New adventure cruise line promises ‘après-sea’ experience
By Katie McGonagle | 24 Jun 2022
‘Luxe-adventure line’ Atlas Ocean Voyages launched its first ship, World Navigator, in 2021 and has four more on order
Florida-based cruise line Atlas Ocean Voyages has pledged to create an ‘après-sea’ experience that replicates the experience of a luxury ski lodge at sea.
The adventure cruise line was established in 2019 and launched its first ship, World Navigator, in August 2021. Second ship World Traveller is set to follow in December featuring the same layout but with design inspired by the Italian concept of ‘la dolce vita’, with a further three sister vessels – World Seeker, World Adventurer and World Discoverer – to follow.
Senior director of communications Harrison Liu said a “significant proportion” of guests were first-time cruisers drawn by a lack of formality in the small-ship experience, with just 196 passengers and 127 crew on board.
Liu said: “We want to create that ‘après sea’ experience. We encourage [guests] to get out and challenge themselves then come back to their champagne. We want to go to the remote bucket-list destinations that no one else goes.
“We can only do Antarctica and the Arctic in certain months, so we want to deliver classic destinations in a new way.”
The ship features a Water’s Edge observation deck, which is the lowest in the industry at just 30 feet above the water, along with GPS dynamic positioning, a more sustainable solution to avoid having to drop anchor on the seabed. Its main seawater pool and two hot tubs are flanked by reservation-only chophouse 7Aft with a charcoal grill, serving steak and lobster each evening and a buffet at lunch, while main restaurant Porto includes both indoor and outdoor seating.
Accommodation ranges from 46 Veranda cabins with a balcony and 23 Horizon cabins that include an infinity-style window instead, to Journey, Discovery and Navigator Suites. The line also lays claim to being the first to offer dedicated solo suites, with six positioned on a lower deck.
All-inclusive packages include unlimited premium wine, beers, spirits and speciality coffees, pre-paid gratuities, L’Occitane amenities and insurance against Covid trip interruption and emergency medical evacuation.
There is also a L’Occitane branded spa with an infrared sauna, fitness studio with TechnoGym equipment, and watersports facilities including kayaks, paddleboards, waverunners and jetskis.
Atlas Ocean Voyages cruises can be booked via Fred Holidays, offering financially protected packages to the UK market.