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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Rodney Russ launches new expedition cruise ship


The Changing of the Guard at Heritage Expeditions and putting the Expedition back into Expedition Travel.

Rodney and Shirley Russ founded Heritage Expeditions in 1985, when Expedition Travel was still in its infancy and unlike today very defined.  With a background in wildlife management and conservation expeditions offered by Heritage were focused very much on wildlife. Over the years Heritage Expeditions has become synonymous expeditions to the Ross Sea, the Sub Antarctic Islands, Western Pacific and the Russian Far East. The company has not been tempted to upsize their vessels preferring instead to give their smaller groups better and longer opportunities both ashore and aboard.   Earlier this year after 33 years in the industry Rodney passed the ownership and management of the company to his sons Aaron and Nathan. They have both worked in the industry for many years and are looking forward to the challenges of running and owning the business.

Rodney commissioned the building of a specialist "Expedition Vessel" to put the "expedition" back into Expedition Travel. Where small groups with common goals and interests share in an adventure to some of the remotest places on earth.

On August 12th MV Strannik slowly slipped stern first from the cradle that has held and protected her since construction started and into the Pearl River (southern China) The entire shipyard crew were on hand to watch (and assist) and in time-honoured Chinese tradition fireworks celebrated the event. Rodney, Simon (engineer) and Connor (Chef/Deckhand) were also there to witness and join in the celebration.

Strannik is now tied alongside at the shipyard and over the next few weeks, the mast's will be stepped and the final fit will be completed before sea trials and testing. When this has all been completed Strannik Ocean Voyages Ltd will take delivery of MV Strannik in Hong Kong and a new era in genuine expedition travel will begin.  

Strannik Ocean Voyages Ltd
Tel. +64 (0)21 684 055
Email: Rodney@strannikoceanvoyages.com
Website: https://strannikoceanvoyages.com/