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New Antarctica Cruise Ships Are Built for Both Adventure and Sustainability
Condé Nast Traveler

The two biggest worries of would-be Antarctica cruisers are the rough waters of the Drake Passage (some call the experience the Drake Shake) and passengers' own effect on one of the world's most fragile ecosystems. Now companies like Scenic, Aurora Expeditions, and Lindblad Expeditions are introducing new ships that address both concerns with a variety of green innovations, including X-Bow technology, an inverted bow never before used on passenger ships that cuts down on ocean chop while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Increasingly, when it comes to cruising in Antarctica, travelers won't accept luxury alone—sustainability has to be part of the package. “We're in an age of ships coming on the market where companies have the opportunity to build a new type of polar-ice-class vessel,” says Ashton Palmer, president of ExpeditionTrips, a travel company that specializes in bespoke adventure itineraries. “Sustainability is an important part of that because people have more interest in their values aligning with what they're doing.” This year look out for Crystal Endeavor, the first expedition ship from Crystal Cruises, outfitted with state-of-the-art tech like the FarSounder-1000, which allows the captain to keep from harming sensitive sea life and avoid potential hazards, along with all balcony suites, six fine-dining restaurants, and two helicopters. And, in 2021, Ponant, which pioneered the marriage of expedition cruising and luxury, will introduce Le Commandant Charcot, the first ice-breaking cruise ship operated by a hybrid of liquefied natural gas and electric battery power. Here are three cutting-edge Antarctica ships that travelers can book right now.

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