Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Voyager to Debut November 2023

Atlas Ocean Voyages has announced World Voyager, the third vessel in the line’s Explorer Class expedition fleet, will begin its inaugural deployment for the 2023/24 Antarctica season following a naming ceremony in October. The 198-guest expedition yacht is a sister ship to World Traveller and World Navigator and will debut a full year earlier than originally planned, due to demand, according to James Rodriguez, president and CEO of Atlas Ocean Voyages.

With the additional deployment of World Voyager, marking three expedition yachts for the 2023/24 Antarctica season, the line will include a “Fly and Cruise Expeditions” option for the first time. This includes air departures from Punta Arenas, expediting the Drake Passage crossing with direct charter flights to Chile’s Eduardo Frei Montalva air base on King George Island. Available are two new five-day round trips from King George Island and four new one-way Drake expeditions of seven nights from King George Island or Ushuaia. The one-way expeditions include charter flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island and Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Guests will receive a complimentary pre-cruise hotel night on all expeditions and a post-cruise hotel night on all journeys ending in Punta Arenas. In addition to the “Fly and Cruise Expeditions,” a collection of 10, nine- to 11-night expeditions from Ushuaia will be offered. All expeditions are available for bookings.

The Polar Category C- and Ice Class 1B-certified vessel has two Rolls Royce 9,000kw hybrid diesel/electric engines and incorporates 3D forward-looking sonar (FLS) technology to detect underwater hazards, obstacles and shallows. The system enables the ship to navigate ice fields, harbors and rivers for convenient access to city centers, exclusive yacht harbors and rarely visited destinations.

Originally delivered in 2020, plans called for World Voyager to undergo a style refresh before joining the Atlas fleet. This Nordic chic design accentuates light ash wood tones and contrasts of marble throughout accommodations and social spaces. The vessel will sport an open atmosphere, as well as maritime design cues, such as wood veneers complemented by contemporary furnishings and classic artwork. The main dining room will be renamed Madeira; similarly, the lecture hall where Expedition Team members host enrichment talks will be named Ferdinand Magellan Auditorium after the famed explorer. In addition to its new Atlas navy blue livery, the existing lido grill will become 7-Aft Grill, the main lounge will be renamed Atlas Lounge, the forward-facing Observation Lounge will become The Dome, and the popular “grab and go” dining venue will transform into Paula’s Pantry.

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