Ross Sea Antarctic Islands cruise from New Zealand
Description of Ross Sea Antarctic Islands cruise from New Zealand
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PlanetThe operators of this fascinating ross sea tour’s main aim is to carry out all expeditions in the most environmentally conscious manner, giving precedence to their ethos of responsible travel. In their own words “to travel with us is to travel responsibly”. As active members of a number of conservation and travel organisations including Sustainable Travel International and, of course, IAATO, they are emphatically committed to the responsibilities they have in regards to providing clean and green expeditions to their customers. As a company deeply committed to our ethical approach to travel and protecting the wildlife and environments of the regions we introduce to our customers, we are delighted to work alongside these conservation ambassadors who are leaders in traveling in a responsible, conservation conscious manner.
Their stringent responsible travel policy includes solely using small expedition ships that carry a maximum of 50 passengers. This means that as well as allowing for a more intimate experience for guests, the ships will cause much less negative impact on the pristine environments visited. The intimate size also means that they can be more stringent with their recycling and waste policies, being closer to guests and enabling them to really emphasise the need to responsibly dispose of all litter and waste. On board all waste is treated as prescribed by MARPOL, The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. Any non-recyclable waste generated on the trip will be brought back for disposal at approved sites. Owing to the small-group nature of your expedition, there will be one of the best ratios of guests-to-guide on any Polar itinerary. This means direct access to the experienced guides who know and love the regions you will be visiting, and will offer advice on how you too can improve your methods of traveling responsibly. As well as the promotion of recycling responsibly, this also includes the promotion of ongoing conservation and wildlife protection initiatives and thorough briefings on responsible behaviour around the flora and fauna you will encounter on your trip.
One of the main elements of your tour operator’s responsible travel policy is giving back to the areas that they visit and minimising their footprint in both a financial and supportive capacity. As biologists and ornithologists, they are intimately aware of the many issues that confront animals and their habitats, the world's oceans and isolated ethnic groups. But not only are they aware, they fully act upon this knowledge by taking proactive action to contribute to the conservation of the places they visit in several ways. One of the many projects they support includes The Last Ocean Charitable Trust, an organisation that is exceptionally important considering the destinations visited on this expedition. Established in August 2009, the organisation was set up to raise awareness of the unique values of the Ross Sea. Your operator’s contributions help towards the trust’s numerous objectives including raising public awareness of the Ross Sea being the last large, intact ocean ecosystem on earth and its value to humanity and the planet, promoting the fact that the area needs protection and educating the public on how their actions could impact on the dynamics of this delicate ecosystem.
On your journey you are likely to come across an abundance of marine wildlife and birdlife, and in order to help the conservation of them, your operators support a number of other organisations both financially and logistically. This includes Birdlife International to whom they make significant ongoing financial contributions and provide transport and logistics for several researchers.
Likewise, as part of our commitment to the environment we also “give back” to the areas to which our customers travel. As a company we support many wildlife organisations worldwide including Save the Albatross, Wader Quest and the South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project and in an effort to further enhance the positive effects of our tours on the wildlife of Antarctica we actively encourage our customers upon return to donate to charities concerned with Antarctica. Throughout your voyage you will also be encouraged to contribute to some exceptionally worthwhile causes, including Birldlife International, especially considering the incredible birdlife that you are likely to see on this tour. We find that the vast majority of our customers return from their trips with a renewed passion for conservation and support of the vulnerable wildlife that has contributed to making their adventures so memorable.
PeopleThroughout your voyage you are unlikely to come across many habited areas, apart from those inhabited by an abundance of wildlife and birdlife. However, that doesn’t mean to say that we don’t still have responsibilities. As a company, we are proud of our principle based values which our community can always depend on. We support several home and overseas charities, organisations and campaigns including AfriCat, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), Save the Albatross, South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project, Wader Trust, Wildlife SOS India and sponsorship of individual and underprivileged children in many countries.
Likewise, the operators of your tour take their commitments very seriously. One of the ways in which they do this is by partnering with the Enderby Trust to provide scholarships for young people, who could not otherwise afford to travel, to join their expeditions.
Although the areas visited may be technically “uninhabited”, there are a number of research stations that are manned throughout most of the year. We will hope to meet some of the researchers who seasonally reside here. Not only may your visit offer a friendly new face and break from the norm for these hardy scientists who are carrying out exceptionally important work, but it will also provide you with a deeper insight into the ongoing struggles to protect the environment and wildlife of this remarkable area. As part of the Antarctic Treaty guidance, any visits to scientific research stations will be agreed fully in advance and guidelines will be given to ensure that any visits do not encroach on the work being carried out. This includes not interfering with or removing scientific equipment or marker posts and not disturbing experimental study sites, supplies or field camps.
Your Antarctica voyage will begin and end in New Zealand and we recommend spending some extra time here to sample the local cultures. Our team of destination experts can offer first-hand advice on where to stay to ensure that local, responsible accommodation providers are being utilised, local bars and restaurants, the best places to purchase souvenirs (to ensure the proceeds are going directly to the vendors), and locally-managed tour providers should you wish to venture further afield. As part of your trip provider’s commitment to the communities in which they operate, the majority of food supplies will be sourced locally from the destination ports. The operators are committed to their policy of buying local and employing locally, allowing for your voyage to have nothing but good effects on the communities that you will visit.
One of our main focuses is giving back to the communities that we visit. We do this through supporting numerous conservation efforts that in turn help the communities of the areas. We also make it our aim to truly get to know the communities and areas we visit in order to fully understand their cultures and traditions and can consequently pass these values on to our customers.
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