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One Ocean Expeditions Puts Education At The Heart Of Its Antarctic Cruise

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The latest collaboration between leading Canadian Expeditions Cruise Specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) delivers beyond tourism experiences.

 OOE is enhancing the travel experience based on five differentiators that set the operator apart, Education, Science, Exploration, Social and Economic Community Development as well as Transformational Travel.

These pillars upon which all of OOE’s voyages are based on, bring Education to the forefront on all Antarctic Peninsula Adventure’ voyage sailings from Ushuaia, Argentina. Several departures are running between early Decembers and mid-March annually.

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Andrew Prossin, MD of OOE, comments: “The partnership between our two organizations offers an innovative and holistic approach to geographical learning and discovery, which can only improve our voyages for passengers and the perspectives they have on some of the most beautiful destination in the world. It’s simple, every guests traveling with OOE return as ambassadors for the regions they visited, not only for the enhanced education they received, and the contribution made but also the caliber and diversity of adventures experienced”.

As stated, the extended educational focus is a highlight on the classic, 10-night ‘Antarctic Peninsula Adventure’. The voyage across the Southern Ocean allows for the delivery of incredible educational programs presented by handpicked, world-leading experts in their field. Specialist subjects include history, nature, marine biology, geology, photography, glaciology, ornithology and ecology.

What’s more, wildlife viewing starts within minutes as the ship heads out of the Beagle Channel towards the Drake Passage, historically known for its incredible ocean currents and migration paths for numerous species of seabirds and marine mammals.

Leading expert and world-renown guest speakers and staff are onboard OOE’s expeditions, including on the February 25th, 2017 departure, world-renown Marine Biologist, Dr. Ari Friedlaender. Researcher and Professor at Oregon State University Dr. Friedlander’s specialty lies in studying the foraging ecology of marine mammals and the affects of climate change on their behaviour.  As an educator and a scientist, he supports wholeheartedly the collaboration between research and tourism, believing that by informing and communicating what is happening in the region – particularly with regard to climate change – we are a step closer to protecting our fragile ecosystem.

February and March voyages are known to offer superior whale watching encounters and to provide opportunities to witness abundant wildlife. A plethora of sea birds and various species of seals such as leopard, Weddell and crabeater, as well as several hundred penguins of various species in rookeries can be seen.

Guests will have the option of participating in a number of soft activities while onboard, in additional to the daily zodiac excursions, landings and educational seminars given by OOE’s knowledgeable staff. These include hiking on the Antarctic Peninsula, an overnight camping experience, and sea kayaking expeditions (the latter must be pre-booked).  Weather permitting, it is hoped that the itinerary on this cruise will also include sailing around Cape Horn.

Prices for the 10-night Antarctic Peninsula Adventure start from US $7,795 for a triple share.  There is also a special booking offer of US$500pp flight credit (2017 departures) and US$1000pp flight credit (2018 departures) and a special price of US$3000 for each young person under 21 years, travelling with a parent, based on bookings received by 31 December 2016Departure dates include February 15th and March 17th 2017 and February 20th and March 2nd 2018.

For more information on One Ocean Expeditions: www.oneoceanexpedtions.com and http://www.oneoceanexpeditions.com/voyages/antarctic-peninsula-adventure

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