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

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Marketing Director: Steve Wellmeier
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Germany

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Poseidon Expeditions Doubles Arctic Cruises In September 2019 to Ensure Prime Viewing of Northern Lights

PROVIDENCE, RI, Nov. 1, 2018 – The Arctic provides the perfect canvass for the Northern Lights and prime opportunities for viewing can be found at sea, far from land-based obstructions. One company that helps travelers observe and understand this phenomenon is Poseidon Expeditions, the go-to company for Arctic (and Antarctic) expedition cruising.

This company’s annual round-trip cruise from Iceland to East Greenland in September – a time when the northern latitudes are dark enough for excellent sightings – is so popular that it has added a second replica itinerary. Departures in 2019 of Arctic Sights and Northern Lights are scheduled for Sept.15-25 and now Sept. 6-16 where good space is still available. Rates for this 11-day cruise aboard the 54-suite Sea Spirit begin at $8,395 per person, double occupancy. Included in the rates are:

  • 1 pre-voyage night in Reykjavik at the Grand Hotel;
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
  • Deluxe shipboard accommodations;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka (to keep);
  • Use of waterproof Wellington-style rubber boots for shore landings;
  • Complimentary Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) or centrally located hotel for luggage storage upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are a bucket-list phenomenon that transforms the Arctic sky with dancing, rainbow-hued ribbons. However, visitors to the region in the summer months may have difficulty seeing a performance because with the sun constantly above the horizon, the sky is too bright. Near the autumnal equinox and as more solar particles interact with the atmosphere and the nights grow longer, the colors explode. This makes September a prime viewing month. The good news is that Arctic temperatures aren't yet as frigid as they are from January to March when, yes, the skies are dark but temperatures and weather conditions are inhospitable above the Arctic Circle.

Areas within the Arctic Circle at 66º North (65th parallel) have the best viewing possibilities. Those living in areas with low light pollution at 55º North (55th parallel) can also glimpse this beauty. On rare occasions New Englanders on the 45th parallel can get flashes of color as well.

As visitors come and go from Reykjavik (on the 64th parallel), and if the skies are dark enough, the Northern Lights may well play for them. But it’s on these September cruises that the magic occurs. Guests cross the Denmark Strait to a true Arctic wilderness, Scoresby Sund in East Greenland, crossing the Arctic Circle on the way.

Scoresby Sund, with some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery, is the largest and longest fjord system in the world. Deep fjords and narrow channels that are flanked by ice-clad peaks up to 2000 meters high reach deep into the mountainous heart of Greenland. Tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs that float with wind and tide throughout the fjord system. On shore fields of multicolored tundra are home to musk oxen and Arctic hare. This landscape – vast, open, and seemingly untouched since the beginning of time – is a hiker’s paradise.

Throughout this area are ancient Thule archeological sites, historical trappers’ huts and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins. The Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit (a stop on the cruise) is the only permanent settlement in the region. The community boasts an excellent museum, a gift shop, a post office, an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs, and of course the opportunity to meet Inuit people.

The days are filled with memorable excursions, presentations by on-board experts and enough stunning scenery to fill cameras and overwhelm emotions. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies. Guests have the option for an extra fee of $655 to participate in the Sea Kayak Club that brings the adventurous right to the rugged coast lines where few people have paddled. Photography is a free option with an expert photographer on board to give tips and answer questions. For a complete itinerary see: https://poseidonexpeditions.com/arctic/east-greenland-arctic-sights-and-northern-lights/.

M/v Sea Spirit guests enjoy the freshness of a recent $1 million refurbishment of all 54 guest suites (square footages up to 463) and public areas. 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, along with informative presentations aboard. The ship’s expedition staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the best in the industry.

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, Cyprus and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. 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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Prince Albert II of Monaco Opens “Polar Planet” Featuring Exquisite Photography in a Collaboration Between Filip Kulisev and Poseidon Expeditions

PROVIDENCE, RI, Oct. 9, 2018 – The results of a two-year collaboration between polar region cruise specialist Poseidon Expeditions and a world-renowned photographer, Filip Kulisev, are on display presently in Monaco at Galerie des Pêcheurs.

Prince Albert II of Monaco opened the exhibit, Polar Planet, on Oct. 2. It is scheduled to run 24 hours daily through Nov. 15, 2018. Admission is free to the public.

This is the third time that Filip Kulisev has been honored with an exhibit in Monaco. His large-scale photographs highlight the beauty and some of the most spectacular sites and wildlife of both the Arctic and Antarctic. The exhibit continues many years of cooperation between Kulisev and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which has three priority objectives: to limit climate change, to safeguard biodiversity and to manage water resources.

In his introduction, Prince Albert noted that Kulisev “has such a way, not only rendering species beautiful and attractive, but also depicting incredible places on our planet. His images make you want to go there for a visit. He is also incredibly skilled at capturing the very special kind of light in the polar regions.”

Nikolay Saveliev, president and founder of Poseidon Expeditions, said that the partnership between Kulisev and Poseidon – occurring over the course of more than a dozen voyages including the North Pole – has been rewarding for everyone. “Our guests were thrilled to witness Filip hard at work and saw his resulting images before anyone else in special presentations at the conclusion of each voyage. We all have great memories as well as breathtakingly beautiful photographs of our time together.”

In the 15 years that Kulisev has been traveling to both the Arctic and Antarctica, his images over that period visibly demonstrate the effects of climate change. Glaciers are shrinking and many species are losing their natural habitat.

Kulisev said that despite harsh conditions and cold weather he finds it fascinating to be able to photograph hundreds of thousands of penguins in one place on South Georgia and polar bears floating on icebergs searching for food. “There is so much to admire in the varied landscapes and fauna of Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, Svalbard, Iceland, Franz Josef Land and Greenland. This exhibit is my tribute to Albert II, whom I greatly appreciate for his many good works to save the oceans and persuade politicians to take measures to moderate the effects of the global warming," said Kulisev.

The opening was attended by many distinguished guests from Monaco, Russia, USA, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Japan and Slovakia, the photographer’s home country. It is planned that the exhibition will travel to other major metropolitan centers in Europe, to be announced, over the course of the next two years.

In the past decade, world traveler and photographer Filip Kulisev has been recognized as one of the world’s best landscape photographers. He has had over 200 exhibitions in Slovakia and around the world. He is the author of nine books recording the diversity and beauty of the world's natural wonders and the stories from his trips. He has received the two highest European qualifications, Master Qualified European Photographer (MQEP) in Landscape and the British Institute of Professional Photographers (FBIPP) highest title, Fellow. He is an avid naturalist who supports activities aimed at protecting the environment for future generations.

Poseidon Explorations’ 2019-2020 Arctic and Antarctic schedules, rates and special offers can be found at https://poseidonexpeditions.com/. An 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 the 2019 summer season. 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 Departs Edinburgh in June 2019 for 12-Day Cruise to Arctic Circle, Sailing 3 Seas to Visit Islands of 3 Countries

PROVIDENCE, RI, August 6, 2018 – A new expedition cruise program cruises from Edinburgh next spring on a 12-day exploration into the frozen north. From the Highlands to the High Arctic, Jun 3-14, 2019, passes over the Arctic Circle while crossing three seas and exploring islands representing three countries.

This cruise and the one that immediately precedes it (British Isles: Legendary History & Wild Nature May 22-June 3, 2019) represents aregional first for Poseidon Expeditions (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/), the go-to company for Arctic and Antarctic cruises. Poseidon Expeditions’ focus is on the geography, flora and fauna inhabiting the ocean landscapes through which they pass. Islands that have been inhabited for thousands of years offer opportunities for passengers to muse about life in Neolithic and Viking days.

If booked by Nov. 1, 2018, guests receive Early Bird discounts of up to 15 percent. A per person double, suite accommodation rate, with discount, is from $5,396; a per person triple rate, with discount, is $4,136. Guests travel on the recently refurbished 114-passenger Sea Spirit.

For details please see https://poseidonexpeditions.com/arctic/iceland-jan-mayen-spitsbergen/139/.

The route of this cruise crosses three seas: The North Sea off of Scotland’s northern coast; the Norwegian Sea just north of the Orkney, Shetland and Faroe Islands (all stops on the itinerary) and the Greenland Sea approaching Spitzbergen, the largest and only populated island in the Svalbard Archipelago. Passengers will also explore the flags of three countries: Scotland, Denmark and Norway. Stops on the Scottish soil of the Orkney and Shetland islands and on the Danish Faroe Islands were key to the Vikings’ logistics as they foraged south to mainland Britain in search of treasures and tillable lands. Farther north, intrepid Norwegians planted flags on Jan Mayen and Spitzbergen.

An award-winning photographer, Rick Sammon, and his wife, Susan, will be on board to host photo workshops and provide tips and advice on how to make the most of the photographic opportunities on this cruise. Rick has been named a Canon Explorer of Light. He is also a Westcott Top Pro Elite for skills in portraiture and lighting. Squarespace recently named him one of the world's best photographers.

With the exception of two days at sea, land excursions will engage guests as follows:   

  • On the Orkney Archipelago they visit the Vikings’ St. Magnus Cathedral, considered the finest medieval building in the north of Scotland; and they wonder at Ring of Brodgar, a huge ceremonial circle of stones, and a Neolithic village, Skara Brae, both circa 5,000 years ago.
  • On Fair Isle in the Shetlands, they find abirders paradise with 345 species recorded here, including northern fulmars, kittiwakes, northern gannets, puffins, and great and arctic skuas.
  • In a visit to Torshavn, capital of the Faroes, they tour Kirkjubøur, in the Middle Ages the ecclesiastical center of the Faroes. On one ancient stone foundation stands a log dwelling occupied by the same Faroese family for 17 generations. The official and native language, Faroese, has Germanic roots with a grammar similar to Icelandic and Old Norse.
  • Jan Mayen hosts landscapes of breathtaking beauty, including steep cliffs favored by bird populations, and the Beerenberg, the northernmost subaerial active volcano on the planet.
  • The Svalbard Archipelago represents the quintessential frozen world of glaciers, reindeer and polar bear.  Deep fjords and narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks. Immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales. The whole area is alive with migratory birds, including numerous rare species, taking advantage of summer’s fecundity in 24-hour daylight. The area of exploration contains historical remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, trappers’ cabins, staging areas for historic attempts to discover the North Pole, and even an abandoned polar research station. Guests disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard.

Sea Spirit guests enjoy the freshness of a brand-new $1 million refurbishment of all 55 guest suites (square footages up to 463) and public areas. 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, 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 2018 and 2019 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 Spurs Interest In Cruising Russian High Arctic

PROVIDENCE, RI, July 24, 2018 –Poseidon Expeditions celebrated its 2018 summer season when two of its ships rendezvoused in July in the newest frontier in polar expedition cruising, the Russian High Arctic known as the Franz Josef Land Archipelago.

This region was off-limits to foreign travelers until recent decades; it is now largely under management of the Russian Arctic National Park System.

Meeting on July 11 at 80º 48’ N/50º 44’ E near Prince George Island, Poseidon’s 128-passenger, nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory and its 114-passenger expedition ship Sea Spirit together celebrated their respective first voyages of the season to this remote archipelago of 190 glaciated and snow-covered islands.

While the ships’ routings are considerably different, each has the distinction of taking intrepid polar adventurers to an area that few other ship passengers will ever have the opportunity to explore. For the ships’ meeting, the massive icebreaker paused on its route to 90º North, the geographic North Pole, even as Sea Spirit was in the midst of an eight-day exploration of the archipelago, the most in-depth in the expedition cruise industry.

“The opportunity for the two vessels to connect in such a remote spot was exciting and memorable for the guests of both ships. But for the company and for myself, it is a testament to the fact that Poseidon is able to provide several options for visiting the Franz Josef Land Archipelago,” said founder and president Nikolay Saveliev. “Just 1,000 travelers will visit the archipelago in 2018 and Poseidon has the privilege of accommodating two-thirds of these guests.” He added that all three North Pole trips aboard 50 Years of Victory and all three Franz Josef Land expeditions aboard the Sea Spirit are completely sold out this summer.

With Sea Spirit, Poseidon Expeditions (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/) also has the distinction as the only cruise operator that can travel directly from Svalbard to Franz Josef Land, where passengers clear customs and immigration in Alexandra Land. This saves approximately a day of sea travel in each direction, compared with other vessels (including 50 Years of Victory) which clear customs and immigration on mainland Russia and must travel longer and farther to attain the group of polar islands.

More days at the archipelago translate into better opportunities for wildlife viewing, and the Sea Spirit’s eight days there did not disappoint. Polar bears totaling 17 were spotted on seven days, and walrus were seen even more frequently. Guests also encountered bearded and ringed seals and humpback, bowhead and beluga whales, and myriad sea bird nesting cliffs and colonies. Reports from the Sea Spirit’s expedition leader noted that some planned activities – such as shore landings and kayaking excursions – were delayed or postponed for safety reasons because there were simply too many polar bears or walrus in the vicinity.

“There’s no place on earth quite like the Franz Josef Land Archipelago. We’re pleased to make these two unique journeys available again in 2019, with three North Pole voyages aboard the most powerful icebreaker in the world and another three in-depth expeditions of the islands aboard the Sea Spirit,” added Saveliev.

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, Cyprus, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is an active 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 Introduces Environmental Initiatives and Suggests Ways Guests Can Help

PROVIDENCE, RI, June 12, 2018 – Poseidon Expeditions, the go-to company for Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruising, is giving a helping hand to marine, bird and animal life through new on-board initiatives.

“We’re all seeing the gut-wrenching photos of sea tortoises, whales and dolphins that have been victimized by the deluge of plastic in our oceans. Freeing ourselves of our dependency on things like plastic drinking straws will go a long way toward improving the health of our oceans,” said Nikolay Saveliev, owner and president of Poseidon Expeditions (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/). “We want our expedition vessels to part of the solution – not the problem.”

To this end, Poseidon Expeditions’ eco-friendly, newly instituted initiatives aboard the 114-passenger Sea Spirit include, among others,

  • removing all plastic straws and stirrers; paper straws will be available on request;
  • doing away with individual butter and jelly portions and replacing them with ramekins which eliminate the need for single-use plastics;
  • using eco-friendly laundry detergents;
  • installing bulk body wash, shampoo, and soap dispensers instead of using individual plastic bottles.

Guests planning cruises with Poseidon Expeditions might also consider:

  • bringing a reusable bottle that can be refilled with water, rather than buying disposable plastic bottles of water.
  • placing favorite body and beauty products into reusable silicone bottles and tubes instead of buying mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner or other products.
  • using only personal products that are free of harsh chemicals and micro-beads that can end up in water systems or in the air. Look for organic ingredients in recycled packaging. (Hawaiian lawmakers are considering banning sunscreens with certain chemicals because of the harm being done to coral reefs.)

On Poseidon Expeditions cruises, chefs will adhere to guidelines recommended by the Marine Stewardship Council for sustainability as regards the kinds of seafood to be served.

Saveliev underscored the importance of offering guests off-ship activities that don’t harm the environment. He said that the kayaking, bird watching and photography excursions on Poseidon Expeditions’ cruises leave no mark, just great memories. He underscored the importance of keeping distance from wildlife being observed and photographed and to respect the fragile flora and fauna ecosystems in the frozen worlds.

Poseidon Expeditions is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), which advocates and promotes the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. These practices will also be adhered to on cruises into Arctic regions.

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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 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 New 13-Day Cruise Through British Isles Targets Birdwatchers and History Buffs Alike

PROVIDENCE, RI, April 26, 2018 – For travelers who can’t get enough of everything British, Poseidon Expeditions announces a new 13-day cruise, British Isles: Legendary History & Wild Nature, scheduled for May 22-June 3, 2019.

The cruise departs Plymouth on England’s southwest coast, sailing north on the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The route wraps around islands off of Scotland’s coast before concluding in Edinburgh. The intent is to explore a diversity of landscapes, wildlife and history that on most mainland visits to the UK are overlooked because accessing these islands is time-consuming. See: https://poseidonexpeditions.com/british-isles/british-isles-cruise/144/

This program is a first for Poseidon Expeditions, the go-to company for Arctic and Antarctic cruises. If booked by Nov. 1, 2018, guests receive discounts of up to 15 percent. A per person double, suite accommodation rate, with discount, is from $7,196; a per person triple rate, with discount, is $5,216. Guests travel on the recently refurbished 114-passenger Sea Spirit.

Leading a team of naturalist guides will be historian Huw Lewis-Jones. He holds a doctoral degree from Cambridge University and has served as Curator at the Scott Polar Research Instituteand the National Maritime Museum in London.

Guests investigate a micro-climate (think palm trees) on the Isles of Scilly off Cornwall’s coast, moving on to puffin breeding grounds on the Skellig Islands just off of the Republic of Ireland. Here the trip becomes a feast for birdwatchers on the lookout for the northern gannet,European storm petrel, northern fulmar, Manx shearwater, black-legged kittiwake, common guillemot and razorbill. The rich waters around the islands are home to whales, dolphins and seals.

Snowdonia National Park in Wales offers some of the wildest and most dramatic landscapes in Britain where otters, water voles, wild ponies and rare birds such as dotterel and peregrine falcon thrive. Off of Northern Ireland’s coast is Rathlin Island, with one of Europe’slargest seabird colonies. At the West Light Seabird Centre atop a sea cliff are scenes of cavorting puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars.

Next up are Scotland’s Inner and Outer Hebrides including Iona, home of Iona Abbey, founded in 563 AD. On St. Kilda are vestiges of a population that evacuated in the 1900s because of isolation. Today hundreds of thousands of seabirds, two early types of sheep and over 130 species of flowering plants live here. The remote Flannan Islands reveal Leach’s petrel, minke and pilot whales, and several species of dolphin.

Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands, is a potpourri of centuries: a well-preserved 5000-year-old village site at Skara Brae, the ancient Ring of Brodgar within the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Heart of Neolithic Orkney” and Saint Magnus Cathedral, built by 12th century Vikings.

Isle of Noss, far north in the Shetlandsdisplays towering sandstone cliffs weathered into horizontal ledges, perfect nesting sites for gannets, puffins, guillemots, shags, black-legged kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars.

Visitors flock to Fair Isle for the internationally renowned Fair Isle Bird Observatory, and for historic crofts, lighthouses and wildflowers. Seals are common to its bays. Bass Rock, abastion of volcanic rock, hosts the world’s largest colony of northern gannets in the breeding season.

Additional highlights are:

  • Skellig Michael’s well-preserved early Christian monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • The basalt columns of Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway
  • Conwy Castle, a 13th-century fortress in Wales representing castle life in medieval Britain (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Jarlshof, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the British Isles, preserved stone structures spanning 5,000 years of human settlement, including Bronze Age oval houses, Pictish wheelhouses, an Iron Age broch, a Viking longhouse and a medieval farmhouse
  • The Broch of Mousa, the finest preserved Iron Age fortification in the British Isles. This 2,000-year-old round tower is the tallest (40 feet high) broch still standing.
  • Waterford crystal
  • Mount Congreve,a magnificent 18th-century Georgian estate and botanical gardens containing thousands of plant species on 70 acres of intensively planted woodland and a four-acre walled garden
  • Shetland ponies
  • A Highland distillery
  • Tresco Abbey Garden with a collection of 20,000 exotic plants from all corners of the world

Sea Spirit guests enjoy the freshness of a brand-new $1 million refurbishment of all 55 guest suites (square footages up to 463) and public areas. 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.

For details please see https://poseidonexpeditions.com/british-isles/british-isles-cruise/144/

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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 2018 and 2019 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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Women from Europe and the Middle East To Ski 100km to Geographic North Pole

PROVIDENCE, RI, April 20, 2018 – Eleven women representing both Middle East and European countries began an historic trek earlier this week to the North Pole.

Following an early morning April 15 flight from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, the northernmost commercial airport in the world, to a floating ice station at 89º north, the group set off immediately on their 100-km adventure on cross-country skis over shifting pack ice of the Arctic Ocean.

The treacherous, overland journey is expected to take 10 days. If successful, many of these women, some of whom are first-time polar explorers, will be the first person from their country to ski the last degree to the top of the world. This team is comprised of women from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Slovenia, Sweden, France, Cyprus, Russia and the UK.

Poseidon Expeditions’ own Ida Olsson, 32, Arctic Wilderness Guide and Kayak Master on its polar cruises, represents Sweden.

The team will be conducting two important science experiments during the expedition and will be sharing their experiences live from the ice with schools and via social media. For updates please see the expedition team’s blog post at: http://www.euroarabianexpedition.com/expeditionlive/

They will sleep in tents on the ice and haul on sledges everything they need to survive in the Arctic. Hazards they may face include the perils of temperatures as low as minus 40C and movements of the pack ice that may split apart to reveal open water or push together to form walls of ice that have to be crossed. There is also the threat of predatory polar bears.

Preparations for the expedition have been ongoing for nearly two years including training expeditions in Iceland and Oman.

“We regularly take guests to the North Pole during the summer months on 50 Years of Victory, a powerful icebreaker,” said Nikolai Saveliev, founder of Poseidon Expeditions, which is sponsoring Olsson to ski to the North Pole. “By doing it the hard way, Ida will inspire ever more people to care about the polar wilderness we cherish.”

Olsson originally trained as a teacher before working as a wilderness and adventure guide in northern Sweden. She now lives and works on Svalbard when she is not acting as kayak master and expedition team member aboard Poseidon’s expedition ship Sea Spirit in Antarctica or the Arctic.

“I’m extremely proud to be part of this exciting expedition that brings together women from all over the world to experience together the challenging yet fragile environment of the Arctic Ocean,” said Olsson. “Having travelled all over the Arctic for many years, I have seen how precious this ecosystem is and the importance of protecting it. Our goal is to bring attention to the conservation and preservation efforts of these polar regions.”

The expedition leader, celebrated British Polar Explorer Felicity Aston MBE, said, “The world is facing global problems – such as climate change – that can only be tackled with global solutions. That requires everyone talking to each other more.”

The expedition is sponsored by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, as well as Engie, Poseidon Expeditions, OmanTel, I Feel Slovenia and others.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/) is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. The company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Yeas of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. The company also offers expedition voyages to Greenland, Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, as well as Antarctica, aboard the 114-passenger Sea Spirit. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators.

Interviews with Ida and other team members

Please contact the expedition on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the Press Room of the expedition website to book a scheduled live-from-the-ice satellite phone call with Ida and the team. Interviews can also be arranged at the conclusion of the expedition. Rights free, high resolution images are available.

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Poseidon Expeditions’ Sea Spirit to be Fitted with New, State-of-the-Art Stabilizers

PROVIDENCE, RI, April 3, 2018 – Polar adventurers aboard Poseidon Expedition’s 114-passenger vessel Sea Spirit will benefit from advanced technology when the ship is equipped with new retractable fin stabilizers next year.

The company announced today that the 4,200-GRT vessel will be retrofitted with Rolls Royce Zero Speed Stabilizers during the scheduled dry dock in May 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, just prior to the commencement of the 2019 Arctic season.

According to Poseidon Expeditions’ Senior Director of Cruise Operations Nikolay Zakharov, “These new stabilizers will provide high-performance roll damping whether the Sea Spirit is underway, while drifting or even at anchor. They incorporate time-tested trailing edge design that eliminates vibration and noise. At the same time, they look to the future with safeguards to protect the polar ecosystems. The stabilizers are fully compatible with environmentally acceptable lubricants (EAL) and feature quad main seals for additional redundancy.

“The current Blohm & Voss stabilizers have served us well, but the new Rolls Royce system uses a computer-based programmable logic controller (PLC) that develops different algorithms depending on conditions. The result will be a ride for our passengers as comfortable as aboard any expedition ship currently coming into the market,” he said.

The improvements will be made at the same time that the Sea Spirit will be re-certified for new IMO Polar Code requirements. Currently, the vessel has all valid technical and international certificates complying with IMO conventions to provide tourism activities in polar waters. Along with the technical improvements, more than $2.5 million in refurbishments to passenger areas – all cabins and public areas – have been made over the past several years to the Sea Spirit.

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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 2018 and 2019 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 to Sponsor April 2018 Polar Symposium At Brown University in Providence, RI

PROVIDENCE, RI, March 27, 2018 – Poseidon Expeditions, specialists in expedition cruising in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, has announced its sponsorship of an April 5-6, 2018, symposium at Brown University that will address issues impacting the polar regions.

Polar Opposites: Creative Interventions in the Arctic and Antarcticais under the auspices of The Brown Arts Initiative(BAI). Two days of panel discussions, presentations and exhibitions – all free and open to the public – will be held at the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts on campus. Advance registration is required.

An exceptional group of innovators and practitioners including artists, scientists, activists, researchers and scholars will address issues impacting the polar regions. Polar Opposites is part of the BAI’s three-year Arts & Environment program addressing a diversity of topics related to natural and man-made issues with a focus on raising awareness of and creatively addressing the impact of climate change. The breadth of the symposium’s topics is designed to highlight collaborative experimentation, scholarship and problem-solving across disciplines.

“We are honored to sponsor this event,” said Nikolay Saveliev, president of Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/). “A hallmark of our company is its long-term commitment to science and the arts as they relate specifically to the polar world. Frequently among our cruise guests are citizen scientists and international photographers and artists whose works continue to engage the greater public with these frozen environments.

“Like this symposium’s participants and attendees, we share the environmental imperative and responsibility for conservation of the Arctic and Antarctic habitats. A key part of our mission is to help our guests understand the importance of preserving polar regions for future generations,” he said.

Founded in 1999, Poseidon Expeditions is a recognized leader in icebreaker cruises to the North Pole,and Franz Josef Land, expanding its products and services in recent years to include deluxe expedition cruises to the Arctic destinations of Svalbard and Greenland, and to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland/Malvinas Islands. The company operates two vessels, the 114-guest Sea Spirit and the 128-guest 50Years of Victory, purpose-built as an icebreaker for venturing to 90º north latitude – the top of the world.

The company maintains offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China and 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 Schedules Distinguished Scientists and Filmmaker on North Pole Voyages in July 2018

Special $2,500 Per Person Savings on Suites Offered  

PROVIDENCE, RI, Jan. 24, 2018–  Guests on three July 2018 departures aboard a nuclear-powered icebreaker, the most powerful ever built, bound for the North Pole, will reap the advantages of scientific inquiry and out-of-this-world exploration shared by distinguished scientists, scholars and photographic adventurers.

Acclaimed specialists in Arctic and Polar cruising, Poseidon Expeditions (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/), is hosting four renowned scientists, climate change expert and polar filmmaker aboard 50 Years of Victory for roundtrip voyages from Murmansk, Russia, to the geographic North Pole. This icebreaker was purpose-built to pilot scientific and cargo ships to hard-to-reach areas of the Arctic and along the Northeast Passage. The scheduled lecturers and departures are:

July 8-20 James Balog- This Emmy Award-winning, National Geographic photographer explores the relationship between humans and nature. Since the early 1980s he has photographed endangered polar ice. In January 2016 he began production on a feature-length documentary film, Life Tectonic (working title), exploring the environmental effects of the Anthropocene. The film is scheduled to debut in early 2018. See: https://poseidonexpeditions.com/northpole/north-pole-icebreaker-cruise/113/

July 19-31 - Donald Perovich- This climate change scientist created the Ice Mass Balance Buoy that measures ice thickness and temperature data over time. He uses this data to study the changes in Arctic sea ice cover. See: https://poseidonexpeditions.com/northpole/north-pole-icebreaker-cruise/114/

July 30-Aug. 11 - Scott Parazynski and his wife, Meenakshi “Meena” Wadhwa – Scott is a physician and former NASA astronaut. In 2016 he was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame.  Wadhwa is Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies and Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. She has worked as a science team member for NASA. See: https://poseidonexpeditions.com/northpole/north-pole-icebreaker-cruise/115/

Each celebrity guest will offer multiple presentations for passengers and be available during the day in public areas as “ambassadors for exploration” for other passengers to meet informally, ask questions and socialize.

To make a great opportunity even better, Poseidon is also offering a special discount; $2,500 per person, double for any suite booked on any of these three expeditions.

For more details on all the North Pole journeys offered by Poseidon Expeditions please see: https://poseidonexpeditions.com/northpole/.

50 Years of Victory

This world-class nuclear icebreaker can smash through 10 feet of ice in the high Arctic latitudes. The 525-foot, 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.

The Journey

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. Enroute a resident helicopter offers passengers rarely seen panoramas of the Arctic world.  Guests 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.

Activities center on discovery, history and wildlife. Puffins, gannets, guillemots, humpback, fin and minke whales, walruses and seals are often spotted. Sightings of Ursus maritimus (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.

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.

All departures feature informative presentations by resident scientists and the multi-lingual, international expedition staff; excursions onto the sea ice and ashore via Zodiac landing craft in Franz Josef Land; helicopter flightseeing, and more.

While Standard Twin cabins are completely sold out for all three departures, Poseidon is offering $5,000 per couple savings on remaining available suites, with rates, after discount, starting at $30,295 per person.Included are one night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Murmansk with breakfast, airport and port transfers, cruise accommodation and all meals, activity-related gear, helicopter sightseeing tours, a barbecue on ice at the North Pole and more.

Please see www.poseidonexpeditions.com for complete 2017-18 Arctic and Antarctic schedules, rates and special offers. An 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.

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About Poseidon Expeditions

As a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators and the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators Poseidon Expeditions is committed to the further development of Arctic and Antarctic conservation and support of related scientific research. 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 is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel.

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