AOV-Atlas Ocean Voyages (brand owned by Mystic Cruises) announced it would provide private jet service to guests on its 2021-2022 Antarctica itineraries, to bring travellers from Orlando (Port Canaveral) to Ushuaia Argentina.
Atlas is a start-up cruise brand, which is expected to launch its first ship, World Navigator, in 2021. The company said that the "direct-to-ship" private charter would "shorten travel time and eliminate layovers and scheduling complications."
Vacationers will be flown from one of 16 airports in the USA and Canada to Orlando, from where the private plane will fly to Argentina.
The direct flight cuts off "at least a day's travel time" when travelling from North America to Ushuaia - the homeport for most cruises to Antarctica.
AOV's service will begin on the private flight, with suite passengers accommodated in business-class seating and all guests being given unlimited beverages and premium meals.
The Atlas wide-body jet will also take guests back to Orlando at the end of the cruise.
World Navigator will offer a total of 12 departures on 9-day itineraries to the Antarctic peninsula, beginning November 19. A couple of 12-day itineraries will offer an extensive Antarctic expedition, including a November 28 voyage to see the Antarctic solar eclipse.
The vessel will enter service in July 2021 and offer Black Sea, Mediterranean, and Holy Land cruises as well as South America and Caribbean sailings, through mid-November.