Antarctica expedition cruise

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Responsible tourism: Antarctica expedition cruise

Antarctica is the largest wilderness area on earth, unaffected by large scale human activities. Accordingly, this unique and pristine environment has been afforded special protection. Furthermore, it is physically remote, inhospitable, unpredictable and potentially dangerous. All activities in the Antarctic Treaty Area, therefore, should be planned and conducted with both environmental protection and safety in mind. IAATO Charter International Association of Antarctic tour operators.

A trip to the Antarctic is a completely different experience and quite unlike any other trip you have probably been on. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in this pristine ecosystem. We are fully compliant with all rules set down by the IAATO. We carefully vet all ships we work with and choose them for their small size as this creates far less impact on shore landings with wildlife. We see the voyage Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller boats such as ours can navigate narrow waterways, and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste, and all waste is carried back to the home port, unlike some of the larger ships which do not allow for this.

We are regulated by very strict conditions, and we take our responsibility seriously. We are currently working towards supporting a nominated wildlife charity which operates in Antarctica and we have a long term commitment to maintaining its pristine condition while still offering some of the best value trips to this unique destination.

Our pre departure pack provides you with all the information required for your tour, from what to take with you to practical advice on how to minimise your impact on the Antarctic environment. This is in the form of waste reduction and how to interact with wildlife on the continent.

We really work hard to keep all our operations green! All our worldwide offices currently run on 90% green energy (we are working towards 100%) from hydro electric, wind to solar power. Being web based, we are close to becoming a paperless environment, brochure prints are at a minimum (and printed on a requirement basis) and all pre departure information is emailed. We use energy saving bulbs in our work centres, and recycle all our waste. We currently work with 3 different charities, giving us a broad spectrum and diversifying where our monies go. We work with Project Peru in the UK who run an orphanage in Zapallal in the shanty town outskirts of Lima, ANIA in Peru which is a high profile Peruvian NGO which works with children and helps to teach them about their local environment and how to manage it affectively, and a foundation in Australia which work on several development projects in Latin America and around the world. We help these charities by fundraising treks, through donations as a company and through our clients and also through many of our customers who volunteer their time and expertise. These charities are close to our core of supporting the environment and children in need.

Reviews of Antarctica expedition cruise

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Landing on Elephant Island and standing on the exact spot from where Shackleton launched the James Caird.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


1. Before you leave do your homework and learn as much about the history and wildlife of this area as you can.
2. Make sure you take a spare camera. My husband dropped and broke his on Day 1 of this 19 day cruise.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. The South Georgia Heritage Trust (South Georgia Habitat Restoration)benefited directly from passenger donations and fund raising efforts. Oceanwide Expeditions is full member of IAATO and AECO organisations dedicated to managing respectable environmentally friendly travel to the Antarctic.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Simply perfect. Organised by the holiday provider, our travel arrangements - flights, transfers and hotels - worked like clockwork. The expedition leaders were very experienced and knowledgeable and the hotel staff on board Plancius were fantastic.

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Kayaking around icebergs in Antarctica

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Allow time for stopovers when travelling from UK

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

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