Crystal Cruises announce partnership with Orca

ORCA Cruise Conservationists to join select voyages

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Crystal Cruises announce partnership with Orca

Crystal Cruises has announced a new partnership with ORCA, a leading conservation organisation dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans).

ORCA is placing wildlife experts onboard Crystal Symphony to train Crystal’s bridge crew in the protocol for collecting scientific data about the animals’ behaviour as well as best conservation practices. Following the training, Crystal Cruises will continue to support ORCA’s research and preservation efforts, passing along data collected on its global itineraries to the organisation’s expert team as part of the ORCA OceanWatch programme.

ORCA on board Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises guests will also enjoy the benefit of having the ORCA wildlife experts onboard and will be providing:

  • Wildlife “deck watches"
  • Interactive data collection
  • Guided excursions ashore
  • Q&A sessions

ORCA voyages on Crystal Symphony

ORCA’s experts are set to sail aboard two 2019 Crystal Symphony sailings to Alaska, and will cruise through the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier – areas known to be rich in remarkable sea life. Onboard will be Lucy Babey, ORCA’s Head of Science and Conservation and John Young, an expert in birding and natural history and award-winning wildlife photographer.

  • 20 August 2019. Vancouver to Anchorage, visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Hubbard Glacier, and Anchorage
  • 27 August 2019. Anchorage to Vancouver, visiting Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Vancouver

According to Sally Hamilton, Director of ORCA, “People who live and work at sea are the most passionate about protecting it, and having Crystal Cruises take part in ORCA OceanWatch this year is a fantastic opportunity to get their crew directly involved in protecting whales and dolphins. Having the chance to showcase these incredible animals to guests aboard Crystal Symphony is an added bonus that will allow us to spread our marine conservation programme to a whole new audience.”

Crystal Cruises will look to further expand the ORCA OceanWatch programme to the rest of its ocean-going fleet. The line invites guests and crew to participate in complimentary excursions ashore that assist in the communities its voyages call through its “You Care, We Care” Crystal Voluntourism Adventures.

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