Tuesday, 29 March 2016

New Youth Pricing Structure and Special Itineraries Make Polar Regions more accessible for Families

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One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), the leading expert in small ship adventure cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica, is enjoying a positive response from families to its brand new youth pricing structure. The company, which is now offering a 25% discount for young people aged up to 17 years, and 20% off for those aged from 18-21 years who can prove they are in fulltime education, is also featuring a number of family-focused activities on selected voyages.

The new pricing structure is applicable to all of OOE’s departures, however there are three specific family-friendly voyages, which also include special activities for younger passengers. These are Fins & Fiddles, a 10-day trip to Canada’s Atlantic Maritime Provinces in July, plus two Christmas voyages in the Antarctic, departing on 17 and 18 December 2016.

Special family itineraries will incorporate ‘hands on’ activities in the field, with binoculars and journals provided for youngsters; a mini lab in which specimens can be viewed under a microscope, plus a programme of social events including a movie night with popcorn, a games night and on-deck identification of wildlife.

OOE is also keen to ensure that educational programming is available for younger passengers. Presentation staff will have versions of their talks on wildlife, photography and history designed for a younger audience, with the aim of stimulating and engaging them in the wonders of the Polar Regions.

Andrew Prossin, MD at OOE, says: “We are committed to making access to the Polar Regions easier for adventurous families by introducing a special pricing policy. The feedback we have had so far is that customers are overjoyed with the new pricing options when looking to travel with their children and, as a result, we are taking an increasing number of bookings from families.”

Families can expect to learn about the early explorers during their voyage, see hundreds of seabirds, have the chance to spot pods of whales and seal colonies and take trips by zodiac to get up close to wildlife and also visit traditional communities within the region.

Adult prices for a family trip with OOE, based on triple share, range from US $2995pp (Fins & Fiddles 16-26 July 2016) to US $10,095pp (Christmas in Antarctica, 17-27 December 2016).

Prices include all meals/afternoon teas (menu options and half portions will be available for children), use of on board expedition rubber boots, wet weather gear, shore excursions, landings, educational presentations, expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff, an ER trained English speaking physician, guided hikes/walks, complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours per day, access to a multimedia room and download stations and accommodation on board, as well as all applicable visitor and port fees. Price for 17 December departure also includes flights Punta Arenas/Stanley and King George Island/Punta Arenas.

Youngsters receive membership to OOE’s Young Explorers Club, an embroidered badge and certificate, plus specialised pre-departure information.

For further information please contact One Ocean Expeditions voyage@oneoceanexpeditions.com or visit OOE’s site: www.oneoceanexpeditions.com