Scenic Eclipse, the luxury yacht, has become a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).
Founded in 1991, IAATO’s mission is “to advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic”.
Scenic Eclipse has been purpose-built with technology including a GPS dynamic positioning system which allows for anchor-less docking. An advanced wastewater treatment system and efficient engines help to reduce emissions, noise and vibrations.
Scenic Eclipse joins the assocaition as a full-fledged operator, joining 50 other Antarctica Operators.
Joseph Grimley, director of trade sales said: “As a member of IAATO, Scenic Eclipse’s agent partners and guests can be assured that our operations not only meet but exceed industry standards.
“IAATO’s mission to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible tourism to the Antarctic, is well-aligned with the ethos and philosophy of the Scenic Group. As members, compliance with IAATO rules and regulations ensures the long-term viability of Antarctica and protection of its natural environment for future generations.”
For the upcoming 2020/21 Antarctica season, Scenic Eclipse is operating the 16-day Antarctica in Depth and the 23-day Antarctica and South Georgia & Falkland Islands itinerary across 10 different departure dates.
IAATO is currently working closely with members to determine the commencement date for the season.
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