Our thoughts go first and foremost to all those who have been directly affected or those whose families and friends have been affected by COVID-19.
We hope that each of you are safe and well and that you are taking the necessary precautions to keep it that way. People have been asking us if we think it is safe to travel to Antarctica again in 2020/2021. There are many opinions as to what the future holds, however, the simple truth is that no one can really tell.
For us, the health and safety of our staff and visitors, as well as the environment, are paramount. Antarctica is the last continent not yet affected by COVID-19. We want to do our part to keep it that way. We have therefore decided to postpone our trips to Antarctica planned for this season until the 21/22 season.
Of course, we miss the travelling and the various experiences on board. Sharing our adventures with you is what we love and what we now miss the most.
If you cannot travel to South America, then we will come to you – the SANTA MARIA AUSTRALIS is sailing to Europe!
While we were already able to bring the SANTA MARIA from Scotland to the German Baltic coast in August, the SANTA MARIA AUSTRALIS is still moored in the Falkland Islands, where we had to leave her in March 2020. Now we also want to sail her temporarily to Europe.
First of all, we want to use the time to service her in the shipyard. More importantly, we want to offer interested parties feasible and safe journey in closer yet equally interesting areas. Starting with a smooth journey from home to the port of departure, followed by a safe and healthy voyage on board and finished with a positive homecoming full of new pleasant impressions.
We are not yet able to say in detail when and where our journey will continue in Europe. We are following the worldwide developments very closely and will (re)act as soon as we can ensure the reliability of the situation and the safety and health of our crew and passengers.