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Atlas Ocean Voyages has announced that it will include emergency evacuation and return-to-home insurance for all guests, a first for the cruise industry.

The insurance will cover emergency medical transportation from the ship to a local treatment center, as well as return transportation to home or a medical facility close to home, as required.

“Because safety and the health of our guests is our top priority, we are proud to be the first cruise brand to include emergency medical evacuation and return-to-home insurance as part of every booking,” said Alberto Aliberti, president of Atlas Ocean Voyages, in a press release statement. “With this first-ever included insurance coverage, our guests can enjoy peace of mind when sailing our captivating destinations and know that we take care of every detail, as part of our All Inclusive All the Way experience.”

New expedition ship World Navigator is currently under construction in Portugal and on schedule for launch in mid-2021. It will embark on its inaugural year sailing seven- to 24-night itineraries in the Holy Land, Black and Mediterranean Seas during the summer, followed by nine- to 13-night itineraries in the Caribbean, South America and Antarctica during winter 2021/22. Sister ships World Traveller, World Seeker, World Adventurer and World Discoverer are slated to follow before the end of 2023.

All Atlas Ocean Voyages journeys include emergency medical evacuation insurance; complimentary round-trip air travel from major U.S. and Canada gateways; prepaid gratuities; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; Wi-Fi; L’Occitane bath amenities; free shore excursions in select ports; international gourmet dining; and onboard binoculars, coffee and tea service, and butler service in suites.

Atlas Ocean Voyages is also committed to preserving the locales and waters that its ships visit for future generations, and is among the first to employ the latest conservation and sustainability technologies, including a hybrid power management and propulsion system that maximizes fuel efficiency and consumes as low as one-fifth the fuel compared to conventional cruise ship systems. Additionally, World Navigator and her sister ships utilize underwater, forward-looking sonar to confidently navigate coastal, harbor and icy polar waters, and feature an alternate hydrojet propulsion system, which helps the ship quietly cruise up to five knots without disturbing marine wildlife for incomparable up-close encounters.

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