Peregrine Adventures says new small-ship cruises are carbon-neutral

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Peregrine Adventures will offer small-ship cruises to the Greek islands, among other destinations.
Peregrine Adventures will offer small-ship cruises to the Greek islands, among other destinations.

Peregrine Adventures, Intrepid Group's adventure brand, has introduced 10 carbon-offset adventure cruises.

Each of the cruises will be on ships that carry no more than 50 passengers. The destinations include Cuba, Croatia, Iceland, Portugal, Panama and the Greek islands.

"Traditional cruises do a great job of catering to those travelers who enjoy an all-inclusive beach resort, but tourism is changing and there is no real option on water for our travelers who prefer small hotels and Airbnb-style local authenticity," stated Intrepid Group managing director James Thornton.

Thornton added that the cruise market "is ripe for disruption because the big companies have not responded quickly enough to demand for genuine local experiences that benefit both travelers and the places and people they visit."

Intrepid Group said that it is a signatory of the UN Global Compact, which commits the company to transparent reporting on environmental, social and economic sustainability. The tour company claims that it has been carbon-neutral since 2010 and that it calculates carbon emissions from passengers and then neutralizes emissions on their behalf through the purchase of carbon offsets.

Peregrine's new Adventure Cruising brochure features 10 cruises, nine of which are operated by Variety Cruises. The Croatia trip will be fully operated by Peregrine. Prices start at $1,500 per person, based on double occupancy. The first Peregrine small-ship sailings depart in January.

Thornton added Peregrine plans on doing more charters going forward and that the brand and has a longer term intention to build ships.

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