With our last charter voyage arriving back to the port of Ushuaia just yesterday, we are delighted to say that we have successfully finished our 21/22 Antarctic season. We are proud to announce that we are the only Antarctic operator to complete an uninterrupted season. The support from the industry and our passengers has been overwhelming, and it was extremely satisfying that we had the chance to help our partners to get revenue after some lean years.
Of course it was not without difficulties and complications, but with our team’s hard work and determination, we have managed the sudden changes that Covid-19 has forced on our industry in the past six months. We could not have completed the season without our Handling Team’s seamless communication with the customers, our Expedition Team’s tireless work onboard, who, besides their regular responsibilities, conducted thousands of Covid-19 tests, and our partner CMI, who catered around the unique circumstances. The extra, specifically trained expedition crew aboard allowed us to offer the best practice protocols and prove that cruise travel is still possible even in the midst of a pandemic.
While we also had positive cases onboard Ocean Victory, we managed to keep it on a level that did not require quarantining our vessel. By applying strict safety protocols, isolating, and keeping the risk of further infections to a minimum, we did not have to cancel any of our departures.
By imposing rules about vaccinations, quarantining through the Drake Passage, wearing face masks, and limiting the size of passenger groups, we could confine the risks while still guaranteeing the comfort and satisfaction of our passengers.
We sincerely hope the worst is now behind us, and there will be no examples of expedition companies being forced to end their season early because of the pandemic.
We are now excited to be heading towards the Arctic 2022 Season. Ocean Atlantic, an old favorite for many, will once again venture into the polar regions to explore the islands of the North Atlantic.
While Albatros Expeditions is passionate about its heritage, we also recognize the need to be innovative, especially when it comes to offering the most sustainable way of visiting our stunning destinations. Which is why we are especially excited to welcome the newest vessel in our fleet, the Ocean Albatros, by May 2023. A sister ship of Ocean Victory that will sail to both of our Arctic and Antarctic expeditions from next year.
As a family-owned polar expedition company with 35 years of experience, we aim to provide unforgettable and life-changing memories for our guests. We are dedicated to keeping our service on the highest Scandinavian standards by focusing on diversity and sustainability, a true passion for polar exploration, and unique educational experiences.
Text: PM Albatros Expeditions