AOV-Atlas Ocean Voyages announced further details of how the company is planning to operate their Antarctic cruises during the coming 2021-2022 season from homeport Ushuaia Argentina.
The company is planning 15 calls. The inaugural voyage of World Navigator will begin on November 19, followed by a second roundtrip on November 28.
To comply with the strict sanitary regulations in Argentina, AOV will fly the passengers from the international airport of Ezeiza / Valparaiso (Santiago, Chile) to Ushuaia onboard a private chartered jet.
Alberto Aliberti, president of AOV in Argentina, said they had confirmation and were taking off.
The company estimates a 3-hour rest in the main South American airport, prior to departing for Ushuaia, but they'll be hosted with champagne and brunch. The Antarctica package features courtesy trips from 16 boarding cities in Canada and the US to Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida) from where the plane flies to Tierra del Fuego.
Once in Ushuaia vacationers are accompanied through Migration and driven to World Navigator, ready for the voyage while luggage is distributed among staterooms. Scheduled sailings include 2 in November, 3 in December, 3 in January, 3 in February, and the final 4 in March, the last of which closing the 2021-2022 season will leave the port of Ushuaia on March 31.
World Navigator is owned by the Portugal-based company Mystic Cruises and seasonally chartered by Atlas Ocean Voyages (fleet, for polar cruises) and also by the European river cruise operator Nicko Tours (fleet, for the rest of the season). The ship charterer Atlas Ocean Voyages (2019-established) is a polar travel company specializing in expedition cruises to Antarctica using vessels with ice-strengthened hulls.