New partnership will see Intrepid’s premium brand return to Antarctica, writes Anthony Pearce.
Starting in October 2020, the charter will operate on the newly refurbished Ocean Endeavour ship – which once sailed under Quark.
The new range also marks the return of Intrepid Group’s Peregrine Adventures brand to Antarctic waters.
“We know there is a huge appetite for a more sustainable and experiential style of cruise, so we’re thrilled that this partnership will take Peregrine back to operating polar expeditions in our own small group sustainable style,” said Intrepid Group CEO James Thornton.
The Ocean Endeavour carries 199 travellers and has a range of accommodation options, including single cabins, as well as an onboard health and wellness centre with saunas, gym, yoga classes, and a salt water pool. It will have a ratio of one expedition leader to eight guests.
Optional activities with specialised guides will include sea kayaking, snowshoeing, photography tours and ice-camping. Voyages will start from US$4,990.
The companies said that departures will be carbon offset and eco-friendly measures will include no single-use plastic, a reusable water bottle for every guest and only sustainable seafood will be served onboard.
“We are seeing an increasing appetite from travellers of all ages to visit Antarctica. They want to get closer to nature and understand the world we live in,” said Greg Carter, co-founder of Chimu Adventures.
“Antarctica needs advocates and tourism creates a global constituency of people ready to support – and indeed fund – its preservation. When you’re there, you see how fragile the earth is and that really does inspire travelers to come back with a renewed momentum to protect the planet.”