Saving Earth’s White Wildernesses
With expedition tourism becoming more and more popular, Fred.\ Expeditions understands the importance of keeping these largely unspoiled areas just the way they are. We want future generations to enjoy the beauty of the Polar Regions just as much as those today, and so, only work with operators that have a strong commitment to doing so.
Let’s take a look at how each cruise line is helping to preserve these wonderful environments.
Founded by Lars Wikander and Mike McDowell, Quark Expeditions was set up to ensure that members of the public were able to experience the same wonderful sights that they once had. Quark prides itself on being committed to environmentally responsible tourism. Adhering to the strict guidelines of both the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), they ensure the land is preserved for many years to come. Quark also supports numerous charities, all of which benefit these regions and the wildlife.
One of the leaders in expedition tourism, Poseidon Expeditions has been offering cruises to the Polar Regions for many years now. Offering a strong focus on comfort and safety, Poseidon only selects the right ships for the job. As members of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), they actively offer a platform for naturalists and scientists to carry out further research.
Being leaders in luxury cruise lines, Silversea decided to venture out into the world of expedition cruises. Their purpose-built ships still offer the same amount of luxury, but are designed specifically for navigating the waters within the Polar Regions.
Designed with a strengthened hull and a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation, a Silversea ship will be able to push through ice floes safely and with ease.
Oceanwide Expeditions holds over 25 years of experience when it comes to adventure cruising. With onboard lectures, Oceanwide not only offers an experience but an education as well. Each vessel carries only 116 passengers, is compliant with regulations set out by SOLAS and fitted with a propulsion system that uses a combination of diesel and electric. This means a decrease in noise pollution, making the arrival of the ship less likely to scare away any wildlife in the area. Oceanwide also donates to environmental programs and bird protection projects, such as Bird Life International.
In the early 90s, Bruce Poon Tip had a great desire to form a travel company that cared equally for both their passengers and the destinations to which they were travelling. This can be anything from taking only a small amount of passengers, meaning fewer disturbances for local wildlife, to onboard experts who are able to offer education about these extremely remote parts of the world. Plus, a G Adventures ship is also built with forward-facing sonar meaning there is minimal risk of hitting any wildlife that may be in the water. Finally, the company aims to make a positive impact in every destination it visits, helping local communities and ensuring they tread lightly.
A family run company with over 50 years of experience, founder Lars-Eric strongly believed that by observing the beauty of the world’s undiscovered lands, travellers would further understand the need to preserve its natural beauty. In 2004, Lindblad Expeditions joined forces with National Geographic, allowing for increased research and conservation.
Hurtigruten has only been travelling to the Polar Regions since 2002. However, their dedicated expedition ship uses the most advanced technology, making her very well suited to these environments. Forward-facing sonar prevents any hazardous collisions, and an oversized oil retention system helps to reduce pollution.
Of course, there are also ways in which you can help to look after these wonderful environments while you explore. This can be as simple as not littering and not taking anything from the land that you may happen to find.
If you fancy exploring the Polar Regions for yourself, we have a range of Antarctic and Arctic expeditions with many exciting itineraries to choose from. Call us today for more information or submit your enquiry online.Tweet