As the Southern Hemisphere springs to life, leading cruise specialist One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) is launching its 11th Antarctic cruise season. Along with the inaugural voyage of the company’s newest vessel, RCGS Resolute, the Antarctic season will introduce a range of new itineraries, as well as OOE’s enhanced science and special guest programs.
Globally renowned for its luxurious expedition cruises around Patagonia, Australis has announced a series of ‘The Art of Photography’ group departures hosted by Nori Jemil, an award-winning photographer for National Geographic. (etbtravelnews.global)
With the launch of its 2019/20 season, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) continues to bring innovation and diversity to its Antarctic expedition cruise programming. Sustainability, conservation and responsible tourism remain at the forefront of OOE’s philosophy and programming.
A special kind of shock comes with the shooting of a polar bear. Their magnificence, their appearance of cuddliness, their ferocity, their vulnerability, their anthropomorphism – all combine to make the death of a single male, at the hands of guides for a tourist cruise ship, worldwide news. (theguardian.com)
Abercrombie & Kent has announced a new Antarctica voyage for 2020 called, “Special Edition: Antarctica Discovery: Palmer’s BiCentennial Expedition,” honoring the 200th anniversary of Antarctica’s discovery by Nathaniel Palmer, the seal hunter and explorer who, on November 18, 1820, became the first American explorer to discover mainland Antarctica. (travelagentcentral.com)
Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is returning to the “White Continent” with a series of five 21- and 24- day itineraries sailing to Antarctica & Patagonia aboard Seabourn Quest between November 2018 and February 2019.
The Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA) has broken onto the scene in the expedition cruise market, helping to provide qualification criteria for operators to assess their expedition teams and even providing assessors and train-the-trainer programs. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Nearly 100 percent occupancy over the last three Antarctica seasons is good news for Antarpply Expeditions, which operates the 90-passenger ship, The Ushuaia, seasonally in the market. The core itinerary is an 11-day/10-night classic Antarctica program, with a focus on the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Kicking off the 2018 Antarctic season, polar cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) gives travellers two chances to get ‘Off the Beaten Track’; first onboard One Ocean Navigator / Akademik Ioffe on 7 November, or by joining the inaugural voyage of OOE’s newest vessel, RCGS Resolute departing 16 November 2018.
A baby boom of new polar cruise vessels anticipates a growing interest in exploring Antarctica for many years to come. For the upcoming 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons, AdventureSmith Explorations has added to its portfolio five new purpose-built vessels that will cruise Antarctica.
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has concluded its 27th annual meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, USA having agreed to strengthen its mission of promoting the practice of safe, environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic.