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ORCA announce new partnership with Ambassador Cruise Lines

ORCA announce new partnership with Ambassador Cruise Lines

The new partnership will see ORCA and Ambassador launching the first cruise Anti-whaling campaign.

It was announced today that Ambassador Cruise Line and ORCA have built a new partnership that will see them launching the first-ever Anti-whaling campaign. Tourism is one of the key drivers of commercial whaling and guests will be encouraged not to consume any whale meat.  The consumption of whale meat can pose a significant threat to human health and in all communications to guests, they will be encouraged to avoid it anywhere it is offered to them. Executive Director of Ambassador, Christian Verhounig, has also formally written the Faroese Prime Minister, following the Grindadráp in September 2021, where 1428 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were driven to their death. Ambassador are monitoring the outcome of the review of the Grindadráp which the Faroes Government are planning. In the letter, Christian Verhounig stated that he will reconsider the cruise lines position and planned future to the islands. If activity in a destination contradicts the cruise lines pledge they will cancel the port of call. 

Christian Verhounig, said, “We at Ambassador feel incredibly passionate about supporting this cause. This joined-up approach with ORCA demonstrates our committed action in addressing this issue of unnecessary dolphin hunts and commercial whaling and to encourage change.

“This approach has been developed taking expert advice from our new partner, ORCA who we are extremely proud to be working with, and from other global experts. We are particularly confident that this represents the best approach to maximise the impact and we hope our campaign will result in a measurable effect on the commercial whaling industry and that the incident that took place on 12 September 2021 will never happen again.

“We also have confidence that if activities take place which force us to reconsider our sailings and change our itineraries, our booked guests will understand and fully support our decision.”

Ambassador have also made the decision not to include and destination experiences to Oceanariums or experiences that involve captive marine mammals. 

On the partnership, Steve Jones, Head of Partnerships at ORCA said: “ORCA are incredibly excited to be involved in this partnership with Ambassador Cruise Line and are proud to be part of such an ambitious and impactful programme. The work we will be doing together will have a direct impact on protecting whales and dolphins, and after spending a lot of time with the team at Ambassador it’s clear that they care passionately about protecting the marine environment. This new partnership shows the positive impact that businesses can have, and we can’t wait to get started when Ambience sets sail in 2022.”

As well as the Anti-whaling campaign, the new partnership will also see Ocean Conservationists joining Ambassador’s ship, Ambience, in 2022 and 2023 to deliver unforgettable wildlife experiences to guests onboard. Teams will be joining 11 itineraries totalling 200 days and will be sailing through the Iberian coast, Black Sea and Irish sea as well as visiting countries such as Iceland and Greenland. During the sailings, Ocean Conservationists will be collecting vital scientific data in key areas as well as delivering an enhanced onboard experience for guests. ORCA will also have a permanent presence on Ambience with a dedicated enrichment area which will include a range of fun and exciting activities.

ORCA’s vision is to see the ocean alive with whales and dolphins and we work tirelessly to protect these animals in the wild in waters around the UK, Europe and beyond, but we cannot do this without your help. If you would like to donate to ORCA, however small an amount, your money will be used to further the conservation of whales and dolphins and protect these animals for future generations.