Category Archives: Arctic

50 Years of Victory to Continue Exploring the Top of the World

50 Years of Victory

50 Years of Victory

Expedition Cruises to the North Pole aboard 50 Years of Victory will continue!

Officials from the ship’s owner, Poseidon Expeditions and Quark Expeditions met in Moscow and agreed to terms that will allow use of the vessel for polar tourism expeditions through at least 2018.
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National Geographic Explorer in Dry Dock

National Geographic ExplorerLindblad Expeditions flagship, the National Geographic Explorer, has just started a stint in dry dock. The ship is presently at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, where she will undergo comprehensive technical work and class renewal for Det Norske Veritas, a classification society organized as a foundation, with the objective of “Safeguarding life, property, and the environment.”

Work to be completed on the ship in the yard’s Kaiserdock 1 by May 15 includes a long list of basic technical work, mainly extensive repairs to the thruster, rudder and shaft plant.

The National Geographic Explorer will then continue on with itineraries that take her north, exploring coastal Europe on its way to its Arctic adventures this summer.

Polar Bears Spotted on Baffin Bay Iceberg

An iceberg at the edge of the Baffin Bay's sea ice

An iceberg at the edge of the Baffin Bay’s sea ice

A polar bear spotting in Baffin Bay is not unusual. What was unusual was the fact that they appeared to be clinging to an iceberg. Were they stranded? In danger? Or simply lounging?

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New 2013 Itineraries for National Geographic Explorer

Lindblad Expeditions today announced new 2013 itineraries for the National Geographic Explorer. These itineraries extend the exploration in the Arctic.

A Circumnavigation of Iceland: Achieve a full circumnavigation of Iceland guided by our naturalists. View Europe’s largest ice cap, navigate the volcanic Westman Islands, and explore hot springs, boiling mud pots and thundering Godafoss Waterfall.
• Departs July 10, 2013
• Rates begin at $7,990 per person based on double occupancy.

Along the Viking Trail: From Iceland to Greenland: Hike, Zodiac and kayak Iceland’s Westfjord Region and Greenland’s east coast. Explore the Viking sites settled by Erik The Red 500 years before Columbus and meet the friendly Greenlanders who maintain their traditional lifestyle.
• Departs July 18, 2013
• Rates begin at $9,620 per person based on double occupancy.

Arctic Quest: Greenland and The Canadian High Arctic: An in-depth exploration of the far reaches of the Arctic, a land where polar bears roam, walruses loll, and hardy Inuit communities maintain their traditional way of life. Visit two UNESCO sites: The Inuit village of Sermermiut and Ilulissat Icefjord. Explore Uummannaq, the site of Greenland’s impressive mummy find.
• Departs July 27 & August 10, 2013
• Rates begin at $16,160 per person based on double occupancy.

Quark Expeditions Polar Expedition Featured on Frozen Planet

When the BBC & Discovery Channel decided to explore Antarctica for their popular Frozen Planet series, they turned to Quark Expeditions.

This weekend, watch the North American premiere of the Discovery Channel and BBC co-production of Frozen Planet. The seven-part documentary series premieres March 18, 2012, at 8 p.m. ET/PM on Discovery Channel and highlights the Earth’s Polar Regions. BBC and Discovery Channel production crews traveled with Quark to capture the stunning scenery featured in the series.

Check out our Antarctica and Arctic Expeditions on SunstoneTours.com

Love Santa? Visit the North Pole in 2012

Visit the North Pole summer of 2012 with Quark Expeditions

Visit the North Pole summer of 2012 with Quark Expeditions

Just can’t get enough of the North Pole this holiday season? Be one of only 250 people to stand at the top of the world in 2012 by visiting the North Pole with Quark Expeditions aboard their latest nuclear icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory.

This one-of-a-kind, 14-day itinerary travels roundtrip from Helsinki, Finland (via mandatory chartered flight from/to Murmansk, Russia (additional)) to the actual North Pole. You’ll travel in style, sailing onboard 50 Years of Victory, one of the world’s most powerful icebreakers. You’ll transit the Arctic Ocean, crushing multi-year ice pack in the processes. A complimentary helicopter ride affords an aerial view of the progress being made.
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Quark Expeditions Adds to its Fleet

Kapitan DranitsynQuark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventure, recently announced the addition of a new Russian icebreaker, Kapitan Dranitsyn, to the company’s fleet. Built in Finland in 1980 and upgraded in 1999, this vessel is a powerful icebreaker designed for reaching the most remote and raw Arctic landscapes. The Kapitan Dranitsyn is virtually identical to her sister ship, the famous Kapitan Khlebnikov, which will retire as a passenger vessel in March 2012.
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International Polar Bear Day

Today, February 27th, is not only Oscar’s day, but also International Polar Bear Day, a day to honor this magnificent animal by taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint.

Global warming and its effects have contributed to the reduction of sea ice in the arctic north. This is directly threatening the polar bears’ survival. Polar bears depend on the ice as a platform from which to hunt seals, the mainstay of their diet. They also rely on sea ice for breeding and denning. Scientists now predict that two-thirds of the world’s polar bears could vanish by 2040 if current warming trends continue.

But this doesn’t have to happen. We can take steps to slow down global warming, to reduce our carbon footprint. Here’s how:

  • Make this the day you start unplugging computers, televisions, and small appliances when not in use
  • Begin a No Idle habit: turn off your car engine when waiting in line—or park and walk inside
  • Bundle up and turn down the heat by five degrees
  • Spring for a water heater blanket (and start wrapping up the savings)

Want to experience Polar Bears in their natural environment this summer? There are still a few cabins left on the Land of the Ice Bears cruise itinerary. View the itinerary details…

February 2011 Computer Desktop Wallpaper

We know it’s snowy and cold across much of the United States. However, we could not help ourselves when we saw this photo of a polar bear looking up at guests aboard an Arctic expedition cruise aboard Lindblad Expedition’s National Geographic Explorer. Not only can the other cruise lines transit this part of the world, if they could, they wouldn’t get you this close to nature.

Download the February 2011 computer desktop wallpaper…

View more information on 2011 Arctic Cruises…

Cruise West Spirit of Oceanus/Sea Spirit will sail again

Cruise West Spirit of Oceanus gets new life…Sea Spirit

 Cruise West, Spirit of Oceanus sold to a charter company who re named her Sea Spirit is going to get a new life and sail again.

Quark will charter her to temporarily take the place of their present charter which is in dry dock being repaired.

She will replace the Clipper Adventurer who ran around during her Arctic 2010 season. That incident led to the cancellation of  first three scheduled voyages of the 2010-11 Antarctic season. The repairs to Clipper Adventurer will take longer than previously expected. As a result,  Sea Spirit, formerly known as Spirit of Oceanus, for the Antarctic 2010-2011 season. Sea Spirit will be used instead of Clipper Adventurer, taking over Clipper Adventurer’s scheduled voyages.

Her first voyage as a Quark Expeditions vessel will be the 20-day Explorers’ Quest .  Sea Spirit will carry a maximum of 120 passengers. She is equipped with rigid inflatable boats – RIBs – for shore transfers and cruising. The RIB fleet is comprised of Achilles and Zodiac boats.  

Once the Clipper Adventurer is repaired the Sea Spirit will be sent home for a new company to use her.

Quark’s Quality Adventure Coupled with Unsurpassed Comfort and Style

Sea Spirit guests sail in the most spacious cabins in our fleet and have a choice of one King Size bed or two twin beds. All 57 cabins have private facilities and exterior views. Fifteen of the cabins have private balconies for viewing the extraordinary Antarctic icescape. While enjoying the excitement of Quark’s 20-day Explorers’ Quest, your clients can phone home on the in-room phone with satellite access. Every cabin has individual temperature controls, a sitting area, refrigerator and in-room safe.

Sea Spirit has 7 cabin categories, including triple cabins and the very spacious Owner’s Suite.