Adventure Canada has mandated that all passengers, expedition team members, and crew require full vaccination against COVID-19 to travel aboard their Ocean Endeavour voyages, including those in the Arctic, Atlantic Canada, and Europe.
This policy follows the Canadian government announcement that as of November 1, 2021 Canada’s borders will once again be open to ship-based tourism for individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
"As leaders in the expedition travel industry for more than thirty years, Adventure Canada takes the ongoing health and safety concerns of all their guests, community hosts, expedition team, and crew very seriously," the company said on Tuesday (Oct. 5).
The small ship expedition cruise company notes that guests who currently have bookings and do not obtain a COVID-19 vaccination are eligible for a full refund.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the family-owned expedition company has responded swiftly and thoroughly with policies that not only protect their guests and crew, but also the communities in which they visit.
In preparation for the upcoming operating season, and in consultation with best practice recommendations from the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the World Health Organization during the COVID-19 pandemic, Adventure Canada has developed and adopted new guiding principles under the categories of Clean Ships, Healthy People, Responsible Experiences, and Community Commitment.
Details of these principles can be found here.
Adventure Canada has not operated expeditions since the close of their 2019 season.
The company said it is committed to returning to operation with safety at top of mind, and in full collaboration with government, medical and regional authorities, as well as community partners.
"We are very excited to be welcoming guests back, to share and discover new places and cultures aboard our exciting new expeditions," said Adventure Canada CEO Cedar Swan. "Adventure Canada is fully dedicated to the health and safety of our guests, crew, and the communities we are honoured to visit. We're looking forward to once again being able to offer regenerative travel experiences that advocate and strengthen nature and culture, and are essential to move forward into recovery and beyond."
Expeditions with Adventure Canada are available to book now, with departures scheduled as soon as March 2022, and leading into 2023.
Adventure Canada has been awarded a Safe Travels certificate by the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario.
More information on Adventure Canada’s Health and Safety protocols can be found here.
More information on the Government of Canada’s vaccination policy, can be found here .
More information on Adventure Canada’s 2022 expeditions, can be found here.