By Cruise Buzz
September 9, 2011
Todd Smith from AdventureSmith Explorations offers what he calls “a new style of adventure travel,” which combines small vessels, expert guides and sustainable practices to experience nature and wildlife up-close.
His cruises and tours consist of specially outfitted yachts, small ships and wilderness lodges that serve for naturalists to lead small group explorations into the wilderness.
Smith is a fan of small ship cruise experiences off-the-beaten path, away from crowds allowing his guests a chance to connect with nature and the local community.
When asked about sustainable practices in the cruise industry, Smith points out that that “small ships have always been inherently low impact.” Adding that , “as a closed system that does not visit port regularly, small ships need to be efficient with resources and minimize waste.”
Because of space limitations, Smith and I discussed the challenges that small ships have in terms of space, which naturally leads to creative ways to reduce and reuse products. Smith also noted that small ships are are more likely to employ local people and purchase local commodities than their big ship cousins.
Smith points out that many small ships have taken this concept further to enhance guest experience and further reduce environmental impact.
Island Spirit in Alaska is outfitted with a bank of solar and generator charged batteries that allow them to shut off generators at night allowing guests to experience Alaskan solitude.
Several boats in the Galapagos have achieved certification from Smart Voyager which considers rigorous environmental and social standards to decrease impact and ensure benefits to local populations.