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AOV-Atlas Ocean Voyages (AtlasOceanVoyages.com) is a new expedition cruise travel brand and a fully owned subsidiary of Mystic Invest SGPS SA (shipowner). The parent company is the Ferreira family-owned Portuguese financial holding with brands mainly in the travel tourism and leisure industries.

AOV specializes mainly in polar/Arctic and Antarctic cruises, but also schedules itineraries in Europe (Mediterranean, Baltic, Iceland and Greenland, Norwegian Fjords), Central America/Caribbean and other popular travel regions.

AOV's sister cruise shipping companies (which are also fully owned by Mystic Invest) are the travel brands "MYSTIC CRUISES" (USA), ATLAS OCEAN VOYAGES (North America), NICKO CRUISES (Germany) and DOUROAZUL (Portugal-based riverboats).

The complete list of brands/subsidiaries owned by the parent company Mystic Invest Holding includes DouroAzul (Portugal), Mystic Cruises (USA), Atlas Ocean Voyages (North America/USA and Canada), Nicko Cruises (Germany, via Schiffsreisen GmbH), Priority Dolphin (shipbuilding), Mystic Tua (Portugal) Mystic Adventure (tour agency in Barca d'Alva ), World of Discoveries (theme park in Porto Portugal), Helitours (Porto and Douro Valley), BlueBus (Oporto), Caminho das Estrelas (suborbital and Zero-G flights), Mystic Real Estate , as well as several luxury hotels and resorts (Hotel do Cais, Monumental Palace Hotel, Douro Marina Hotel, Wine Lodge Hotel).

Mystic Invest fully owns (100%) the WestSEA Shipyard ( shipbuilding /repairs yard in Viana do Castelo, Portugal ) where the Holding is currently building its new expedition cruise ships.

Mystic Cruises USA often seasonally charters some of its ocean-going/expedition vessels and riverboats to small cruise companies , including Quark Expeditions and Riviera Travel UK/fleet .

All ocean ships are operated via Mystic Cruises USA's brand "Atlas Ocean Voyages"/AOV. These vessels include World Navigator (2021), World Voyager (2021), World Traveller (2022), World Seeker (2025), World Discoverer (2023), World Adventurer (2024).

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On May 16, 2019, Mystic Cruises signed a partnership with Adonis AS (provider of maritime HR / human resources support and solutions) for the ocean fleet's management. Adonis Maritime HR Suite includes services like staff recruitment, crewing and payroll.

In early-June 2019, Certares GBT Holdings Ltd (NYC-based global company specializing in travel, tourism and hospitality investments, subsidiary of Certares Management LLC) became a shareholder (40%) in Mystic Invest Holding for EUR 250 million (~USD 294 million). The Ferreira family is the majority stake owner (60%) of Mystic Invest's cruise companies (DouroAzul Portugal, Nicko Cruises, Mystic Cruises USA, Atlas Ocean Voyages USA) and full owner of the holding's non-cruise subsidiaries.

On November 14, 2019, was officially introduced the new (adventure-luxe) brand "Atlas Ocean Voyages" which is currently managed by Mystic Cruises USA . Bookings were opened on January 2, 2020, while revenue operations were scheduled to start on July 7, 2021, with the ship World Navigator . Early-booking promos included per-cabin savings (up to USD 2000) and half deposits.

Due to the COVID crisis , all Mystic-owned cruise brands (Nicko, DouroAzul, AOV-Atlas Ocean) canceled voyages fleetwide between March 2020 and May 2021.

Company changes 2023

On May 24, 2023, was officially launched the "Atlas Yacht Club" loyalty program. The program is 5-tiered (has 5 membership levels) - Purple (7-35 nights with AOV), Bronze (36-75 nights), Silver (76-125 nights), Gold (126-200 nights), and Captain's Yacht Club (201+ nights).

AOV's Epicurean Expeditions (scheduled for the period May thru Ocotber 2023) introduced the open-air dining concept "Alma Alfresco" on the ships World Navigator and World Traveller. The experience is complimentary and includes a wine-pairing menu with traditional Portuguese dishes prepared from authentic recipes. The food is cooked using artisanal methods (oven-roasted), cookware (clay pots) and locally sourced ingredients (from places like Santa Luzia/Algarve, Mirandela/Norte, Setubal/Lisbon). Among the dishes are Polvo a Lagareiro (octopus, potatoes, olive oil, roasted garlic), Alheira de Mirandela (sausage, potatoes, radish greens), Torta de Azeitao (roll cake with egg custard cream).

AOV's Epicurean Expeditions also include wine tasting (of regional wines) and a guest chef (could be from a Michelin-starred restaurant or a local culinary celebrity). The voyages also provide tourists with the opportunity to participate in the culinary competition Yachtsman Cookoff and enjoy the complimentary poolside Josper Grill Dining.

In May 2023, Nicko Cruises/ fleet announced that starting September 2023, World Voyager will be transferred to AOV, with Vasco da Gama remaining as Nicko's only ocean-going ship.

In November 2023, AOV hired Bernard Carter as a Sales Consultant for Europe & UK. Previously, he consulted the premium cruise brands Oceania , Silversea , and ResidenSea The World .

Company changes 2022

In February 2022, AOV appointed the following executives - Colleen Rodriguez (VP of Marketing), Jacqueline Leyva (Senior Director of Guest Services, Reservations, Air-Sea), Robert Cao (Senior Director of Charters, Meetings, Incentives), Oya Bekisoglu (Sales Director of Central USA), Anthony Iozzia (Sales Director of Northeast USA, New England, Eastern Canada).

In August 2022 was appointed James Rodriguez as AOV's President and CEO, replacing Alberto Aliberti. Previously, Rodriguez was employed by the cruise brand companies Crystal (as Director of Sales) and Oceania (as Executive VP of Sales and Marketing/2003-2022).

In June 2022, AOV announced its Panama homeporting operations (starting October 2022) for the ships World Navigator and World Traveller. AOV's 12-night "Panama Roundtrip Cruise" itinerary departs from Panama City (Fuerte Amador Marina) and visits destinations in Panama (Isla Parida), Costa Rica (Puerto Jimenez, Puerto Caldera/Puntarenas, Playa Del Coco, Playa Flamingo, Curu, Tortuga Islands, Quepos, Golfito), Nicaragua (San Juan Del Sur). Prices range between US$6400 (Veranda) and US$9300 (Navigator Suite) per person with double occupancy.

Company changes 2021

In January 2021, AOV signed a partnership with L'OCCITANE en Provence (1976-founded French luxury retailer) for the first-at-sea "Luxury SeaSpa by L'OCCITANE" on the ship World Navigator.

  • The L'OCCITANE treatments combine all hand-performed exclusive sequences, with authentic French ingredients certified in origin and proven effectiveness. The ship's L'OCCITANE spa treatments menu features the 90-minute "Sleep & Reset Massage".
  • SeaSpa by L'OCCITANE (sized 88 m2 / 945 ft2, located on Main Deck 4) groups a reception room (with L'OCCITANE's scent Relaxing Pillow Mist), 2 treatment rooms for massages (by professional therapists), an infrared sauna, serenity lounge (featuring floor-ceiling windows and relaxing furniture/plush loungers).
  • By the AOV-L'OCCITANE deal, all staterooms' bathrooms are stocked with complimentary body wash, handwash, shampoo, and hair conditioner.

In September 2021, AOV introduced its insurance program "Atlas Assurance" for emergency support and services. Atlas Assurance covers all medical/travel/legal expenses as well as medevacs (medical evacuations at sea and return home transportation) during the voyage.

  • Medical services include prescriptions, eyeglasses replacement, medical expenses, dispatching physician/specialist, hospital and physician referral (worldwide), and return of dependent children.
  • Travel services include documents assistance, 24-hour emergency arrangements, embassy assistance, and travel companion transportation.
  • Legal assistance includes worldwide lawyers and bail bonds.

"Atlas Assurance" is optional but included in AOV's "All Inclusive All The Way" package.

In January 2021, AOV signed a partnership with Ensemble Travel Group (a member-owned and run organization of ~850 American independent travel agencies (USA and Canada). The deal was signed by Brandon Townsley (AOV's VP of Sales and Trade Partnerships) and David Harris (Ensemble's CEO).

AOV ship technology

The ship design for the series of expedition vessels operated by AOV was developed by Leadship Ltd ( Piraeus Greece -based company) owned by the Italian naval architects Giuseppe Tringali and Mirco Zoia. The design features an ice-strengthened hull (ice class 1B), top-notch automation and control system, modern propulsion (based on electrical pods / 360-degree azimuthing thrusters), dynamic positioning system (using GPS data to accurately maintain the ship's position without anchoring), advanced water treatment system, hybrid powerplant (diesel-electric) with efficient marine engines (two Rolls-Royce engines running on ULSD / ultra-low-sulfur diesel).

The Rolls-Royce powerplant costs GBP 7 million (EUR 7,75 million / USD 8,9 million) and includes two main engines (model Bergen C25-33L8P) and one auxiliary dual-fuel genset (model Bergen C25-33L6P). The engines are connected to the vessel's electric power system (Rolls-Royce SAVe CUBE) allowing them to operate efficiently at variable speeds.

Rolls-Royce Promas propulsion is an integrated propeller-rudder system to optimize hydrodynamic efficiency. Promas includes two controllable pitch propellers integrated with two flap rudders, steering gears and tunnel thrusters.

The vessel's draft is only 15 ft (4,7 m) allowing access to remote islands and unique coastal destinations. The ship has all 2 lifeboats (full-capacity) which are fully enclosed. Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet).

Landings (passenger transportation) and coastal exploration voyages are served by the ship's own fleet of 10x Zodiacs (motorized boats stored aft on Deck 7) and 2 loading stations.

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The shipbuilder WestSEA is owned by Martifer Group via the subsidiary Martifer SGPS. This is a family-owned holding company (1990-founded by the brothers Carlos and Jorge Martins), headquartered in Oliveira de Frades (Portugal). Since 2007, WestSEA is listed on the Euronext Lisbon (stock exchange). Martifer Group has 3000+ employees and specializes in metal construction and (since 2004) in renewable energy - wind and solar energy equipment production. Martifer Group is one of Europe's largest metal construction companies, with subsidiaries in Spain, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Brazil and Angola.

Itinerary of Atlas Ocean Voyages

Atlas Ocean Voyages (AOV) is a subsidiary company and travel brand managed by Mystic Cruises USA (parent Mystic Invest).

AOV's fleet currently consists of the newbuild vessels World Navigator (2021), World Voyager (2021/transferred from Nicko in 2023), World Traveller (2022), World Adventurer (2023), World Discoverer (2023), World Seeker (2025).

In 2023, AOV's Epicurean Expeditions introduced the open-air dining concept "Alma Alfresco" on World Navigator and World Traveller. The experience is complimentary and includes a wine-pairing menu with traditional Portuguese dishes prepared from authentic recipes. The food is cooked using artisanal methods (oven-roasted), cookware (clay pots) and locally sourced ingredients (from places like Santa Luzia/Algarve, Mirandela/Norte, Setubal/Lisbon). AOV's Epicurean Expeditions also include wine tasting (of regional wines) and a guest chef (could be from a Michelin-starred restaurant or a local culinary celebrity). The sailings also provide tourists with the opportunity to participate in the culinary competition Yachtsman Cookoff and enjoy the complimentary poolside Josper Grill Dining.

Bookings on AOV's World Voyager cruises (Antarctica 2023-2024 itineraries) were opened on May 16, 2023. For Atlas Ocean, World Voyager's inaugural season starts on November 8th (2023) and is based on homeporting in Ushuaia Argentina . The voyages visit popular Antarctic destinations like Deception Island , Graham Land/Paradise Harbor , Wiencke Island/Port Lockroy , cruising the Lemaire Channel and the South Shetlands .

AOV World Voyager Antarctica 2023-24 program included 4x 9-day roundtrips from Ushuaia (departures Nov 8, Nov 28, Feb 27, Mar 18) and 6x 11-day roundtrips from Ushuaia (departures Nov 17, Jan 14, Jan 25, Feb 5, Feb 16, Mar 7). With World Voyager, Atlas Ocean introduced the brand's first fly-cruises. The fly-and-cruise deals are inclusive of direct charter flights from Punta Arenas Chile to King George Island Antarctica (Chile's Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva) as well as optional 1-night hotel stays (pre- and post-cruise) on all cruisetours from/to Punta Arenas.

AOV itineraries 2024-2025

The brand's 2024 schedule (summer and fall) includes new itineraries in Europe (Mediterranean, also Holy Land and Egypt), South America. The program groups 41 voyages of which 9 are Extended Journeys visiting a total of 31 countries and featuring 19 overnight port stays.

AOV's Mediterranean 2024 schedule has 13x Western Mediterranean itineraries (all 7-night) leaving from Barcelona, Civitavecchia-Rome, Dubrovnik Croatia, Lisbon, Nice France, Palma de Mallorca, Valletta, Malta, Casablanca Morroco.

Two voyages to Holy Land and Egypt in July 2024 depart from Piraeus-Athens (9-night and 12-night) and visit Haifa plus ports in Greece (Greek islands, Cyprus), Turkey, Egypt. A 9-night Adriatic itinerary in August (Athens to Venice) visits ports in Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia.

Two itineraries in Northern Europe and the UK/British Isles are scheduled for World Navigator in 2024 - one in May and the other in September.

AOV's South America and Amazon River program groups 8 itineraries (7- to 11-night long) visiting the Falklands UK, Chilean Fjords/Patagonia, and the Caribbean (French Guiana, Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

AOV's Transatlantic crossings in 2024 are four - 13-night (Rio de Janeiro to the Canaries/Gran Canaria), 12-night (Barbados to Lisbon), 21-night (Malaga to Montevideo), and 13-night (Gran Canaria/Canaries to Rio de Janeiro).

Antarctica-Arctic 2024-2025

AOV's 2024-25 Antarctic program is based on 3 ships (World Navigator, World Traveller, World Voyager), a total of 48 voyages and itineraries ranging between 5-18 nights (mostly roundtrips from Ushuaia).

Antarctic season's highlights include: 9-night "Antarctic Discovery" (departures in 2024 Oct 30, Nov 13 and 19, Dec 20 and 28 in 2024, and departures in 2025 Jan 5, 6, and 15, Feb 3, 4, 13, and 14, Mar 5, 11, and 22), 11-night "Crossing the Antarctic Circle" (departures in 2024 Nov 8 and 23, Dec 9 and 29, departures in 2025 Jan 9, 20, 24, and 31, Feb 22, Mar 14), 5-night "Drake Express" (roundtrip from King George Island (departures in 2024 Nov 27 and Dec 2), 18-night "Grand Antarctica & Beyond" (Antarctic Peninsula, the UK's South Georgia and Falkland Islands, South Orkney Islands/departure in 2025 Jan 16th from Ushuaia).

AOV also offers one East Coast South America voyage (10-night "Brazilian Allure" from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires/departure October 28, 2024) and one Transatlantic crossing for ship relocation from South America to Europe (RepositionCruises.com) - the 14-night "Atlantic Adventurer" from Rio de Janeiro to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands Spain (departure April 8, 2025).

The 2024 Arctic Season features the debut of two yachts simultaneously exploring the region. The World Traveller  and  World Navigator embark on 11 expeditions ranging from 7 to 12 nights, delving into the captivating Arctic landscapes with departures from  Tromso ,  Oslo ,  Longyearbyen ,  Reykjavik , and  Kangerlussuaq . Select expeditions offer inclusive charter jet air service from either New York John F. Kennedy International Airport or Oslo Gardermoen Airport for added convenience.

Highlighted Itineraries include:

  • Guests can embark on a 7-night expedition from Tromso to Longyearbyen departing on June 21, 2024. This voyage showcases ports along the magnificent Norwegian coast, including  Hammerfest  and  Skarsvag  ( North Cape ), Norway, before culminating in the breathtaking landscapes of Svalbard.
  • The most sought-after Arctic adventure is a 9-night roundtrip from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, offering a tapestry of polar landscapes and wildlife encounters each day. Departures are available on June 28 and July 7, 2024, with an extended 11-night expedition departing on July 16, 2024.

New for 2024 are e xpeditions to Greenland, a first-time offering, allowing travelers to explore Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland in one extraordinary journey. Whether marveling at towering icebergs, vibrant coastal villages, or the mesmerizing Northern Lights, each day promises a new and awe-inspiring experience. Choose from expeditions lasting 9 to 12 nights on August 5, August 15, August 21, August 25, September 1, and September 6, 2024.

In the peak of polar summer, passengers can embark on a unique expedition departing from Oslo to Reykjavik on August 10, 2024. This special journey features enchanting Norwegian coastal ports like  Bergen ,  Stavanger ,  Flam ,  Olden , and  Alesund  before crossing the Norwegian Sea. Explore Icelandic ports such as  Seydisfjordur ,  Akureyri ,  Isafjordur , concluding the adventure in Reykjavik.

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Designed for adventure, Atlas Ocean Voyages is a “luxe-adventure” line, equally as dedicated to memorable onboard and shoreside experiences. Become inspired with cruises into the serene Norwegian Fjords, roam in the rainforest in South America and cross some items off your bucket list at the North and South poles. Don’t worry, you can still experience your favorite Baltic, Caribbean and Mediterranean ports in Atlas style! With small, wonderfully appointed ships like World Navigator and World Traveler, Atlas Ocean Voyages redefines luxury with an onboard experience consisting of world class dining, enlightening entertainment and even better, has a casual atmosphere for the well-traveled seeking adventure in the furthest corners of the Earth. To learn more about Atlas Ocean Voyages and to start planning your luxe-adventure cruise, call your cruise consultant at 1-800-377-9383!

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  • World Navigator 9-Night Reykjavik Roundtrip Departing From Reykjavik, Iceland (Jul 2024)
  • World Navigator 11-Night Reykjavik to Oslo Departing From Reykjavik, Iceland (Jul 2024)
  • World Traveller 9-Night Athens to Rome Departing From Piraeus (Athens), Greece (Jul 2024)
  • World Voyager 11-Night Longyearbyen Roundtrip Departing From Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway) (Jul 2024 - Jul 2025)
  • World Traveller 12-Night Rome to Athens Departing From Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Jul 2024)
  • World Voyager 10-Night Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq Departing From Grundarfjordur, Iceland (Aug 2024)
  • World Traveller 9-Night Athens to Venice Departing From Piraeus (Athens), Greece (Aug 2024)
  • World Navigator 11-Night Oslo to Reykjavik Departing From Oslo, Norway (Aug 2024)
  • World Navigator 11-Night Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq Departing From Reykjavik, Iceland (Aug 2024)
  • World Traveller 9-Night Valletta Roundtrip Departing From Valletta, Malta (Aug 2024)

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Atlas (noun) – a book of maps. Pick up a book of maps and point anywhere, and the chances are you can cruise there with Atlas Ocean Voyages. A luxury-expedition cruise line with small, adventure-focused ships, Atlas Ocean Voyages is dips their toes in destinations all over the world, with many itineraries featuring intimate ports, inaccessible to larger ships. From Mediterranean cruises that can actually anchor in Venice to exclusive yacht harbors in the Caribbean, almost every destination you can think of is accessible with Atlas Ocean Voyages. All ships in the Atlas fleet are equipped with ice-breaking hulls, meaning these luxury ships can even get guests up close and personal with the Arctic and Antarctic regions. For more information on all the destinations on the globe you can discover with Atlas Ocean Voyages, call us at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our luxury cruising experts.

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Explore Antarctica with no inhibitions with Atlas Ocean Voyages! Whale watching, penguin colonies and more are waiting in Antarctica.

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Venture into some of the northernmost points in the world to discover traditional villages, the elusive polar bears and more in the Arctic with Atlas Ocean Voyages.

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Explore the past through ancient ruins while being present for a once-in-a-lifetime luxury cruise to Europe with Atlas Ocean Voyages.

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Dive into the ancient history and modern wonders of the Mediterranean on an Atlas Ocean Voyages cruise to Greece, Italy and more.

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Northern Europe

Cruise through the canals of Copenhagen or hike through the Scottish highlands on a Northern Europe cruise with Atlas Ocean Voyages.

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Atlas’ fleet features intimate ships that can access ports that are not accessible by larger cruise ships. For this, Atlas guests are treated to a once in a lifetime experience in some of the most unique departure ports in all of cruising. While you may still depart from the classics like Miami for a Caribbean cruise or Athens in the Mediterranean, Atlas affords guests the opportunity to depart from remote ports like Longyearbyen, the gateway to the North Pole, and the embarkation point of your next cruise.

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With Amsterdam’s beautiful canals and an open attitude you’ll find no shortage of interesting attractions in the capital of The Netherlands.

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Arnoya, Norway

Beckoning cruise travelers with its pristine fjords, picturesque coastal villages, and a rich maritime history, providing an immersive and serene escape into the heart of authentic Norwegian beauty.

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Discover imaginative architecture, impressive Spanish dishes and beautiful excursions into nature when you cruise to Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia.

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Bilbao, Spain

Get a taste of some of the best cuisine in Spain when visiting Bilbao as well as discover some amazing beaches, museums, restaurants and shops.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is a charming European style city with the perfect combination of new world characteristics mixed with old world history and culture.

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Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca is more than just an old movie; this city offers travelers a look into modern day Morocco with mosques, shopping malls and skyscrapers.

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A cruise to Civitavecchia is a chance for you to hop a quick train to Rome and explore the enormous history through ruins, galleries and The Vatican museums.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is a delightful city with some of the world’s most interesting places, like the longest pedestrian street and one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.

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Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

Cruise to Dun Laoghaire and explore the 820 berth marina, the largest in Ireland featuring numerous boats and yachts.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Helsingborg, Sweden

Helsingborg, Sweden

The cruise port of Helsingborg, one of the oldest cities of what is now Sweden, is a small and quaint town sitting on the shores of the Oresund, the four mile narrow strait connecting Sweden and Denmark.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Explore the striking and remote beauty of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland with a cruise vacation to this Land of the Midnight Sun. The Arctic Circle has never been more accessible, so now’s the time to act.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Explore the Canary Islands with a cruise to their most populous city, Las Palmas, on Gran Canaria Island. These Spanish islands have one of the best climates in the world, perfect for your next cruise vacation.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon has deep cultural roots that are exposed through ruins and museum artifacts. Cruise to Lisbon and discover the culture and history of Portugal in its capital city.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway)

Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway)

This northern town situated in the Arctic Circle offers a glimpse into a colder but beautiful way of life where polar bears roam and the average summer temperature doesn’t even get into the 50s.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Cruise to Malaga, the celebrated home of Picasso, one of the modern era’s most influential artists. Other attractions include the beautiful Moorish castles and mesmerizing coastal cliffs.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay

The cruise port of Montevideo, Uruguay is a multifaceted destination with a vibrant culture, and a well-known hub for technological advancement.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy

Prepare your appetite if you plan to visit Naples, for it is home to many of Italy’s most famous culinary traditions. Naples is more than just great food, so make time to visit the beautiful cathedrals and enriching museums.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Nice, France

Nice, France

Exquisite weather, breathtaking views and great, fresh food make Nice second only to Paris in terms of France’s top hotspots.

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Oslo, Norway

Enjoy the great outdoors in Oslo, the beautiful and spacious capital of Norway, where the city includes lakes, forests and lots of history.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Palma De Mallorca, Spain

Palma De Mallorca, Spain

The island of Mallorca can boast of an impressive port city where the old and new worlds dwell in perfect harmony.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Learn about the Greek gods and the early philosophy of Socrates when you visit the incredible ruins left in Athens, Greece. At night, go out and take in the culture with the modern Athenians.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik was just a small village until seeing a major expansion after World War II, but this popular cruise destination still offers a small town feel different than any other European capital.

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere, has numerous activities for every desire. Cruise to Rio for the Carnival celebrations, natural environment, beautiful beaches and famous landmarks.

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Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands

Santa Cruz on the tropical island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands is simply a remarkable place to visit.

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Whether looking out into the city’s waterways, ancient castles or modern buildings, you’ll always have a great view when cruising to Stockholm, Sweden.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Tower Bridge (London), England

Tower Bridge (London), England

Enjoy sailing through the Tower Bridge in London and alongside HMS Belfast as you cross the River Thames. It is truly a spectacular sight!

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Tromso, Norway

Tromso, Norway

Bundle up to experience the culture and beauty of Tromso, one of the largest cities within the Arctic Circle.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina

The unique location and beauty of Ushuaia is unmatched by many other destinations as the Andes Mountains meet the Southern Ocean. Cruise to Ushuaia for many incredible outdoor adventures.

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

This entire city is known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site leaving many historic areas and landmarks to explore during your visit to this impressive capital city.  

Atlas Ocean Voyages-Venice, Italy

Experience the serene, romantic splendor of Venice, but don’t forget to check out its wonderful museums and neighborhoods located off the Grand Canal.

Atlas Ocean Voyages Ships

When you think of an expedition cruise, you might not always think the ship has luxurious accommodations, but with Atlas Ocean Voyages, luxury is the standard onboard all of their Polar-class, expedition style ships.

With less than 200 passengers, Atlas’ ships like World Navigator are designed with guest experience in mind, each featuring the highest level of service and comfort. Every stateroom onboard an Atlas Ocean Voyages ship includes a balcony, allowing guests to enjoy the views of their cruise from the comfort of their plush stateroom. With 6 onboard restaurants, guests are consistently treated to exquisite, regional cuisine with fresh, local ingredients.

Featured below are the cutting-edge ships from Atlas Ocean Voyages, all sisters, each ready to welcome you onboard:

Atlas Ocean Voyages-World Navigator

World Navigator

  • Passenger Capacity: 198 (186 on Expedition Voyages)
  • Year Built: 2021
  • Last Refurbished: N/A

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World Traveller

  • Passenger Capacity: 198 (double occupancy)
  • Year Built: 2022

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World Voyager

  • Year Built: 2023
  • Last Refurbished: n/a

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Onboard Restaurant on World Navigator

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Veranda Deluxe Stateroom on World Navigator

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Horizon Deluxe Suite on World Navigator

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World Voyager Review

World Voyager in Antarctica on a sunny day (Photo: Jeri Clausing)

World Voyager is the third ship in Atlas Ocean Voyages fleet of expedition yachts, which offer a hybrid of sorts between luxury and traditional expedition cruising,

While most of its cruises in 2024 will sail the Arctic and Antarctica , it will also sail several South America, Caribbean, Northern Europe and transoceanic itineraries between the polar seasons.

Like most ships its size, onboard entertainment and dining options are limited, but the ship has more than ample comfortable public spaces with large windows from which to take in the views. In fact, there are good views from just about every public spot on the ship – including the dining room, the two lounges, the sauna and its adjacent sitting area with warmed day beds and, of course, the Dome Observation Lounge, which offers 360-degree views off the front of the ship.

Like Sylvia Earle and Ocean Victory, the ship is among a new breed of small expedition ships that combine all the benefits of more traditional small ship polar adventures with relaxed luxury.

It’s perfect for travelers who want adventure without giving up creature comforts.

Atlas World Voyager’s Deck Plans are Easy to Navigate

This eight-deck ship is easy to get around. All of the bars, lounges, dining, spa and other public spaces are on the fourth and seventh floors.

The top deck is a partial deck with a running track along the perimeter that overlooks the pool, hot tubs and bar on Deck 7. Also on Deck 7, at the very front of the ship, is the glass-walled Dome Observation Lounge that is surrounded by a spacious viewing deck with heated benches. Afternoon tea, nighttime entertainment and activities like trivia contests rotate between The Dome and the Atlas lounge on Deck 4. There is also a casual dining venue, 7Aft, adjacent to the lounge, although like the pool and pool bar it is generally not used during polar sailings.

All but 14 cabins are on Decks 5 and 6, with easy access to 4 and 7 seven from two center staircases with elevator banks situated forward and aft. There are no public venues on these floors, so they are very quiet. The lower level cabins are on Deck 3.

The main dining room, Atlas Lounge, lecture hall, spa, fitness center, Paula’s Pantry grab-and-go snack bar and gift shop and reception desk are all on Deck 4, which sits right above the water line, offering great views from virtually every seat. Adjacent to Paula’s Pantry and reception area there also a few small seating areas with partial walls that are great for tucking away to read, play a game, have a semi-private conversation or simply taking in the views.

Expeditions launch from a mudroom on Deck 3 that has plenty of space for suiting up. There are lockers for every cabin so you don’t have to lug your outdoor gear back and forth to your cabin. There are also benches, a restroom and plenty of crew at the ready to help you get suited up.

World Voyager has Spacious, Well-appointed Rooms

For a ship its size, World Voyager has a nice variety of rooms, including four different types of suites and deluxe staterooms with oversized balconies and separate sitting and sleeping areas.

Deciding which are the best or which are the best to avoid is largely a matter of personal preference, as the bulk of the staterooms are fairly big, by both traditional cruise ship and particularly expedition ship standards. All but the 14 Deck 3 cabins have balconies or floor to ceiling windows that retract with the push of a button.

I was in a Horizon Stateroom, which had the retractable window, or what Atlas calls a Juliette balcony. While some travelers want a balcony at any cost – even in Antarctica -- I preferred my cabin because the lack of on outdoor balcony gave me a larger seating area, complete with a small sectional and unobstructed views.

While the suites come with butler service and extra perks like an expanded room service menu, all cabins – even at the lower level – otherwise have the same amenities, including 24-hour room and cocktail service and large spa showers.

World Voyager has Limited Food Venues, But Plenty of Choices – 24/7

Like most ships its size, there aren’t a lot of places to get food. The good news is that between the main dining room, Madeira, Paula’s Pantry coffee, juice and snack bar and 24-hour room service, it’s easy to satisfy most food cravings. On non-polar sailings, the 7Aft grill and pool bar are generally open. Need a burger on a polar cruise? Just call room service. They are amazing.

Bottom Line

Included with your cruise fare:.

All restaurants and dining

All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Wi-Fi (up to 5 MB of data usage. More can be purchased.)

Entertainment and lectures

Shore excursions

Wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and culinary demonstrations on Epicurean Expeditions

24 hour-room service (food and cocktails)

In-room minibar stocked with personal preferences

Landings and Zodiac excursions; use of hiking poles

Use of kayaks and paddleboards on select non-polar cruises

Polar jacket (to bring home) and boots (leave on the ship) on polar cruises

Binoculars in each cabin for use onboard

Backpacks (to bring home) on epicurean and cultural itineraries

Charter jet service on select Antarctic and Arctic cruises

Transfers between airport and yacht

Pre-cruise hotel stay on all Antarctica cruises

One-night post-cruise hotel on select Antarctica sailings

Trip delay and medical evacuation coverage

Not included with your cruise fare:

Kayaking, paddleboarding and camping excursions on polar sailings

Spa treatments

Premium drinks and premium alcohol

Shop offerings

Visas (if needed)

Pre-cruise hotel (on non-polar cruises)

Transfers to the ship (non-polar cruises)

Fellow Passengers

Expedition cruises , generally attract seasoned, adventurous travelers in their 50s, 60s or 70s. But that demographic is shifting younger. Travelers on my sailing ranged from their 30s to 70s and 80s and included a diverse range of ethnicities, nationalities and LBGTQ passengers.

While accessibility is a big factor in expedition cruising, one traveler on our ship had mobility issues. He was sailing for the scenery and never left the ship. And the crew was always at the ready to help him get around or offer extra assistance navigating the halls during rough seas and getting food from the breakfast and lunch buffets.

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What is the line?  Atlas Ocean Voyages

Name of ship? World Voyager

Passenger occupancy?  198

Itinerary?  9-Night Ushuaia Roundtrip

Start out with the big picture—what is this cruise line known for?

Traditional expedition ship meets luxury yacht in Atlas Ocean Voyages’ small fleet of vessels. This relatively new line, which sails under the Portuguese flag and currently offers three ships, approaches expedition cruising with the ethos of a luxe but relaxed all-inclusive resort: the décor is contemporary modern, the staff is affable and proficient, the complimentary cocktails flow freely, and much of the cuisine is farm-to-table.

Tell us about the ship in general:

World Voyager , the third ship in Atlas’ fleet, accommodates 198 passengers and offers a one-to-one guest-to-staff ratio, which means you’ll likely be on a first-name basis with the expedition crew and front-of-house staff by the second day of a sailing. Much like sister ship World Traveller , the interior design of this vessel favors a subdued palette in shades of vanilla and taupe with pops of cerulean blue, buttery yellow, and ochre. There are plenty of spaces to spread out and take in the spellbinding views, including a relaxed lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, by the outdoor pool and hot tub, and, my favorite, in the spa’s relaxation room and sauna.

Who is on board?

I was surprised at the diversity of the crowd, which included a handful of twenty-somethings and solo travelers, older Millennials from the US, India, Australia, Canada, and Europe traveling with friends or with parents, newly retired couples, and a few honeymooners. I traveled with my teenage daughter, and though there were no kids or other teens on the ship, she quickly became part of a clique of younger adults who dined together and played cards in the lounge.

Describe the cabins .

World Voyager has 100 cabins spread across decks 3, 5, and 6. My daughter and I stayed in a Horizon Stateroom, a cozy 270-square-foot room with two single beds (which can be converted to a queen) separated from a sitting area with a sofa and coffee table, swivel chair, and a desk fitted with a mini fridge and Nespresso machine. The marble bathroom featured not only L’Occitane products and a walk-in rain shower with body jets but also enough space to store our personal toiletries. A highlight of our cabin was the Juliette balcony, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass and a top-drop electric window we could open at the touch of a button from a panel by the bed. A step up in category, the Veranda Deluxe and Horizon Deluxe cabins are configured to fit a separate sitting area and walk-out balcony.

Tell us about the crew.

From the cabin and kitchen staff to the waiters, bartenders, and spa attendants—everyone I encountered on this voyage was gracious and eager to help. However, it was clear that this was an inaugural Antarctica voyage not just for the ship but also for many of the crew, some of whom seemed to struggle to find their sea legs as we crossed a tempestuous Drake Passage. Service at mealtimes was spotty during those first few days of our journey, but things got better as the days went on. The expedition staff, led by an entertaining Polar veteran from France, was an interesting mix of experienced and more novice guides, all of whom were not just thrilled to be working on the ship and headed to Antarctica but also to share their expertise in wildlife, the environment, and the geopolitical history of the continent.

What food and drink options are available on board?

Unlike a big ship with tons of restaurant options, this yacht-like vessel offers a main dining room, called Madeira, serving three meals a day. At breakfast there’s a combination of buffet and standard menu items (made-to-order pancakes, omelettes, and French toast) while lunch is a buffet-only affair. Dishes get an elevated treatment at dinnertime, with five-course menus offering a variety of rotating international cuisine options, including an always-present section of Portuguese dishes (a nod to Portugal-based parent company Mystic Cruises).

Sustainable dining is a focus on all Atlas ships, which is highlighted by slow food and zero-waste principles, as well as tasty vegetarian options, such as the always-present plant-based steak. Surprisingly, given that the ship departs from Ushuaia, there were no wines from Argentina or Chile on the menu; the wine list focused on European labels, with many hailing from Portugal.

Paula’s Pantry is a grab-and-go café that serves caffeine drinks as well as smoothies, juice shots, house made muesli and yogurt, tasty granola bars, and heartier snacks like pizza and paninis. The 7Aft Grill by the pool is not open on Antarctica itineraries, but the menu focuses on barbecue fare and grilled meats. And, of course, there’s 24-hour complimentary room service. There are two bars on the ship: the spacious Atlas Lounge, outfitted with plush sofas and swivel chaises surrounding a variety of coffee tables, is perfect for an anytime drink and conversation; and on the top deck, the Dome Observation Lounge is the place to go for afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

Is there a spa on board and is it worth visiting?

What the spa lacks in space, it more than makes up for in the L’Occitane-branded treatments and the stellar service. I spent many hours just daydreaming and marveling at the sea from a heated lounger bed in the relaxation room, as well as unwinding in the sauna, which I particularly appreciated after doing the polar plunge.

What about activities and entertainment?

You won’t find any aqua fitness classes, aerobics, or conga lines on this ship. Instead, you can hit the small gym, which is fitted with a pair of treadmills and stationary bikes as well as free weights, yoga mats, and exercise balls. On the top deck you can do laps on the outdoor running track, featuring arguably the most mesmerizing views on the planet.

If the weather isn’t cooperating, which it probably won’t be on an Antarctica journey, the expedition staff offers daily lectures, as well as afternoon documentaries—pick up a bag of popcorn and a drink on the way into the auditorium. There are also evening performances, such as ballads sung in English, French, and Portuguese by a skilled guest singer who was accompanied on the keys by the ship’s pianist. On other occasions, there might be trivia nights based on Antarctica knowledge. One night, the staff and crew performed a variety show—some performed traditional dances from their respective countries; others played an instrument; some brave souls sang a capella.

How was the experience for families?

I can’t imagine many parents would want to bring kids younger than 12 to Antarctica, and indeed Atlas only welcomes children eight and older. When not out on an expedition or dining with other guests, my fifteen-year-old spent the time reading in the lounge, working out, or watching movies in our cabin.

Where did it sail and how were the excursions? Did anything stand out?

I sailed to Antarctica from Ushuaia on a nine-night itinerary, though taking into consideration that expeditions rely on perfect conditions, I would highly recommend Atlas’ 11-night journey. Every day, the captain decides where the ship will navigate according to local conditions, and the expedition staff briefs guests on the planned activities for the following day. There are typically two excursions per day, which might include Zodiac cruises, landings, and water sports. During my November sailing, I had signed up for optional activities (offered at an additional cost), such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and camping, all of which were canceled due to rough weather. The ability to be flexible, to be patient, and go with the flow is paramount on an Antarctica expedition.

Are there any stand out sustainability or green initiatives about this cruise?

Atlas puts considerable effort on its zero-waste principles and plant-based dining options, which aligns with the philosophy of a growing number of travelers—and not only in the luxury segment. The long-term plan from Atlas’ Executive Chef, Rene Aflenzes, is to bring a bit of the slow-food philosophy to the high seas.

Finally, give a sentence or two on why the cruise is worth booking.

If you are keen on an all-inclusive polar adventure that is at once intimate yet casually elegant, World Voyager is a worthy choice. This young cruise line attracts an equally young (the average age on my sailing was around 40) audience of adventurers; their idea of dressing up for cocktails means pairing an Arc’teryx jacket with a telephoto lens camera or binoculars to not miss a wildlife encounter.

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Atlas Ocean Voyages [1] is the U.S.-based yacht expedition brand of Mystic Invest Holding, which owns and operates a river cruise fleet, as well as hotels and resorts, attractions, helicopter tours, and consumer space travel. Initially established in April 2019 as Mystic Cruises USA and rebranded as Atlas Ocean Voyages in September 2019 [2] , the expedition cruise line has its US headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Mystic Invest Holding [3] is a family-owned financial holding based in Portugal with multiple brands operating in the travel & tourism sector in areas such as cruises, tours and attractions, hotels and resorts, space tourism, and real estate.

Mário Ferreira, Atlas’ founder, and chairman of Mystic Invest Holding, is a Portuguese entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the travel and tourism sector. He also serves as chief executive officer of the line’s privately held parent company Mystic Invest Holding.

Ferreira started in 1993 with the launch of DouroAzul, a river cruise line operating on Portugal’s Douro River. For more than 20 years, the company established its reputation as a leader in the river cruise industry before venturing internationally with the 2015 acquisition of the German river cruise line Nicko Cruises. Today, Mystic is the third-largest river cruise operator in the world, with a fleet of 40+ ships and operations in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

In 2019, Ferreira signed a contract with WestSea-Viana shipyard in Portugal for six 200-guest expedition vessels. [4] The following year he established Atlas Ocean Voyages, a U.S. cruise brand that offers yacht-style luxury cruises to remote polar destinations and the world’s most sought-after ports of call that would eventually grow to a six-ship fleet over the next several years. Ferreira created and developed several other tourism businesses, from interactive museums and theme parks to 5-star hotels and helicopter tours. His passion for adventure travel likely developed working aboard Cunard Line’s Vistafjord.


James A. Rodriguez was named president [5] and chief executive officer of Atlas Ocean Voyages on August 1, 2022. James began his cruise industry career with Crystal Cruises and joined Oceania Cruises in 2003 as a key founding team member. During his 19-year tenure, he has been involved in virtually every facet of the brand, including omnichannel marketing, sales, corporate communications, loyalty programs, guest services, onboard product development, new ship design, e-commerce, technology, sustainability initiatives, and corporate philanthropy.

Before entering the cruise industry, he was director of marketing and development for Denver-based Navigant International and a travel advisor with Atlas Travel (no connection to Atlas Ocean Voyages). Rodriguez earned his bachelor’s in marketing and PR from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Recently, he received two Harvard Business School certifications, one in sustainable business strategy and the other in sustainable investing.


Atlas yachts realize the possibilities of environmental stewardship with the latest hybrid power management [6] and propulsion systems, maximizing fuel efficiency and consuming as little as one-fifth of the fuel compared to conventional cruise-ship systems, reducing our environmental impact. This technology was initially developed for naval warships; the two onboard Schottel SPJ 82 Pump Jets can propel ships at a near-silent cruising speed of five knots without scaring sea life away. This technology also prevents damage to the fragile ecosystems on ocean floors and limited use of anchors is possible using a GPS-based Dynamic Position System.


Polar Expeditions visit Antarctica, the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, and Greenland.

Epicurean Expeditions focus on the gastronomy and culture of the Mediterranean and Greek Isles and the British Isles and Northern Europe.

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First look: World Navigator, the stylish new adventure cruise ship from new line Atlas Ocean Voyages

Gene Sloan

Editor's Note

It's a big month for fans of cruising, and not just because some of the world's most popular cruise vessels finally are back in operation after a 17-month shutdown.

This month also has brought the debut of an entirely new cruise line , Atlas Ocean Voyages.

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Based in Fort Lauderdale, the new "luxe adventure" brand is promising upscale, adventurous sailings on small but well-appointed expedition vessels -- the sort of vessels that carry their own landing craft for exploring in remote, off-the-beaten-path places.

Created by a company that's already big in river cruising and operates ocean ships for other brands, it's a line that will focus heavily on voyages to the ultimate playgrounds for small expedition ships, Antarctica and the Arctic. It'll also offer a sprinkling of trips to South America, the Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, Greenland, the Baltic and the Mediterranean, too.

For now, Atlas only is operating a single ship, the 196-passenger World Navigator. But it plans to quickly ramp up in size with the addition of four more sister vessels to World Navigator over the next three years.

TPG is one of just a handful of travel sites getting exclusive access this week to the ship's inaugural voyage -- a nine-night trip from Piraeus, Greece , to Alexandria, Egypt.

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As I'm seeing this week, World Navigator is an intimate and stylish ship that's well built for adventure. Atlas is positioning itself as a luxury brand, and it's definitely a vessel that can play in that space, although for now the service level on board isn't quite at the luxury level (something I suspect will change in the coming months as the crew begins to get in a groove).

Here's a first look at World Navigator's overall structure, interiors and onboard atmosphere:

It's a small ship -- in a good way

World Navigator isn't a tiny vessel. Including exterior areas at the top of the ship, it has six decks open to passengers.

But it's designed to hold far fewer people -- as noted above, just 196, not including crew -- than is typical for a cruise ship, even in the luxury space.

Even 196 is a bit of an overstatement, as the line will be using some passenger cabins on every voyage to house entertainers and expedition guides. As a result, executives tell me the ship is unlikely to ever sail with more than 184 passengers. On some itineraries, the maximum passenger count will be even lower.

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Only a handful of upscale cruise lines, most notably France-based Ponant and Windstar Cruises , focus on vessels with so few passengers.

Such a low passenger count gives World Navigator an intimacy that is its own type of luxury. This is a ship on which you'll never feel like you're cruising with a lot of people.

It's a stylish ship

You won't find the soaring spaces or diverse array of restaurants and lounges on World Navigator that you'll find on some bigger luxury ships that have debuted in recent years, such as Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 1-year-old Seven Seas Splendor.

But for a ship this size, it offers a generous array of public spaces created with a designer's eye for harmony and detail.

World Navigator has a striking, retro-chic interior decor dominated by glossy mahogany walls set off by white-and-black marble flooring and contemporary furniture. Designed by Portuguese design firm Oitoemponto, it's sort of a 1940s-meets-modern-times interpretation of glamor.

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Most of the public venues are on a single deck (Deck 4) with a flow so seamless you hardly notice you're transitioning from space to space. From front to back, this deck is home to a small theater for lectures; a main lounge with a bar that serves as the ship's central gathering point; a lobby area; a casual café offering espresso drinks, pastries and some heartier snacks; and an upscale restaurant serving regionally influenced gourmet fare.

Hidden away in a corner, there's also a small but inviting L'Occitane spa with two treatment rooms, a relaxing lounge area and a sauna.

Related: Everything you want to know about World Navigator cabins, suites

In addition, World Navigator features a relatively large deck-top pool area — something you don't always find on a ship carrying fewer than 200 passengers. It's home to a pool, two hot tubs, rows of lounge chairs and a pool grill and bar.

It's built for adventure

As noted above, World Navigator is an expedition ship. That is, it's built extra tough to go to some of the most faraway parts of the world.

As is typical for ships of this type, it has a polar-class rating that'll allow it to travel deep into the polar regions in addition to warm-water locales, and it carries Zodiac boats for exploring. It also sails with a floating adventure dock that can be used to launch Jet Skis, kayaks and paddleboards that are kept on board. There's a mudroom with cubbies where passengers can keep their parkas and boots during polar adventures.

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But perhaps most importantly for a ship meant for adventures in scenic and wildlife-filled places, this is a ship loaded with indoor and outdoor observation areas.

Among the most notable of these is a perfectly positioned observation lounge. Located at the very front of the ship, on the highest deck, the Dome, as it's called, features a curving wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that offers stunning views in three directions at once (as well as a view straight up through a glass dome that tops the space -- hence its name).

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Better yet, doors on each side of the Dome observation lounge lead to outdoor viewing areas that also wrap around three sides of the ship.

World Navigator also offers a close-to-the-waterline outdoor observation area at its very tip that will offer equally stunning views during expeditions in scenery-rich places such as Antarctica and the Arctic. Called The Water's Edge, it boasts a long, curving bench that's heated from within to take the chill off during adventures in such cold-weather locales.

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Plus there are two more outdoor observation areas at the back of Decks 5 and 6 -- the two main cabin decks. This allows passengers in cabins a quick place to run outside for a view when the captain announces that wildlife has been spotted.

This abundance of observation areas may seem like a small thing, but for a vessel designed to spend half its year in polar regions, where glimpsing scenery and wildlife is at the heart of the experience, it really is one of the most important things. Unfortunately, not every expedition ship built for such adventures recently has been designed with so much viewing space.

It's not stuffy

Atlas may be positioning itself as a luxury brand, but its founding president, Alberto Aliberti (who is on this sailing), is adamant it not be a stuffy sort of luxury.

He's purposely set the dress code to be casual -- a polo shirt with slacks for men at dinner is just fine (no jacket required). And he's eager to keep the dining and cabin service experience unfussy.

As I'm seeing first-hand, World Navigator isn't a ship that revolves around long, formal meals in palace-like dining rooms where armies of tuxedo-clad waiters hover behind you as if in a scene from "Downton Abbey." Your room steward won't show up in a tailcoat and white gloves with four different brands of luxury soaps from which to choose.

"The feeling we're looking at is kind of like a country club after a round of golf, when everyone is still in their shorts, they're relaxed [and] they're having some drinks at the bar," Aliberti said during a reception for travel agents who are on board to test the product.

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Aliberti, notably, arrived at the start-of-the-cruise agent event in a casual shirt, setting the tone. I wore a jacket to the reception and felt over-dressed. It's that kind of cruise vessel.

A veteran of both Seabourn and Silversea Cruises -- two of the world's most elegant luxury lines -- Aliberti was careful not to criticize his old employers. But he makes clear that Atlas is hoping to slide into what he feels is an untapped niche of upscale cruising that is less traditional and more active than what those lines offer (while also being a bit of an upgrade in luxury from what small-ship specialists Ponant and Windstar offer on similarly sized vessels).

It's (mostly) all-inclusive

The initial itineraries Atlas is operating aren't inexpensive. Nine-night Greek islands voyages such as the one I'm on start at $5,799 per person. The line's core expedition sailings to the polar regions are even more. Nine-night Antarctica trips start at $10,599 per person.

But as is typical for cruise lines at the high end, Atlas is including a lot in its base price. In addition to a room on board and all meals, the fares include round-trip airfare from select U.S. and Canadian gateways; drinks, including spirits and wines; shipboard Wi-Fi; prepaid gratuities; and (perhaps most notably) shore excursions in every port.

In addition, Atlas will offer one very unusual inclusion as part of what it's calling All-Inclusive All the Way pricing: Emergency medical evacuation insurance for every passenger.

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Still, the inclusions aren't quite as extensive as is found on some luxury lines. The "drinks included" promise comes with some caveats, for instance. Most notably, the drinks menu found at all of the ship's bars features just one to three mid-level brands of each major type of liquor that is included in the fare, with pricier liquors coming with an extra charge.

There is just one included bourbon whiskey, for instance, Knob Creek, and two included vodkas (Ketel One and Absolut Vodka Citroen). You'll pay $6.50 or $7.20 extra, respectively, for a pour of Tito's or Grey Goose vodka.

In addition, at World Navigator's main restaurant, there is just a single "red" and "white" on offer on a complimentary basis, and on our sailing, the selection hasn't changed from one night to the next.

My take on the included drinks menu is that it offers a nice mix of options and is appropriate for a line at Atlas' price point. But some luxury cruisers who are used to the more extensive included drinks menu of, say, a Crystal Cruises vessel, may grumble.

The included Wi-Fi, for now, also comes with a caveat, as passengers only get a very limited 150 megabytes of data usage for free and then must pay extra for more. The line had intended to offer unlimited Wi-Fi with no data limit on sailings -- and still does intend for this to be the way it operates. But it's struggling with the fallout from a wiring mistake during the building of the vessel that's forcing it to ration bandwidth for now. Executives hope to have this fixed soon, but it's already causing frustration with passengers.

A few passengers on this early sailing also have complained about a lack of a self-serve laundry on board. The line says it's something that will be added for future ships in the series.

It's still working out the kinks

Launching a new cruise ship is never easy, and starting up an entirely new line is even more difficult -- particularly in the midst of a pandemic. Just getting crew from around the world to World Navigator in advance of its debut was a challenge, given the ongoing travel restrictions, and some crew arrived later than hoped for pre-launch training, Atlas executives have said.

The result is that World Navigator's crew still is getting its sea legs, so to speak, when it comes to delivering service at a "luxe" level, to use Atlas' word.

Among little things, water and wine glasses aren't always being swiftly refilled at dinner tables (although this seems to be improving by the day), and the service is halting at times. The delightfulness of food items can be hit-or-miss. It's not yet the sort of polished, anticipate-your-every-need service that is a hallmark of higher-end cruise ships.

Still, it's also just the first week. I've sailed on dozens of inaugural voyages of vessels over many years writing about cruising , and there always are kinks to work out at the start. Atlas still is in startup mode, and it's hard to tell quite where it will land as a brand when it comes to service. But I suspect that within a few months, or even weeks, it'll be as "luxe" as they want it to be.

Related: Why I'm so excited about Atlas Ocean Voyages

Note that Atlas plans to operate the vessel with a crew of around 130 people (not all of whom are yet on board). Assuming a passenger count of 184 at the most, that's a passenger-to-crew ratio of 1.4 to 1 -- right up there with the best luxury lines.

The company that created Atlas Ocean Voyages, the Portuguese tourism company Mystic Invest Holding, is no stranger to operating cruise vessels. It's one of the world's largest river cruise operators, operating more than a dozen vessels in Portugal for a mix of brands including AmaWaterways , Avalon Waterways, Uniworld and Scenic Cruises, as well as vessels around the world under the Nicko Cruises brand.

Mystic Invest Holding also already operates two expedition vessels that are similar to World Navigator for two brands, Quark Expeditions and Nicko Cruises.

Bottom line

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about World Navigator , the first ship from startup line Atlas Ocean Voyages.

Built for adventurous travel to faraway places such as Antarctica and the Arctic, it's a small and intimate ship at a time when small and intimate is what many luxury travelers are craving most.

Particularly on off-the-beaten-path adventures. If it's exclusiveness you want, traveling to a place like Antarctica with just 180 or fewer other people is a lot different than traveling there with 380 or 520 people -- the amounts that some expedition ships currently under construction from top-name cruise brands will hold.

TPG's Gene Sloan is reporting live from the inaugural voyage of World Navigator. You can find all of his dispatches on his author's page .

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