One Ocean Expeditions Hosts Inaugural Polar Conference on Antarctic Cruise
London, 26 January 2016 – Passengers on One Ocean Expeditions’ 10-night Antarctic Peninsula Adventure, departing 28 February, will have unprecedented access to international representatives who manage Antarctica under the Antarctic Treaty. The key figures and diplomats from around the globe, on board Akademik Ioffe for the first-ever floating Polar Conference, will discuss steps to conserve the great Seventh Continent for future generations.
One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) is collaborating on The Future of Antarctica Conference – in conjunction with Oceanites* and ASOC** – for the benefit of Antarctica. What’s more, the expedition cruise specialist is offering travellers an air credit of US $3,000, enabling them to fly free from anywhere in the world to Ushuaia in Argentina, where the voyage begins.
Andrew Prossin, MD of OOE, comments: “Not only will our guests be among the first to learn about the principles agreed by government officials and Antarctic specialists at the seminar, they will also be able to attend a number of public sessions and talk directly to chief decision makers and polar experts. These are people with huge political influence and the ability to shape environmental policies, so it will be a unique and fascinating experience for everyone on board.”
In addition, passengers will have the opportunity to visit Antarctic Stations and key science locations, such as Petermann Island and Cuverville Island. Researchers responsible for crucial work including coastal ecology, glaciology and marine biology projects, and monitoring long-term temperature trends and volcanic activity, will be on hand to describe how they operate and what has been achieved.
Among the experts on board, Kim Crosbie of IAATO***, The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, has recently been awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal for her outstanding contributions to the knowledge of polar visitor management.
Departing Ushuaia in the southern tip of Argentina, the Akademik Ioffe will chart a course across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting the South Shetland Islands on route. Highlights of the voyage will include encountering colossal icebergs and vast ice landscapes stretching far in to the distance. Plus, there’s an astounding abundance of wildlife to enjoy, from five different species of seal and massive penguin rookeries of gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap, to a profusion of seabirds and maybe even a humpback, orca or minke whale.
On board experts will lead a number of excursions and optional activities during the voyage, exploring by Zodiac, sea kayaking, camping overnight on the ice and photographic workshops.
Prices start from $8495 per person based on triple share and $10,795pp in a twin cabin. As an alternative to the $3,000 air credit OOE will guarantee a cabin upgrade, a pre-or post-voyage hotel in Ushuaia, a $100 shipboard bar credit and a $750 booking credit. This offer is also valued at up to $3,000.
For more information about One Ocean Expeditions, visit: www.oneoceanexpedtions.com