Azamara Club Cruises has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund.

Initiatives on preserving and protecting the world’s oceans and marine life, educating on climate change and warning on wildlife trafficking and consumerism will be among the topics covered in a series of lectures on an upcoming Azamara Club Cruises voyage in Australia.

Senior Species Conservation expert for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Dr Sybille Klenzendorf has been engaged by the premium cruise brand to deliver a series of environmentally themed presentations and seminars during the cruise as part of the brand’s WWF Guest Speaker Series – which will see a number of sustainability experts join different voyages around the world to speak on topics close to their heart and linked to their professions.

Dr Klenzendorf – part of the WWF Arctic Program which focuses on polar bear conservation issues – will board one of the brand’s ships, Azamara Journey, for the 15-night Australia & New Zealand voyage, which departs Sydney on 19 February 2017. The cruise will visit Melbourne, Port Arthur and spend a full night in Hobart before crossing the Tasman.

The World Wildlife Fund is active in promoting the plight of polar bears and taking steps for their long-term survival.
The World Wildlife Fund is active in promoting the plight of polar bears and taking steps for their long-term survival. Image: Steve Morello

Next parts of the itinerary will see the ship sail in Milford Sound before stopping in Dunedin, Akaroa, Napier and a further overnight stop in Tauranga before the cruise ends in Auckland.

She will speak about the impact of climate change on the world’s wildlife, illegal movement of animals around the world and consumerism as well as sharing personal stories about her own career in conservation. Guests can contribute to the WWF directly while onboard or through the purchase of the organisation’s iconic stuffed panda doll.

Azamara’s partnership with the WWF is aimed at spreading the message about long-term ocean health and issues surrounding ocean conservation as well as reducing the carbon footprint of the brand’s two ships, which also includes identical sister ship Azamara Quest. Other WWF conservation themed cruises include a 10-night journey in the West Indies and a 14-night Spice Route itinerary from Dubai, both departing next month.

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