In August 2021, Atlas Ocean Voyages successfully launched operations with the new World Navigator, providing luxe-adventure, all-inclusive experiences for its guests. As the ship completes its inaugural season, the line has been getting feedback from guests and travel advisors alike. Based on the feedback, it is refining and realigning the experiences, giving guests more choices and flexibility.
Details on the Updates
Atlas Ocean Voyages will continue to provide an all-inclusive cruise experience onboard. But beginning with bookings that were made starting on February 15, 2022, for departures starting on April 24 and beyond, the line will not be including air travel or shore excursions.
On the ship, however, guests will continue to enjoy Atlas Ocean Voyages’ relaxed luxury style along with inclusions. These include premium wine and spirits, international beers and specialty coffees, prepaid gratuities, international gourmet cuisine and L’Occitane bath amenities. In every stateroom, guests will have slippers, bath robes and binoculars to use throughout the voyage, plus personalized tea, coffee and bar services. Butler service is provided in the suites.
In addition, each guest will continue to receive Atlas Ocean Voyages’ including emergency medical evacuation insurance.
With these updates, guests will be able to enjoy more competitive cruise fares, along with more convenient air travel options and more personalized shoreside adventure options in the small ports visited.
Atlas Ocean Voyages will still assist guests with booking airfare if they prefer. The charter flights that Atlas has been running from the U.S. to Argentina will continue through the end of this winter’s Antarctica sailings. When the winter 2022- 2023 Antarctica season starts, the Atlas charter will run only from Buenos Aires south to Ushuaia, Argentina, the port of embarkation. This will allow guests to explore Buenos Aires before the cruise.
While going through feedback from guests and travel advisors, Atlas found that many guests wanted to make their own flight and land arrangements. When it came to the shore excursions that Atlas had been including, the line found that many guests wanted to set up their own private touring, perhaps with a car and driver. So now, Atlas Ocean Voyages is focusing on private touring and plans to create a robust menu of exclusive, small-group options.
The World Navigator and Where She Sails
After the World Navigator completes her inaugural Antarctica season, she will be going to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Iceland, the Arctic and Greenland starting in April.
The World Navigator has six guest decks. There is a jogging track on Deck 8, and Deck 7 has the Dome Observation Lounge, pool and hot tubs, Aft Grill, Aft Pool Bar and Zodiac Storage. Deck 6 has the bridge and a small sundeck, while Deck 5 has the Water’s Edge and Zephyr Lounge. On Deck 4 are Paula’s Pantry, the Fitness Studio, Atlas Lounge, medical center, reception, retail, Dom Henrique Theater, SeaSpa/Sauna, Porto Restaurant and Porto Alfresco. And Deck 3 has the Mud Room.
The World Navigator offers 98 balcony and suite accommodations, and there are some solo suites with no single supplements. A small expedition ship, the World Navigator has a gross tonnage of 10,000 and as a result can reach smaller, more authentic and exclusive locales.
World-Class Gourmet Cuisine
Offering regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, the World Navigator has six different dining options available. Porto, the main restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner both indoors and out. ALMA, a specialty menu available on alternating nights, features true soul food from recipes that have been passed down through generations. (ALMA is the Portuguese word for “soul.”)
The 7-Aft Grill, a New York-style BBQ grill/chophouse, specializes in jospering, a grilling method that originated in Barcelona. The Dome Observation Lounge lets guests enjoy a late light lunch with 270-degree and overhead views. There are teas, snacks, finger sandwiches and cookies alongside an open bar. At Paula’s Pantry, guests can enjoy a variety of specialty sandwiches, soups, salads, cookies and cupcakes, along with specialty coffees, Kusmi teas and fresh detox juices. And room service is available from breakfast and an “always available” menu.
World Traveller to Launch in November
Atlas Ocean Voyages’ second ship, the World Traveller, launches in November 2022. Destinations will include the Mediterranean, Baltic, British Isles, Iceland, Greenland, the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords, plus Central and South America and the Caribbean. The World Traveller will also do trans-Atlantic voyages. Like the World Navigator, the World Traveller will offer only balcony and suite accommodations.
Three additional ships—the World Seeker, World Adventurer and World Discoverer—will join Atlas Ocean Voyages in 2024.
A Great Group Option
Atlas Ocean Voyages brings a new dimension to luxury cruising with unique, immersive experiences, providing an all-inclusive luxe adventure for its guests. Atlas is definitely one to keep in mind for your groups.
—By Cindy Bertram
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