Summer Antarctic cruise

“An 11 day , small ship cruise to Antarctica during European winter, Antarctic summer, on board a state of the art polar vessel, starting and ending in Ushuaia, with five days exploring Antarctic Peninsula. ”

Highlights

Ushuaia | Drake Passage | Antarctic Peninsula | Melchior Islands | Brabant Islands | Anvers Islands | Cuverville Island | Rongé Island | Danco Island | Paradise Bay | Zodiac expeditions | Whale watching Gentoo and king penguins | King George Island | South Shetland Islands

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Environment
We are excited to use the newest ship, the MV Hondius, on this voyage. This ship is not only the highest polar class ice-strengthened vessel, but also environmentally viable. On top of following strict codes of conduct outlined by SOLAS and MARPOL Convention, the vessel is specifically aligned with the Polar Code of which is adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). This ensures the appropriate actions are taken in regards to oil, garbage and waste to protect the pristine polar environment. Waste management regarding human waste is disposed of on land and not in waters or near icecaps. The ship uses biodegradable or water based lubricants and follows strict protocol on food and cleaning waste. In cohering with sustainability initiatives, as members of IAATO, we follow strict codes of conduct to adhere to minimising negative environmental impacts and stepping towards an Antarctica here to stay.

We are aiming towards low impact, environmentally sustainable initiatives in and around the office. We are striving towards as a paperless office sending majority of in and out of office documents via computer, printing only to order. We encourage our staff to reduce their contribution to pollution of CO2 gas with our bike payment programs and try to grow public transportation to and from the office. Where possible our offices use 100% green energy and is continually looking for more opportunities to use this energy and reduce our carbon footprint.

In preparation of trips, we send electronic documents highlighting sustainable initiatives involving waste management and how to correctly engage with the surrounding environment. We care about being environmentally friendly and like our clients to be well acquainted with the matter. This information is in association with the Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty and overall Antarctic Treaty 1959. Information from our expedition teams and adventure leaders is available and aims to inform individuals about sustainability precautions further and how to correctly view wildlife to maintain their habitat.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We encourage our clients to experience the initial location of Ushuaia a day in advance to enjoy one of the most southern locations of Latin America and further encourage people to buy appropriate souvenirs and support the community. We discourage the buying of animal products such as endangered species meat or products, or items taken from the environment, i.e. shells. We also try to create opportunity to see research and historical sites including the former research station/now museum of Port Lockroy and engage with local history.

We currently work with 3 different charities, giving us a broad spectrum and diversifying where our money goes. 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 working with children and helps to teach them about their local environment and how to manage it effectively.

We also corroborate with foundations in Australia whom work on several development projects in Latin America and around the world. We help these charities by fundraising treks, donations as a company through our clients and 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.

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