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Update Regarding COVID-19 and Oceanic Society Expeditions

By Wayne Sentman

Posted: March 19, 2020

Dear Oceanic Society travelers,

Since the onset of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our travel team has been working tirelessly to provide you with options for getting safely to, and home from, your scheduled expeditions. The severity and scope of the pandemic now makes it imperative that we reschedule all Oceanic Society expeditions until at least June 30. We are collaborating with our on-the-ground partners to rebook passengers for future departures, and doing all we can to recover deposits to in-country service providers for expeditions that can no longer be carried out due to COVID-19 control measures.

In the weeks ahead, we will reach out to all of you who are scheduled to travel with us to assure that this disruption is handled as smoothly and fairly as possible. These are extremely difficult times in the travel industry, and we deeply appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these rough and uncharted waters.

Because we are not solely a travel company but also America’s oldest ocean conservation non-profit, we will also continue to diligently pursue our mission by working with our many partners across the globe, especially those who also rely on ecotourism revenues for their survival and conservation success.

If you are “social distancing” and stuck at home like we are (OS staff are sheltering in place) we hope you will check out some of our online content, including:

Oceanic Society travelers — all of you — are the lifeblood of our organization. We deeply appreciate your continued support during these uncertain times, and we hope that all of you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.

With best regards from all of us,

Rod, Wayne, Pei, Brian, Nicole, Linda Sue, Chris, Ashleigh, Lindsay, Rosie, Amanda, and Huntley


Author

Wayne Sentman is our director of conservation travel programs and an Oceanic Society naturalist since 1998. He is an experienced guide with a diverse background in marine mammal, seabird, and marine debris research. Wayne also co-teaches undergraduate field programs in Kenya on human-wildlife conflict and on the use of social media and art to raise public participation in conservation. He recently received a Master's in Environmental Management from Harvard University.

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