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Atlas Ocean Voyages to Offer Curated Shore Excursions by AFAR

Atlas Ocean Voyages to Offer Curated Shore Excursions by AFAR

Small-ship cruise line Atlas Ocean Voyages is partnering with AFAR to launch AFAR Recommends, a collection of shore excursions on select 2024 sailings in Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.

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The ultra-luxury line will offer the new shore excursions on its Cultural Expeditions voyages—which cater to enthusiasts of art, architecture, history, and museums—offering local and folkloric experiences together with museum, art gallery, and architectural viewings at each destination.

Atlas Ocean Voyages now offers shore excursions curated by AFAR (image courtesy of Atlas Ocean Voyages)

For the first collection of shore excursions, travel media brand AFAR has chosen seven of the most immersive and enriching cultural experiences available to travelers. These experiences range from meeting with the chief historian of the Evita Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to exploring the twin crater lakes of Sete Cidades in the Azores.

Each AFAR Recommends shore excursion will feature highlights like skilled guides, interactive workshops, or distinctive local tastings. Other activities include outdoor adventures, visits to historical and cultural sites, and epicurean tours.

Related: Atlas Ocean Voyages to Offer ‘Epicurean Expeditions’ in Europe

AFAR Recommends will launch this spring in the Caribbean and South America

The new tours will launch in the Caribbean and South America for spring 2024. In the upcoming weeks, reservations for additional shore excursions designed for the European season by the AFAR crew will be available. These excursions will include experiences in Iceland, the British Isles, and northern Europe.

“This partnership brings to life our commitment to providing travelers with transformative, immersive experiences that delve into the heart of each destination. Afar’s expertise in curating extraordinary outings aligns seamlessly with our mission to offer unparalleled cultural journeys,” James A. Rodriguez, president and CEO of Atlas Ocean Voyages, said in a press release.

“We believe that through these handpicked excursions, our guests will not only explore the world but also gain a deeper understanding of the diverse cultures they encounter. This collaboration enhances the already rich tapestry of experiences on our expeditions, providing travelers with unique opportunities to connect, learn, and create lasting memories,” Rodriguez continued.

Atlas Ocean Voyages new AFAR Recommends shore excursions promise unique opportunities to connect with local cultures (image courtesy of Atlas Ocean Voyages)

Atlas cruisers can choose AFAR Recommends excursions on upcoming sailings including a 7-night Colors of the Caribbean voyage departing May 9, 2024 from Philipsburg, St. Maarten, to Bridgetown, Barbados, or a 7-night Highlights of Brazil & Uruguay cruise on October 27, 2024 from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires.

Optional shore excursions by AFAR include forest bathing at a restored 17th-century farm in Paraty, Brazil, and visiting the enchanting Valombreuse Garden in Guadeloupe, home to a remarkable assortment of botanical marvels.

“Truly life-changing journeys come from connecting more deeply with local culture, feeding your curiosity, and pursuing your passions,” said AFAR cofounder Joe Diaz. “Our partnership with Atlas Ocean Voyages, which shares AFAR’s belief in the transformative power of travel, allows more travelers to have more meaningful experiences.”

Atlas’ newest ship, the 200-guest World Traveller (image courtesy of Atlas Ocean Voyages)

AFAR Recommends shore excursions are now available for reservation at a nominal cost, enhancing the free cultural immersion offered on each of Atlas’ Cultural Expeditions. The cruise line includes complimentary enrichment programs and workshops, local experiences and onboard events, the use of water toys on select expeditions, and a Josper Grill Dining Experience at 7AFT Grill for all guests.

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Have you booked one of Atlas Ocean Voyages’ Cultural Expeditions? Are you planning on reserving any of the new AFAR Recommends shore excursions? I’d love to hear what you’ve picked in the comments below!

Carrie Ann Karstunen