Cruise industry unlikely to see impact from Explorer sinking

The sinking of cruise ship Explorer in the Antarctic will not hurt the market, according to the managing director of Voyages of Discovery, a company which runs cruises in the region.

David Yellow told Travel Weekly that safety is “paramount” to the company and said: “The Explorer is more of an expedition vessel and goes deeper into the region, but all cruise lines take the safety of passengers and staff seriously.”

Yellow said he couldn’t comment on why the disaster may have struck, but he said it could have happened anywhere in the world.

“I have worked with operating ships in this area for 25 years and I haven’t seen this happen.

“It doesn’t necessarily depend on the destination, there was the sinking in the Mediterranean last year.

“I think environmentally there are always concerns whenever something like this happens around the world.”

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