Albatros Expeditions has committed to deploying its brand new vessel Ocean Victory to Antarctica for the 2021/22 season.
The expedition cruise specialist will position the Ulstein X-Bow hulled vessel to Ushuaia, to commence sailing from 17 November 2021. Included in the line-up is the 15-day Solar Eclipse, South Georgia & Antarctica voyage, departing 26 November.
Ideal for small-ship cruising, Ocean Victory has the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A and features 93 staterooms, 90% of which offer private balconies, including the 45 square-metre 2-bedroom Premium Suite.
Hans Lagerweij, President and CEO of Albatros Expeditions said with the reopening of Argentina “we will give a ‘full go’ to the season”.
Lagerweij also confirmed that a second ship intended to operate to the White Continent this season, Ocean Atlantic, will not be proceeding.
“The Ocean Victory is a superior upgrade versus the Ocean Atlantic, so we hope guests will accept our free upgrade offer,” Albatros Expeditions said.
“With some major outbound borders still closed, it would have given us a season with many “holes”, resulting in a quite substantial negative impact. Fortunately, we have successfully managed to move our charterers and big groups to the Ocean Victory,” Lagerweij said.
One planned voyage to the Chilean Fjords between Valparaiso to Costa Rica at the end of the season has been shelved to enable an extra cruise to Antarctica.
Lagerweij added that Albatros Expeditions still has “good availability” for its upcoming Antarctica operation on five dates;
- 17 November 2021 | 10-day South Shetland Islands and Antarctica Peninsula
- 10 December 2021 | 10-day South Shetland Islands and Antarctica Peninsula
- 19 December 2021 | 19-day Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
- 21 February 2021 | 10-day South Shetland Islands and Antarctica Peninsula, and;
- 2 March 2022 | 19-day Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkand Islands
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