Azamara has announced its expanded partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which will include a new collection of People to Planet Voyages and Excursions, offering guests the chance to connect and give back to the Earth.
Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara says the cruise line will donate a total of $100,000 from all People to Planet Voyages and $30 from each People to Planet Excursion purchase to WWF in support of its conservation efforts. This funding will help support WWF’s conservation work in South Africa, which includes, among other initiatives, protecting rhino populations, reducing the impact of the illegal wildlife trade and contributing to sustainable seafood initiatives.
People to Planet Voyages: Launching in early 2021, the expanded partnership will see the unveiling of six conservation-themed voyages in South Africa. With the intention of inspiring personal commitment and environmental conservation, onboard programming will include WWF experts discussing such topics as sustainable agriculture, conservation champion wine farms, water resources, food elements, sustainability and wildlife. In addition, professionals will be integrated into a multitude of activities onboard, which range from hosting an interactive Chef’s table to conducting WWF-themed trivia sessions throughout the voyage.
People to Planet Excursions: Launching in fall 2020, the excursions will spotlight local cultures, natural wonders and the work being done by WWF, including in the oceans, on land and with wildlife.
Below are shore excursion highlights:
- WWF South Africa Sustainable Seafood Initiative in Cape Town: When stopping in Cape Town, guests will partake in a dining experience led by WWF-recognized chef Christian Campbell and a guided on a tour of a local farm, where they will learn about sustainable agriculture and food practices in South Africa
- Addo Elephant Park by 4x4 in Port Elizabeth: During a stopover in Port Elizabeth, guests will adventure by way of 4x4 through Addo Elephant Park, which is home to over 450 elephants and the rest of the "Big Five" species
- Two-Day Phinda Mountain Lodge Overnight Rhino Conservation in Richard’s Bay: When calling in Richard’s Bay, Azamara guests will have the opportunity to spot not only the Big Five but many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah; guests will also have the rare opportunity to track the highly endangered black rhino with an expert tracker