World Voyager Activities

Hiking in Antarctica with Atlas Ocean Voyages (Photo: Jeri Clausing)
The pool deck aboard World Voyager (Photo: Jeri Clausing)
Zodiac ride on Atlas Ocean Voyages' World Traveller in Antarctica (Photo/Gwen Pratesi)
The Sauna aboard Atlas Ocean Voyages' World Navigator (Photo: Chris Gray Faust)
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Jeri Clausing
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Expedition Experiences on World Voyager

Expedition ships, of course, are all about getting off the ship. And the only way to do that in the polar regions is by Zodiac, those big inflatable motorized rafts. Included excursions in the polar regions vary between Zodiac cruises, leisurely walks, steep hikes or a mixture of all three depending on the weather.

The team aims to get passengers on two excursions a day. What exactly those excursions might be change on dime, so be flexible and keep an ear out for announcements.

To keep things orderly, passengers are assigned to different boarding groups. And to keep things fair, boarding calls rotate. So if your group goes out first one day, you’ll fall back to last position the next.

The use of water toys like kayaks and paddleboards cost extra on polar sailings but are free to use on warm water sailings.

Expedition Gear on World Voyager

World Voyager gives all guests on polar expedition a parka with removable inner vest that they get to keep. And it’s a warm one! Had I known how cozy it would be, I would have only packed about half the clothes that I brought. They also provide boots, hiking poles and binoculars to use on board. Just be sure to pack warm waterproof gloves, waterproof pants and a warm hat. Oh, and lots of layers. The temperature feels a whole lot different when you are zooming over the icy waters in a Zodiac than when you are hiking on steep terrain.

Each cabin has its own locker in the mudroom where you can store bulky and wet items.

Zodiacs, Kayaks and Polar Camping

Every excursion starts with at least a short Zodiac ride to get to shore. You’ll need to have enough mobility to, with the help of crew, step down from the side of the ship into the Zodiac. And once you land, you have to be able to twist enough to get your legs over the edge so you can face forward to step down into the shallow water on shore. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and the crew is helpful. There are also mandatory safety briefings where you’ll learn the easiest and safest ways to get in out of the Zodiacs.

In addition to its fleet of 12 Zodiacs, World Voyager has 12 kayaks, 12 paddleboards, even camping gear for those brave enough to dig out their own bed and sleep under the stars in Antarctica.

Use of the kayaks and paddle boards is free on warmer sailings. But there is an upcharge of $350 for kayaking and $75 for paddle boarding on polar sailings. That includes all the gear you’ll need.

When conditions allow, the company offers camping under the stars. The overnights costs $500, and of course includes the use of mummy-like sleeping bag just like those used by explorers.

Separate safety briefings are mandatory for the add-on activities, and sea kayaking experience is required.

Theater and Lectures on World Voyager

At the bow of the ship, just off the main lounge, is the Amerigo Vespucci Auditorium, where the expedition staff give as many as three enrichment lectures a day, as well as recaps and previews of the daily activities.

On an Antarctic cruise you might hear about ice levels, prehistoric animals of the region and how humpback whales learn to sing.

All the lectures and briefings are also available live in the staterooms as well as an on screens in the main lounge.

Although lectures are only scheduled on sea days, the expedition team is always ready to step in with more if weather cancels the days planned off-ship activities.

Some evenings, movies are screened and popcorn served in the auditorium,

Daily Things to Do on World Voyager

Expedition days, of course, revolve around the off-ship activities. Sea days include a mix of lectures, trivia games and things like mixology classes.

Schedules are detailed in a program left in your cabin in each night. They are also posted on around the ship and on television so you can always get the latest updates.

Nightlife on World Voyager

Expedition ships are not known for their nightlife. But the World Voyager crew is at the ready to keep the bar open as long as the guests want. And some really tested the late night hours on the inaugural sailing.

There was also a singer onboard, and her shows rotated between the Atlas and Dome lounges.

The cruise director also took the entertainment helm a few nights to play the piano and sing show tunes.

The best entertainment, hands down, however, was the talent show put on by the crew, who were so proud to showcase not only their individual talents but songs and dances from their respective cultures.

World Voyager Bars and Lounges

There are three bars on World Voyager, Atlas Lounge on Deck 4, The Dome Observation Lounge and the 7Aft pool bar, both on Deck 7. During cold weather sailings the pool bar is closed.

Both the Atlas Lounge and The Dome have plenty of comfortable seating options, including couches and tables and chairs. The best views, of course, are in The Dome, which offers panoramic views off the front of the ship.

The Atlas Lounge is the largest, and where most of the nighttime entertainment is held (although the late-night parties tend to move to The Dome.) It’s also a great place to meet before dinner and to listen to the daily briefing on the screens just outside the lecture hall.

All but premium wines and liquor are included on Atlas sailings. Imbibing before excursions is strongly discouraged, but hot drinks with alcohol optional are waiting for you when you get off the last Zodiac of the day.

Pools and Hot Tubs on World Voyager

During World Voyager’s maiden Antarctic voyage, the only regular at the pool deck was a snowman. The pool is empty during polar sailings, but the two hot tubs are always open.

For warmer sailings, the pool deck has a mix of lounge chairs and tables, some of which are shaded by the partial deck and running track along the perimeter of Deck 8.

Outdoor Decks and Viewing Space on World Voyager

Atlas’s yachts are all about the view. A good deck is always just a few steps away, and there’s no need to worry about getting edged out of a wildlife sighting.

The main viewing deck is outside The Dome, on Deck 7 at the front of the ship. The spacious deck that runs in front of and along the sides of the glass-walled lounge easily accommodates a crunch of passengers clamoring for views without anyone losing their prime focal point.

There’s also a smaller outdoor viewing area up front on Deck 5, (complete with heated benches) and two smaller deck areas off the rear of Decks 5 and 6.

Services and Wi-Fi on World Voyager

There is a small but well stocked boutique on Deck 4. It has a good selection of souvenirs like stuffed penguins and penguin gaiters, as well as snacks, beauty supplies and other sundries. It also has all the key gear you might have forgotten, like waterproof pants, beanie hats and gloves.

Atlas uses Starlink WiFI, which worked very well on the maiden Antarctic voyage. Every guest gets access to 1 GB of data, via one device, for free. If you want to make that last, be sure to follow the instructions they provide for minimizing data usage. Upgrades are $45 for an extra 500 MB, $80 for 1GB and $350 for 5 GB.

Spa and Thermal Suite on World Voyager

The spa on the ship has two treatment rooms and two therapists. There is a separate area with a large sauna and four heated lounge chairs and several tables and chairs, all of which face floor to ceiling windows. Access to the sauna and lounge area is open to all passengers, whether or not they are getting a spa treatment.

Fitness and Gym on World Voyager

Like the sauna area, the fitness center has floor-to-ceiling windows. There are two treadmills and a large area for stretching or working with free weights. There is also an outdoor running track on the top deck with exercise stations.

Is World Voyager Family Friendly?

There is no age requirement, but there aren’t any facilities or programs on board for children.

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