Ecological systems such as the Arctic or the Antarctic are unique refuges of nature as well as sensitive sanctuaries worthy of protection for a large number of fascinating organisms. As a long-standing member of IAATO, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is extremely committed to ensuring that flora and fauna are treated with respect and care. So that nature remains what it is. Pristine and eternal.
- do not step on delicate moss, lichen or grasses
- never throws anything at all overboard or onto the ground
- never infringes on the ancestral habitats of seals, penguins, seabirds or other animals
- maintains a minimum distance of 5 metres from penguins, seabirds and seals and of 15 metres from fur seals
- always yields "right of way" to the animals
- never touches the animals
- never smokes in nature
- does not enter protected areas and research bases without permission
- does not take any "souvenirs" away from nature
- follows the instructions of the cruise leader and his personnel and stays with the group
The tour operator
- hands out this Code of Conduct to the officers, the crew and the passengers
- provides a knowledgeable guide for every 20 passengers
- provides comprehensive and sensitive preparation on board
- uses only ships which are suitable for voyages in the Arctic/Antarctic
- convinces the entire ship to abjure a "throwaway" attitude.
Please help during your cruise to leave the few regions on this planet that are still untouched and intact exactly as you found them!