Protecting and conserving the oceans that delight and inspire us.

Oceans are vast and deep. They’re full of life and have a life of their own. We dive in them, explore in them, sail on them. We surf, paddle and fish their waters. We admire them, are in awe of them, and tell stories about them.

And now, we must help protect them.

SAFEGUARDING OUR SEAS. TOGETHER.

In partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and our parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Azamara Club Cruises® is taking steps to protect and conserve the ocean, one of the world’s most precious resources. Oceans are home to some of our most majestic, unique and threatened species. And in a way, it’s our home, too. Azamara’s two destination immersive ships sail the oceans and seas. We take you to experience destinations around the globe that are touched by the ocean. And so it is our responsibility to help protect and conserve the oceans that delight and inspire us.

Featured Guest Speakers

Delve deeper into the issues affecting the world’s oceans and ecosystems with on board presentations by guest lecturers from WWF. Get informed and take part in engaging discussions that will help you appreciate the destinations you visit on a more meaningful level and learn about how you can support WWF and their efforts on global oceans conservation.

  • Sybille Klenzendorf

    Sybille will be aboard Azamara Journey for the 15-Night Australia & New Zealand Voyage February 19-March 6, 2017.

    Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf is a Senior Species Conservation Expert with World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Sybille provides leadership for the WWF Arctic Program on polar bear conservation issues. She is a native of Germany, where she is currently based.

    Previously, Sybille was the Managing Director for Species Conservation and Wildlife Trade Programs in Washington, DC. She joined WWF in 2002 to lead WWF’s tiger conservation program, which focuses on saving the world's remaining tigers through the preservation of key landscapes. Her expertise includes management of threats to flagship species across their range including poaching, habitat loss, human- wildlife conflict and large-scale conservation management.

    Before coming to WWF, Sybille served as a research scientist for the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at Virginia Tech University, where she studied black bear ecology and management as part of her doctoral research. She also worked for a team in Europe to design an Austrian brown bear management plan and in Pakistan to conserve the Himalayan brown bear, which earned her an M.S. degree. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from George Mason University.

    Her early conservation jobs took her to Alaska as a wildlife biologist in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and as a resource scientist with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

    Potential Lecture Topics

    Climate Change Impacts: How is climate change affecting wildlife around the world and local communities? Learn about the impacts, especially on such key species as polar bears, sea turtles and elephants.

    Wildlife Trafficking and Trade: Wildlife trafficking is among the most prolific illegal trades in the world. From rhinos killed for their horns to seemingly innocent coral necklaces bought in a cruise ship port, wildlife trafficking affects consumers worldwide. Hear the latest about WWF’s efforts to end the wildlife trade.

    Consumers and Conservation: From toilet paper to pine nuts, the items that consumers buy every day have an impact on the global environment. Learn more about how consumer choice plays a role in conservation.

    The Life of a Wildlife Biologist: Hear fascinating stories of conservation and wildlife interactions from Sybille’s 25-year career in conservation.

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  • Nicky Sundt

    Nicky will be aboard Azamara Quest for the 17-Night Panama Canal Voyage February 21-March 10, 2017.

    Nicky Sundt is a consultant on energy and climate change issues with more than 35 years of experience in government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

    Nicky most recently served as WWF’s director of Climate Science and Policy Integration, having previously worked as WWF’s director of Climate Communications. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Conservation of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, Nicky began his climate career as an analyst at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), where he contributed to six major assessments, including OTA's first report on climate change. An accomplished editor, Nicky contributed to several climate-focused publications, including Energy, Economics and Climate Change and Global Change. He has also served as the communications manager of the U.S. Global Change Research Program Coordination Office.

    During his career, Nicky has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Climate Progress, among other publications. He also has been featured by a range of media outlets, including the Guardian, National Public Radio, and The Weather Channel.

    From 1976 through 1990, Nicky spent most of his summers in the Western United States working for the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter. This includes six seasons as a smokejumper.

    Potential Lecture Topics

    It Takes Two to Tango: The Changing Oceans and Atmosphere: Driven mostly by the increase in fossil fuel use, the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases has been relentlessly increasing. This is causing disruptive and closely intertwined changes in both the climate and the oceans—changes that will grow throughout this century and beyond. Find out about these past and future changes and their causes.

    The Past and Future Impacts of Climate and Ocean Changes: Climate and ocean changes already are affecting Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Learn about the impacts that have been observed and what the future holds in store for the region.

    A Time to Choose: What Can be Done About Climate and Ocean Change: The changes already emerging in the climate and oceans cannot be entirely stopped, but they can be slowed down by sharply reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Individuals can also do a lot to prepare for rising temperatures, sea level increases, changing precipitation patterns and other likely changes. Find out what already is being done in Latin America and the Caribbean, and learn more about what you can do to make a positive impact on the planet.

    The Life of a Smokejumper: For 14 summers, Nicky Sundt put his life on the line by serving as a fireflighter combating naturally occurring or man-caused wildfires in the Western United States. During six of those summers, he was a smokejumper, parachuting into extremely remote areas to extinguish blazes. Nicky will share stories from the frontlines during this captivating storytelling session.

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THE OCEAN. MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.

Oceans are more than stunning vistas, beautiful coastlines, and incredible marine wildlife. From the food we eat to the air we breathe, oceans sustain life. Oceans cover 71% of our planet’s surface, make up 95% of all the space available to life, and produce 70% of our oxygen. Oceans absorb heat and re-distribute it around the world, dominate the world's weather systems, and regulate global climate.

Oceans are home to a vast array of incredible ocean species, such as sharks, turtles, whales and polar bears. From icy polar regions to warm tropical waters, oceans contain the greatest diversity of life on Earth.

Oceans support people as a source of food, culture, and history. One billion people rely on fish as an important part of their diet and more than 520 million base their livelihoods on fishing and fishing-related activities for income and food.

WORLD WILDLIFE FUND 

For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.4 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally.

WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

CREATURES AND PLACES TO LOVE. AND PROTECT.

WWF works to protect key ocean species, work that influences and supports the survival of other species or offers the opportunity to conserve entire landscapes and marine areas.

Polar bears depend on sea ice to hunt seals, rest and breed. But because of the ongoing loss of sea ice habitat from climate change, polar bears are now a threatened species. Sea turtles suffer from poaching, over-exploitation, habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear, and climate change has also an impact on turtle nesting sites. Oil and gas development, entanglement in fishing gear, and collisions with ships threaten gray whales.

WWF also works to conserve priority ecosystems such as the Coral Triangle in the western Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos off the coast of Ecuador, the Mesoamerican Reef region in the Caribbean Sea, and the Arctic Circle, which covers eight countries, including the United States.

TURNING THE TIDE.

Our mission is to protect and conserve one of the world’s most precious resources—the ocean. We will strive to reduce the company’s environmental footprint, further ocean conservation, help ocean life thrive, and engage the global community to raise awareness about the importance of ocean and environmental conservation. Through our sustainability goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sourcing sustainable seafood, and destination stewardship, we aim to keep the world’s oceans clean and safe for generations of future Azamara passengers.

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