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:
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.
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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