North Pole Icebreaker Cruises To Continue Beyond 2015 Into 2018

50 Years of Victory at the North Pole - Poseidon ExpeditionsPoseidon Expeditions of Moscow today announced that North Pole icebreaker expeditions aboard the nuclear-powered 50 Years of Victory (above) will continue through to 2018.

The president of Poseidon Expeditions, Nikolay Saveliev, said that the vessel’s owner, Atomflot, made the decision to extend the tourism use of the vessel earlier this week. According to Atomflot’s Deputy Director for Fleet Operations, Andrei Smirnov, the extension is related to the earlier-than-planned deployment of another icebreaker, the Soviet Union.

This will allow the 50 Years of Victory to be used for tourist cruises for at least three years beyond 2015. Poseidon Expeditions had announced earlier this year that following next summer’s departures, the nuclear-powered icebreaker would be used to facilitate scientific exploration and transport in hard-to-reach areas of the Arctic and Northeast Passage.

“The Atomflot announcement came as a surprise, but a very pleasant one,” said Saveliev. He noted that Poseidon is currently in negotiations with Atomflot for the additional three seasons. Departure dates and rates beyond the 2015 season are still to be determined.

“We are pleased to continue partnering with Atomflot in providing this experience for travelers looking for such a unique voyage. We have operated 29 North Pole cruises aboard the nuclear icebreakers Yamal and 50 Years of Victory since 2001, and will operate four programs in 2015,” he added.

The 525-foot 50 Years of Victory carries 128 passengers in comfortable accommodations, all with exterior views. 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.

Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. In addition to offering North Pole cruises aboard 50 Years of Victory, the company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to Antarctica aboard the 114-passenger luxury expedition vessel Sea Explorer. Starting in 2015, Poseidon Expeditions will operate the Sea Explorer’s sister ship, the Sea Spirit, to the Arctic and Antarctic regions. A variety of polar itineraries are available.

For details of the 2015 North Pole voyages and other polar cruise adventures please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. In North America please call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

No More North Pole Departures After 2015 – Royal Caribbean Signs With Jamie Oliver’s “Jamie’s Italian” – The Introduction of Hagenisms

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 31st March 2014..

50 Years of Victory at the North Pole - Poseidon ExpeditionsAfter 2015, there will be no more nuclear icebreaker trips to the North Pole so passengers wanting to visit the North Pole are urged to book now or miss the boat entirely. Northern polar trips in future will concentrate on the Northwest Passage across the top of Canada and the Northern Sea Route above Russia. Between Quark Expeditions and Poseidon Expeditions there will be a record total of six departures for the North Pole in 2015. Elsewhere, Royal Caribbean International scored a coup last week by engaging British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to install the first “Jamie’s Italian” restaurants at sea on board the first two “Quantum” class ships, debuting this year and next. Finally, in view of last week’s Guinness Book of World Records christening of eighteen Viking Cruises river cruisers in a single week, we remember the introduction into the English language of the “Hagenism,” named for Viking CEO Torstein Hagen, by the US edition of Travel Weekly a year ago.

Photo: Poseidon Expeditions’ 2013 Voyage marking the 100th trip to the North Pole by nuclear icebreaker

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