Poseidon Expeditions Starts 2019 Season of North Pole Voyages Aboard Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker
2020 Season Open for Reservations with Early Bird Savings Offered until October 31, 2019
By: Poseidon Expeditions
"Since our first voyage in 2001, we've had the great pleasure of providing more than 4,300 guests from all over the globe the singular opportunity to stand at the North Pole," said Nikolay Saveliev, president of Poseidon Expeditions. "That's 42 departures to-date that we've operated through the summer of 2018, with 2019 the 12th consecutive season aboard the world's most powerful icebreaker, the nuclear-powered 50 Years of Victory (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/
Poseidon Expeditions plans to operate three trips to 90º north latitude at the height of the 2020 summer season: July 12, July 23 and Aug. 3. The 13-day program includes a full day of activities on the ice at the North Pole, plus Zodiac landings on Franz Josef Land, an infrequently visited region of 192 islands rich in polar wildlife and stark landscapes in the Russian High Arctic. Rates for the 2020 season – including the early booking savings that are in effect through Oct. 31, 2019 – range from US$29,445 per person for Standard Stateroom to US$42,840 for the 33-square-meter Arktika Suite.
"Human experience as well as the right vessel for the task both play an all-important role in making such a trip successful. So we are pleased that Captain Dmitriy Lobusov will again be at the helm of 50 Years of Victory for the 2019 season," continued Saveliev.
"Captain Lobusov has worked in the Arctic ice for more than 30 years and participated in North Pole trips for a quarter century, serving as master for more than 100 of them. The technical management of a 23,439-GT vessel, which can break ice up to three meters in thickness, is considerably more than following a compass heading to 90º north latitude through the frozen Arctic Ocean. Significant pressure ridges along the way can pose challenges, even for a ship with 75,000 horsepower, two OK-900A nuclear reactors and a pair of robust steam turbo-generators.
"No other ice-class vessel used for commercial passenger travel has the proven track record, the reliability and sheer power to muscle its way to this unique destination. Where the frozen sea blocks the way for other ice-class expedition ships, the adventure is just beginning aboard 50 Years of Victory. When not used for North Pole tourism, this vessel can be found supporting and clearing the way through the ice for cargo and energy supply vessels in the Russian High Arctic," said Saveliev.
Experience will also benefit the passengers' educational enrichment while aboard and ashore in Franz Josef Land. Creating an unforgettable experience will be the task of Poseidon's 14-member expedition staff, which includes a marine biologist, geologist, glaciologist, historian, geographer, Zodiac master, visual artist, Citizen Science organizer and musician. Leading the team will be Huw Lewis-Jones (https://poseidonexpeditions.com/
If living the adventure of travel to the North Pole itself isn't enough, guests on the July 29, 2019, departure will enjoy learning about the exploits of Guest Lecturer Fyodor Konyukhov (https://en.wikipedia.org/
In addition to the regular program of enrichment, guests during the 2019 and 2020 seasons will enjoy Zodiac cruises ashore in Franz Josef Land and other special events and activities at the North Pole and in transit. The program includes one night pre-cruise hotel accommodations in Murmansk, and all transfers to/from the airport and ship.
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;
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 SalesUSA@poseidonexpeditions.com or by telephone at 347-801-2610.
In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon's Hamburg office – Anfrage@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +49-40-7566-
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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