One Ocean Expeditions Keeps The Environment, Wildlife Conservation & Adventure At The Heart Of Its Polar Expedition Cruises
London 4 October 2017– Travellers who are concerned with how their actions might impact on the natural world can head to the Southern Ocean with leading polar adventure cruise company, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), with a clear conscience. As OOE launches its 2018-19 Antarctic cruise programme, featuring an expanded fleet, plus superior science and educational opportunities, it also continues to maintain and strengthen partnerships with world-leading organisations in order to protect and conserve our nature and wildlife.
The recent acquisition of new vessel RCGS Resolute is adding 146 berths to the company’s inventory. The slightly bigger and exceptionally comfortable vessel will begin its operation in the Antarctic in November 2018. The A1S Lloyds’ ice class-rated vessel offers the highest quality amenities and safety features in the industry. These include large observation lounges with panoramic views, expansive outer decks for wildlife viewing, top-of-the-line multimedia room, superb gym facility and wellness centre as well as two dining areas for both large groups and smaller parties, offering panoramic views of the mystic scenery in this remote corner of the world.
OOE will operate the RCGS Resolute in the same ‘expedition cruise’ spirit as its other sister ships, the Akademik loffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov. The authentic and friendly nature of the onboard staff, superior service quality and high staff-to-guest ratio (1:4), in addition to the exclusive educational and active programming, are what differentiate OOE from other expedition cruise operations.
The 2018-19 programme provides diverse active adventures, exceptional learning opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, travelling alongside world-renown scientists, researchers and reputable educators, artists and guest speakers.
Activities offered are targeted at a wide range of ages and fitness levels and include sea kayaking, camping on the ice, zodiac wildlife viewing, snowshoeing and hiking excursions, as well as visiting unique landing sites and areas of interest to photographers and wildlife viewers. On specific departures, epic backcountry skiing and environmentally responsible sea kayak excursions are also available.
Amongst OOE educators and scientists joining the 18-19 Antarctic season is Dr. Ari Friedlaender (https://vimeo.com/213450267) known for his groundbreaking marine mammal research. Ari re-joins OOE to continue his developmental research contributing to the creation of protected marine mammal sanctuaries. Ron Naveen, founder of Oceanites, and his team of penguin counters will also be travelling with OOE in order to conduct extensive research into the behaviour and adaptations of penguins. (https://discover.oneoceanexpeditions.com/nbc-news-antarctica/).
In addition, OOE is joining forces with the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Research Centre in the developmental stage of a new scientific mobile laboratory to support microplastics research. This critical new space will provide scientists with on-site lab resources for more frequent and controlled data collection and analysis while on location.
In the Antarctic, OOE works with exclusive partner The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) on multiple initiatives geared to the company’s five core pillars: education, exploration, science, socio-economic development, and sustainable travel. In recognition of this important partnership and shared values, OOE’s new vessel is named RCGS Resolute after a British Royal Navy Arctic exploration vessel, as well as the Inuit town of Resolute in Canada’s Nunavut Territory.
“We are very proud to partner with industry leaders and support cutting-edge scientific research, as well as offer the opportunity for our guests and staff to meet and interact with acclaimed marine biologists, scientists, artists, renowned personalities and influencers in the intimate settings our expedition cruise vessels provide. If there was ever a time to plan a trip to the Seventh Continent, it’s now”, says Andrew Prossin, Managing Director at One Ocean Expeditions. “The 2018-19 cruise season will be one to remember!”
Since its inception, One Ocean Expeditions has been supporting ongoing ethical science and outreach programs and providing opportunities for accredited institutions to further their work on each voyage. A true leader in polar expedition cruising, OOE operates voyages to the Antarctic, the Falklands and South Georgia from the end of October to the end of March.
Due to high demand for 2018 and the popularity of the early booking offers currently available, it is recommended that travellers planning a trip to the Antarctic do so well ahead of departure.
For information on the Antarctic and new RCGS Resolute schedule, dates, prices and detailed trip notes, visit www.oneoceanexpeditions.com
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RCGS Resolute’s operation schedule and Dates & Prices for Antarctica 2018-19
OOE’s season will begin with a 10-night Antarctic Peninsula voyage sailing out of Punta Arenas on 6 November 2018 and arriving into Ushuaia on 16 November 2018. From then until the end of March, RCGS Resolute will operate in and out of Ushuaia, Argentina, with a range of classic itineraries including the ever-popular 10-night Antarctic Peninsula and the longer 18-night voyage visiting the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. OOE has interspersed a couple of 12-night extended Peninsula voyages, as well as a 13-night Deep South voyage, for those who would like some extra time to explore the Peninsula south of the Antarctic Circle.
Early Booking Offer
OOE has received tremendous feedback regarding flight credit offers for the 2018-19 season. Therefore, the cruise specialist is pleased to include and extend its current early booking offer across all three vessels. For departures operating October/November/March guests benefit from an automatic flight credit of US$1500 at the time of booking. For departures in December/January/February an automatic flight credit of US$1000 will be awarded. This has been extended and will now expire on 30 November 2017.