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OceanQuest hands-on cruises

Posted by www.oceanquestonline.org under Cruises,Research & Conservation on July 22nd, 2010.

If you want your cruise to have a little more thought behind it, consider taking an OceanQuest cruise. While you won’t be traveling through exotic island locales (it’s in Woods Hole, MA), and you won’t need to pack for a week’s worth of time (it’s a one-day trip), you will get one experience lacking anywhere else. On the OceanQuest Discovery cruise, you get to actually use the vessel’s research equipment to learn about the body of water that covers 70 of our planet.The boat is divided into three different stations. In the back (or sternprospective passengers have to start learning the lingo), travellers focus on the life of the ocean, pulling up lobster traps and plankton nets and examining microorganisms under a Discovery Scope. In the bow of the ship, passengers have the opportunity to operate the equipment that teaches scientists about the physical and meteorological makeup of the ocean. Finally, when guests head in to the cabin, they are treated to exploring the chemistry of seawater.OceanQuest’s summer schedule started on June 28, and goes through September 4. Monday through Friday, cruises run starting at 10 a.m. and every 2 hours after that. On Saturday, cruises run at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday is the only day that requires advance reservations, but they’re recommended for all dates due to the demand. As far as costs go, tickets for adults and teens will only cost 22.00, with children between 4 and 12 going for 17.00. Tickets for children under 4 cost only 5.00, and infants are free. Tickets can be bought at the dock. However, if you simply want to donate to the organization, that can be accomplished online at OceanQuest’s website. This helps to make cruises affordable for school groups, who are of course our–and the ocean’s–future.

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