FT. LAUDERDALE, FL., March 30, 2005 - Recognizing the enrichment value to guests of its brand of luxury cruising as well as a shared commitment to inspire deeper knowledge of the world’s oceans, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises® announced today that it will expand its long-term partnership with famed ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society (OFS).
Launched last summer with the roll out of the Ocean Futures Society’s “Ambassadors of the Environment” program for youngsters on the Paul Gauguin® in Tahiti, the partnership will now be enhanced with an engaging, fleet-wide lecture series featuring Ocean Future Society experts, personal appearances by Jean-Michel Cousteau on select sailings, original in-suite TV programming, plus live TV uplinks from dives conducted by Cousteau and his team during select Radisson Seven Seas cruises.
An Evolving Partnership
“Jean-Michel Cousteau has been popular with our guests since 1999, when we had the privilege of welcoming him aboard the Paul Gauguin in the Marquesas Islands,” said Mark Conroy, president of Radisson Seven Seas. “He’s been an established part of our cruise enrichment programs in Tahiti ever since. Last year we introduced the Ocean Futures Society’s innovative program for youngsters there. And today, in our sixth year of partnering with Cousteau, luxury goes exploring once again with one of the foremost authorities on the world’s oceans, only this time we’re bringing the Ocean Futures Society’s essential expertise and experience to every ship in our fleet.”
Inspiring others with their love of the sea has been a Cousteau family tradition for decades. “For us, Radisson Seven Seas is the perfect partner,” said Jean-Michel Cousteau. “Their guests are sophisticated, active travelers who want to enrich themselves through an explorer’s better understanding of the world. Today we barely know as much about the ocean floor as we do about the hidden side of the moon - and yet we do know that the health of the oceans is declining due to human impact. This program aims to inspire responsible awareness which leads to action through information and inspiration - because people protect what they love.”
One highlight of the new program with the Ocean Futures Society is Cousteau himself. The explorer is scheduled to accompany the Amazon, Falklands and Chilean Fjords segments of the Seven Seas Mariner’s® 62-night “Grand Circle South America” voyage January 10, 2006. Along with associates from his Ocean Futures Society, the quintessential admirer of the sea will share his enthusiasm for the regions visited in intimate talks, lectures and shore excursions.
As part of the program to spotlight the deep though often ignored link between humanity and the sea around us, select Seven Seas Voyager®, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator® and Paul Gauguin sailings around the world will feature the distinctive approach of Ocean Futures Society experts.
Naturalists Brianne Jones, Estelle Davies, Laura Brands and Cousteau himself will lead informal workshops including open forum discussions about environmental issues in the regions visited. Among the lecture topics: “Sharks at Risk; Treasures on the Reef - Sustainable Reefs”; “Plankton - Jewels of the Open Sea”; “Keiko - Return to the Wild”; “Close Encounters with Our Ocean Cousins - Marine Mammal Stories”; “Cosmic Ecology - Our World of Water”; “Manfish - Short History of Diving Technology”; “Cities Under the Sea”; and “Finding Nemo with Jean-Michel Cousteau”.
Ambassadors of the Environment
The only “Ambassadors of the Environment” program at sea makes its home on the ultra-deluxe Paul Gauguin, which sails Tahiti and Her Islands year-round. Held during summer months - from June 11 through August 20 this year - the program utilizes methods in experiential education pioneered by Cousteau. Its aim is to give young cruise guest participants ages nine to 15 direct interactive experience with and knowledge of marine and island ecosystems, emphasizing the critical importance of coral reefs, sustainable lifestyles and traditional Polynesian culture. “Ambassadors” are encouraged to share their new skills and insights with friends when they return home.
Natural Reality TV at Sea
Capping off the partnership will be original shipboard television programming. Cousteau and the Ocean Futures Society will be supplying Radisson Seven Seas with oceanography, wildlife and environment expedition video programs for the in-stateroom TV line up on every cruise throughout the luxury line’s fleet.
Some sailings will also feature an innovative way for guests to "dive without getting their feet wet." On these sailings, the Ocean Futures Society will take the scuba experience one step further through live-dive uplinks to the vessel. Guests on board will be able to watch the divers broadcasting from underwater, and have the rare opportunity to ask questions about what they are seeing in the deep blue waters far below the ship.