Safely Returning to our beloved Antarctica this November
As of this writing, testing continues to develop, 900 million people world-wide have received at least one COVID vaccination, and those that are fully vaccinated are finally sharing hugs and sitting down to meals together.
We know everyone is excited to get back out and explore – we are too!
Our dedicated team of medical and operations specialists, with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), have crafted a multi-faceted and thorough safety plan that will allow you to explore Antarctica with that same feeling of freedom, confidence, and adventure that have always been a hallmark of our Antarctica experience. Our policies, outlined below, are based on the best and most current information available. We are committed to remaining at the forefront of the latest science and expert recommendations, so details of our plan may continue to evolve as the global heath situation does.
KEEPING YOU SAFE – The Polar Latitudes S.H.I.E.L.D.
After many hours of research and discussion between our Medical Director, Dr. Dan Schual-Berke, MD and Dr. Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, a leading scientist in epidemics and social interaction, we know the safest way to reduce the likelihood of a virus-related incident to near-zero is to first use multiple layers of protection before we even get on board, and then continue diligence throughout your journey, with as little interruption of your experience as possible.
They say the best offense is a good defense. We’ll take that a step further and provide a truly great defense, which we’re calling The Polar Latitudes S.H.I.E.L.D. Here’s what that means:
All our policies and procedures, from pre-departure to disembarkation, are made with the guidance of the best currently available medical and scientific information from around the globe. Should the data and science evolve, so too will our protocols. We’re committed to keeping you informed of any updates.
EALTH AND SAFETY FIRST
As always, our number one priority is keeping our passengers, staff, and crew healthy and safe. That means leaving nothing to chance. Every decision we’ve made to date, and every decision we make going forward, places the health and safety of our entire PL family as number one in the decision-making process. All crew members, from captain to kitchen staff, will be trained on the latest COVID safety protocols.
Everyone boarding our ship – staff, crew, and passengers – must be fully vaccinated with documentation issued by the vaccinating authority. We are also recommending a seasonal flu shot, since reducing your chances of getting the flu will help ensure you don’t develop symptoms that can be mistaken for COVID-19.
VALUATING AND TESTING
As an added precaution, every traveler must provide documentation of a recent negative COVID test before joining the group, and travelers will be re-tested upon arrival at our hotel. If deemed necessary at the time, a third test may be administered after boarding.
AYERS OF PROTECTION
Upgraded ventilation systems will provide always-circulating fresh air to each individual cabin, and every other space on board will be sanitized each night while you sleep. The layout and passenger capacity of Seaventure allows for easy social distancing in areas that are typically crowded on other ships. And as always, wherever you are, hand sanitizer stations will be within easy reach. Seaventure also features one of the largest and most thoroughly equipped medical facilities of any small ship, with a certified practicing emergency MD on duty 24/7 aboard every voyage.
EDICATED TO YOUR EXPERIENCE
The Polar Latitudes S.H.I.E.L.D. is designed to keep you safe and put your mind at ease, while making only the slightest – and hardly noticeable – program changes. Once we set out for Antarctica, rest assured the only things on your mind will be penguins, whales, spectacular panoramic vistas and, of course, that very first iceberg sighting. We look forward to safely exploring together soon.
This plan is current as of April 27, 2021 and may be updated if/when circumstances change. We will provide booked passengers with detailed COVID-related information well before departure. For more detailed answers to your COVID policy questions, please see our COVID Safety FAQ.