Cruise North Expeditions
Cruise North Expeditions Highlights
- Cruises focus on Arctic wildlife
- Provides unique exposure to Inuit culture
- Offers itineraries to remote destinations avoided other expedition lines
- Modestly priced for an expedition company, with discounts for kids
Cruise North Expeditions Fleet (1)
About Cruise North Expeditions
A large part of Cruise North's mission is to take conservation to heart, whether that be in promoting Inuit culture or looking after the environment. The company employs members of the Inuit community to make presentations about their culture and arrange visits to local communities; at the same time, the Inuit employees learn about the tourism industry.
In addition, the ship and its crew spend five days or so at the end of the year involved in an Arctic cleanup project. Corporate volunteers sponsor a return to a destination in need of some cleaning, which ensures the company leaves the Arctic in a more pristine state than it was at the start of the season.
Cruise North sailings are very much focused on destination and wildlife, and life onboard is casual and relaxed. You won't find anything fancy or formal -- and forget anything like production shows. Instead, the emphasis is on learning, with lectures on topics that range from the ecology of the poles to the life cycle of thick-billed murres. Expect one or two stops each day, sometimes with shore trips before breakfast, and accept that itineraries will be altered, based on the changing weather and ice conditions.
Rates are more reasonable than many of the high-end expedition operators, and the average pax tends to be in his or her 50's or 60's. Passengers are active and curious and take an avid interest in learning about the region they are visiting.