Atlas Ocean Voyages says it will proceed with the inaugural Antarctica season for its first all-inclusive, luxury expedition ship, World Navigator.
Operating between November 2021 to March 2022, World Navigator will sail nine- and 12-night Antarctica expeditions, operating round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina.
Innovating Antarctica expeditions, Atlas has chartered its own private jet to bring guests directly to Ushuaia to embark the ship. As part of its All Inclusive All the Way commitment, Atlas’ complimentary private charter jet service shortens the travel time it takes for guests to reach and return from Ushuaia and avoids overnights and extended layovers in an international airport, which are common with commercial flights.
As required by the Argentinian authorities, all guests and crew are vaccinated on Atlas’ Antarctica expeditions.
“We are happy to proceed with World Navigator’s inaugural Antarctica season as planned,” said Alberto Aliberti, President of Atlas Ocean Voyages. “As the first cruise line to offer private charter jet service, Atlas is establishing a safety bubble in the US and safely flying guests directly to World Navigator in Ushuaia. The benefits of our private charter jet service combined with our proven safety and hygiene protocols were instrumental in clearing our operations from Ushuaia. This innovation is part of Atlas’ All-Inclusive All the Way, in which we take care of the details and make it more convenient, seamless and safe for our guests.”
Guests will visit places such as Neko Harbour; Deception Island’s caldera; and Brown Bluff at the northern tip of the peninsula. The 28 November 2021, journey will bring guests within the umbra of the moon on 4 December for a rare, Antarctic solar eclipse, while the 2 February 2022 departure features a crossing into the Antarctic Circle in pursuit of marine wildlife-spotting.
World Navigator, Atlas’ first ship, commenced service in Egypt and the Greek Islands last month and will sail Caribbean, South America and Antarctica for winter 2021/22; and the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Arctic, and Central and South America in summer 2022.
The cruise brand’s second ship, World Traveller, launches in July 2022, with three additional sister ships, World Seeker, World Adventurer and World Discoverer, to join the fleet by the end of 2023.