin Obbard, polar bear expert.
The early booking offers available on selected cruises for reservations made before 30 June 2019, are: Canadian Arctic and Spitsbergen: US$1000 per person travel credit and a pre-cruise hotel night, and Canada’s East Coast, Islands of the North Atlantic, Central America and Golf expeditions: US$750 per person travel credit and a pre-cruise hotel night.