Karen Lundgren (adventurer) and Theresa Scalzitti (and chief sales officer for Florida-based Cruise Planners) will serve as godmothers at a Dual Naming Ceremony for the sisterships World Navigator (Karen Lundgren) and World Traveller (Theresa Scalzitti).
AOV-Atlas Ocean Voyages' 2 yacht-style expedition ships will uniquely be named/christened on November 20 at the Garibaldi Glacier as part of an invitation-only preview voyage to Chilean Patagonia.
The vessels are both owned by the Portugal-based company Mystic Cruises and exclusively chartered by AOV (for polar cruises).
The World Navigator ship, which entered service in August 2021, was not officially christened due to COVID precautions. To serve as the vessel's godmother, AOV selected Karen Lundgren, an explorer and adventurer who is the 13th woman in the world to conquer the 7 Summits +1 – which includes the highest mountain peaks on each of the continents.
Theresa Scalzitti has championed travel agents on the supplier and agency sides of the industry for ~3 decades. She heads sales, marketing and business development at Cruise Planners, the largest home-based travel franchise organization in the US.
Both ships are Polar Category C- and Ice Class 1B-certified. They cater to global travelers with a passion for exploring off-the-beaten-path spots. The stylish expedition ships offer 5-star comfort, from luxurious accommodations and an all-inclusive onboard experience to customized private tours and in-depth excursions, for a truly personalized journey.
With just 100 accommodations, passengers enjoy nearly a 1:1 passenger-to-staff ratio and a special camaraderie and bond with fellow explorers. This way discerning travelers can immerse themselves in unique moments in remote destinations, from Antarctica to the Arctic, and discover sought-after ports of call in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and the Americas.