Making Antarctica accessible
EYOS has announced more departure dates for it's pioneering expedition…
In an attempt to attract more people to the superyacht experience and to make less-explored locations more accessible, EYOS Expeditions has launched fly in/ fly out expeditions to Antarctica. Following the success of the first two scheduled superyacht expeditions last year they have announced two new departure dates: 6-13 and 13-20 December, 2019. During this period travellers will be able to book an individual cabin onboard 77m, 22-guest Legend.
“Last year we pioneered departures on a private yacht where you could buy a single cabin rather than charter the entire vessel,” says Ben Lyons, EYOS Expeditions’ CEO. “I was onboard for both departures and saw first-hand the camaraderie and spirit that was forged on expedition. Guests spent evenings cruising through the pack ice with the sun perched on the horizon and afternoons having remarkable encounters with humpback whales from the yacht’s Zodiacs. We look forward to offering more of these extraordinary moments on Legend this season.”
To make the expedition more convenient and to maximise time exploring the 7th continent, guests will be able to fly over the notorious Drake Passage. They will then spend seven days on the Peninsula, allowing them plenty of time to immerse themselves in the Antarctic while still limiting their time away from home.
Thanks to the small group size, travellers will hopefully be able to experience the continent on their own schedule. EYOS Expeditions promises guests a whole host of activities, they can “hop into a kayak on a whim, paddle amidst sculpted icebergs; linger ashore while visiting colonies of parading penguins; or enjoy a late morning breakfast and massage before electing to head ashore.”
The opportunity to visit Antarctica is a rare privilege and EYOS hope to make the experience as personalised and attentive as possible with a guest/crew ratio greater than one to one. Due to the nature of the expedition, it hoped that it will attract similar individuals, people that are looking to enjoy Antarctica’s environment in a more intimate way than going with a large group, without the cost and hassle of organizing a voyage for just an individual or a family, or the expense of chartering a whole superyacht.
“Smaller groups allow for more intimate interactions with the natural and pristine environment; it is what expedition travel was originally meant to be,” continues Lyons. “With three EYOS Expeditions guides (naturalists) onboard there will be ample opportunity for a deeper level of interpretation and discovery.”
This sort of voyage bridges the gap between a cruise, chartering a superyacht or embarking on an expedition as an individual. The level of luxury and service on offer to guests means that it will attract similar types of people that want a luxury travel experience but are also open to the idea of sharing the experience with a small group of people. As the industry looks to ways that it can attract people to enter into the superyacht market, this option allows people to have a taste of what being on board a superyacht can be like and, hopefully, mean they will come back for more.
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