Luxury cruise and tour operator APT has been voted Best Adventure Cruise Line for the second year running in the 2016Cruise Passenger magazine Reader’s Choice Awards.
More than 4000 readers of Cruise Passenger magazine participated in this year’s awards – the biggest response in the eight year history of the competition.
Cruise Passenger Editor-in-chief Peter Lynch applauded APT for the levels of style and comfort on board its expedition cruise ships, its knowledgeable expedition teams, itinerary extras such as overnight stays at destinations, and for keeping per-cruise guest numbers low.
“With just 100 or so passengers on board, you won’t need to share any of the incredible destinations with a large crowd,” he said.
Commenting on the win, APT Executive General Manager Global Sales and Marketing Debra Fox thanked Cruise Passenger readers for their great endorsement of APT’s small ships expedition cruising program.
“Cruise Passenger readers are well informed about the industry and discerning when it comes to ship standards, service levels and itineraries. To be highly regarded by these readers is a great achievement for APT.”
“Everything we do at APT is focussed around providing our guests with unforgettable travel experiences and our small ships program is at the forefront of this.”
“These true small ships have the advantage of being able to travel to places larger ships cannot go, and we work hard to create itineraries that take advantage of this.
“At the same time we are committed to providing a level of service that is comparable to that of a larger ship.”
APT operates three small ships, the MS Island Sky, the MS Caledonian Sky and the MS Hebridean Sky on itineraries through the Mediterranean, the Baltics, the British Isles, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia’s Kimberley Coast.
With a maximum capacity of just 118 guests, these ships are small enough to call at ports that others must bypass. All three ships are equipped with zodiacs and APT offers two distinct cruising styles.
On APT Expedition Small Ship Cruises the ships anchor offshore daily and use zodiacs for beach landings and exploration.
On APT Soft Expedition Small Ship Cruises, ships docks at centrally located ports, near towns or city centres, and zodiacs are used more occasionally.