Atlas Ocean Voyages' World Voyager has officially joined its fleet, following a naming ceremony in Ushuaia, Argentina.
The 198-guest expedition yacht was christened by Godmother British physiotherapist and British Army Captain Harpreet "Preet" Kaur Chandi MBE.
Naming ceremony attendees included shareholders, maiden voyage guests, travel advisors, media, and local dignitaries. The third vessel in the line’s expedition fleet, the, sister ship to Atlas Ocean Voyages’ World Traveller and World Navigator, will now begin her inaugural deployment for the 2023/24 Antarctica season.
“Today marks another important milestone for Atlas Ocean Voyages as our fleet grows to a trio, delivering year-round polar, epicurean and cultural expedition experiences across the globe,” said Rodriguez. “Thank you to Preet for inspiring all of us and the entire Atlas team that continues to execute our vision of year-round expedition yachting.”
The shipboard ceremony was presided over by Atlas Ocean Voyages President and CEO James A. Rodriguez, who introduced World Voyager’s officers and crew, including Captain Terje Ulset, recognized local Argentine dignitaries, including Vice Governor Mónica Urquiza, and also thanked Father Luis Ascano for being a part of the moving milestone for the expedition cruise line.
The ceremony concluded with Godmother Harpreet “Preet” Chandi MBE breaking a bottle of Champagne, raising a glass to lead a toast with Rodriguez as World Voyager embarked on her maiden voyage, a 9-day Antarctic Discovery expedition.
“I’m so excited for you as you begin your first Antarctic Expedition,” said Chandi. “My journey and now your experience is all about pushing boundaries and experiencing an adventure that will leave you changed.”
Chandi gained international recognition in 2022 when she completed a solo expedition across Antarctica to the South Pole.
In January 2023, she further solidified her place in polar exploration history by recording the longest-ever solo and unsupported polar expedition by a woman of color.
Her outstanding achievements were acknowledged when she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 Birthday Honours.
World Voyager joins Atlas' two other luxury yachts, World Traveller and World Navigator, in expeditions sailing to Antarctica on 9 to 14-night round trips from Ushuaia, Argentina.