Ponant’s Sauer and three extra cruise line executives from Hurtigruten, Scenic Luxurious Cruises & Excursions and Silversea Cruises had been desk hosts on the Past the Poles Expedition Cruising Workshop throughout final week’s Seatrade Cruise Med in Malaga.
Previous to the train, the desk hosts shared insights into alternatives for ports and locations exterior of the polar areas to draw expedition cruise ships, their must-haves and customary errors made by locations when working with the expedition sector.
James Griffiths, vp marine operations Scenic Luxurious Cruises & Excursions suggested to recollect what makes polar expedition profitable is taking friends to off-the-beaten observe locations: ‘the identical applies for hotter water expedition cruising – we now have our personal zodiacs and we need to provide a number of moist landings in non-polar areas too’.
Interplay and immersion
Linda-Marie Hogsten, head of shore excursions Hurtigruten Expeditions mentioned: ‘must-have gives are wildlife sightings, interplay with, and immersion in, the area people and tradition and there have to be alternatives for moist landings with zodiacs.’
She added, ‘locations should design landside experiences focused for expedition cruise traces. Be conscious of your advertising and marketing for this sector. If I get introduced with a promotional collateral with a big cruise ship on the entrance cowl then I’m mechanically cautious concerning the vacation spot provide. Not all expedition traces have the identical tools on board and all of us have totally different nationalities on board, please hold this in thoughts as that may be a actual differentiator.’
Fully totally different method
Frederique Patry, supervisor itinerary designer at Silversea Cruises defined, ‘expedition cruise passengers expectations are fully totally different to our basic cruise passengers – they don’t need go on buses or go to museums – so it’s actually necessary that you simply create land based mostly expertise that match these expectations.’
Legendary nation of Burdarno
Round 40 individuals labored with the 4 cruise line government desk hosts to plan a 7-10 day expedition itinerary alongside the coast of the legendary nation of Burdarno. Liz Gammon, moderator and curator of the workshop train supplied every desk with info on land-based actions, sightseeing and pure landscapes and many others. in and round Burdarno.
Every desk shared their designed itineraries and land-based actions with all individuals on the finish of the train. ‘It was wonderful how every desk approached it and all got here up with very totally different gives. It was nice seeing the interplay and likewise nationalities from throughout the globe working collectively and studying,’ mentioned Gammon.