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New posters help educate Arctic cruise passengers

June 18th, 2019

Press release from AECO – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (for immediate release): The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has launched new posters to be displayed on expedition cruise vessels sailing in the Arctic. The posters will inform guests about AECO’s guidelines for responsible Arctic tourism. AECO’s members have committed to following […]

New Arctic Vegetation Guidelines

May 31st, 2019

Photo by Tommy Prestø New guidelines have been published outlining information on the variety of Arctic flora and the correct methods of protecting plant life when out in the field, both for the individual, and the group leader.  The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has released informative guidelines that give an introduction to the vegetation that can be found in Arctic regions. They describe […]

SARex Svalbard – a week of testing Arctic lifesaving appliances

May 24th, 2019

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) this week have been part of a cross-sectional group of professionals that have gathered in Svalbard to test the efficiency of lifesaving appliances and to discuss polar survival strategies. Under the scope of SARex Svalbard, a multiple day exercise onboard a Norwegian Coast Guard Vessel KV Svalbard has been organized in Isfjorden, Svalbard with the aim of researching best […]

Cleanup for Sarah on 16 June

May 22nd, 2019

On June 16, people around the world will carry out cleanup actions in their local environment. This global effort will mark the birthday of Sarah Auffret, a polar professional who dedicated many years of her life to protecting the environment, and in particular the marine environment in polar regions. A tragic accident has inspired a […]

Heritage Expeditions joins AECO as Provisional Member

May 15th, 2019

AECO is pleased to welcome Heritage Expeditions as a Provisional Member. Heritage Expeditions was formed in 1985, as a way of increasing awareness and conservation of the natural world through responsible expedition travel. Based in New Zealand, Heritage Expeditions which is still family owned, operates its own Polar Research Vessel, Spirit of Enderby, on expeditions to […]

Seyðisfjördur launches community guidelines for visitors

May 8th, 2019

Photo: Ómar Bogason Seyðisfjördur is presenting a new tool for tourism management: Community specific guidelines targeted at tourists. The launch coincides with the arrival of the first cruise ship of the season in Seyðisfjördur port.   Inhabited by about 700 people, the Icelandic coastal town receives around 30 000 passengers per year. The town’s message to visitors is clear: “Everybody is welcome to our little paradise and […]

New Clean Seas Guidelines for Visitors to the Arctic

May 2nd, 2019

New guidelines have been released outlining the necessity of reducing plastic waste on cruise ships and bringing responsible travel to the forefront for Arctic cruise passengers. 

AECO welcomes new team member

April 29th, 2019

We are pleased to welcome Isabelle Howells as our new communications assistant. Her work includes supporting the various elements of AECO’s communication strategy, writing content and press releases as well as promoting the organisation’s online presence. Isabelle studied marketing and public relations at university and has since become familiar with the Arctic cruise expedition industry, […]

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises rejoins AECO

April 29th, 2019

AECO is pleased to welcome Hapag-Lloyd Cruises back to the organization, as a Provisional member. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is a Hamburg-based cruise company that operates small luxury expedition ships as well as two luxury cruise vessels. AECO looks forward to a rewarding cooperation.  

AECO signs MOU with Government of Nunavut

April 16th, 2019

Iqaluit, Nunavut (April 16, 2019) – The Government of Nunavut (GN) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on cruise ship tourism in the territory. “The GN is committed to diversifying and improving economic opportunities to encourage self-reliance and provide local employment in […]