Cruise North Expeditions

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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)

After operating the first year with a smaller, older ship, Cruise North upgraded and began chartering the Lyubov Orlova in 2006. Completed in 1976, this Cook Islands-flagged ship is slightly ice-strengthened and features plenty of open deck space -- important for expedition ships, which often have all passengers gathering on deck simultaneously for wildlife sightings. However, the ship's interiors and facilities are very basic and are far below what most mainstream cruise passengers have come to expect.


Editor's note: Cruise North Expeditions was acquired by Adventure Canada in 2011. Sailings, now aboard Sea Adventurer (Lyubov Orlova is no longer in service), are marketed by both companies.

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.

Fellow Passengers

Fellow passengers come mostly from Canada, with the rest split between the U.S., Germany, the U.K. and France. One or two kids are usually on each trip, as Cruise North encourages families to travel onboard.

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.
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