Regent Seven Seas Cruises has expanded its partnership with ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society with the launch of the “Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Circle of Interest.” For the first time, this educational program will be offered on summer Alaska cruises aboard Regent’s 700-guest Seven Seas Mariner. Beginning with the Mariner’s June 6 sailing, Cousteau’s team of naturalists will introduce young guests and their families to the wildlife and nature of Alaska through shore excursions, physical activities, arts and crafts, games and interactive presentations.
Cousteau, the son of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau and an oceanographer, educator and environmentalist, has been a long-time partner of Regent Seven Seas, offering an “Ambassadors of the Environment” program for young passengers on Regent’s Tahiti cruises. Jean-Michel himself has lead enrichment programs for adults aboard Regent cruises in Tahiti and South America. As part of the new program, young guests will learn about life in the ocean and on land, including glacial geology and a variety of native animals, fish, birds and plants. Special emphasis will be placed on sustainable living, focusing on how the native Alaskan Tlingit tribe peacefully co-existed with nature, how the Seven Seas Mariner operates in an environmentally responsible manner, and how young guests can continue to be ambassadors of the environment when they return home.
Each participating guest will receive a commemorative passport that will be stamped each time they participate in an activity, and a certificate of completion signed by the captain and Cousteau. Young guests will also receive a CD featuring an onboard environmental presentation and library of images, which they can use to teach their class, scout troop or friends what they learned during summer vacation. The Circle of Interest is complemented by Seven Seas Mariner’s complimentary Club Mariner youth program, available on most Alaskan sailings. Club Mariner programs (for children ages 5-17) are staffed by experienced youth counselors and feature interactive activities. The “Ambassadors of the Environment Circle of Interest” is geared toward children ages 9-17. The cost per guest is $110, which includes all shipboard activities and one shore excursion in either Ketchikan or Campbell River, depending on the itinerary.
The program will be offered on 11 seven-night cruises between Vancouver and Seward between June 6 and Aug. 15.
Per-person fares start at $3,697.