How Luxury Cruise Lines Are Helping Scientists Explore Remote Destinations

Le Commandant Charcot (Credit: Nicolas Dubreuil, Ponant)For those studying polar ice, a berth aboard Le Commandant Charcot is like a winning lottery ticket.

“This cruise ship is one of the few resources scientists can use, because nothing else can get there,” says G. Mark Miller, CEO of research-vessel builder Greenwater Marine Sciences Offshore (GMSO) and a former ship captain for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“Then factor in 80 percent of scientists who want to go to sea, can’t, because of the shortage of research vessels.”

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