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Lovely arctic weather and a helpful expedition staff made this trip to Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland truly exceptional. We were very excited by our two polar bear experiences. We saw a mother bear supervising her two cubs fishing! ... Read More
Lovely arctic weather and a helpful expedition staff made this trip to Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland truly exceptional. We were very excited by our two polar bear experiences. We saw a mother bear supervising her two cubs fishing! This is apparently an unusual polar bear activity. We also saw a mother bear protecting her cub from a male polar bear. Murdering the young is apparently a common male polar bear activity. We spent pleasant hours trekking across the arctic tundra, occasionally spotting musk ox, arctic fox and puffins. The zodiaks took us to retreating glaciers, magnificent icebergs and allowed us to view the wildlife still around as the arctic summer ended and we approached winter. It was a special treat to be woken to observe the Northern lights during our brief late summer nights. The food was adequate and well prepared, the beds comfortable and our safety on shore excursions well managed. I must also complement the expedition staff on their uniformly excellent lectures. My wife and I truly enjoyed our first arctic experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Chosen specifically for the opportunity of seeing polar bears which was successful many times over.The ship and crew together with the guides were all first class and all our needs were well taken care of especially the safety aspects ... Read More
Chosen specifically for the opportunity of seeing polar bears which was successful many times over.The ship and crew together with the guides were all first class and all our needs were well taken care of especially the safety aspects which couldn't be faulted.the pre-cruise arrangements were also very well arranged including transportation,hotel,staff to advise on the exact arrangements for boarding the ship etc.Each days activities were specified during the evening review which included the proposed sailing routes etc. which obviously were subject to sea/weather conditions.The conditions included the range of the ice shelf which at the time we went had receded quite a way which meant we travelled further north than the ship had ever been due to the skill of the captain and crew.In fact at one point we were less than 500 miles from the North Pole.Each guide was an aspect in their own subject and questions were answered in a very informative way.Would be happy to repeat this adventure. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I note there are very few reviews of the Arctic cruises and can't see any of this ship for this itinerary here so hope this might be helpful to someone: We spent 7 nights on the MS Expedition (G adventures ship) and one night in ... Read More
I note there are very few reviews of the Arctic cruises and can't see any of this ship for this itinerary here so hope this might be helpful to someone: We spent 7 nights on the MS Expedition (G adventures ship) and one night in Longyearbyen - all booked through Explore. The ship: We loved the Expedition, it was comfortable with loads of communal space (bar, library, lounge, big observation decks) and our twin cabin was larger than we expected. The mud room for storage of outdoor stuff definitely made 'suiting up' quicker and easier, and we were given muck boots and a parka - the parka we got to keep - saving plenty of luggage space on the way over at least. The food also exceeded expectations - yes there was plenty of stodge and multiple crumbles with custard (not complaining!) - but also lots of choice, fresh fruit and salads, and the dinner service was amazing. The crew in general were great - from the cabin cleaners to the waiters and barmen - very hardworking and friendly. There was a lot of effort made to entertain, from deck BBQ, to a resident musician, a quiz night and themed buffets. The atmosphere was warm and it was lovely to share experiences with others aboard - although you also had plenty of space to be alone if preferred (other than dinner - communal tables). The expedition staff: Similarly we thought they were excellent - approachable and expert. Most of the lectures were well-paced and very well delivered, especially the history lectures. There were so many opportunities to chat to them and to ask questions. The expedition leader was especially impressive in handling our flights all being cancelled by fog at the end of the trip - she did her very best to sort things out (even though the airline was uncooperative) and we felt well looked after - we were not chucked off the ship and were given lunch and a promise of the night on board if we needed it. The expedition itself: This was a fantastic 'taste of Svalbard'. Our Zodiac cruises and landings were varied - from cruises amongst the ice bergs and along glacier fronts, to cruises alongside the massive bird cliffs. We landed at beaches with bird life and trappers huts, at a walrus haul-out, at the beautiful Magdalenefjord where we did our polar plunge, and also at the research station at Ny Alesund. The only thing we did not get to do much of was to have a walk when ashore - due to some fog I think the perimeters at landing sites did not allow more than a ten minute walk in any direction. Pretty minor disappointment given all the things we did get to do - like standing on an ice floe, polar plunging, and watching walrus 10 feet from us for half an hour! The wildlife: we saw a mother bear and cub, lots of walrus on the beach and at sea, very close up, birds, including puffins, whales, polar fox, reindeer and some distant seals. We were thrilled with this. Word of caution though - if what you want from the cruise is just polar bear seeking and to spend all the time looking for them amid the sea ice, this isn't how this cruise works. We were so happy with what we saw and really the wildlife was a (major) bonus to seeing this stunning archipelago, the ice, the mountains, the history etc. But I think a few were disappointed by the lack of a constant safari-style show - and perhaps marketing the trip as 'Realm of the Polar Bear' might have raised expectations with some. In summary, we'd highly recommend as a great value introduction to the Arctic, and we'd love to come back. Happy to answer any questions if helpful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
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