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Azamara expands partnership with World Wildlife Fund

By December 24, 2019Conservation
Alex Smith, Cruise & Ferry | December 23, 2019

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Azamara is expanding its partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) by offering a new collection of ‘People to Planet’ voyages and excursions.

Starting in early 2021, six conservation-themed voyages operated by the cruise line will sail in South Africa. Onboard programming will feature WWF experts discussing issues relating to sustainability and conservation. Additionally, guests will be able to take part in WWF-themed trivia sessions and enjoy five South African dishes at an interactive ‘Chef’s Table’. There will also be a South African ‘dish of the day’ available throughout the cruise at one of the onboard restaurants.

Original photo as published by Cruise & Ferry: Guests on Azamara’s new shore excursions will be able to experience South Africa’s diverse range of wildlife. (Image: Azamara)

“At Azamara, we partner with organizations that share our commitment to our planet, its people, oceans, land and wildlife, and we are thrilled to further our partnership with WWF to reinforce our commitment,” said Larry Pimentel, president and CEO of Azamara. “We are also honoured to have the opportunity to donate a total of US$100,000 from all ‘People to Planet’ voyages and US$30 from each ‘People to Planet’ excursion purchase to WWF in support of its conservation efforts.”

The selection of shore excursions will launch in autumn 2020. Options will include a dining experience at a local farm in Cape Town, South Africa, where guests will learn about sustainable agriculture and food practices. Passengers will also be able to experience local wildlife in a two-day stay at Phinda Mountain Lodge in Richard’s Bay, South Africa, where they will have an opportunity to track the highly endangered Black Rhino.

“WWF-South Africa is delighted to partner with Azamara to provide passengers a peek into the vital work we are undertaking to protect our natural resources,” said Morné du Plessis, CEO of WWF South Africa. “Our partnership assists WWF achieve its aim of creating a future where people live in harmony with nature, by bringing guests closer to nature and promoting a greater understanding and respect for the role nature plays in our daily lives.”