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Small ships, big gains

CRUISE360 was this year home to a breakout session on the growth of the expedition cruising segment, with representatives from four big players in the industry engaging in a robust discussion on why the space was finding so much traction recently.

The md of Windstar Australia, Andrew Millmore, told the audience that one of the drivers of small ship cruising was a growing appetite for a greater immersive experience.

“We have clients jumping off the back deck into the Arctic and in Alaska they are getting into kayaks and getting up close and personal with the destination,” he said.

APT’s Scott Ellis agreed, suggesting unique locations were also a part of the appeal.

Pictured: Aaron Russ, Wild Earth Travel; Dianna Schinella, Aurora Expeditions; Andrew Millmore, Windstar Australia; Monique Ponfoort, Ponant; & Scott Ellis, APT Travel Group.