Atlas Ocean Voyages has a new toy to play with – one it’s now ready to share with the seafaring select few. Innovative cruise company Atlas Ocean Voyages is poised to amplify its efforts into the rarified air of luxury polar travel with the inaugural season of a new, small expedition ship – World Traveller. The new vessel is ready to navigate the Drake Passage en route to the Seventh Continent, with some sailings set to cross the Antarctic Circle.
This nimble, purpose-built, polar-class ship is capable of closely approaching the shoreline action, easily sailing through narrow waterways such as Herbert Sound and the Lemaire Channel. She’s equipped with an environmentally friendly hydro-jet propulsion system that allows her to almost run silently through the polar region, reducing disturbance to marine life and bringing guests very close to the wildlife. State-of-the-art stabilizers make for an exceedingly comfortable journey – a welcome bonus considering the notoriety of the at times turbulent Drake Passage. This is all part of the adventure, of course.
As you zip through icy inlets on Zodiac safaris and follow in the footsteps of Antarctic explorers via exhilarating expedition landings, you etch indelible memories onto your mind – breathtaking vistas and incredible wildlife that includes penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, and dozens of species of birds. In addition to the famous Polar Plunge, the guest agenda can include optional sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and camping.
Indulge your sense of discovery.
Where else are you heading? All over the world, naturally – the name of this new Atlas wonder is apt. New 2023 bucket-list destinations include South America and the Chilean fjords; the Caribbean and Central America; Britain, Ireland, and Europe; Norway, the Svalbard and Arctic Circle regions; Iceland, Greenland, and more.
The second small ship in the Atlas expedition fleet, World Traveller offers voyages that head into remote ports like Port Médoc, France; Quepos, Costa Rica; Kristiansund, Norway; Pearl Islands, Panama; and Puerto del Rosario, Spain, to name just a few.
A signature style of refinement.
It goes without saying that Atlas Ocean Voyages has its own brand of relaxed elegance while sailing smoothly through each invigorating journey to the Antarctic and beyond. Accommodations on World Traveller are elevated with extras that make the expedition an intimate, yacht-style cruising experience, including butler service and full-dining room service in suites.
The interior design has a European undertone, a chic aura with an Italian influence – a little bit of La Dolce Vita injected into the overall feel of the different onboard environments. Particular thought has been put into your personal journey with solo accommodations designed with independent voyagers in mind.
Delicious dining options on board World Traveller present a feast of variety. Inspired by the rich Portuguese heritage of Atlas Ocean Voyages, the main restaurant Lisboa has a sophisticated mien, with world-class dining inside and al fresco. A specialty dinner menu – ALMA, Portuguese for “soul” – offers homestyle heritage comfort food.
7-AFT lets guests enjoy a specialty chophouse experience, offering fine cuts of meats and fresh seafood for an exquisite dinner or a casual lunch. The Dome has a 270-degree and overhead view of the world, offering small snacks and a wide selection of teas for after-excursion relaxation, and Paula’s Pantry offers a cozy café with all the grab-and-go favorites, including muffins, doughnuts, La Cimbali fresh-pressed coffees, and specialty juices. Excellent in-room dining rounds out the list, allowing for in-bed pampering or tapas on your secluded balcony.
Extras? Aplenty! In addition to the globally inspired gourmet cuisine, amenities on World Traveller include unlimited wines, premium craft cocktails and brews; L’OCCITANE bath amenities; personalized in-room bar service, and prepaid gratuities. Atlas Assurance comprehensive emergency medical and travel insurance is also part of the package, as is complimentary private charter jet service for all Antarctica expeditions – and the comfortable, warm complimentary parkas are simply the icing on the Antarctic cake.