This was our 5th Seabourn cruise and, unlike our most memorable cruise aboard the Quest to Antarctica with the late and much missed Captain Larsen, this voyage was a bust. Think that you’ll get close to Polar Bears and other marine mammals aboard Zodiacs? Think again! You’d be better off watching a David Attenborough film and saving yourself +$30k. We never got closer than 1000 meters to these animals. So much for that new camera lens that I purchased for the trip! Our photography was limited to taking pictures of the TV screen in our suite which was, in turn, fed by an admittedly wondrous camera located on the ships mast. Instead, the ship had a ‘professional’ wildlife photographer who promised to download his photographs to each of us (unlike us passengers, he was allowed to get much closer to the animals). The digital photos he provided were of low quality (low pixel count) and really fit only for social media. The promised video of our adventure that was to be uploaded to Seabourn’s website, never materialized on any page we accessed..
Because of sea conditions, the ship’s kayaks and submarines remained, for the most part, in the garage. Landings to visit historical sites were interesting, while visits to two Inuit communities along the Northwest Passage were less than enlightening. Except for our guide to the Inuit culture, the naturalists aboard were good to excellent. Our Inuit guide was very kind but not very informative as to a culture in transition.
Since we were aboard one of Seabourn’s new expedition ships, little in the way of entertainment was available. This was to be expected in that this was an ‘expedition’ with the entertainment being provided by nature, itself. Except we were pretty isolated from close up encounters with that nature! The bare entertainment that was provided, a world-class guitarist and our Cruise Director, himself were, though, impressive