Poseidon Expeditions

Polar Cruising from Arctic to Antarctica

Website:  http://poseidonexpeditions.com/

About Poseidon Expeditions

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

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

Expedition Ships

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

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

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

Notable Company Milestones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Environmental Promise

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

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

International Family of Polar Explorers

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

Single Travelers

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

Affiliations

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

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

Poseidon Expeditions Offices

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

US Office

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

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

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Telephone +49-40-7566-8555

United Kingdom (and elsewhere on the globe)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Poseidon Expeditions

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

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Poseidon Expeditions Announces New Polar Expedition Cruises In Arctic and Antarctic for 2017-18

PROVIDENCE, RI, March 3, 2016 The lure of the polar environment draws travelers onto expedition ships to explore worlds of ice and snow, polar bears and penguins, and the history of heroic figures who began the first conversations about the Arctic and Antarctica.

One adventure cruise company dedicated to providing intimate access to both polar ice caps is Poseidon Expeditions (http://www.poseidonexpeditions.com/), which today announced schedules and rates for the 2017 Arctic and 2017-18 Antarctic seasons aboard the 114-passenger luxury expedition ship Sea Spirit.

Poseidon Expeditions, a leading provider of polar adventures in the expedition cruise industry, also released information on early booking discounts, new itineraries and other passenger enhancements. Founded in 1999, this company is a recognized leader in icebreaker cruises to the North Pole, expanding its products and services in recent years to include expedition cruises to other areas of the Arctic and to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

The president of Poseidon Expeditions, Nikolay Saveliev, said, “Having now successfully completed our first 2015-16 season in both the Arctic and Antarctic – with great passenger experiences and satisfaction levels – we’re gratified to launch a third season of expedition voyages for those with the spirit of polar adventure in their hearts.”

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

Poseidon will again offer a wide range of Arctic cruises, including a first-ever voyage on June 15-29, 2017 that explores Iceland’s northern fjords and follows the Arctic Circle east to the Norwegian coast where a number of stops are planned before proceeding north to Bear Island and the Spitsbergen Archipelago. Passengers also will have the unique opportunity to cruise directly from Spitsbergen to Franz Josef Land in the Russian High Arctic on an August 14-29, 2017 expedition.

Arctic rates in 2017 for the all-suite Sea Spirit begin at $8,395 per person, double, and if three people share a spacious Triple Suite the rate is just $5,995 per person. New for 2017 will be the inclusion of a pre-cruise hotel night in either Reykjavik, Iceland, or Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, depending on the itinerary.

Following the last Arctic voyage to East Greenland in mid-September of 2017, the vessel will position to South America to commence a series of expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands during the 2017-18 austral summer season. The new Antarctic season also will include the popular Antarctic Circle cruise, which travels below the most southerly of the earth’s five major circles of latitude, approximately 66º south.

Antarctic rates for the 2017-18 season begin at just $7,995 per person in a Triple Suite and $11,195 in a double-occupancy Main Deck Suite.

For both the Arctic and Antarctic seasons, travel agents and consumers can take advantage of early booking savings of 10%-15% from regular rates. These savings will be available through September 2016.

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

Activities 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.

Built in 1991 as the Renaissance V, the ship sailed for a decade in Alaska and worldwide as the popular Spirit of Oceanus. She underwent technical improvements for polar cruising in 2010, and has been providing expedition cruises in both the Arctic and Antarctic environments as Sea Spirit the past six years. The ship will undergo major refurbishment of public spaces during a dry dock in Vigo, Spain, spring 2016.

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

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

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

About Poseidon Expeditions

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

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Website          http://poseidonexpeditions.com/

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