The 10 new small ship itineraries will visit small ports that the big ships can’t get to, allowing travellers to explore little-known towns and villages in some of the world’s hottest travel destinations, including Croatia, Cuba, Iceland, Portugal, Panama, and the Greek Islands.
Peregrine Adventures, as most will know, is the Intrepid Group’s premium adventure operator.
While Intrepid Group may be the largest company in the adventure travel sector, it is unlikely that this first foray in to the market will be seen as a threat by traditional cruise companies – each of the trips are operated by small ships with no more than 50 travellers onboard.
However, Intrepid Group’s managing director, James Thornton made it clear that Peregrine’s first Adventure Cruising brochure is just the beginning, as he believes that cruise companies are missing the boat in this multi-billion dollar market.
Thornton observed: “Traditional cruises do a great job of catering to those travellers who enjoy an all-inclusive beach resort, but tourism is changing and there is no real option on water for our travellers who prefer small hotels and Airbnb-style local authenticity.”
He pointed out that: “We’re just a start-up in the fast-growing cruise market, but we think it is ripe for disruption because the big companies have not responded quickly enough to demand for genuine local experiences that benefit both travelers and the places and people they visit.”
Intrepid is a recognized leader in responsible travel. The company is a signatory of the UN Global Compact which commits the company to transparent reporting on environmental, social and economic sustainability.
It has been carbon-neutral since 2010 and the group calculates carbon emissions from passengers on its trips and then neutralizes emissions on their behalf.
For more, go to http://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-ca/adventure-cruising .