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.

The Best Ship of 2013 – Changes In Expedition Ship Operations – One Hundred Years Ago: The Allan Line’s Alsatian

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 30th December 2013..

 

Europa 2 StairwellThe year 2013 has seen the arrival of the best new ship to join the world cruise fleet in some time, one that immediately achieved the top score in the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. This week we therefore bring you a brief photo essay of the Europa 2, taken on one of this year’s pre- inaugural cruises from Southampton (see one of her stairwells on the right). Elsewhere, we look at recent changes in the world of expedition cruising with the Sea Explorer and Sea Spirit. We also have a historical look at the introduction of the Allan Line’s turbine-powered cruiser-stern Alsatian one hundred years ago next month. This ship became Canadian Pacific’s Empress of France in 1919 and one of the first ships to offer a full world cruise in 1923.

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Oasis of the Seas To Drydock in Europe in 2014 – Quark Expeditions Introduces New Ship in 2014 – Viking River To The Mississippi in 2015

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by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 1st April 2013

Oasis

The Oasis of the Seas will operate two Transatlantic crossings and three cruises from Barcelona in 2014

Royal Caribbean International last week announced two Transatlantic crossings and a short three-cruise European season for its Oasis of the Seas, in September and October 2014. In some ways this is reminiscent of the way Norwegian Cruise Line used to bring the s.s. Norway to Europe from time to time, but on the other hand it may be an experiment, seeing as Royal Caribbean has recently ordered a third Oasis class ship at STX France. Elsewhere, Quark Expeditions has announced that it will be adding the 114-berth Sea Explorer to its fleet in 2014, to work alongside sister ship Sea Spirit. Meanwhile, Viking River Cruises, in addition to expanding into ocean cruising, has announced that it intends to put a European-style river cruiser into service on the Mississippi River in 2015.

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