Cruise ship experiences will be notched up a level on the excitement scale as one new route heads to Antarctica. Company Intrepid Travel has put together the enviable itinerary for the rote, which sets sail next November. It insists the routes will “bring a feeling of exclusivity” and an “optimal experience” for cruse ship travel. The cruises will take place on board the newly refurbished Ocean Endeavour and will also champion sustainable travel.
Intrepid has vowed to double carbon offset the expeditions and has banned single use plastics on board the departures.
Chiming with the environment focus, passengers will be joined by scientists who will be conducting research and presenting talks on their findings.
Travellers can enjoy the Happy Whale programme, to take pictures of whale tails that can be individually identified and tracked, as well as join in with sea ice and wildlife and NASA’s GLOBE observer.
As well as kicking back and relaxing in the presence of some of the best natural wonders of the world, guests can clue ip on glaciology and Antarctic history.
Photography tours will help guest the perfect Instagram shot, while ice camping sessions will be organised for the most daring of travellers.
Giving a nod to luxury, there will be one staff member to every eight guests as the ship venues around the Antarctic Peninsula during an expedition through the Drake Passage.
On the journey, guests will spot orcas, humpback whales, seals and penguins whilst learning about Antarctica’s history, geology and biology.
Intrepid promises: “Every day will be a new adventure, from ice-filled bays and channels to exploring the Antarctica itself on Zodiac excursions and by foot.
“To recuperate after a full day exploring, passengers can relax on board in the health and wellness centre, complete with two saunas, a well-equipped gym, yoga classes, and a salt water pool – the perfect remedy after a polar plunge.”
The focus on environmental cruising also chimes with the Cruise Line Association’s spotlight on the environmental impact of the industry.
Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “Cruise Month unites the UK & Irish cruise industry – bringing together cruise lines, travel agents, media and CLIA – through an integrated campaign to promote positive messaging about why to choose a cruise holiday and the benefits of doing so.
“Sustainability and wellness were chosen as the key themes for Cruise Month this year as both are increasingly important factors to consumers who want to make responsible holiday choices.
“Furthermore, there is a significant amount of innovation from cruise lines in both wellness and sustainability, placing the cruise industry as thought leaders in these areas.
“Getting actively involved in Cruise Month can help agents to increase cruise sales, visibility of your business and get Britain talking about cruise.”
Intrepid Travel’s Best of Antarctica trip for 11 days is priced from £6,167 (was £7,255).
Departures run in November and December 2020 and February 2021.