Posts Tagged ‘Arctic’

AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference examines growth, challenges and opportunities

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Glaciers, ice-filled waters and polar bears are some of the sights that draw tourists to the Arctic. (Photo: Frigg Jørgensen, AECO)

Arctic expedition cruising is more popular than ever. New vessels, technology, operators and customer groups will shape the sector’s development in the years to come. This week, major operators and other stakeholders gather in Oslo to discuss how the industry should manage growth. (more…)

Heritage Expeditions’ Akademik Shokalskiy, successfully completed a double transit of the Northern Sea Route

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

When Heritage Expeditions’ Vessel, the Akademik Shokalskiy, berthed in the Russian Port of Anadyr on Monday 24th September, it had made history. It had successfully completed a double transit of the Northern Sea Route (more commonly known as the North East Passage). (more…)

Incredible Arctic Odyssey aboard a classic three-masted schooner

Friday, September 29th, 2017

In July next year, the magnificent 56m, 33-berth Rembrandt van Rijn sets sail from Svalbard en route to Greenland over 18 days, with plenty of time to absorb the splendour of the Arctic at the best time of year. (

Northwest Passage cruise from Alaska won’t return next year

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

A cruise line’s much-ballyhooed itinerary through the Arctic’s storied Northwest Passage will take next year off, and the company plans to return with a smaller vessel in 2019 or possibly early 2020. (

What does the new Polar Code mean for expedition cruising?

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The introduction of the new Polar Code requirements for all maritime traffic in the regions of the Arctic and Antarctic waters is about to have a much greater impact on expedition cruising than many people in the industry may realise, claims longtime cruise professional, Gerd Wilmer of Sydney’s Landmark Travel. (

Aurora Expeditions celebrates World Photo Day with incredible savings on photography expeditions

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The Polar PioneerPolar adventure specialist, Aurora Expeditions, is celebrating World Photo Day on Saturday, 19 August 2017 with an array of spectacular savings of up to US$1,500 per person on their up-coming photography expeditions to Antarctica and the European Arctic. (more…)

Aurora Expeditions Launch Exciting New 2019 Expedition Programme

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Aurora Expeditions, Australia’s expedition cruising experts, are offering travellers the chance to save up to 20% on their newly-released 2019 expedition programmes. (more…)

Announcing Arctic Shipping Forum North America

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The Russian icebreaker 50 Years of VictoryOn the 1st of January 2017, the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters – more commonly known as the Polar Code – entered into force. Drawn up by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Polar Code provides an international standard that all ice-going vessels must meet if they are to travel through polar waters. (

More Interest in Banning HFO in Arctic

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

This week the German Maritime LNG Platform signed the Arctic Commitment, joining a group of companies, organizations, politicians and expedition cruise lines calling for a ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO) use in Arctic shipping, according to a prepared statement. (

Inaugural Meeting of the Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum (5-6 June 2017)

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Today, 6 June 2017, at Lloyd’s Register’s office in London, the inaugural meeting of the Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum concluded. (more…)

Poseidon Expeditions Completes Sea Spirit Passenger Transfer via Helicopter in West Greenland

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Poseidon Expeditions, anticipating the potential landscape challenges of icy West Greenland in the spring, used its experience and contingency planning to successfully transfer more than 200 guests via helicopter on Wednesday. (more…)

Lonely Planet Photographer To Escort Hurtigruten Midnight Sun Tour – Departs May 2018

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Destination specialist 50 Degrees North has teamed up with Lonely Planet Photographer, David Evans for this world first exclusively escorted photography tour of Norway’s Lofoten Archipelago & North Cape under the Midnight Sun. (more…)

New Crystal Adventures Heighten Arctic Exploration during Northwest Passage Voyage

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Crystal Serenity (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)When Crystal Serenity returns to the Arctic north on August 15 for the second transit of the Northwest Passage, she will navigate a route through territories of Alaska, Canada and Greenland that are rarely explored by recreational travelers, remaining the only luxury cruise line to make the intrepid trip. (more…)

G Adventures’ Big Chill Sale is here – Travellers can save up to 20% on 2018/19 G Expedition voyages

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The Expedition. In this image at the Svalbard ArchipelagoBreathtaking glaciers, rugged mountains, colossal icebergs, and polar bears in their natural habitat are some of the highlights now available at a discount to G Adventures polar travellers with the launch of ‘The Big Chill Sale’. (more…)

One Ocean Expeditions Hits the Mark with the Introduction of Explosive influencers for Canada 150’s Anniversary Year 

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), specialist in small ship expedition cruising in the Polar Regions, is right on trend with the introduction of an innovative influencers program for their Canadian Arctic voyages this summer. (more…)

Arctic tourism organizations launch guidelines for community visits in the Arctic

Friday, May 12th, 2017

In April, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), Visit Greenland, Cruise Iceland, Visit Svalbard and the Northern Norway Tourist Board presented a set of Community Guidelines aimed at Arctic tourists. (more…)

Three World-Renowned Photographers to Join Poseidon Expeditions On Select 2017 and 2018 Polar Journeys

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Three internationally renowned photographers will travel with polar cruise expert Poseidon Expeditions on select voyages in 2017 and 2018. On these journeys the photographers will host seminars and workshops for passengers.

Coast Guard Hosting Eight-Nation Arctic Forum

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting an eight-nation Arctic Coast Guard Forum Principals Meeting March 22-24 at the U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston in Boston. (

One Ocean Expeditions 2018 Season introduces an Exclusive ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ Cruise Series

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Akademik IoffeThe spotlight shines on Canada’s North this year as the world is invited to discover epic locations in Canada celebrating 150 years of confederation. This event has inspired Canadian cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), to introduce even more in-depth Canadian Arctic exploration. (

Phil Fontaine joins Adventure Canada’s Heart of the Arctic 2017

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Adventure Canada is delighted to announce that Phil Fontaine will be travelling aboard our 2017 Heart of the Arctic expedition as a special guest. (more…)

Help Aurora Expeditions Celebrate International Polar Bear Day Massive 50% Savings on Back to Back Arctic Voyages 2017

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Did you know a polar bear’s paw is 30 centimetres wide? Or that they have black skin? Or that they were listed as a threated species in 2008? (more…)

Ongoing Market Demand leads One Ocean Expeditions to Early Launch of 2018 Arctic Cruise Program

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Akademik IoffeWith interest in the Arctic at an all-time high and bookings for 2017 already surpassing expectations, specialist adventure cruise operator, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), is launching its 2018 Arctic programme early to align with the increase in customer demand and growing market interest. (more…)

Poseidon Announces 2018-19 Arctic and Antarctic Cruise Specials

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The Sea SpiritEarly booking rates are available through the end of July 2017 for Arctic and Antarctic cruises in 2018-19 with polar cruise specialist Poseidon Expeditions. Cabin discounts are as generous as 20 percent off the regular rate, depending on category reserved. (more…)

Crystal Announces Expedition Team for Second Northwest Passage Cruise

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Crystal Serenity (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)Crystal Cruises will partner with Arctic Kingdom, a Canada-based team of Arctic experts, to offer expeditions and enrichment programming on its second Northwest Passage cruise aboard Crystal Serenity, to take place in August and September 2017. (

Quark Expeditions: Shape the Conversation on Polar Conservation at 90°N

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Renowned photographer Paul Nicklen can’t wait for July 2017, when he’ll be aboard our July 20th North Pole voyage for a rare and specially-themed North Pole Summit. You’ll join Paul and 6 other international thought-leaders to share and listen to different perspectives on everything from environmental conservation to pursuing your dreams.

One Ocean Expeditions to Offer the true majesty of the Arctic without having to travel to Canada, Alaska, Greenland or Russia

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Akademik IoffeWith flying times from the UK to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard less than six hours away, and no long sea journeys involved, it is possible to experience the true majesty of the Arctic, just 500 miles from the North Pole, without having to travel to Canada, Alaska, Greenland or Russia. (more…)

AdventureSmith Explorations Introduces Four Land-Based Tours For Exploring Polar Bears and Wild Arctic

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Innovative small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations has added four land-based tours that make the Arctic more accessible to North Americans. These tours that are conducted between late June and late November 2017 utilize strategically situated base camps as participants witness the natural miracles of an ice-bound world. (more…)

Be a North Cape Adventurer with Saga and ORCA, the European whale and dolphin conservation charity

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Stavanger, NorwaySaga’s guests can watch for wildlife from the decks of Saga Pearl II with members of ORCA, the European whale and dolphin conservation charity. (more…)

LR: Statutory Alert, Entry into Force of Polar Code

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Seabourn Quest (Photo Robin West, Seabourn's manager of expedition operations)Lloyd’s Register (LR) has issued a statutory alert on the Polar Code which enters into force on Jan. 1, 2017. The IMO International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) applies to all ships. (

World Expeditions new 2017-18 Polar Program

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The two-master schooner NoorderlichtAustralian adventure travel specialist, World Expeditions, has launched a new 2017-18 Polar brochure packed with a range of new voyages including a remote cruise across the Arctic Circle taking in the Scottish Isles, Norwegian coastline and the island of Spitsbergen. (

Birthing Icebergs, Inuit Culture and Dramatic Seascapes Take Center Stage in May on Poseidon Expeditions’ West Greenland: Disko Bay Cruise

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The Sea SpiritSpring signifies the birthing season. The Arctic is no exception where in May on Greenland’s west coast, even those icons of the frozen north – icebergs — calve. (more…)

Arctic cruise boom poses conundrum for Canada’s indigenous communities

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Crystal Serenity (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)Authorities in the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut are considering new regulations on marine tourism after the first successful voyage of a mammoth luxury liner through the North-West Passage. (