Ambassador Cruise Line has renewed its partnership with ORCA, the marine conservation organization, now including the company’s 120-day world cruise, according to a press release.
Christian Verhounig, CEO of Ambassador Cruise Line, said: “I’m incredibly proud that we will once again be working in collaboration with our nominated charity partner ORCA over the coming season.
“Sustainability is one of Ambassador Cruise Line’s core values, and the dedicated ORCA itineraries will see Ocean Conservationists conduct essential research while onboard, particularly during our World Cruise, which will be the longest time the charity has ever spent at sea on a single sailing and allow ORCA to visit parts of the world they have never been to before. Guest feedback from the last six months’ worth of ORCA itineraries has been incredibly positive, and I’m delighted that they will remain onboard with Ambassador to help guests understand the opportunity they have to help us in our joint mission to protect the oceans we sail in.”
The world cruise will be included in 14 itineraries dedicated to ocean conservation in the 2023/2024 cruise season and this marks the longest time the organization has ever committed to any cruise line for a single sailing.
After a successful inaugural season in partnership with ORCA, Ambassador announced that ocean conservationists will be joining guests onboard the Ambience for seven itineraries sailing from London Tilbury. The Ambition, which enters service in May, will offer additional departures from Newcastle, Dundee, Liverpool, Belfast, Bristol and Falmouth.
Steve Jones, director of fundraising and operations at ORCA said: “Our partnership with Ambassador puts whale and dolphin conservation at the heart of so much of what the company are doing, and it’s given us unprecedented opportunities to not only inspire guests about the world of these wonderful animals, but also to take direct and meaningful action together to help safeguard them for future generations.
“Our Ocean Conservationists will be collecting vital data on these fantastic new itineraries, but just as importantly will be giving all guests onboard who care about these amazing animals the opportunity to play a part in protecting them for future generations.”
Every ORCA sailing with Ambassador will include an education program allowing guests to learn more about the marine environment. The program ranges from lectures and Q&As to identifying the animals.
The renewal of the partnership will help both Ambassador Cruise Line and ORCA to reaffirm their commitment to a joint Anti-Whaling Campaign, first launched in 2022.