Atlas Ocean Voyages to offer private jet to its Antarctica cruises

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A rendering of the private jet Atlas will charter for Antarctica itinerary passengers. The jet will have the Atlas logo on it.
A rendering of the private jet Atlas will charter for Antarctica itinerary passengers. The jet will have the Atlas logo on it.

Atlas Ocean Voyages will provide private jet service to passengers on its 2021 and 2022 Antarctica itineraries, to bring them from Orlando to Ushuaia, Argentina.

The start-up cruise brand, which will launch its first ship, the World Navigator, next year, said the "direct-to-ship" private charter will shorten travel time and eliminate layovers and scheduling complications.

Passengers will be flown from one of 16 major U.S. and Canada gateways to Orlando, from where the wide-body jet will fly to Ushuaia.

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Atlas said the direct service trims off "at least a day's travel time" when flying from North America to the Argentine town located at the very tip of the country and the most common launch point from Antarctica sailings.

Atlas, which bills itself as a "luxe-adventure" line, said Atlas-level service would begin on the private flight, with suite guests accommodated in business-class seating and all passengers given premium meals and unlimited beverages.

"Our guests will enjoy Atlas' engaging and enjoyable ambience as soon as they board our private charter jet," said Atlas president Alberto Aliberti, who called the move part of the line's All Inclusive All the Way commitment, which included roundtrip air travel with all sailings.

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The Atlas jet will also take passengers back to Orlando at the end of the sailing.

The World Navigator will offer 12 departures on nine-day itineraries to the Antarctic peninsula, starting Nov. 19. Two 12-day itineraries will offer a more extensive Antarctic expedition, including a Nov. 28 sailing to see the Antarctic solar eclipse.

The ship will enter service in July and offer Holy Land, Black Sea and Mediterranean cruises as well as Caribbean and South America sailings, through mid-November.

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