13 Day Legendary History & Wild Nature ( High in demand adventures )

Start Point

Cruise start Plymouth (England)

End Point

Cruise ends Edinburgh (Scotland)

Days

13 days & 12 nights

Price Per Person

USD 0.00 Twin/USD 0.00 Single

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This amazing Cruise is a heaven for Photographers , Animal and Nature lovers .This voyage offers a wealth of subjects for photographers of all levels and interests. Our photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your skills alongside a professional photographer. Zoom out to capture dramatic landscapes of sweeping moorland and rugged coastlines or go macro to expose the beauty of flowers. You will get plenty of practice with the special art of architectural photography as well. From historical monuments to colorful puffins, the sights on this voyage will make a photographer out of anyone. Our expert will be there to help you make the most of the bounty in your viewfinder.

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Rates Include:

  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;

Rates Do Not Include:

  • Airfare;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Staff gratuities.

DR. HUW LEWIS-JONES

Huw is a historian of exploration, culture, photography and the environment, with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of award-winning books but is happiest when out in wild nature. Huw was Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and the National Maritime Museum in London. His books include In Search of the South Pole, The Crossing of Antarctica, Ocean Portraits, The Conquest of Everest, winner of the History Award at the Banff Mountain Festival, Across the Arctic Ocean, and Explorers’ Sketchbooks, an art history of discovery and adventure. His books now have been published in 14 languages.

As an experienced polar guide, over the last decade Huw has wandered on both sides of Antarctica and in the Arctic, from the Ross Sea and the Southern Ocean, to Siberia, Greenland and the North Pole. His research interests are equally wide-ranging, from Admiral Nelson and Captain Cook, through whaling and Heroic Age expeditions, to pioneering photography and even Inuit Art. Back in Britain, Huw regularly appears on television and radio as a historian and cultural commentator, in the BBC documentaries Wilderness Explored, Of Ice and Men, Antarctica’s Forgotten Hero, Battle for the Himalayas, and most recently the PBS Nova special Franklin’s Lost Ships.

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Day 1: Embarkation in Plymouth, England

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Welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit .
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Welcome to the port city of Plymouth in southwest England, where a rich maritime heritage sets the mood for the beginning of our exciting voyage.

In the afternoon we welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit .

Explore the ship and get settled in your comfortable and spacious suite.

Then join us on deck and feel the sense of adventure build as we slip our moorings and sail out of the historic harbor.

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Day 2: Tresco, Scilly Isles, England

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On the hallowed grounds of a Benedictine abbey we discover the exquisite Tresco Abbey Garden , Valhalla Museum , from the islands’ shipwrecks. Delightful cafés and local shops enrich your experience even further.
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The Isles of Scilly is a group of small islands off the coast of Cornwall boasting mild weather, secluded beaches, enchanting wildlife and a relaxed lifestyle.

On the lovely, sand-fringed island of Tresco, Bronze Age burial sites and romantic 17th-century castle ruins reveal a long and dramatic history.

On the hallowed grounds of a Benedictine abbey we discover the exquisite Tresco Abbey Garden with its spectacular collection of more than 20,000 exotic plants from all corners of the world.

Here we also find the Valhalla Museum, a collection of colorful figureheads salvaged from the islands’ shipwrecks.

Delightful cafés and local shops enrich your experience even further.

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Day 3 and Day 4: Republic of Ireland

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southwestern coast of Ireland are a favorite breeding site for seabirds, including thousands of Atlantic puffins and a large colony of northern gannets. Other bird species breeding here include the European storm petrel, northern fulmar, Manx shearwater, black-legged kittiwake, common guillemot, and razorbill. The rich waters around the islands are home to whales, dolphins and seals , Christian monastery , Here you can take a guided tour of the factory to see the master craftsmen at work as well as the world’s largest collection of their wares. Also nearby is Mount Congreve, a magnificent 18th-century Georgian estate
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With good weather and the permission of authorities, we plan to visit the Skellig Islands.

These remote, uninhabited rocky islets off the southwestern coast of Ireland are a favorite breeding site for seabirds, including thousands of Atlantic puffins and a large colony of northern gannets. Other bird species breeding here include the European storm petrel, northern fulmar, Manx shearwater, black-legged kittiwake, common guillemot, and razorbill.

The rich waters around the islands are home to whales, dolphins and seals. The island of Skellig Michael is also known for its well-preserved early Christian monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dunmore East is a popular tourist and fishing village in County Waterford on Ireland’s southeastern coast.

From here it is a short journey through scenic countryside to the House of Waterford Crystal. Here you can take a guided tour of the factory to see the master craftsmen at work as well as the world’s largest collection of their wares.

Also nearby is Mount Congreve, a magnificent 18th-century Georgian estate and Poseidon Expeditions 3 botanical gardens containing thousands of plant species on 70 acres of intensively planted woodland and a four-acre walled garden.

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Day 5: Llandudno, Wales

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We embark on a scenic overland tour of Snowdonia National Park , We drive through some of the wildest and most dramatic landscapes in Britain as we discover craggy mountains, stunning waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, dense woodlands and flowering meadows , wildlife including otters, water voles, wild ponies and rare birds such as dotterel and peregrine falcon.
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Our port for today is the vibrant seaside town of Llandudno in the north of Wales. From here we embark on a scenic overland tour of Snowdonia National Park. We drive through some of the wildest and most dramatic landscapes in Britain as we discover craggy mountains, stunning waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, dense woodlands and flowering meadows. Snowdonia is also renowned for wildlife including otters, water voles, wild ponies and rare birds such as dotterel and peregrine falcon. We enjoy a delightful stop at the charming and distinctively Welsh town of Betws-y-Coed in the Gwydyr Forest. Also on the itinerary for today is the magnificent Conwy Castle. Step inside this impressively preserved 13th-century fortress for a genuine look at castle-life in medieval Britain. Pass through the fortified gateways, climb the huge towers, and walk along the battlements for breathtaking views of the estuary and town below. The castle and the walls surrounding the town of Conwy are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

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Day 6: Northern Ireland

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We travel overland to the world-famous Giant’s Causeway. Here we discover a geological masterpiece—40,000 closely packed hexagonal basalt columns of varying heights descending like a staircase into the sea , We plan to land on Rathlin Island off the coast of Northern Ireland , you can enjoy great viewing of countless puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars. The island also boasts a resident seal population and enough history to fill its charming museum to the rafters.
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Today we disembark at the small seaside resort town of Portrush in Northern Ireland. We travel overland to the world-famous Giant’s Causeway.

Here we discover a geological masterpiece—40,000 closely packed hexagonal basalt columns of varying heights descending like a staircase into the sea. According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. In this area we are also able to spot various seabirds such as fulmar, petrel, cormorant, shag, redshank, guillemot and razorbill.

We plan to land on Rathlin Island off the coast of Northern Ireland.

This small island of outstanding natural beauty is home to about 150 people and hosts tens of thousands of nesting seabirds—one of the largest seabird colonies in Europe.

At the West Light Seabird Centre—housed in a fully operational lighthouse built atop an impressive sea cliff—you can enjoy great viewing of countless puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars. The island also boasts a resident seal population and enough history to fill its charming museum to the rafters.

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Day 7: Inner Hebrides, Scotland

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Visit the uninhabited island of Staffa , The rugged island also provides nesting sites for seabirds including guillemots, razorbills and puffins , Today we also explore beautiful and serene Iona , Iona Abbey, founded in 563 AD , Iona is well known for its soul-soothing tranquility, white sand beaches and excellent birdwatching
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Weather permitting, we also plan to visit the uninhabited island of Staffa.

This island of volcanic origin is easily recognized by its striking colonnade of hexagonal basalt pillars.

Here we hope to explore the island’s most famous feature, Fingal’s Cave.

Reaching deep into the island, the undulating sea plays upon the stunning matrix of columnar basalt to create an eerie melody which was the inspiration for Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture.

The rugged island also provides nesting sites for seabirds including guillemots, razorbills and puffins.

Today we also explore beautiful and serene Iona, a small island in the Inner Hebrides just off the Isle of Mull in western Scotland.

At the gorgeous Iona Abbey, founded in 563 AD, we are spellbound by one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites and indeed one of the oldest Christian religious centers in Western Europe.

The adjacent graveyard is said to be the final resting place of numerous medieval kings, including Macbeth. In addition to its historical and religious significance, Iona is well known for its soul-soothing tranquility, white sand beaches and excellent birdwatching.

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Day 8: Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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Nature-lovers will be delighted, as the island is home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds, two early types of sheep, and over 130 species of flowering plants.
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The Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles, are a chain of dramatically rugged islands off the west coast of mainland Scotland.

The most isolated of these is St Kilda. This remote and storm-ravaged island was continuously inhabited for at least two millennia by peoples of extraordinary hardiness.

But as the modern world closed in after World War I, the remaining inhabitants chose to evacuate. Now we find only their rough stone buildings and distinctive storehouses called cleitean, all set amidst some of the most dramatic island scenery in the British Isles.

Nature-lovers will be delighted, as the island is home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds, two early types of sheep, and over 130 species of flowering plants.

Later, as we sail through the remote and uninhabited Flannan Islands, we keep a lookout for seabirds including Leach’s petrel near their colony on the slopes of Eilean Mòr. Commonly seen in the surrounding waters are minke and pilot whales, as well as several species of dolphin.

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Day 9: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

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Attractions such as the well-preserved 5000-year-old village site at Skara Brae and the ancient Ring of Brodgar , Back in the charming village of Kirkwall we also find the impressive Saint Magnus Cathedral, built in the Romanesque style by Vikings in the 12th century.
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Upon arrival at the historic port of Kirkwall we embark on an overland tour of Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands off the northeastern coast of Scotland.

Attractions such as the well-preserved 5000-year-old village site at Skara Brae and the ancient Ring of Brodgar within the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Heart of Neolithic Orkney” showcase the world-class cultural heritage of the island. Back in the charming village of Kirkwall we also find the impressive Saint Magnus Cathedral, built in the Romanesque style by Vikings in the 12th century.

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Day 10 and Day 12: Shetland Islands

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One of the jewels of the archipelago is the Isle of Noss , making perfect nesting sites for thousands of seabirds including gannets, puffins, guillemots, shags, black-legged kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars , Explore the spots from seals and otters in the water , On Fair Isle—an isolated island of rolling moorlands and rugged coastlines—one is easily enchanted by historic crofts, picturesque lighthouses, and friendly locals.
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The Shetlands are a group of subarctic islands located about 110 miles north of mainland Scotland. One of the jewels of the archipelago is the Isle of Noss, a National Nature Reserve and Special Protection Area. Here we enjoy a splendid ship cruise along the coastline where towering sandstone cliffs have been weathered into horizontal ledges, making perfect nesting sites for thousands of seabirds including gannets, puffins, guillemots, shags, black-legged kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars. This is also a great place to spot seals and otters in the water.

We come alongside at the port of Lerwick on Mainland, the largest of the Shetland Islands.

On a walking tour of this historic town we visit the award-winning Shetland Museum to learn all about Shetland’s fascinating heritage and culture. From here we take a scenic overland coach ride through the fertile countryside of Dunrossness to discover Shetland’s best destinations. Birders will relish the opportunity to visit the historic lighthouse at Sumburgh Head, the southernmost point of Mainland Shetland.

These rugged cliffs attract thousands of seabirds and the grassy slopes above are particularly great for enjoying close encounters with puffins amongst beautiful wildflowers. Also on the itinerary is Jarlshof, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the British Isles.

Here we discover beautifully preserved stone structures spanning 5,000 years of human settlement, including Bronze Age oval houses, Pictish wheelhouses, an Iron Age broch, a Viking longhouse and a mediaeval farmhouse.

On Fair Isle—an isolated island of rolling moorlands and rugged coastlines—one is easily enchanted by historic crofts, picturesque lighthouses, and friendly locals. Here we find the internationally renowned Fair Isle Bird Observatory.

The island is famous among birders for its abundance of British birds and for its numerous records of eastern rarities and migrants. Fair Isle is also one of Europe’s best places to watch seabirds, especially puffins, at close range. Additionally, the island is notable for the abundance and diversity of its wildflowers. Seals are also commonly seen in its bays.

Finally, during our visit it will be possible to see and purchase articles hand-knitted in the intricate and distinctive style for which Fair Isle has been celebrated for hundreds of years.

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Day 13: Disembarkation in Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland

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Free till transfer to airport
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After breakfast on board Sea Spirit we say farewell in Leith, Edinburgh’s vibrant port district. We provide transfers to the airport or to Edinburgh city center if you wish to spend more time in the wonderful capital of Scotland.

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THE CRUISE SHIP M/V SEA SPIRIT

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SHIP M/V SEA SPIRIT

Like some of the birds we see in the Arctic and Antarctica, our m/v Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, we create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all our guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers. We believe that first-hand travel to such places makes one an ambassador for conservation, and helps strengthen our resolve to protect these natural environments for future generations.

Length  -  90.6 meters (297 ft.)

Beam   -  15.3 meters (50 ft.)

Speed   -  15 knots

Passengers   -  114

Crew  -  72

Classic Suite  -  341 - 330 

Superior Suite  - 427 -  414

CABIN INFORMATION 

CLASSIC SUITE 

Averaging 21 square metres/226 square feet, these cabins are located on the Oceanus Deck. They feature a picture window, two wardrobes and a choice of either two twin beds or a King Size bed. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control and hair dryer.

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Size , of the cabin  21 sqm or 226 sft 

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SUPERIOR SUITE  

Superior Suites are located on the Club Deck. Averaging 20 square metres/ 215 square feet, these cabins feature two twin beds or a King Size bed. The picture window overlooks an outside walkway on the Club Deck. Amenities include: en suite facilities, walk-in closet or wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, hair dryer. 

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Size , of the cabin  20 sqm or 215 sft 

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How to pack for a polar climate

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How to pack for a polar climate

Our recommendation is to bring «arctic quality» clothes that will fit into a layered clothing scheme. For example, packing «arctic quality», light-weight long-sleeve t-shirts, turtlenecks, and a water-proof shell is better than packing five big, cotton sweaters and two huge «winter-down» coats. Three to five pairs of active-wear pants, and then a pair of waterproof pants such as ski or snowboard pants, which is designed to respond to temperatures variations, is much better than seven pairs of jeans.

Keep in mind that you may experience anything from t-shirt weather to artic, sub-zero snow-squalls (if you are lucky), so, each day’s temperature might change quickly without any time for you to change your clothes — layers are essential. Of course, your dinner clothes are your decision. Please read the following article designed to give you an understanding of how to dress. The tips and Packing List, below, will act as a guide in the packing process.

Why being layered is so important?

Temperatures may be warmer in the day than you expect, which will cause you to sweat. Your sweat will make for a cold feeling and once you get wet, your body will lose its natural temperature at a higher rate than before. If you are dressed appropriately, you can remove a light-weight layer and carry it with you. Second, your body works hard due the climate. The cold weather, snow, and natural adjustment of your body require a significant output of physical energy other than just walking. You will want to be able to take off and put on layers as needed. It can’t be stated enough here; layers are the key to comfort in a Polar climate.

Being waterproof is also essential.

Although summer temperatures are generally mild, you should expect wind, clouds, and precipitation. It is also possible that water will spray up on passengers during Zodiac cruising. We can say with certainty that if your clothes are not waterproof on the outer layer, you will get cold. In this regard, we recommend being mindful of having waterproof shoes as well. Trust us, having a water-proofed outer layer can make or break your travel experience.

Beware of tight clothing that doesn’t let your body «breathe».

Part of being insulated is a system of letting the natural warm air of your body counteract the cold air you encounter. If your clothes are too tight, and don’t allow for insulation, you can get cold easily. Also, remember that cotton isn’t really an insulator. So, we recommend more modern artic designed clothing.

Finally, remember the «wind-chill factor» and plan accordingly.

A stiff wind on a polar plain can sweep away any generated body heat in a second, and it’s important that your clothes are windproof. A good, warm wind-proofed shell will keep your chill to a minimum, so make sure any shell you bring is insulated, water- and windproof.

PACKING LIST

Expedition Clothes

Parka (usually provided by Operator). You should look for a lightweight, wind and weather-resistant shell with insulation. Bright colors are more visible, and safer in polar environments. Traditionally, Polar travelers wear red.

Warm trousers. Ski pants are suitable if you have them. Otherwise, bring any sturdy trousers that can be layered between your long underwear and rain over-trousers.

Waterproof pants (trousers). А pair of water-resistant «rain-pants» made of coated nylon are essential. These are worn like shell for your legs. Look for Gore-Tex and other synthetic fabrics that are waterproof and «breathable». These materials keep out wind and water without trapping excess heat. This is probably the most important clothing you can pack for a trip.

Thermal underwear. You should select medium to thick thermal underwear; long sleeve thermal top, trousers and socks. Most people prefer a lightweight version — but this depends on your personal thermostat. Polypropylene fibres are warmer when damp or wet, than silk or wool, although the CSIRO has recently developed a fine wool product called Sportwool.

Sweaters or polar fleece jacket. Wool sweaters or a polar fleece jacket of medium weight are recommended.

Dress in comfortable, loose layers. It is far better to wear layers of relatively light, loose clothing than one thick, heavy item. Between each layer there is insular air that, when heated by your body, acts as a natural insulator. It will also allow you to keep from overheating.

Body heat is most likely to be lost from hands and feet. Keep them warm and dry.

Expedition gear for Antarctic season 2017/18

There is an alternative to buying some of this gear, and that is to rent items such as waterproof pants, mitts, etc. from our friends at Ship to Shore Traveler. This option is available for our cruises which start and end in Ushuaia. We recommend that you contact them about rental gear 20 days or more before departure, but orders must be submitted latest two weeks prior to your embarkation date in order to ensure delivery. You can find their  

Onboard Clothes

Turtlenecks or t-shirts.Bring several practical turtlenecks or t-shirts for layering and use around the ship.

Ship Attire. Dress on the ship is informal. Clothing on board is usually jeans, corduroys, casual slacks or trousers, long sleeve shirts or t-shirts, fleece and a parka in hand during the day. Cruise wear should be lightweight and easy to care for.

Slightly dressier attire, such as sports jacket or blazer and collared shirt for men, and equivalent for women, is appropriate for the Captain’s dinner.

Dressing for Gateway Cities

Don’t forget this important aspect of your trip — your personal style is our best advice.

Hats and Gloves

Mittens and under-gloves. Keeping your hands warm and dry is an important challenge. Thin polypropylene gloves should be worn underneath warm mittens so you can take off your mittens to operate your camera and maintain some level of protection against the cold. These should be loose enough to permit good blood circulation. It’s a good idea to bring an extra pair of wool mittens to wear if your other pair gets wet or lost.

Woolen cap or fleece cap. A warm cap to protect your ears.

Scarf. A warm scarf can help you to protect your neck. 

Modern «arctic design» clothing is best — Polar fleece is a good example. Also, wool and silk are superior to cotton because they trap warm air. When damp or wet, polyester is a better insulator than goose or duck down.

If the rest of your body is covered, as much as 30% of the heat you lose will come from your head; be sure to wear a cap.

Expedition Footwear

Warm socks. Sturdy, tall wool (or other thick material) socks should be worn over a thin pair of silk, polypropylene or cotton/wool socks which provide enough insulation for your feet. Bring several pairs of outer socks, as your feet will inevitably get wet.

Insoles for gumboots. They will keep your feet warmer when sitting in the Zodiac for long periods.

Rubber boots (usually provided by Operator, please check at the time of booking). A pair of pull-on rubber, unlined and completely waterproof boots that are mid calf or higher (12-16″, 31-41 cm high) with a strong, ridged non-skid sole is essential for landings. You may have to step from the Zodiac into icy water up to 10″ (25 cm) high on some landings. Also, expect poor footing on the ice and ashore. Do not bring heavy, cumbersome boots that make it difficult to walk. Boots with waffle soles like those on a hiking boot or running shoe tend to give the best footing. Ideal boots are «Wellies» or «Viking» boots. Remember that you will be wearing these boots a lot. So they must be comfortable for extended wear and walking. The boots should not be too tight or too sloppy. If they are too tight you will get cold feet.

For maximum warmth, wear loose-fitting boots and two pairs of socks. Try out your boots before the voyage.

Onboard Footwear

Lightweight walking shoes/boots are comfortable and some people like to take them ashore.

Backpack. A waterproof nylon backpack, rucksack, or similar bag for carrying your camera and other gear. Make sure your primary shore-landing bag has shoulder straps so that your hands are free, when boarding the Zodiac. It is very important that you have some way to keep your camera dry, particularly while you are on the Zodiacs.

Sunglasses. High quality sunglasses with U.V. filter are recommended even on cloudy days, as the U.V. reflects powerfully, even when you don’t expect it. We do not require «glacier glasses»; your normal sunglasses will suffice, but polarized sunglasses are most effective. Tinted ski/snowboard goggles are also be useful if conditions are windy, snowy, etc.

Sun-block lotion. Protective sun-block lotion for your lips, hands and face. The reflected glare from water, snow and ice can be intense and will burn the skin of passengers in certain conditions. In any regard, it is highly recommended.

Camera, battery charger. It is advisable to bring an extra camera in case of malfunction or accident.

Extra pair of prescription glasses. Extra pair of prescription glasses.

Bathing suit. For hotels, aboard some ships and (just maybe) a polar plunge.

Medicines. Prescription medicines and other remedies such as seasickness medication. Be prepared for rough water — also, please bring a signed and dated letter from your physician stating any health problems and dosage of medications, for emergency use.

Binoculars. A pair of binoculars for spotting whales and seabirds from deck is highly recommended.

Plastic bags. Zip lock plastic bags for your camera.

Earplugs. Earplugs may be useful if you are sharing a cabin with a snorer.

Avoid overdressing and reduce perspiration.

Wear water repellent outer layers that will keep you dry on the outside and still able to «breathe» enough that moisture from your body can escape Mittens are better than gloves.

 

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Terms and Conditions – Expedition Cruises to the Arctic aboard “Sea Spirit”

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Terms and Conditions – Expedition Cruises to the Arctic aboard “Sea Spirit”

Rates  – Voyage rates are quoted in U.S. dollars/EURO and are based on passengers sharing a cabin. Rates for all Poseidon Expeditions voyages are based on anticipated fuel costs at the time of departure multiplied by a maximum daily usage. There will be no fuel surcharge for voyages aboard Sea Spirit if the price of applicable fuel, delivered locally, does not exceed USD 1,150 per metric ton. Should the price go above this a surcharge, to cover only the increase in fuel costs, may apply. In this case agents will be notified immediately and passengers will have the right to cancel their reservations within 14 days of notice of increase without penalty.

Reservations – To confirm a booking a deposit of 20% of the published rate per person is required. Final payment is due in full 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days of departure, full payment is required to confirm a booking.

Payments – All payments are to be made in US dollars/EURO. Payments are made via bank transfer.

Booking Cancellations / Refunds  – All cancellations must be received in writing. Reservations cancelled more than 120 days prior to departure are subject to a USD 750/EURO 575 per person cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled from 120 to 91 days prior to departure are subject to 20% per person cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled 90 days or less prior to departure are subject to full fare forfeiture.

Voyage Cancellation – In the very unlikely event that a Poseidon Expeditions’ voyage is cancelled prior to departure Poseidon Expeditions will provide a full refund of all funds paid to Poseidon Expeditions. Should a voyage cancel while in progress, Poseidon Expeditions will provide a pro-rated refund of the funds paid to

Expeditions.

Transferred reservations/name changes – Bookings transferred from one departure (more than 90 days prior to departure) to another, for the same passenger can be made at no charge, based on availability. By direct permission, and on a limited basis, name changes on a reservation can be made at a fee of USD 300/EURO 220 per person. Inventory Service

Upgrades – Periodically to maximize available inventory, passengers may be upgraded into higher level cabins. These unsolicited upgrades are made at no charge, however open inventory in upper level cabins is only filled on an unsolicited basis when needed to secure reservations in other categories. In any event no upgrades will be made without prior notification.

Single supplements – Single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin rate and available only in Main Deck and Classic Suites; single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 2 times the twin rate in the Superior, Deluxe, Premium and Owner Suites. Cabin share is available only in the following categories: Triple Classic, Main Deck and Classic Suites. 

Children – In general, our policy is that children must be at least 12 years of age to participate in a Expeditions voyage. However, we may on a case by case basis accept children ages 8-11 with additional screening.

Onboard language – All voyages are conducted in English and German. For groups of passengers speaking other languages Poseidon Expeditions recruits multi-lingual staff members, who assist the passengers during briefings and lectures. Staff varies from voyage to voyage, please check when booking.

On board authority - All passengers are subject to instructions or regulations given by the Captain or the Expedition team.

On board payments – all payments are in US dollars. Passengers may run a tab which must be paid prior to disembarkation. Payments can be made in cash or via CC.

Itineraries – Expeditions’ captain and expedition team will do everything possible to complete the voyage as outlined in the voyage itinerary. However itineraries (including all scheduled landings and excursions) in Polar Regions are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Occasionally conditions and or safety concerns require Itinerary changes. The Captain and expedition team will accordingly make every effort to find the best alternative to the original itinerary while keeping passengers informed and updated. Itinerary changes are not subject to passenger approval/consent and in the event of such a change no refunds or price adjustments are possible. Placement of a booking with Poseidon Expeditions amounts to an acknowledgement that itinerary changes are possible.

Photography / Video – Expeditions reserves the right to use photographs and/or videos taken during the operation of the voyage for promotional purposes for the company and/or its sales agents. Passengers who prefer that their images not be used are asked to identify themselves to Expeditions and its agent, prior to embarkation.

Smoking – There is no smoking inside the ship. There will be a designated smoking place outside in a sheltered area.

Alcohol – Alcohol is available for sale in our bar. Expeditions reserves the right to refuse alcohol to anyone deemed to be intoxicated.

Pre-departure forms / requirements Eligibility – There are no specific physical requirements for travel in the Arctic. However we are traveling to the remote region of the world and we are traveling on a ship which, at times, may be in rough seas. Passengers with certain medical/health issues may not be appropriate for this type of expedition and are advised to exercise appropriate caution. Our medical information form lists a number of these conditions.

Pre-departure forms – Prior to boarding, specific passenger information is required not only for passenger safety, but for international reporting regulations. Required information must be completed in the forms provided by Poseidon Expeditions and in our possession at least 60 days prior to departure. Final documents cannot be issued for passengers whose information has not been received.

Passenger Medical Information – We require all passengers to submit basic medical information prior to departure. Upon receipt of that basic medical information, specific physical conditions may necessitate additional documentation from a passenger’s physician certifying fitness to travel on a voyage to the Arctic. If additional medical confirmation is requested, boarding will not be allowed absent receipt of that confirmation. Expeditions has a pregnancy policy that women are welcome with explicit doctor’s permission and having signed a specific waiver. Pregnancy policies of carriers (ship owners, airlines, bus companies, hotels, etc) may also apply. Please note that medical information will, of necessity, be available to designated Expeditions staff.

Please note that regardless of general eligibility there may be instances where environmental conditions require a level of fitness/mobility. In these cases individual participation in the landing(s) in question may be restricted by the Captain, Expedition Leader, or ship’s doctor.

Travel Insurance – All passengers are required to carry valid travel insurance. This insurance must contain emergency medical and evacuation coverage of at least $100,000. For Expeditions' 2015 & 2016 Arctic voyages, this emergency medical and evacuation insurance is included in the ticket price (those over the age of 85 must purchase this insurance separately). Trip cancellation insurance is not required, but is strongly recommended.

Pre-departure Assistance All prices quoted are for cruise only. Our ground agents can assist with arrangements for additional hotel nights, private transfers and land excursions.

Responsibility – The payment of a deposit or full payment for a reservation on this tour shall constitute consent to all the provisions contained herein. Expeditions or its agents are not responsible for any costs or penalties relating to air transport or other services that are cancelled. Poseidon Expeditions is not liable for failure to provide the services or accommodations offered to the extent that such services or accommodations cannot be provided due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond its control. Expeditions is a qualified tour operator that organizes and administers its polar voyages. Expeditions will provide services in conjunction with local operators and air and sea operators. The designated operator(s), in turn, acts only as an agent for any transportation carrier, hotel, ground operator, or other suppliers of services connected with these tours (“other providers”), and the other providers are solely responsible and liable for providing their respective services. The passenger tickets in use by the carriers shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger; the carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time participants are not aboard their conveyances. Expeditions and its designated service providers shall not be held liable for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Poseidon Expeditions for any such loss, damage, injury, or death. In the event of Itinerary change due to any unforeseen circumstances or due to force majeure Poseidon Expeditions is not to be held liable for any costs incurred by passengers in this case and no refunds or price adjustments are possible. By registering for a Poseidon Expeditions voyage, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Poseidon Expeditions and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant from a voyage. Poseidon Expeditions reserves the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants. Passengers are not permitted to bring or have onboard any pets or animals, firearms, flammable or hazardous items, controlled or prohibited substances or drugs, contraband or items prohibited by any country or port to be visited. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant. Resolution of disputes – This agreement is subject to applicable UK law. Any controversy or claim arising from/or relating to a Poseidon Expeditions voyage shall be resolved by binding arbitration at the Arbitrary Court in London. Acceptance of the initial services to be provided on the trip shall constitute an acceptance by the trip member of these terms and conditions. On advancement of deposit to Poseidon Expeditions, the depositor therefore agrees to be bound by the above recited Terms & Conditions.

Please read – By purchasing this product you accept the above Terms and Conditions. In case you disagree to any of the Terms and Conditions of Operator you will not be able to take part in the expedition cruise.

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