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About Ilulissat

Ilulissat means "iceberg" in Greenlandic. One look and it's obvious where the town got its name. On a clear day, the landscape is truly surreal. Hundreds of icebergs surround Ilulissat. They vary in shape from flat-topped hunks to jagged mountain peaks and in size from small doghouses to mega-cruise ships and larger. And that's just the part above the surface!

The icebergs originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, called Sermeq Kujalleq in Greenlandic. It is the most active glacier in the world outside Antarctica. The bergs collect at the mouth of the fjord just outside the harbor.

All this ice has recently put Greenland in the news and on travelers' radar screen with concerns about global warming. The country is officially part of Denmark, though it has been self-governed since 1979. It's the largest island on earth and would stretch from New York City to Denver if tilted on its side. Roughly 85 percent of the land is covered by the polar icecap. The coastal areas, where towns like Ilulissat are located, are free of snow in summer, making exploration by cruise ship a hassle-free way to go. Beginning in 2007, this far off-the-beaten-path destination has become accessible with Hurtigruten's new ship, the Fram, spending entire summers cruising Greenland itineraries.

Ilulissat, the hub of the west coast Disko Bay region, is the country's third largest town, boasting a population of roughly 4,500 people and at least as many sled dogs. Located about 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle, it is the most accessible place to see both massive icebergs and the polar icecap. For this reason, tourism here is on the rise. The town offers a variety of hotel accommodations and half a dozen tour operators.

No roads lead to Ilulissat. Access is by air or local ferry service. Visiting cruise ships include Hurtigruten's Fram, which calls once a week in summer, and the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov. The midnight sun shines here from late May through July. Having daylight 24/7 is a boon for sightseeing and for navigating through a sea full of icebergs.


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  • 28 Night
    Cruise to Ilulissat

    Leaving:
    Reykjavik
    Visiting:
    Heimaey, Sermilik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Seabourn Cruise Line
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    28 Night Cruise to Ilulissat Route (Seabourn Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Reykjavik
    • Day 2
      Heimaey
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Sermilik
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Skjoldungen Island
    • Day 7
      Prince Christian Sound
    • Day 7
      Aappilattoq
    • Day 8
      Qaqortoq
    • Day 8
      Hvalsey
    • Day 9
      Narsaq
    • Day 9
      Tugtutoq
    • Day 10
      Brattahlid
    • Day 10
      Itivdleq
    • Day 11
      Paamiut
    • Day 12
      Nuuk
    • Day 13
      Maniitsoq
    • Day 14
      Sisimiut
    • Day 15
      Kangerlussuaq
    • Day 16
      Sisimiut
    • Day 17
      Ilulissat
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Qilakitsoq
    • Day 19
      Uummannaq
    • Day 20
      Upernavik
    • Day 21
      Pond Inlet
    • Day 22
      Dundas Harbour
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Beechey Island
    • Day 24
      Cruising
    • Day 25
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Lady Franklin Island
    • Day 26
      Monumental Island
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Cruising
    • Day 29
      St. John's (Newfoundland)
    Ship Details

    Seabourn Venture - Seabourn Cruise Line

    Scheduled to launch June 2021 with 132 all-veranda, all-suite accomodations, Seabourn Venture will be Seabourn's first purpose-built luxury polar expedition vessel.

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    Seabourn Venture Reviews

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    0.0/5

    Outfitted with a PC6 Polar Class-rated hull and an expedition team of 27 dedicated specialists,...

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  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Ilulissat

    Leaving:
    Rostock
    Visiting:
    Akureyri, Isafjord ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    21 Night Cruise to Ilulissat Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Akureyri
    • Day 5
      Isafjord
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Prince Christian Sound
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Nuuk
    • Day 10
      Ilulissat
    • Day 11
      Ilulissat
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Qaqortoq
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Reykjavik
    • Day 17
      Reykjavik
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Kirkwall
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Copenhagen
    • Day 22
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
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    MSC Poesia - MSC Cruises

    Large international passenger mix

    Elegant decor that evokes a boutique hotel

    Stellar entertainment, from acrobats to singers

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2008, 92,600-ton, 3,000-passenger MSC Poesia is the third of Italy-based MSC Cruise...

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    ADP2020
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Horrível! Pesadelo de Cruzeiro
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    If I could give this cruise a negative rating, I would ...
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    • Basic Drinks
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  • 24 Night
    Cruise to Ilulissat

    Leaving:
    Liverpool
    Visiting:
    Reykjavik, Qaqortoq ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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    24 Night Cruise to Ilulissat Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
    • Day 1
      Liverpool
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Reykjavik
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Qaqortoq
    • Day 9
      Narsarsuaq
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Sisimiut
    • Day 12
      Ilulissat
    • Day 13
      Ilulissat
    • Day 14
      Qeqertarsuaq
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Nanortalik
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Lerwick (Shetland Islands)
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Liverpool
    • Day 23
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 24
      St. Mary's City
    • Day 25
      Bristol (Avonmouth)
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    Marco Polo - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Adults-only ship sailing ex-U.K. cruises

    Offers 'traditional-style' cruising

    Onboard entertainment focuses on enrichment

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    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    What Marco Polo lacks in size, youth and modern fittings, it more than makes up for in intimacy...

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    This is cruising at the very bottom of the market
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Should go in to retirement
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Ilulissat

    Leaving:
    Isle of Islay
    Visiting:
    Sermilinnguaq, Maniitsoq ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Silversea Cruises
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    16 Night Cruise to Ilulissat Route (Silversea Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Isle of Islay
    • Day 2
      Sermilinnguaq
    • Day 2
      Maniitsoq
    • Day 3
      Nuuk
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Iqaluit
    • Day 6
      Lower Savage Islands (Canada)
    • Day 7
      Monumental Island
    • Day 7
      Magdalen Islands
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Isabella Bay (Niginganiq)
    • Day 10
      Sam Ford Fjord
    • Day 11
      Gibbs Fjord
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Upernavik
    • Day 14
      Qeqertarsuaq
    • Day 15
      Ilulissat
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Isle of Islay
    Ship Details

    Silver Cloud Expedition - Silversea Cruises

    Pros

    All-suite cabins with butlers, heated pool, large gym and spa, many bars and restaurants

    Cons

    Bathrooms, specifically the towels and lighting, need improving

    Bottom Line

    A dream ship if you crave exotic adventures coupled with the posh amenities of luxury cruising

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    Silver Cloud Expedition Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Silver Cloud, Silversea's first ship (debuting in 1994), had grown tired and dated until the lu...

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    RobC1116
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Loved our Greenland and Canadian Arctic cruise!
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Uninspiring and flat
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 24 Night
    Cruise to Ilulissat

    Leaving:
    Isle of Islay
    Visiting:
    Kangaamiut, Evigheds Fjord ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Silversea Cruises
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    24 Night Cruise to Ilulissat Route (Silversea Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Isle of Islay
    • Day 2
      Kangaamiut
    • Day 2
      Evigheds Fjord
    • Day 3
      Nuuk
    • Day 4
      Sisimiut
    • Day 5
      Ilulissat
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Pond Inlet
    • Day 8
      Dundas Harbour
    • Day 9
      Devon Island
    • Day 9
      Beechey Island
    • Day 10
      Resolute
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Gjoa Haven
    • Day 13
      Jenny Lind Island
    • Day 14
      Cambridge Bay
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Sachs Harbour
    • Day 18
      Smoking Hills
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Herschel Island
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Barrow
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Cruising
    • Day 25
      Nome
    Ship Details

    Silver Cloud Expedition - Silversea Cruises

    Pros

    All-suite cabins with butlers, heated pool, large gym and spa, many bars and restaurants

    Cons

    Bathrooms, specifically the towels and lighting, need improving

    Bottom Line

    A dream ship if you crave exotic adventures coupled with the posh amenities of luxury cruising

    Reviews

    Silver Cloud Expedition Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Silver Cloud, Silversea's first ship (debuting in 1994), had grown tired and dated until the lu...

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    lpennacchi
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Very Disappointing
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Another great cruise but dreadful last day arrangements
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  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Ilulissat

    Leaving:
    Copenhagen
    Visiting:
    Rostock, Akureyri ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    21 Night Cruise to Ilulissat Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Copenhagen
    • Day 2
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Akureyri
    • Day 6
      Isafjord
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Prince Christian Sound
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Nuuk
    • Day 11
      Ilulissat
    • Day 12
      Ilulissat
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Qaqortoq
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Reykjavik
    • Day 18
      Reykjavik
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Kirkwall
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Copenhagen
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    MSC Poesia - MSC Cruises

    Large international passenger mix

    Elegant decor that evokes a boutique hotel

    Stellar entertainment, from acrobats to singers

    Reviews

    MSC Poesia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2008, 92,600-ton, 3,000-passenger MSC Poesia is the third of Italy-based MSC Cruise...

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    fhflea
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Americans on MSC in the Mediterranean
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Worst cruise ever
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Ilulissat

    Leaving:
    Copenhagen
    Visiting:
    Rostock, Akureyri ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    21 Night Cruise to Ilulissat Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Copenhagen
    • Day 2
      Rostock (Warnemunde)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Akureyri
    • Day 6
      Isafjord
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Nuuk
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Ilulissat
    • Day 13
      Ilulissat
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Qaqortoq
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Reykjavik
    • Day 18
      Reykjavik
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Kirkwall
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Copenhagen
    Ship Details

    MSC Poesia - MSC Cruises

    Large international passenger mix

    Elegant decor that evokes a boutique hotel

    Stellar entertainment, from acrobats to singers

    Reviews

    MSC Poesia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2008, 92,600-ton, 3,000-passenger MSC Poesia is the third of Italy-based MSC Cruise...

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    olgasera
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Worst cruise ever!
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Wonderful Service!
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.