Poseidon Expeditions

Polar Cruising from Arctic to Antarctica

Website:  http://poseidonexpeditions.com/

About Poseidon Expeditions

Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/) is a top provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Founded in 1999, the company is a recognized leader in icebreaker cruises to the North Pole and the Russian High Arctic. With the 114-passenger, all-suite Sea Spirit, Poseidon expanded its offerings in 2015 to include deluxe expedition cruises to Antarctica, and to the Arctic destinations of Svalbard, Greenland, Franz Josef Land and Iceland. With representation and offices in the UK, US, Germany, Cyprus, Russia, China and Japan, the company markets it travel programs worldwide.

Poseidon Expeditions’ goal is to provide curious, discerning travelers with the perfect combination of comfort and personable service, balanced with maximum opportunities for outdoor activities in the spirit of adventure. Using a fleet of Zodiac landing craft, passengers are guided ashore by an exceptional team of expedition guides and educators to observe up-close the spectacular wildlife and landscapes. On it North Pole expeditions, Poseidon takes passengers aloft in helicopters for photo opportunities and a rare perspective of the nuclear-powered icebreaker making its way through the frozen Arctic Ocean to the top of the world.

Expedition Ships

M/V Sea Spirit was built in 1991 as the Renaissance V and sailedfor a decade in Alaska and worldwide as the popular Spirit of Oceanus. She underwent technical improvements for polar cruising in 2010, and since then as Sea Spirit she has been providing luxury expedition cruises in both the Arctic and Antarctic environments. Sea Spirit offers all-suite accommodations with square footages ranging from 215 to 463. There are two multi-purpose lounges for educational programming and entertainment, a restaurant that can accommodate all passengers in one seating, a well-stocked library, and ample outdoor deck space to enjoy the polar landscapes and wildlife. Activities directed by a team of experienced polar guides and educators include Zodiac excursions, hiking and optional kayaking and camping, along with informative presentations aboard. The ship’s expedition staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the best in the business.

I/B 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world, transports guests to the North Pole in unique style. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-world programs are scheduled for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. The 525-foot 50 Years of Victory, a working vessel, carries 128 passengers in comfortable accommodations, all with exterior views and private facilities. Public spaces include a dining room; aft salon for lectures, presentations and socializing; a bow-facing bar and lounge; library and lounge; plus a gym, two saunas and swimming pool with heated seawater. The ship has a clinic and physician.

All departures feature a series of informative presentations by the expedition staff, excursions onto the sea ice and ashore via Zodiac landing craft in Franz Josef Land, helicopter flightseeing, and other special activities. Being aboard the largest nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world, capable of forcefully driving through Arctic ice nearly ten feet thick, sets these North Pole voyages apart from any other polar expedition ship adventure.

Notable Company Milestones

1999 – Poseidon Arctic Voyages, doing business as Poseidon Expeditions (PEX) and specializing in icebreaker cruises to the North Pole and Russian High Arctic, is founded in the UK with main offices in Limassol, Cyprus. Programs are marketed internationally.

2001 – During the first full season, PEX operates North Pole icebreaker voyages aboard the 100-passenger, nuclear-powered icebreaker Yamal.

2003 – PEX operates two expedition cruises to Franz Josef Land and Spitsbergen aboard the 100-passenger icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn.

2004 – PEX operates an inaugural “Transpolar Bridge” expedition cruise through the Northeast Passage, including Franz Josef Land, North Pole, Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago, Taymyr Peninsula, Lena River Delta, New Siberian Islands and Wrangel Island aboard Yamal.

2005 – Inaugural “Pearls of the Russian Arctic” expedition cruise in the Russian High Arctic is operated by PEX, including Novaya Zemlya, Oranskie Islands, Vise Island, Severnaya Zemlya and the ruins of Khabarovo Gulag aboard the Kapitan Dranitsyn.

2007 – PEX operates an inaugural expedition cruise to the Russian Far East, including Kamchatka Peninsula, Kuril Islands, Commander Islands and Sakhalin Island aboard 115-passenger Marina Tsvetaeva (nowMV Ortelius).

2008 – PEX markets a sub-chartered expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula aboard the 53-passenger Professor Molchanov.

2008 – PEX operates an icebreaker voyage to the North Pole aboard 128-passenger, nuclear-powered 50 Years of Victory, during its first season in tourism service.

2013-14 – PEX markets four sub-chartered expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, with one voyage including the Falkland Islands & South Georgia aboard the 114-passenger Sea Explorer.

2014 – PEX operate an icebreaker voyage to the North Pole aboard 50 Years of Victory in July 2013, marking the 100th attainment of the Pole in the history of icebreaker navigation.

2014 – PEX announces agreement with Rosatomflot to continue North Pole icebreaker voyages aboard the nuclear-powered 50 Years of Victory through 2018.

2014-15 – PEX markets four sub-chartered expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, with one voyage including the Falkland Islands & South Georgia aboard the114-passenger Sea Explorer.

2015 – PEX operates twelve expedition cruises to Arctic destinations—including Spitsbergen, Franz Josef Land, Iceland, and East Greenland—aboard the 114-passenger Sea Spirit.

2015-16 – PEX operates ten expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, with three voyages including the Falkland Islands and South Georgia aboard the Sea Spirit.

Environmental Promise

As a member in good standing of both the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), Poseidon Expeditions pledges its commitment to the further development of Arctic and Antarctic conservation and support of related scientific research.

They actively encourage participation in their expeditions by naturalists and scientists engaged in such research, offering a platform from which they can pursue their important work as well as a forum where they can voice their unique understanding of these fragile and remote ecosystems. Preservation of the Arctic and Antarctic habitats and the polar ice cap are environmental imperatives and the responsibility of all, including tourism operators and their guests. Poseidon Expeditions is honored to be a part of this, and to help passengers understand the importance of preserving Polar Regions for future generations.

International Family of Polar Explorers

What sets Poseidon Expeditions apart from many other cruise operations is its ability to attract an international mixture of cruise participants. Guests come from China,Russia, Europe, North America, Australia and elsewhere. While English is the primary language spoken by expedition leaders and staff, Poseidon offers a QuietVox in-ear translation system for non-English-speaking passengers (e.g. German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Swedish). Since the Polar Regions truly hold international status belonging to the world community, it is only fitting that travelers should arrive there with fellow expeditioners from all corners of the globe.

Single Travelers

Poseidon Expeditions will arrange same-gender shares for single travelers who can book at the lowest fare in the triples, or in double-occupancy cabins at the regular per person cost. Single occupancy of cabins is also available for a surcharge.

Affiliations

  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Polar Bears International
  • International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators
  • Authentic Hotels & Cruises
  • Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators

Poseidon Expeditions donates annually to related polar non-profits: the WWF, Polar Bears International, Russian Arctic National Park, South Georgia Heritage Trust and other organizations. Contributions have totaled more than US$250,000 over the past five years.

Poseidon Expeditions Offices

The company maintains offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany (including Austria and Switzerland), Russia and China.

US Office

For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone 347-801-2610
Marketing Director: Steve Wellmeier
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Germany

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United Kingdom (and elsewhere on the globe)

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Three World-Renowned Photographers Join Arctic and Antarctic Cruise Specialist Poseidon Expeditions on Select 2017 and 2018 Polar Journeys

PROVIDENCE, RI, April 27, 2017 –Three internationally renowned photographers will travel with polar cruise expert Poseidon Expeditions on select voyages in 2017 and 2018. On these journeys the photographers will host seminars and workshops for passengers.

The celebrity photographers are Filip Kulisev (http://www.amazing-planet.com/en/author), James Balog (http://jamesbalog.com) and David McKay (https://davidmckayphotography.com). They will headline an accomplished Expedition Team of top specialists including scientists, marine biologists, geologists, explorers and historians who regularly accompany each Poseidon Expeditions departure.

Filip Kulisev, whose Amazing Planet series has captured international attention, is collaborating with Poseidon Expeditions to secure a new series of images of icy landscapes and diverse polar world wildlife on his multiple voyages into the polar realm. This partnership is in preparation for a late autumn 2018 exhibit at Monaco’s Galerie des Pêcheurs. Monaco’s Prince Albert II will preside over the exhibition’s opening.

Nikolay Saveliev, President of Poseidon Expeditions (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/), said that the company is honored to be a part of the project. “We believe that this new chapter of the Amazing Planet series will promote a special appreciation and respect for the Polar Regions, and help to encourage conservation and preservation of these wild unique places for future generations.”

Kulisev’s work and publications are part of the collections of eminent personalities around the world, including Pope Francis, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, and many others. He will join the following departures:

·         22 May - 06 June 2017 South and West Greenland and Disko Bay

·         14 June - 27 June 2017 North Pole

·         28 June - 08 July 2017 West Spitsbergen & Ice Cap

·         14 Aug -29 Aug 2017 Franz Josef Land

·         03 Jan - 23 Jan 2018 Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Renowned National Geographic photographer James Balog will join a July 8-20, 2018 North Pole voyage aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker, I/B 50 Years of Victory. He and his team are famous for the largest calving glacier ever captured on film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC3VTgIPoGU. His work explores the relationship between humans and nature. Since the early 1980s Balog has photographed such subjects as endangered animals, North America’s old-growth forests, and polar ice. His work aims to combine insights from art and science to produce innovative, dynamic and sometimes shocking interpretations of our changing world. His best-known project explores the impact of climate change on the world’s glaciers. In 2007 he initiated the Extreme Ice Survey, the most wide-ranging ground-based photographic glacier study ever conducted.

National Geographic magazine showcased Balog's ice work in 2007, 2010, and 2013, and the project is featured in the 2009 NOVA documentary Extreme Ice as well as the 75-minute film Chasing Ice, which premiered in January 2012. Balog’s book Ice: Portraits of the World’s Vanishing Glaciers summarizes the work of the Extreme Ice Survey through 2012. Chasing Ice won an Emmy Award in 2014 and was short-listed for an Oscar. It has been screened at the White House, in the U.S. Congress, in the U.K. House of Commons, and at the United Nations. It has been the subject of features on the NBC Nightly News, ABC Nightline, The Late Show with David Letterman, PBS’s Moyers & Company, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

In January 2016, Balog began production on another feature-length documentary film, Life Tectonic (working title), exploring the environmental effects of the Anthropocene. The film is scheduled to debut in early 2018.

David McKay, author of the award-winning book, Yuba Seasons: Images of the Wild & Scenic South Yuba River, along with several of his professional colleagues will lead a photography expedition on a June 27-July 5, 2018 West Spitsbergen and Polar Ice Edge trip aboard the 114-passenger M/V Sea Spirit. He has been a professional photographer for over 40 years and began teaching photography in 1976. Since 1974, McKay has had numerous shows and exhibits, won several awards, and has had his work published in national newspapers, magazines, brochures and books.

McKay says, “I am a photographer of the environment. Whether it is a cityscape or landscape, I immerse myself in my surroundings and capture them in creative ways through my lens. You can't force creativity. You have to allow it, by being a part of where you are, not as a detached observer. I become something different when I pick up a camera and look through that magical window.”

Poseidon Explorations’ complete 2017-2018-2019 Arctic and Antarctic schedules, rates and special offers can be found at https://poseidonexpeditions.com/. A new 80-page catalog detailing the company’s ships and activities is also available, and can be requested online or through any of the Poseidon Expeditions offices.

For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, individuals and agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 347-801-2610.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. In addition to the M/V Sea Spirit, the company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the I/B 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-world programs are scheduled for both the 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

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Poseidon Expeditions Announces Early Bird Discounts on Three North Pole-bound Icebreaker Expeditions in 2018

PROVIDENCE, RI, March 28, 2017 Poseidon Expeditions announces early booking savings of $1,435 to $2,255 per person on three 2018 voyages aboard the only passenger-carrying vessel in the world that can attain 90º north, the geographic North Pole.

With rates starting at $27,260 per person (double occupancy), this singular adventure starts in Murmansk, Russia. There, guests embark the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory for a roundtrip voyage to the geographic North Pole. Anticipation heightens as the most powerful icebreaker ever built smashes through Arctic Ocean ice up to three meters in thickness.

In addition to the exhilaration of cruising aboard a state-of-the-art icebreaker and the thrill of standing at the top of the world, passengers also have the opportunity to explore the rarely visited Russian Arctic Archipelago of Franz Josef Land. This remote wilderness is home to a variety of iconic High Arctic wildlife, including polar bears. In the surrounding icy waters, it is possible to spot seals, walrus, and the elusive bowhead whale. The archipelago also hosts an abundance of nesting Arctic seabirds such as the rare ivory gull.

Activities throughout the journey are centered on discovery, history and wildlife. Seasoned guides help guests spot puffins, gannets, guillemots and other bird life on excursions ashore. While on deck, everyone has an eye out for whales -- humpback, fin and minke. walruses and seals -- harp, bearded and other species – are often seen on ice floes. And, of course, sightings of Ursus maritimus or the polar bear is a highlight in a wonderland of glaciers, fjords and waterfalls, all created by the terrific force of the island’s massive ice cap. Guests explore climate and environmental issues affecting the regions and seasonal ice cover.

An included activity on all Poseidon Expeditions North Pole cruises is flightseeing aboard the icebreaker’s onboard helicopter. From aloft guests have a unique and exciting perspective from which to witness the ship plowing its way through the ice and to experience the surreal beauty of the vast frozen ocean.

The helicopter is also utilized to achieve landings in Franz Josef Land when conditions prevent landings by Zodiac, giving unparalleled access to this remote and hard-to-reach Arctic wilderness. Weather permitting, flightseeing tours and landings by helicopter are included complimentary on all North Pole voyages.

The vast, intricate, and ever-changing icescape of the Arctic Ocean offers a unique and challenging world of subjects for photographers of all backgrounds. A free photography program gives guests the chance to learn and practice photography skills alongside an expert photographer.

Primeval landscapes, intriguing geological features, poignant historical remains, and charismatic Arctic wildlife in Russia’s Franz Josef Land also provide a wealth of inspiration for the photographer.

Early booking rates are available for 13-day departures July 8 - July 20, July 19 - July 31 and July 30 - Aug. 11, 2018. Per person, double occupancy rates with applicable discounts are from $27,260 to $42,840. To qualify, reservations need to be made by July 31, 2017.For more details and itinerary see: http://info.poseidonexpeditions.com/north-pole-press-release-early-bird-discount

Rates include one pre-voyage hotel night; group transfers from airport to hotel before embarkation and to the ship on day of embarkation plus a trip to the airport or central location upon disembarkation; shipboard accommodation and all meals while at sea; tea and coffee station 24 hours daily; all scheduled landings/excursions; expert interpretation throughout the voyage by Expedition Leader and Team; branded Poseidon Expeditions parka; use of rubber boots for shore landings; welcome and farewell beverages; all port fees; pre-departure materials; digital voyage log; medical insurance covering the risks of evacuation and repatriation.

The complete 2018-19 Arctic schedules, rates and special offers can be found at https://poseidonexpeditions.com/. A new 80-page catalog detailing the company’s ships and activities is also available, and can be requested online or through any of the Poseidon Expeditions offices.

For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 347-801-2610.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. The company offers guests the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-World programs are scheduled for the 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. Poseidon also offers Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruising aboard the 114-passenger luxury expedition ship Sea Spirit. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

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2018-19 Arctic and Antarctic Cruise Specials - Poseidon Expeditions Offers 10 to 20 Percent Off On Select Cabin Categories if Booked by July 31, 2017

PROVIDENCE, RI, Feb. 8, 2017 Early booking rates are available through the end of July 2017 for Arctic and Antarctic cruises in 2018-19 with polar cruise specialist Poseidon Expeditions. Cabin discounts are as generous as 20 percent off the regular rate, depending on category reserved.

Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/), which focuses on remote polar cruise exploration in the high latitudes, offers May through September cruises in the Arctic and October through February itineraries in the Antarctic.

The stylish and well-appointed 114-passenger expedition ship Sea Spirit serves both regions for Poseidon Expeditions. Applying the early booking discount, Arctic rates in 2018 for the all-suite Sea Spirit begin at just $4,660 per person if three people share a spacious Triple Suite. This rate applies to a June 27-July 5, 2018, West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge/ Searching for Polar Bears adventure. This same suite for three with the early booking discount brings a Nov. 26-Dec.7, 2018, Antarctic Peninsula tour to just $7,564 per person. Double occupancy rates for these departures begin at $6,596 and $10,204, respectively.

Sea Spirit offers all-suite accommodations ranging from 215 to 463 square feet (20-43 square meters). There are two multi-purpose lounges for educational programming and entertainment, a restaurant that can accommodate all passengers in one seating, a well-stocked polar library, and ample outdoor deck space to enjoy the polar landscapes and wildlife.

Activities both on and off the ship are directed by a team of experienced, bilingual polar guides, scientists and educators. Guests are offered many opportunities to venture from the ship. Shore landings provide the chance to explore and to partake in guide-led interpretive walks and photography workshops. Sea kayaking and Zodiac cruising are offered in both polar regions and camping can be arranged in Antarctica. The ship’s expedition staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the most generous in the business.

Travelers bound for the Antarctic Peninsula embark from Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina. Other destinations in this region of the Southern Ocean include the Falklands and South Georgia Island, once a whaling center and the final resting place of legendary explorer Earnest Shackleton. Icons of the area are penguins, seals, sea lions, whales and birdlife, including albatross.

Arctic-bound cruises include a focus on the region’s wildlife – walrus, polar bears, reindeer, arctic fox, whales and birdlife – as well as delving into the history of polar exploration more than 100 years ago. Early summer travelers will come face-to-face with the contemporary culture of the Intuit and the echoes of the past visits of Vikings. In this shifting landscape of sea ice and icebergs, the Northern Lights are always a possibility on late summer departures.

The next frontier in polar expedition cruising is the High Arctic region known as the Franz Josef Land Archipelago. Few visitors have ventured here and because of multi-year sea ice, access by ship is possible only a few weeks each summer. Poseidon Expeditions is the only company offering dedicated cruises from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to this archipelago of 191 uninhabited, volcanic, mostly glaciated islands that since 2012 arepart of the Russian Arctic National Park. The seal industry drove the first explorers here in the mid-1800s. They were followed by others searching for the North Pole.

The complete 2018-19 Arctic and Antarctic schedules, rates and special offers can be found at https://poseidonexpeditions.com/. A new 80-page catalog detailing the company’s ships and activities is also available, and can be requested online or through any of the Poseidon Expeditions offices.

For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 347-801-2610.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. In addition to the Sea Spirit, the company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-world programs are scheduled for both the 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

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114-Guest m/v Sea Spirit to Introduce Splendors of the Southern Ocean’s Aquatic and Birdlife on Poseidon Expeditions’ Value-Packed Autumn 2017 Expeditions

PROVIDENCE, RI, Dec. 15, 2016 Reasons to venture toward Antarctica are many. Over 200 years ago unchartered waters, whales and the fur trade drew ships, explorers and those seeking a life of adventure into the Southern Ocean. Today curiosity is the driving force behind expedition cruising in this region.

Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/), which focuses on polar cruise adventures, will offer an incentive to travelers on two autumn 2017 cruises aboard the 114-guest m/v Sea Spirt into the Southern Ocean. Both cruises will impress visitors with the diverse sea and bird life of the region. One cruise travels into the Antarctica Peninsula; the other adventure spends more time exploring the lore and wildlife of the region that spans Patagonia, the Falklands and South Georgia Islands.

In November 2017 savings of from $3,300 to over $8,000 per couple may be secured on Ultimate Wildlife Expedition: Antarctica Peninsula, South Georgia & Falkland Islands November 6-25, 2017. This is a comprehensive 20-day expedition voyage that begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina, with rates starting at just $11,336 per person, triple occupancy, and $15,026 double occupancy.

This extensive exploration of the Southern Ocean embraces the Falkland’s capital city of Stanley and outer islands alive with birds. South Georgia’s staggering array of wildlife – seals, penguins and albatross – as well as the whaling heritage of Grytviken and a celebration of Shackleton’s legendary exploits precede the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula where visitors experience an abundance of marine mammals and penguin colonies set amidst magnificent glacial and mountain scenery.

In October of 2017 the Best of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia & The Falklands October 20-November 7, 2017 spans 19 days with rates starting at $9,995 per person in a triple cabin and $13,295 per person, double occupancy. The voyage from Puerto Madryn (in Argentine Patagonia) to Ushuaia spends six days exploring South Georgia and three days exploring the Falklands. Over 200 bird species have been identified along this routing.

For all who book the October cruise before January 15, 2017, a complimentary full-day, pre-cruise excursion ($315 per person value) to the Peninsula Valdes Protected Nature Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is included. Highlights include a whale-watching excursion in the prime location for spotting Southern Right whales and Orcas and the hospitality of a traditional estancia where guests enjoy a spit-roasted lamb luncheon. The tour continues to Punta Norte, an important habitat for sea lions and elephant seals. Guests return to Puerto Madryn at sunset and embark m/v Sea Spirit for the voyage to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

The m/v Sea Spirit offers all-suite accommodations with square footages ranging from 215 to 463. There are two multi-purpose lounges for educational programming and entertainment, a restaurant that can accommodate all passengers in one seating, a well-stocked library, and ample outdoor deck space to enjoy the polar landscapes and wildlife.

Activities directed by a team of experienced polar guides and educators include Zodiac excursions, hiking and optional sea kayaking, along with informative presentations aboard. The ship’s expedition staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the best in the business.

For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 347-801-2610.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. In addition to the Sea Spirit, the company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-world programs are scheduled for both the 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

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Birthing Icebergs, Inuit Culture and Dramatic Seascapes Take Center Stage in May on Poseidon Expeditions’ West Greenland: Disko Bay Cruise

PROVIDENCE, RI, Oct. 24, 2016 Spring signifies the birthing season. The Arctic is no exception where in May on Greenland’s west coast, even those icons of the frozen north – icebergs -- calve. 

For early summer 2017, Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/), which focuses on polar cruise adventures north and south, is restaging last summer’s popular adventure to provide a more in-depth, focused look at what they call the “glistening gem of West Greenland – Disko Bay.” The voyage is called Disko Bay and West Greenland: Birthplace of Icebergs. This is a 9-day voyage from May 22-30, 2017, aboard the 114-passenger expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit with rates starting at $3,995 per person. Guests board the ship in Nuuk, this country’s 16,000-population capital, and disembark in Kangerlussuaq, the airline arrival/departure city. Included in the cruise rate is the flight from Kangerlussuaq’s international airport to Nuuk for embarkation.

Greenland is the world’s largest, non-continental island and is surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The nearest countries are Canada to the west and Iceland to the east. Disko Bay is an ideal spot for viewing icebergs created by calving glaciers. Humpback, Fin and Minke whales are also active in these waters, and guests are introduced to the Greenlandic Inuit culture and traditions first hand in remote, colorful villages while exploring the Nuuk fjord, the world’s second largest fjord system, embraced by snow-capped mountains, towering waterfalls and gleaming icebergs.

An anomaly in this remote and frozen wilderness is the youthful urban vibe of Sismiut, the country’s second largest town with artifacts resident in its museum of human habitation dating back 4,500 years. Volcanic Disco Island gives its name to the basalt mountains and huge icebergs of Disco Bay. Here is Qeqertarsuaq, a community with a distinctive octagonal church, which offers voyagers hiking options to basalt cliffs and to a waterfall. The vessel anchors at Uummannaq, a hunting and fishing based founded in 1763 with a canning factory and marble quarry. Danish and Greenlandic children believe that Santa Claus lives here. A mountain by the same name rises above the town 1,170 meters and a Zodiac cruise around the fjord reveals the stunning beauty of the Arctic. Not far away is the Eqp Sermia, an active tidewater glacier located in a wild and scenic fjord.

From this prime location guests are poised to witness the spring birthing of the icebergs that issue from the Ilulissat Icefjord. Here one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometers of ice annually. The breathtaking ice formations are best appreciated during a watercraft excursion along the fjords. In the town of Ilulissat is the Inuit Art Museum with paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese and Danish artists. A final stop at Itilleq showcases 100-population settlement on this small island that survives on fishing and hunting.

For more details, please see: https://poseidonexpeditions.com/arctic/disco-bay-birthplace-of-icebergs/

The m/v Sea Spirit offers all-suite accommodations with square footages ranging from 215 to 463. There are two multi-purpose lounges for educational programming and entertainment, a restaurant that can accommodate all passengers in one seating, a well-stocked library, and ample outdoor deck space to enjoy the polar landscapes and wildlife.

Activities directed by a team of experienced polar guides and educators include Zodiac excursions, hiking and optional sea kayaking, along with informative presentations aboard. The ship’s expedition staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the best in the business.

For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 347-801-2610.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. In addition to the Sea Spirit, the company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-world programs are scheduled for both the 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

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Poseidon Expeditions’ 114-Guest Sea Spirit Offers Incentives for Booking Suites For Two Antarctica Cruises in December 2016

PROVIDENCE, RI, Aug. 11, 2016Antarctica’s ice-bound landscape is rife with activity in the ample sunlight of long austral summer days. Penguins, for example, are in a flurry of courting, nest building and egg incubation.

To witness this fascinating activity, Poseidon Expeditions, a leading provider of polar adventures in the expedition cruise industry, offers complimentary overnight camping to guests who book Deluxe, Premium and Owners suites on either of two late Fall departures. This means guests may literally awaken with the birds and watch their antics close at hand. This complimentary camping offer is a $250 per person value on top of the specially priced suites.

The balcony suites with bird’s eye view privileges also offer on new bookings only a 15 percent per person reduction off of regular rates on November 24-December 5, 2016 and December 4-16, 2016 departures of Classic Antarctic Peninsula voyages. After the discount, per person double rates start at $10,196 (Deluxe), $11,301 (Premium), and $13,936 (Owners). The suites feature private balconies and large, sliding glass doors out to the balcony. Sea Spirit’s suites are large by expedition ship standards and can easily accommodate a third person for $5,995 (on November 24) and $6,295 (on December 4). The rate includes:

-One pre-voyage hotel night at the Arakur Hotel & Spa in Ushuaia;-Pre-cruise group transfers from the airport to the hotel in Ushuaia

-Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;

-Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia;

-Shipboard accommodations;

-All scheduled landings/excursions;

-Complimentary camping-Leadership throughout by experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;

-All meals on board throughout the voyage;

-Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;

-Welcome and Farewell cocktails;

-Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;

-Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;

-All port fees;

-Pre-departure materials;

-Digital Voyage Log.

Poseidon Expeditions’ 114-passenger, deluxe expedition M/V Sea Spirit, while small and nimble enough to visit a multitude of landing sites, embraces guests with space (all-suite accommodations range from 215 to 463 square feet), two multi-purpose lounges, a well-stocked library and a restaurant serving gourmet-quality meals. Ample deck space facilitates viewing passing icescapes and wildlife.The vessel has an ice-strengthened hull, a fleet of Zodiacs and a set of retractable fin stabilizers for smoother sailing.Activities include Zodiac excursions, hiking, optional kayaking and camping, and informative presentations aboard. The ship’s expedition staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the best in the industry.

Typical cruises from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the Antarctic Peninsula are from 10 to 12 nights. This allows for a reasonable amount of time for daily landings, which are always subject to ice and weather conditions. Travelers often opt for extensions before or after the Antarctic cruise, or they choose a departure that includes other destinations. For example, many travelers want to include a few days in Buenos Aires where they connect with the local flights to Ushuaia, the country’s southernmost town and point of embarkation. In Ushuaia guests can visit Tierra del Fuego either pre- or post-cruise. Some itineraries include the Falkland Islands and South Georgia where they can visit the terrain made famous by explorer Ernest Shackleton, whose gravesite is in Grytviken. Guests on these itineraries can witness King Penguins, the second-largest penguin species, and nesting Wandering Albatross.

The complete 2017-18 Arctic and Antarctic schedules, rates and special offers can be found at https://poseidonexpeditions.com/. A new 80-page catalog detailing the company’s ships and activities is also available and can be requested online or through any of the Poseidon Expeditions offices.

For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, individuals and agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 347-801-2610.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +49-40-7566-8555.

In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. In addition to the Sea Spirit, the company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-world programs are scheduled for both the 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

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Poseidon Expeditions Sees Increased Demand for Off-Ship Camping in Antarctica, Sea Kayaking in Both Polar Regions

PROVIDENCE, RI, July 21, 2016 In Antarctica, Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton are among the adventuring giants whose legends live on. Today intrepid travelers can replicate the spirit of their on-land experiences, albeit more comfortably, while spending a night ashore wrapped in a warm bivvy sack surrounded by ice, snow and sky.

Poseidon Expeditions (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/) in response to a growing interest in off-ship excursions makes available 40 on-land camping slots per voyage into Antarctica. “Last year we had only 30 overnight slots per voyage available,” said Steve Wellmeier, managing director of Poseidon’s North American sales and reservation office. “These allotments quickly sold out so this season we decided to offer 40 spaces.”

Sea kayaking is also an activity growing in popularity on expedition cruises to both Polar Regions. Poseidon ExpeditionsM/V Sea Spirit, a 114-passenger luxury vessel, offers optional kayaking excursions through their exclusive Sea Kayak Club in both the Arctic and Antarctica on select voyages.

About Antarctica Camping: M/V Sea Spirit provides quality synthetic mummy-shaped sleeping bags rated for temperatures to -18ºC (0ºF). The bags are comfortable, roomy, water-repellent and connectable, accommodating body lengths of up to 6.5 feet. Guests are also issued a freshly laundered cotton sleeping bag liner and a full-length insulated foam sleeping pad. Guests may opt to sleep under the stars singly in a bivvy sack that slips over the sleeping bag. This is a non-complicated option that allows the utmost connection to the environment without sacrificing warmth and protection from the elements. These waterproof, breathable nylon bivvy sacks feature contour hoods and provide an additional 5º to 10ºC (9º to 18ºF) of insulation. Partners may also opt to sleep in a deluxe two-person stable, waterproof, freestanding dome tent instead. These measure 87 x 49 inches with additional vestibule space for gear.

Guests opting to bivouac, dig their own fox hole in the frozen world. They have access to a toilet tent for use during the time spent on shore. However, their last meal on the ship has to last them until their return to the ship the next morning, as no food is allowed ashore.  Neither the date nor the location of camping is known more than a few hours in advance, as a site must be scouted and weather conditions assessed just before venturing out. Guide tents are clearly marked. Children between ages 12 and 18 at the time of their voyage are allowed to participate in Antarctica Camping only if they are accompanied and supervised at all times during their camping activities by their parents or designated representative. All that’s needed is a sense of adventure and willingness to add a $250 supplement to their cruise fare.

For more details please see https://poseidonexpeditions.com/activities/camping/

About Poseidon Sea Kayak Club: Kayaking has been offered as an optional activity on expedition cruises to the polar regions for the past 10 years, and Poseidon wasted no time in making it available for its inaugural Antarctic season last year. The club is limited to eight guests per voyage in the Arctic and 16 per voyage in Antarctica. Participants are part of a guided paddling group utilizing exceptionally stable tandem sea kayaks with one or more qualified sea kayak guides leading each group and helping people in and out of the kayaks at all times. There is always a dedicated safety Zodiac (security boat) accompanying each paddling group who receive a comprehensive orientation and safety drill before getting into the kayaks. Guests also don polar‐quality Kokatat paddling suits and paddling-specific life jackets as well as other gear that along with the kayaks are checked and maintained prior to each cruise.

Guests can expect a real workout on these excursions that are on water sometimes for up to three hours, requiring paddling for up to six nautical miles or 10 kilometers. A kayak adventure may be unscripted and spontaneous depending on ice, weather and wildlife. Those wishing to kayak must subscribe to the club for a supplemental fee of $595 (Arctic voyages) or $750 (Antarctic Peninsula voyages) / $850 (South Georgia and Falkland Islands voyages).

For more details please see https://poseidonexpeditions.com/activities/seakayakclub/.

About Sea Spirit: Sea Spirit was built in 1991 as the Renaissance V, then sailed for a decade in Alaska and worldwide as the popular Spirit of Oceanus. She underwent technical improvements for polar cruising in 2010 and now provides expedition cruises as Sea Spirit in both the Arctic and Antarctic environments. She offers all-suite accommodations for up to 114 passengers, a restaurant that can accommodate all passengers in one seating, library, the comfortable multi-purpose presentation Oceanus Lounge for educational programming and entertainment, and outdoor deck space for al fresco barbecues and to enjoy the passing scenery. Activities are directed by a team of experienced polar guides and educators, and include Zodiac excursions, hiking ashore and optional kayaking on some itineraries, along with informative presentations aboard. The ship’s staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the best in the business.

Full details on polar cruise adventures, including for 2017 and 2018, can be found at http://poseidonexpeditions.com/ or by contacting the North American office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 347-801-2610. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, China and Russia, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. The company offers guests the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-World programs are scheduled for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. Poseidon also offers Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruising aboard the 114-passenger luxury expedition ship Sea Spirit. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), and supports the efforts of Polar Bears International and the World Wildlife Fund.

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Poseidon Expeditions Helps Families and Singles Experience the Awe of Polar Cruising

Special Youth Rates, Triple Suites and Cabin-Share for Solos Keep Things Affordable for this Often-Overlooked Population

PROVIDENCE, RI, June 1, 2016Two demographic groups – children and single travelers – are often overlooked and underserved when it comes to expedition cruising. This is especially true when sailing through Arctic and Antarctic regions. 

One company, purposefully bound to exploring both polar ice caps, is Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/). It has taken steps to assure that children as young as twelve – and sometimes even younger – have opportunities to become Polar ambassadors by experiencing remote areas of the high latitudes where polar bears or penguins prevail. The company also excels at welcoming single travelers with a variety of accommodation options that avoid having to pay a single supplement.

Poseidon Expeditions recommends its 114-passenger M/VSea Spirit for families traveling with children. This all-suite vessel has triple occupancy berths in most stateroom categories. Families can spread out and mingle in the publicareas.  Because the passenger composition will be mostly adults, children who are at ease around adults will be most comfortable. This setting encourages children to expand their conservation and environmental awareness by witnessing first-hand, regions impacted by climate change and changing wildlife patterns. M/V Sea Spirit sails north in the summer months and south in winter months. The rate for children age 16 and under is $150 a day, based on occupancy with two adults.

Single travelers have traditionally been challenged to find companies offering solo traveler-friendly cruise options. Poseidon Expeditions’ share program allows single travelers to request same-sex cabin assignments which precludes single-supplement fees. If the company can’t find a cabin mate for a request-share traveler, the single supplement is waived. This allows single travelers on a share basis to select accommodation in most cabin categories at the same per person cost that couples pay. Single travelers on a budget also can sign up for triple share, which is the most economical option available. Solo travelers who want to have a cabin to themselves will still pay a single supplement.

“We are seeing a trend toward more acceptance of sharing accommodations for expedition cruises to the polar regions. Singles paying the supplement used to be the norm, but there’s been a significant increase in requests for single share, which we arrange according to gender,” said Steve Wellmeier, managing director of Poseidon’s North American sales and reservation office. This past season, nearly 12 percent of its passengers to Antarctica asked for request-share accommodations, compared with less than two percent who chose to have their own cabin alone and to pay the single supplement.

A full list of special offers for Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruises can be found at http://poseidonexpeditions.com/special/. For complete information, rates, and itineraries on all of Poseidon’s polar cruises visit http://poseidonexpeditions.com/.  A new 80-page catalog detailing the company’s ships and activities is also available and can be requested online or through any of the Poseidon Expeditions offices.

For inquires, availability and reservations in North America, contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 347-801-2610. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, and Russia, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. In addition to the Sea Spirit, the company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-world programs are scheduled for both the 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

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Exploring Franz Josef Land: Archipelago of 191 Islands in High Arctic Emerges as New Frontier in Polar Expedition Cruising

PROVIDENCE, RI, May 5, 2016 The next frontier in polar expedition cruising is the High Arctic known as Franz Josef Land. Few have ventured here in recent decades. In fact, because of the ice, access by ship is possible only a few weeks each summer.

Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/) is the only company offering dedicated cruises from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to this archipelago of 191 uninhabited, volcanic, mostly glaciated islands that since 2012 arepart of the Russian Arctic National Park. The seal industry drove the first explorers here in the mid-1800s. They were followed by others searching for the North Pole.

A limited number of travelers can now explore these islands aboard two different Poseidon vessels, the Sea Spirit and the 50 Years of Victory. And, depending on the ship chosen, guest can extend their discovery further, through the use of kayaks or helicopters, to venture where the ships themselves cannot. Franz Josef Land is an archipelago in transition, both vibrant and dynamic while clearly positioned on the frontline of global climate change.

Depending on seasonal sea ice conditions, scheduled visits in Franz Josef Land may include Alexandra Land, Northbrook Island, Hooker Island, Rudolf Island, Champ Island and other historic or wildlife-significant areas of the uninhabited polar archipelago. These islands are blessed with more than 140 days of midnight sun each summer, leaving plenty of hours in the day for passengers to experience the scenery and wildlife while ashore or from the deck. While winds here are too intense for most shrubs and all trees to root, the Arctic poppy and assorted mosses thrive, along with polar bear and birdlife. Because of a rich biodiversity, the region is a marine mammal sanctuary with walrus, varieties of seals and whales commonly found here.

Aboard the Sea Spirit, limited space remains on July 7-20 and July 30-Aug. 12, 2016 departures, with rates starting at $7,295 per person for the 14-day program. Guests embark and disembark in Longyearbyen, Svalbard and can expect up to seven days of intensive discovery of Franz Josef Land, including historic sites where early explorers made their marks or met their fates. For the August 14-29, 2017 departure, Poseidon is offering an early booking discount up to 15% off the regular rates for the Aug. 14-29, 2017, “Arctic for Explorers” departure. Discounted rates start at $8,096 per person. http://poseidonexpeditions.com/arctic/franz-josef-land-arctic-for-explorers/2017-08-14/

Guests may opt for a $595 per person membership in Poseidon’s Sea Kayak Club in advance of their Sea Spirit cruise that offers interpretive kayak expeditions to a maximum of eight participants utilizing ultra-stable sea kayaks, led by one or more qualified sea kayak guides. A dedicated safety Zodiac accompanies the group who receive a comprehensive Sea Kayak Club orientation before the first paddle and safety briefings throughout the voyage. On any given outing participants may paddle for up to three hours, covering six nautical (10 kilometer) miles. Levels of fitness and prior experience are required for membership.

For the 2016 summer season, 50 Years of Victoryis offering a 10 percent discount off regular rates for 14-day cruises, July 10-23 and August 1-14, 2016, with discounted rates starting at $24,995 per person. Approximately three days are spent in the archipelago, but the program also include a visit to the geographic North Pole, 90º north latitude and sightseeing tours by helicopter. Rates for the two 2017 summer departures – July 14-27 and June 25-July 8 – begin at $27,995 per person. Departures are round trip from Murmansk, an Arctic city celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. http://poseidonexpeditions.com/northpole/north-pole-icebreaker-cruise/

For more information on 2016 and 2017 cruises inclusive of Franz Josef Land, please see:

Sea Spirit 2016 Season: http://poseidonexpeditions.com/arctic/franz-josef-land-arctic-for-explorers/2016-07-07/

Sea Spirit 2017 Season: http://poseidonexpeditions.com/arctic/franz-josef-land-arctic-for-explorers/2017-08-14/

50 Years of Victory 2016 Season: http://poseidonexpeditions.com/northpole/north-pole-icebreaker-cruise/

About Sea Spirit: Sea Spiritwas built in 1991 as the Renaissance V, then sailed for a decade in Alaska and worldwide as the popular Spirit of Oceanus. She underwent technical improvements for polar cruising in 2010 and now provides expedition cruises as Sea Spirit in both the Arctic and Antarctic environments. She offers all-suite accommodations for up to 114 passengers, a restaurant that can accommodate all passengers in one seating, library, the comfortable multi-purpose presentation Oceanus Lounge for educational programming and entertainment, and outdoor deck space for al fresco barbecues and to enjoy the passing scenery. Activities are directed by a team of experienced polar guides and educators, and include Zodiac excursions, hiking ashore and optional kayaking on some itineraries, along with informative presentations aboard. The ship’s staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:10 is one of the best in the business.

About 50 Years of Victory: Summer 2016 is the ninth consecutive year of tourism operation for 50 Years of Victory, which is otherwise employed during the year in assisting cargo and research vessels access hard-to-reach areas in the Russian High Arctic and along the Northern Sea Route between the Pacific Ocean and Northern Europe. Last October, Poseidon announced that passenger voyages to the North Pole would continue through summer 2018. Powered by two nuclear reactors generating 75,000 horsepower and capable of crushing a clear path through multi-year ice up to three meters (10 feet) thick, she is the largest and most powerful icebreaker ever built. The 525-foot 50 Years of Victory, a working vessel, carries 128 passengers in comfortable accommodations, all with exterior views and en suite facilities. Public spaces include a dining room; aft salon for lectures, presentations and socializing; a bow-facing bar and lounge; library; plus a gym, two saunas and swimming pool with heated seawater. The ship is equipped with a modern clinic and physician.

Full details for Franz Josef Land voyages and other polar cruise adventures, including for 2017 and 2018, can be found at http://poseidonexpeditions.com/ or by contacting the North American office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 347-801-2610. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. The company offers guests the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-World programs are scheduled for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. Poseidon also offers Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruising aboard the 114-passenger luxury expedition ship Sea Spirit. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), and supports the efforts of Polar Bears International and the World Wildlife Fund.

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Passengers on North-Pole-Bound Nuclear Icebreaker Cruise Little-Known Russian Arctic

Bookings by April 30, 2016, for July 10 and Aug. 1 Departures Come with up to $2,000 Savings, Free Charter Flights, Hotel Nights 

PROVIDENCE, RI, Mar. 16, 2016   Those who think they’ve seen and done it all may want to consider a two-week voyage bound for the North Pole where guests stand on Arctic Ocean sea ice and search for polar bears in the Russian Arctic known as Franz Josef Land.

Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/), which focuses on polar cruise adventures north and south, offers savings of up to $2,000 per person and complimentary hotel nights and charter flights on bookings made before April 30, 2016, for either of two summer 2016 departures to the North Pole. Travel is aboard one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, the nuclear-powered 50 Years of Victory.

The promotion that applies to two 2016 departures, July 10-23 and Aug. 1-14, includes complimentary accommodation with breakfast at a luxury hotel in Helsinki before and after the adventure, and complimentary airport transfers and roundtrip charter flights from Helsinki to Murmansk in northern Russia where the voyage begins. Guests receive $1,000 off per person for booking twin standard and mini suites and $2,000 off on upper cabins.

“Since 2001 our experience with voyages to 90º North aboard 50 Years of Victory has been an unqualified success and a great opportunity for intrepid travelers looking for the ultimate polar adventure,” said Nikolay Saveliev, President of Poseidon Expeditions.

From Murmansk the ship moves north via Kola Bay, a fjord in the Barents Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean that is off the coasts of Norway and Russia. This biologically diverse region is important for reserves of oil and gas, as well as cod and other fish populations.

As the ship approaches the high Arctic latitudes, it must often plow through thick fields of sea ice. Unlike other expedition vessels, the 50 Years of Victory – replete with helicopter for inclusive aerial sightseeing – offers its passengers rarely seen panoramas of the Arctic world.  Guests are invited to disembark at the North Pole where they can straddle the Eastern and Western hemispheres, enjoy a 90º North barbecue and take a plunge into the Arctic Ocean.

The homeward voyage brings guests through Franz Josef Archipelago, a frozen necklace of some 190 islands in the Russian Arctic. Thanks to 24 hours of daylight, photographers are lured to the railing when not in Zodiacs spotting polar bears, walrus and immense sea bird colonies perched overhead on towering cliffs.

Being aboard the largest nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world, capable of forcefully driving through Arctic ice nearly 10 feet thick, sets these North Pole voyages apart from any other expedition ship adventure. The 525-foot 50 Years of Victory, a working vessel, carries 128 passengers in comfortable accommodations, all with exterior views and en suite facilities. Public spaces include a dining room; aft salon for lectures, presentations and socializing; a bow-facing bar and lounge; library; plus a gym, two saunas and swimming pool with heated seawater. The ship is equipped with a modern clinic and physician.

All departures feature a series of informative presentations by the multi-lingual, international expedition staff, excursions onto the sea ice and ashore via Zodiac landing craft in Franz Josef Land, helicopter flightseeing, and other special activities.

Since 2001, Poseidon Expeditions has been a leader in making the North Pole icebreaker program commercially available to travelers, operating 32 voyages and carrying more than 3,000 passengers to date aboard the nuclear-powered Yamal and 50 Years of Victory to 90º North.

Summer 2016 is the ninth consecutive year of tourism operation for 50 Years of Victory, which is otherwise employed during the year in assisting cargo and research vessels access hard-to-reach areas in the Russian High Arctic and along the Northern Sea Route between the Pacific Ocean and Northern Europe. Last October, Poseidon announced that passenger voyages to the North Pole would continue through summer 2018.

For more details please see http://poseidonexpeditions.com/northpole/north-pole-icebreaker-cruise/2016-07-10/.

Enjoy a five-minute trip to the North Pole and Franz Josef Land aboard 50 Years of Victory in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1nQI7yKsKI

Full details for North Pole voyages and other polar cruise adventures, including for 2017 and 2018, can be found at www.poseidonexpeditions.com or by contacting the North American office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 347-801-2610. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44-870-068-9142.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. The company offers guests the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-World programs are scheduled for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. Poseidon also offers Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruising aboard the 114-passenger luxury expedition ship Sea Spirit. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

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