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OUR ACCREDITED PROVIDER COMPANIES

An Accredited Provider company is vetted by the PTGA for its staff training and development systems. It uses the PTGA Workplace-Based Assessment system, collaborates on training initiatives and resources, aims to have more than 80% of their staff as qualified Polar Guides with PTGA status and actively encourages Continual Professional Development. An Accredited Provider may use their PTGA status for marketing and we have a proud and active team:

 

Antarctica21 pioneered the Antarctic Air-Cruise model. Motivated by a desire to make Antarctica accessible to travelers keen to avoid the Drake Passage, its founders pioneered the Antarctic air-cruise model in 2003. Since then, Antarctica21 has been the leader in this fast-growing segment of Antarctic tourism. As a boutique wilderness specialist, Antarctica21 designs and delivers adventurous yet comfortable small-scale expeditions to Antarctica. The aim is to offer guests a perfect balance between active exploration and high-quality hospitality for a trip of a lifetime. The Antarctica21 experience is created an international team of veteran Antarctic pilots, experienced sea captains, expert polar guides, academics, and seasoned travel professionals. Antarctica21 is a proud member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators.

 

Aurora Expeditions specialises in small-ship expedition-style voyages to the polar regions, to Latin America, Wild Scotland, the Norway coast, and the Kimberley coast of north-west Australia. An Australian company founded by acclaimed mountaineer Greg Mortimer and his adventurous wife Margaret Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017. Aurora Expeditions prides itself on the calibre of its Expedition Team, and its ethos of taking like-minded people to explore the world’s great wildernesses, always with care and safety at the forefront.

 

Intrepid Travel is an Australian company independently owned by the original founders, Intrepid Travel is now a collection of four tour operator brands and 21 destination management companies united by the vision of changing the way people see our planet. As the world’s largest travel B Corp and a carbon-neutral business since 2010, Intrepid is a world leader in responsible and purposeful travel. Intrepid is committed not just to treading lightly, but to making a real difference – by investing in local communities, human rights initiatives, wildlife conservation projects and setting science-based emission reduction targets. Through a robust carbon-offset initiative, an extensive onboard science program and partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund and Antarctic Science Foundation, Intrepid’s operation in Antarctica spearheads their commitment to going above and beyond responsibility, setting the stage for purposeful travel and ambassadorship. Intrepid prides itself on a world-class team of expedition guides, striving to set the benchmark for safety and responsibility and to help forge new ground on industry-wide efforts to ensure that Antarctic tourism is conducted in the safest and most responsible way – for our guests, guides and the continent.

Oceanwide Expeditions specializes in the polar regions and have just celebrated 30 years of pioneering expeditions. The family-owned Dutch company operate 4 vessels- Rembrandt van Rijn (a 100 year old sailing vessel), MV Plancius, MV Ortelius and the newest vessel MV Hondius. All of the motor vessels are strengthened and certified for ice navigation. The focus of Oceanwide, is to provide guests a fully immersive off ship experience- the focus of everyone from owners to staff is that the guests enjoy time off the ship savouring the splendour of the polar regions. Oceanwide have a strong  commitment to the development of their staff ranging from the development programme for aspirant guides, to their established ‘Wales Training’ programme that covers topics such as advanced boat operation and mountain skills. Through affiliation and partnership with the PTGA Oceanwide are keen to develop and enable their staff in achieving their full potential; and in doing so deliver a safe, knowledgeable and enjoyable experience to our guests.

 

 

Polar Latitudes focuses on delivering a highly personalized small ship experience, with a strong emphasis on individualized attention and ship-wide comradery, while sharing our founding passion for the Antarctic environment. As the first company to endorse and join PTGA, they are committed to delivering the highest level of safety, expertise, and the overall excellence of their expedition teams and crew.

 

Silversea Cruises is the leading ultra-luxury and expedition cruise line, sailing to more than 900 destinations across all seven continents—including Antarctica, the Arctic, the Galapagos Islands, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. The company operates five all-inclusive expedition ships— Silver EndeavourSilver Origin®Silver Wind®Silver Explorer®, and Silver Cloud®—and offers deep destination immersion to travellers who like to go beyond the beaten track, while journeying in complete comfort. All Silversea’s expedition voyages are complete with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of expert guides, and come with a guest-to-crew ratio of almost 1:1. Silversea Cruises is one of five cruise brands owned by global cruise company Royal Caribbean Group.