New Antarctic law bans 'heavy' cruise ships from its waters

Ruth Doherty

Next month will see the introduction of the new international law, which says cruise ships that use a 'heavy' amount of oil fuel are no longer permitted to sail in the Antarctic.

The move is a bid to protect wildlife, and as such, from 1 August 2011 ships that offer cruise-only trips and carry more than 500 passengers will be unable to sail in the waters.

Looking for an Antarctic expedition that also considers the environment? World Expeditions has been committed to voyages specially designed for minimum impact on the delicate frozen landscape for more than a decade, carrying a maximum of 100 passengers aboard ice-strengthened expedition vessels.

An Associate Member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), World Expeditions already supports the Antarctic Treaty, which aims to regulate the high number of tourists in the region, and employs experts to fully brief all passengers on how to reduce impact on their surroundings.

On their trips, you can venture onshore in small numbers to enjoy unforgettable walks, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, giant tabular icebergs and crystal blue seas, and there are spontaneous opportunities for wildlife encounters, such as whale watching and walking among penguin rookeries and seal colonies.

For more information and bookings please visit or call 0800 0744 135. Quoted lead-in prices are based on triple-share cabins, including all meals, excursions, activities, use of ship facilities and services of specialist expedition staff and guides. Flights are not included but can be arranged by World Expeditions on request.

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