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.

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Marketing Director: Steve Wellmeier
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Germany

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United Kingdom (and elsewhere on the globe)

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Poseidon Expeditions Voted Best Polar Expedition Cruise Operator by 2022 International Travel Awards

PROVIDENCE, RI, Sep. 7, 2022 --Poseidon Expeditions has been named Best Polar Expedition Cruise Operator by the prestigious 2022 International Travel Awards. A jury of industry representatives and travelers voted in several rounds for the top prizes. The winners were announced on July 25, 2022.

The International Travel Awards have been one of the most prestigious awards in the global travel industry in recent years, shortlisting companies that offer outstanding service and unique experiences.

“We are delighted that Poseidon Expeditions has once again won this prestigious international award. It confirms what our travelers say about us and why they come back to experience our brand of polar expedition cruising. Travel in these icy regions – with an emphasis on sustainability, best practices and preserving the wilderness ethos – will grow in popularity in the coming years, and Poseidon will continue to provide award-winning experiences, comfort and hospitality aboard our 114-passenger Sea Spirit. Helping our travelers discover new horizons in the high latitudes is what we do best,” said Steve Wellmeier, Director of Special Projects for Poseidon.

In addition to this award, Poseidon Expeditions was also named World’s Leading Polar Expedition Operator by the 2021 World Travel Awards.

For more than 23 years, Poseidon Expeditions has been organizing exclusive expedition cruises to the most remote places on Earth: the Arctic and Antarctica. Each expedition is a unique and life-changing experience for travelers: seeing wildlife in its natural environments; visiting remote research stations or historic sites; enjoying a barbecue on deck while cruising among icebergs; experiencing a polar plunge; kayaking or camping in Antarctica; and experiencing the northern lights in East Greenland.

For inquires and questions, travelers and their agents can contact the company’s North American 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 20 3369 0020.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Cyprus and China, Poseidon Expeditions (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/) 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).

Poseidon Expeditions Cancels 2022 Cruise Programs To the Russian High Arctic, North Pole

Limassol, CYPRUS, March 17, 2022– Poseidon Expeditions today announced that it has canceled its Summer 2022 polar programs in Russian territorial waters. The news affects a total of seven voyages, three aboard the Russian icebreaker that Poseidon has chartered and marketed since 2001 and another four aboard the 114-passenger expedition ship Sea Spirit. The balance of the summer expedition cruises aboard the Sea Spirit remain unchanged.

Angelica Vorea, chief executive officer and owner of Poseidon Arctic Voyages, Ltd., the parent company of Poseidon Expeditions, said: “The terrible situation in the Ukraine makes planned operations in Russian waters untenable and we cannot support promoting these trips in any way for the 2022 season. As a result, we have suspended charter arrangements with the operator of 50 Years of Victory.

“We also have re-designed itineraries on four upcoming Arctic programs aboard the Sea Spirit. These 14-day voyages will continue to operate roundtrip out of Longyearbyen, Svalbard, on the same dates in July and August, but will not venture into the Russian territorial waters of Franz Josef Land. Instead, the program will provide guests with an in-depth exploration and circumnavigation of the Svalbard Archipelago or a voyage to the Northeast Greenland National Park, depending on the departure date.”

The revised programs can be found on Poseidon’s website:

July 10-23                 Svalbard Circumnavigation and Kvitøya

July 22-August 4      Svalbard Circumnavigation and Kvitøya

August 3-16              Svalbard Circumnavigation and Kvitøya

August 15-28            Svalbard & Northeast Greenland National Park

Travelers aboard the four departures in July and August aboard the Sea Spirit are welcome to keep their reservations and enjoy the new itineraries. Guests booked on any of the affected Summer 2022 programs can request a cruise credit for any future cruise with Poseidon Expeditions or a full refund.

Poseidon has chartered and operated the Madeira-registered Sea Spirit year-round since 2015 from SunStone Ships, Inc. of Miami FL.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With corporate headquarters in Cyprus and international offices that include the US, UK, Germany 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).

For inquiries and reservations, contact the company’s North American 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.

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Poseidon Expeditions Named World’s Leading Polar Expedition Cruise Operator At World Travel Awards 2021

Poseidon Expeditions was named the world’s best operator of expedition cruises to the polar regions on Dec. 16, 2021, at the 28th annual World Travel Awards. Voting took place on the official website of the award from Sept. 27 to Oct. 24, 2021.

Every year, hundreds of companies from all over the world compete in the World Travel Awards. Participants include companies and brands from all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. The voting took into account the opinion of both experts in the tourism industry and travelers.

“Winning the World Travel Awards is a very rewarding for us, especially during this difficult time for tourism,” says Nikolay Savelyev, founder of Poseidon Expeditions. “For 22 years, we have been helping travelers discover the Polar Regions and are glad that global interest in such routes is growing. Expedition cruises are a special type of travel that allows you to see our world from a unique angle and even visit the North Pole, 90º north latitude. It is also important for us as a company to grow and become even better in order to continue creating an unforgettable experience of polar adventures and expanding the boundaries of the usual.”

For over 20 years, Poseidon Expeditions has been sharing the uniqueness of the world’s remote Polar Regions: the Arctic, Antarctic and North Pole. The team organizes expedition cruises, closer exploration of the surrounding areas in small boats, routes in the footsteps of great explorers, barbeques on the ice, polar plunges into the freezing water, Russian saunas at the North Pole, kayaking among icebergs, camping under the Antarctic sky, Northern Light viewing and polar wildlife camera safaris. The company also strives to raise awareness of anthropogenic climate change and the importance of preserving the unique Polar Regions. In the summer of 2021, under the leadership of Nikolai Savelyev, a special expedition took place. For the first time in history, world-famous explorer Fedor Konyukhov spent 10 days in a solitary drift at the North Pole to conduct scientific research.

Over the past two years, the travel industry has gone through major changes, not least to all those dictated by COVID-19 and resulting restrictions. Despite this, interest in travel continues to grow. With companies competing to both guarantee travelers’ safety and provide unforgettable experiences, receiving the award is more important than ever, said Savelyev.

For inquiries and reservations, or to request a catalog, agents can contact the company’s North American 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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Poseidon Expeditions Prepares to Commence 2021-22 Antarctic Season with Sea Spirit

PROVIDENCE, RI, Oct. 27, 2021 -- Poseidon Expeditions will restart its expedition cruises to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean aboard the 114-passenger Sea Spirit with a Dec. 20-30, 2021, Christmas Holiday Cruise. Seven voyages in total are planned for the upcoming season following the industry-wide, COVID-related shutdown of the entire 2020-21 Antarctic season and the suspension of the first four Sea Spirit trips that had been scheduled to operate earlier this coming season.

Nikolay Saveliev, president of Poseidon Expeditions, said, “I join our crew, expedition staff and office personnel in expressing both enthusiasm and joy at once again getting started with what we do best – exploring the earth’s polar realm with small groups of adventurous and curious travelers. We want to sincerely thank our customers and travel partners for their patience in waiting out this pandemic with us.”

“The loyalty and determination of our guests to travel with us to Antarctica is gratifying, with nearly a 90% retention rate of those Poseidon passengers who were booked for the non-existent 2020-21 season. Travelers are clearly resolute about visiting this unique, remote destination. It took a concerted effort on the part of our ship management team – along with other outside organizations and authorities tasked with getting Argentina’s borders open for tourism – to establish safety standards for our travelers joining the Sea Spirit,” he said.

Poseidon’s COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Antarctica, which can be found on the website here, factor in recently released requirements from Argentina. These include presenting proof of a valid COVID vaccination, plus providing negative results of a PCR test administered within 72 hours of entering Argentina. With Argentina opening its borders for tourism on Nov. 1, Sea Spirit passengers will be able to book commercial flights into Ushuaia (Poseidon’s turnaround port for Antarctica cruises) as they would during a normal season.

Guests enjoy a pre-cruise night at Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa before transferring to the ship. An additional antigen test will be administered at the Arakur by Poseidon prior to the transfer to help ensure a safe and secure environment onboard. Testing regimens aboard the Sea Spirit will also be offered to fulfil Argentina disembarkation requirements as well as for those passengers whose home countries have such re-entry requirements.

Limited space remains on a few of the 2021-22 Antarctic season departures, and interested travelers and their agents can contact the company’s North American 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 20 3369 0020.

About Poseidon Expeditions

With sales 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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Poseidon Expeditions Begins North Pole Cruise Operations This July

PROVIDENCE, RI, July 1, 2021 --Poseidon Expeditions announces the resumption of its signature North Pole icebreaker cruises aboard the nuclear-powered 50 Years of Victory with two departures in July 2021. Due to ongoing COVID-related travel restrictions, the July 10-22 and July 21-Aug. 2 cruises will be occupied almost exclusively with Russian nationals.

“While our Sea Spirit and the ships of most Arctic expedition ship operators have been forced by the coronavirus epidemic to sit out the 2020 and 2021 summer seasons, we are gratified to operate two of the originally scheduled departures for 50 Years of Victory this summer,” said Nikolay Saveliev, President of Poseidon Expeditions (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/).

“This was not without its challenges, as we had to work closely with Russian authorities and Atomflot (owner and operator of Russia’s icebreaker fleet) to secure all of the usual permits as well as agreed protocols to prevent and control any potential occurrence of COVID-19 onboard the 128-passenger ship,” he added. Guests must present proof of a valid COVID vaccination certificate or a successful antibody test (SARS-CoV-2 IgG/IgM) plus negative results of a PCR test administered in the days prior to boarding. Mask wearing and other safety protocols such as regular temperature checks of guests will also be implemented as conditions warrant at the time of departure.

The unique 13-day Top of the World cruise includes a full day of activities at the North Pole, 90º north latitude, plus several days of exploration of Franz Josef Land, an infrequently visited archipelago of 192 islands rich in polar wildlife and scenery. Creating a memorable experience will be the task of Poseidon’s 14-member expedition staff, which includes marine biologists, geologists, historians, glaciologists and other polar experts.

Three scheduled programs for 2020 were postponed, with guests transferred to 2021 or 2022. The affected season did not diminish demand for this unique trip. Poseidon has hosted more than 4,600 polar adventurers to the top of the world since it began this itinerary in 2001.

Poseidon is also opening reservations to all international travelers with the commencement of 50 Years of Victory’s 2022 season, with three planned departures: July 10-22, July 21-Aug.1 and Aug.1-13. Rates start at $30,395 per person with the early booking discount (valid through Oct. 31, 2021). The rates include a pre-cruise hotel night in Murmansk, all transfers, excursions, helicopter rides, educational lectures and entertainment, parka and more.

The company recently updated its Coronavirus Travel Policy, and will continue to do so as the situation warrants.

For inquires and questions, travelers and their agents can contact the company’s North American 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 20 3369 0020.

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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Poseidon Expeditions Announces New 2022 Arctic and 2022-23 Antarctic Cruises

PROVIDENCE, RI, Oct. 21, 2020– Announcing the new 2022 Arctic and 2022-23 Antarctic polar cruise seasons three months earlier than usual and announcing a return to West Greenland for the first time in four years top the list for Poseidon Expeditions’ future plans for the 114-passenger expedition ship Sea Spirit.

“A look of our recent booking patterns demonstrates the pent-up demand of travelers to get back into the polar regions,” said Nikolay Saveliev, president of Poseidon. “Our travel partners and customers are comfortable looking ahead, well beyond the COVID-related interruption that’s been a blow to the cruise industry and to the travelers that support it. And this is why we are opening reservations for a new season much earlier than we have in the past. People are ready to solidify their plans for 2022 and beyond.”

New for the 2022 Arctic season will be a return to West Greenland, last visited by the Sea Spirit in early summer 2018. “It’s a popular region for expedition cruising, combining Viking history, Inuit culture and community life, fjordland scenery and massive icebergs. We’re happy to be going back,” said Saveliev. The 2022 West Greenland expedition voyages include a May 27 12-day Land of the Vikings, from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and a June 7 eight-day Icebergs, Whales & Inuit Culture, round trip from Kangerlussuaq. 

In midsummer, the Sea Spirit will head farther northeast for a full schedule of departures that explore Svalbard and the company’s signature explorations of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago before returning to East Greenland in September for a pair of 11-day Arctic Sights and Northern Lights cruises that focus on the Aurora Borealis.

“For the eighth season in a row, the Sea Spirit will visit Franz Josef Land with three expeditions at the height of the Arctic summer, directly from Svalbard. Poseidon remains the only polar cruise operator able to do this, which eliminates several days at sea and provides for eight full days exploring this archipelago of 191 unique islands in the Russian High Arctic. It’s a region rich in wildlife, unique geology and glaciers, and legendary tales from the heroic era of polar exploration – there’s no place in the Arctic quite like it,” said Saveliev.

Like the migrating seabirds that are often the focus of Poseidon’s onboard educational programs, the Sea Spirit follows the sun south in October to begin its 2022-23 Antarctic season. This includes four Antarctic Peninsula voyages of 11-12 days; three longer programs that include the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, from 21-23 days; and the popular 15-day Crossing 66º South Latitude expedition cruise.

All reservations made for any 2022 Arctic and 2022-23 Antarctic cruise by June 30, 2021, will benefit from 10%-15% early booking savings, depending on category chosen. An additional early-early booking feature – for reservations made by this Dec. 31, 2020 – will be a $250 per person onboard credit.

All of the new 2022 Arctic and 2022-23 Antarctic expedition cruises, including prices and departure dates, can be found on the company’s website at www.poseidonexpeditions.com.

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..com or telephone +44-20-3369-0020.

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 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 Thwarts Travel Bug Fever with Polar Ice – Via Video

PROVIDENCE, RI, April 30, 2020– Right now snuggling up in an armchair with travel videos is the best antidote to what the Germans call Fernweh or yearning for places far away. As the world is still in travel lockdown mode, most of us long for the day we can freely explore the world once again.

Today most of us can’t travel much farther than our corner grocery store. But there is relief to this cabin fever. Poseidon Expeditions offers up an online travel menu of virtual expedition cruises in the mystical worlds of ice -- Antarctica in winter, and in summer, the wild Arctic and even the geographic North Pole. Experiences include, among others, kayaking among the icebergs, safe encounters with whales and polar bears and a helicopter flight over the Top of the World.

“If you have the travel bug fever, we recommend treating symptoms with polar ice – via our extraordinary videos,” said Steve Wellmeier of Poseidon Expeditions.

Poseidon has also introduced a “Relaxed” reservation policy for new bookings for the 2021 Arctic and 2021-22 Antarctic seasons aboard the 114-passenger Sea Spirit. For these new bookings in 2021-22 the deposit is reduced from 20% to 10%, and travelers have two months before the deposit is due. For Poseidon travelers booked on 2020 Arctic programs, please find coronavirus-related updates at: https://poseidonexpeditions.com/info-for-travelers/coronavirus-info/

Here’s a selection of Poseidon Expeditions’ destination videos:

East Greenland

https://poseidonexpeditions.com/info-for-travelers/video/arctic/east-greenland-in-1-minute/  (1:13)

Franz Josef Land

https://poseidonexpeditions.com/info-for-travelers/video/arctic/franz-josef-land-in-1-minute/  (1:36)

North Pole

https://poseidonexpeditions.com/info-for-travelers/video/north-pole/on-top-of-the-world-north-pole-cruise/  (18:34)

North Pole by Helicopter

https://poseidonexpeditions.com/info-for-travelers/video/north-pole/north-pole-ruise-helicopter-footage/  (2:42)

Svalbard: Where Does the Ideal Adventure Lead

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjC8-Gn3mE0  (1:00)

Antarctica

https://poseidonexpeditions.com/info-for-travelers/video/antarctica/antarctic-cruise-highlights/  (1:33)

Kayaking Antarctica

https://poseidonexpeditions.com/info-for-travelers/video/antarctica/kayaking-in-antarcica/  (2:06)

Ship videos

mv Sea Spirit

https://poseidonexpeditions.com/info-for-travelers/video/arctic/m-v-sea-spirit-video-tour/  (4:55)

Nuclear-powered Icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory

https://poseidonexpeditions.com/video-360/  (7:02)  A 360º virtual reality video experience

Interview with the Captain of 50 Years of Victory, Nuclear-powered Icebreaker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRDolpy54nQ&t=2s  (6:02)

Additional Videoscan be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/pxpeditions

For inquiries and reservations, or to request a catalog, agents can contact the company’s North American 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 by telephone at +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 by telephone at +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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Poseidon Expeditions Renews Charter Contract for Sea Spirit

PROVIDENCE, RI, April 9, 2020 – Poseidon Expeditions announced today that it has signed an agreement with ship owner SunStone Ships, Inc. to extend the charter of the 114-passenger expedition ship Sea Spirit for two years. This will keep the ship flying the Poseidon Expeditions banner until May 2024.

Nikolay Saveliev, founder and president of Poseidon Expeditions (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/), a specialist in active adventure cruises in Arctic and Antarctic regions, said that the Sea Spirit has received great acceptance in the marketplace and that the company is delighted to be able to continue offering the ship to its travel partners and polar travelers around the globe.

“With the Sea Spirit, we have a smaller-capacity, premium vessel that’s perceived as very desirable compared with most of the newly announced polar-class ships in the range of 200-500 passengers. Those wanting to go to Antarctica or to the Arctic understand the advantages that a smaller vessel can provide – better access to remote areas and landing sites; more ‘face time’ with the expedition team; and a camaraderie among guests and staff that is more difficult to achieve aboard larger ships,” he added.

Saveliev continued: “This ship has delivered a consistently high level of service and performance in the polar regions from the ship’s officers, catering and hospitality team. Sunstone has done a great job keeping the passenger areas renovated and the technical features consistently updated, such as the new, state-of-the art Rolls Royce Zero Speed Stabilizers installed in 2019. Combined with our exceptional expedition staff, which curates experiences for our guests that are engaging, educational and fun, it’s no wonder the Sea Spirit achieves a 4.9 ranking out of a possible 5.0 from TrustPilot,  the well-established third-party review site.”

The founder of Poseidon added that plans were still moving forward with a new build, configured for fewer than 150 passengers, but that an official announcement with details was still forthcoming.

Like a migrating bird, the Sea Spirit spends her year between the two polar regions, in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean from late October through mid-March and then in the sub-Arctic and Arctic regions of the British Isles, Svalbard, Franz Josef Land and Greenland from mid-May through September.

For inquires and questions, travelers and their agents can contact the company’s North American 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 20 3369 0020.

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).

NOTE: For up-to-the-minute information on the status of cruises and booking policies during the COVID-19 crisis, please see: https://poseidonexpeditions.com/info-for-travelers/coronavirus-info/

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Poseidon Expeditions Suspends March and April 2020 Cruises; Revises Re-Booking, Final Payment and Deposit Policies

PROVIDENCE, RI, March 24 -- Poseidon Expeditions announced today that it is suspending cruise operations aboard its 114-passenger expedition vessel Sea Spirit for the balance of March and April 2020.

Postponed until 2021 are a sub-charter in the mid-Atlantic and a cruise along the coastline of Portugal, Spain and France. All sales and reservation offices are available to provide assistance to booked and prospective passengers and to answer questions about upcoming Spring and Summer 2020 cruises and future cruises.

“We certainly understand the COVID-19 related concerns and questions from our travel partners and the travelers booked on our upcoming cruises. There’s no question about it: things are changing daily. We are looking at each cruise on the calendar’s horizon, and will factor into our decision-making all issues pertaining to Coronavirus-related bans, travel advisories, flight availability and any other matters that potentially might affect the health and safety of our guests, staff and crew,” said Steve Wellmeier, managing director of the company’s US office.

Following the successful completion of the company’s 2019-20 Antarctic season this past week, the Sea Spirit is currently heading north from Montevideo, Uruguay, where it disembarked passengers March 19.

“At the present time, Poseidon remains committed to its schedule of cruises in the Arctic this season. But we are giving our booked passengers and travel partners the benefit of the doubt in rescheduling their summer cruises. Those passengers with existing reservations for the upcoming season may re-book or transfer their booking to a 2021 Arctic departure, beginning from 60 days and up to seven days prior to the 2020 scheduled departure date. Final payment for 2020 Arctic voyages is pushed back from 90 days to 60 days prior to departure, and deposits on new bookings for 2020 Arctic programs are reduced from 20% to 10% of the cruise fare,” said Wellmeier.

For the next 2020-21 Antarctic season, final payment is due 60 days prior to departure rather than the customary 90 days, and deposits on new Antarctica business are also reduced from 20% to 10% of the cruise fare.

While the Russian Federation recently announced that its borders are closed to all foreign travelers until May 1, the company’s three voyages to the North Poleaboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory remain scheduled for operation, beginning with the July 12-24, program from Murmansk, Russia. Final payment conditions are changed from 90 days to 60 days prior to the departure date.

The company recently updated its Coronavirus Travel Policy, and will continue to do so as the situation warrants.

For inquires and questions, travelers and their agents can contact the company’s North American 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 20 3369 0020.

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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Poseidon Expeditions Partners with Oceanites, which Documents the Changing Environmental Impact on Penguins

PROVIDENCE, RI, Feb. 11, 2020 – Poseidon Expeditions, the specialist in active adventure cruises in the polar latitudes, recently entered into a supportive relationship with the nonprofit organization Oceanites to help monitor and analyze penguin and seabird population changes over time in the Antarctic Peninsula.

This is the first season in Antarctica (2019-2020) that Oceanites and Poseidon are working together. Through an in-kind donation of space on several Poseidon voyages each year, Oceanites (https://oceanites.org/) is able to bring researchers to Antarctica to carry out its work in counting and documenting nesting birds at established sites.

During the cruise Poseidon Expeditions helps to both orchestrate an auction to raise money for Oceanites and provide information on Oceanites’ work to generate additional donations from passengers. In turn, while on a cruise with Poseidon, Oceanites researchers present an evening slide show about their work and the changes they are witnessing in penguin populations and the environment.

“For 25 years Oceanites has been an important partner of the Antarctic scientific community, working on the front line to provide vital statistics on penguin populations at the Antarctic Peninsula,” said Steve Wellmeier of Poseidon Expeditions. “Our passengers really appreciate the opportunity to learn firsthand about penguins and changes affecting various colonies. They return home with a much better understanding of the White Continent and the need to preserve its unique ecosystem.”

Oceanites’ Mapping Application for Penguin Populations and Projected Dynamics (MAPPPD) database launched in October 2016. This database makes publicly available continent-wide Antarctic penguin population data and descriptive information.  MAPPPD now comprises data from over 660 sites across the entire Antarctic continent.

“Oceanites’ longstanding credibility promotes a better understanding of the singular issue of our time — adaptation — because Antarctica and its penguins are incubators foretelling our planet’s future,” said Oceanites founder and principal, Ron Naveen. A former Antarctic expedition leader, Naveen began his love affair with birds when he was 14 years old. He became enraptured with penguins and their unique challenge being on the front lines of climate change.

Oceanites uses penguin population trends to focus public attention on climate change ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ and whether penguins – and humans can adapt to a warming future.

“This is the world’s only publicly supported, scientific research initiative in Antarctica,” explains Naveen. The US-based, tax-exempt nonprofit §501(c)(3) organization has been driving science-based conservation under the Antarctic Treaty for more than two decades (since 1994).  

Over the years, Oceanites has supported successful efforts to establish both general guidance for all Antarctic visitors and a series of site-specific management guidelines.

“Climate change is real and the most important challenge facing mankind today. We just want more people to get outside and smell the guano and then to become a part of the conversation and solution,” said Naveen.

Following are observations Oceanites has tracked over 1, 713 site visits at 223 data collection stations over 22 seasons in Antarctica:

·         Over the past 60 years winter temperatures in Antarctica, the coldest and windiest place on Earth, have risen by 9* F (5*C);

·         Gentoo Penguin populations seem to be increasing and increasing their range southward;

·         Adélie and Chinstrap Penguin populations seem to be on the decline.

Naveen explains why Antarctica is so important in the understanding of climate change:

·         Antarctica is ‘ground zero’ for understanding how a changing climate affects Earth’s living organisms. What happens to Antarctica’s penguins, wildlife, land, ice, and ocean affects us all. Oceanites has inaugurated a major, long-term Climate Challenge research project that will help distinguish the direct and interactive effects of climate change, fishing, tourism, and national operations in the Antarctic Peninsula, which, in turn, is expected to assist improved environmental management in this vastly warming region;

·         Its 5.4 million square miles are the size of the United States and Mexico combined, and equal 10 percent of earth’s land surface;

·         During the austral winter, sea ice may double the size of the continent;

·         99 percent of Antarctica is covered by a permanent ice sheet, which averages over a mile in thickness, and in some places is almost three miles thick;

·         80 percent of the world’s ice and 70 percent of the world’s fresh water are locked in this ice pack;

·         Antarctica’s surrounding Southern Ocean ecosystem is the largest and most fertile in the world, comprising 13.9 million square miles, equal to 10 percent of the world’s oceans.

To learn more about and donate to Oceanites, please see https://oceanites.org/ and https://oceanites.org/donate/

For more on Poseidon Expeditions’ commitment to sustainability please see https://poseidonexpeditions.com/about/sustainability/

For information on Poseidon Expeditions’ expeditions to Antarctica, please see https://poseidonexpeditions.com/antarctica/

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 20 3369 0020.

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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Follow Poseidon Expeditions on Social Media:

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Instagram:     https://www.instagram.com/poseidonexpeditions/

Website          http://poseidonexpeditions.com/

PR Contact: Widness and Wiggins PR

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