EXPEDITION CRUISING CONTINUES TO EVOLVE ONE OCEAN EXPEDITIONS EXPANDS THE FLEET

September 7, 2017

 

The moment you have been waiting for! Following our recent announcement of the One Ocean Expeditions fleet expansion – the RCGS Resolute – will join operations in November 2018. We are excited to welcome this world class expedition ship to our offering.

Please find itineraries and programming details below, for theRCGS Resolute’s inaugural Antarctic 2018-19 season. There’s lots of information here to help you commence marketing efforts with more to follow in the next few weeks.

Early Booking Offers

We value those planning their exploration in Antarctica early and have had tremendous feedback on our current earlybird booking incentives for the 2018-19 season. Based on demand we are pleased to include and extend our current early booking offer across all three vessels.

EXTENDED for 2018-19 
US$1500pp for October, November and March departures
US$1000pp for December, January and February departures

This offer is subject to availability, for new bookings only and expires
November 30, 2017.
The 10th year of One Ocean Expeditions will see the expansion and enhancement of our expedition cruising fleet. In November 2018, a purpose built polar expedition vessel RCGS Resolute will join the Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov under the One Ocean Expeditions banner, to offer the most capable, safe, and exclusive expedition cruise fleet in the industry.

Dates and Rates
The RCGS Resolute season kicks off with our 10-night Antarctic Peninsula voyage sailing out of Punta Arenas on the 6th November 2018. RCGS Resolute will then operate in and out of Ushuaia, Argentina with a range of classic itineraries including the ever-popular 10-night Antarctic Peninsula and the longer 18-night voyage visiting the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. We’ve interspersed a couple of 12-night extended Peninsula voyages as well as a 13-night Journey Below the Antarctic Circle voyage for those who would like extra time to explore the Peninsula or south of the Antarctic Circle. At the end of the Antarctic season, we will operate an exciting new voyage through the southern Chilean fjord region.

Built in Rauma, Finland the same ship yard as Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov, RCGS Resolute offers modern stabilization and unsurpassed ice classification (Lloyds 1AS) compliant with the new Polar code. Between the three vessels One Ocean Expeditions is perfectly equipped with the right
hardware to offer our full range of activities, guiding our adventurous guests on their quest to imagine, explore and discover the world’s most remote
and awe inspiring regions.

 

IMAGINE
Private facilities across all modern cabin categories, each offering a revitalized and refined experience in room. Single and Queen sized beds, upgraded linens, extensive
storage (wardrobes), soft close drawers, private sitting area with large panoramic window views, LCD screens with internal intranet (hosting documentaries, literature,
and presentations), complimentary welcome basket with local wine upon arrival, complimentary tea and coffee, OOE logoed bathrooms, slippers, comprehensive information
package including wildlife guide and in room private library. Expansive 180 degree views in 4 different guest areas are naturally lit and large enough to accommodate all guests
at the same time. These lounges and observation rooms can also be used for smaller group ‘break-out’ sessions (conferences, educational presentations, field study, etc.)
with modern presentation and briefing technology. Private presentation room (stair and elevator access) located on deck 2 with theatre style seating, large digital
display and stereo surround sound, capacity of 80 guests allowing for small group presentations and expedition briefings which can be viewed on the OOE intranet from the
comfort of your cabin.
EXPLORE
In our opinion, access to the world’s most remote areas requires using the right vessels – those exceeding destinational requirements whilst limiting impact of the
surrounding area. One Ocean Expeditions has chosen to exclusively utilize vessels carrying a minimum of Lloyd’s 1A ice class, that have a proven track record for stability and
safety providing comfortable transit during sea crossings, include large indoor and outdoor viewing platforms, and offer exceptional manouverability allowing for sensitive and
opportunitistic wildlife viewing.
The multitude of outdoor deck space and expansive indoor viewing areas house international and educational exhibits (Across The Top of the World, Photographer Series)
including the Ponting Exhibit in collaboration with the Scott Polar Research Institute and Salto Ulbeek. Outdoor deck features (deck 8) include full 360 degree views, spotting
scopes, deck chairs, and a non slip deck coating ensuring great traction underfoot. One deck below (deck 7) offers an outdoor saltwater pool, freshwater outdoor shower, ample
seating, and entrance to the hot water jacuzzi, wellness centre (steam room, sauna, multi mode shower) & naturally lit well equipped gymnasium.
DISCOVER
One Ocean Expeditions excels in creating and delivering educational and experiential experiences aimed to increase guest awareness, appreciation and satisfaction for their
destination of choice. By carefully selecting vessels featuring exceptional stability and comfort we offer our clients a wide range of activities (sea kayaking, camping,
hiking, snow shoeing, ski touring, zodiac cruising, SUP, and cycling) to ensure your adventure is designed by you, experiencing the destination the way you choose.
Our priority is to craft specially designed itineraries to maximize the time in destination thereby creating opportunities to experience wildlife, explore photography,
and to generally relax and absorb the areas we have travelled so far to appreciate.
Following these exceptional opportunities off the ship, we have created a sanctuary back onboard to ensure even the most discerning traveller has the opportunity to indulge
in many wellness options ranging from massage, sauna, salt water pool, fresh water jacuzzi, steam room, and and Finnish-built dry heat sauna. Followed up with a cocktail or
hot beverage of choice in one of the numerous observation  lounges, our guests are sure to enjoy every waking moment.

 

Highlights of our new ship – RCGS Resolute

– the Resolute was built in the same shipyard in Finland as our current ships – the Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov
– the ice class is Lloyds 1AS. This is the highest ice class of any passenger ship in the world – and slightly higher than our current two ships (which are 1A)
– there are two expansive full view dining areas. The main dining room with open seating for all guests at the same time as well as bistro dining, where more casual, meal offering will be served – an ideal alternative for the keen wildlife watchers, especially before breakfast and at lunchtime
– forward observation lounge with 180 degree panoramic windows (see image above)
– aft observation lounge with panoramic windows
– bridge access
– expansive outer decks for wildlife viewing
– fleet of 14 zodiacs for rapid disembarkation and varied off ship exploration
– kayaking program for 20 paddlers (in single and twin kayaks) 

– multimedia room with state of the art computers – hugely popular with our photographer guests
– navigation relay display for route tracking on both the bridge and the forward observation lounge – and cabins
– modern gym and fabulous wellness centre offering massage therapy, steam room, jacuzzi and Finnish sauna

Cabin Differentiators
We are putting the final touches to the specifics of our cabin inclusions right now. The key differences between cabin categories is the positioning of the cabin on each deck level and mid ship or farther forward.  Our OOE value added areas of comfort will define each category, with the benefit of a recent cabin refit offering comfortable sleeping quarters, new carpets, soft furnishings, modern bathroom facilities, and more. All cabins are spacious at 22m2, the One Ocean Suite is positively palatial at 44m2 – some of the largest cabins in the expedition cruise space. All cabins have large panoramic windows with the exception of the triple cabin, which has portholes.

Onboard Program
All of our usual activities and excursions will be operated on the RCGS Resolute, catering for the varied interests of our guests. All of our guests choose their favourite activity. Walks on shore, zodiac cruises, visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites and science stations all feature. Our high staff-to-guest ratio allow maximum flexibility.

Camping for anyone with an adventurous spirits will be included on our 10, 12 and 13 night Antarctic Peninsula voyages on board the RCGS Resolute. We have all the right gear for this unique experience. Camping is included on a One Ocean Expedition. There is no additional charge and we have enough gear should everyone wish to enjoy this unique experience. 

We have upped the number of places on the kayaking program from 16 to 20 paddlers. We know these extra spots will be appreciated, as our kayaking option fills quickly.