- Launched 1991ength 297 feet
- Beam 50 feet
- Speed 15 knots
- Passengers 114
- Crew 72
- Decks 6
- Tonnage 4,200
Poseidon’s Sea Spirit brings the comfort of a boutique cruise ship to expedition cruising. Both public areas and cabins have been totally redone within the last two years so she looks brand new.
All cabins are en suite and exterior. Sizes range from 226 square feet to the 463-square-foot owner’s suite. A wall of mullioned mirrors behind the beds gives a feel of spaciousness and there is ample storage including a walk-in closet.
Between two women and lots of camera equipment, the small sofa was usually topped with our digital gear, although we always found room for a wine bottle and glasses on the table. We found leaving rubber boots topped with socks and waterproof pants in a corner and arctic jackets and life vests hanging from the hooks by the beds made suiting up more efficient.
A picture window that overlooks the outside walkway is coated so you can see out but no one can see in. We liked the power stick and American-style plugins for digital must-haves, but the only outlet that will power the hair dryer was under the vanity and hard to reach. Room lights can be controlled from the door or bedside but none are good for reading.
Other amenities include TV and DVD, robes and slippers, individual temperature controls, safe, refrigerator, telephone.
The bathroom is well designed although it would have been nice to have a trash can there and we never got the hang of the rain shower that pelted us with cold water at inopportune times.
Our steward Tayron kept the beds made, ice bucket filled and our quarters tidy as unobtrusively as possible.
Public areas, all on the aft end of the ship, are stylish, especially for an expedition ship, and comfortable. The multinational staff is invariably smiling and welcoming.
The Main Deck restaurant is spacious and comfortable. Open seating makes it easy for passengers to mingle with one another and get acquainted. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style although the kitchen prepares alternatives to order. Dinner is plated and dishes are beautifully presented. Vegetarian and other selections are always available. Guests who order wine are welcome to take unfinished bottles to their cabins.
Ocean deck is the activity center. Reception checks you on and of, those manning (personing?) the expedition desk can answer all sorts of questions as well as loaning walking sticks. There is an information wall where excursion groups, critter sightings and posters of flora, fauna and anything related to Greenland and its waters are posted.
The Oceanus Lounge is where everyone gathers for talks, Tuperna’s daily Inuit and Greenlandish vocabulary, announcements, Captain’s receptions and audio-visual presentations that are enhanced by three large built in display screens. Twice during the cruise the ship’s small shop is set up here.
It is a handsome room with sofas along the walls and rows of hefty swivel chairs and small cocktail tables. The chairs are attractive and comfortable but once filled negotiating from one end of the room to another becomes an obstacle course for even for the thinnest. Not unlike weaving through a field of icebergs.
Above on the Club deck is the Club and the Library, entertainment centers. Front and center are the bars. On the one side for drinks and everyone’s favorite coffee machine, on the other for self-serve coffee, tea and cookies. Sofas line the walls and within them, groupings of tables and chairs. At the end, a piano and in the corners at ceiling level, TVs silently show adventure and nature documentaries, Greenlandish films and some children’s fare.
Beyond all of this is the Library, stocked with books on polar expeditions, explorers, wildlife and culture as well as a smattering of novels.
On the Sports deck the hot tub and bistro area is aft, the open bridge is fore and in between are a small gym and a well-equipped medical center.
The largest suites have the Sun deck.
A small elevator mid ships connects them all.
Everything has to be shipped into Greenland and Poseidon is very eco-conscious so you won’t find a sheet of paper with the next day’s schedule on your bed each night. Instead, schedules are found on your TV ship’s channel where they silently and constantly cycle through in different languages. On our cruise it was English, German and Mandarin. It was annoying to get halfway through the English version then have to wait on two more before reading the last half. You can set for one language only on the control wand but we didn’t discover that until the end of the cruise.
Self-serve coffee and tea are available in the Club 24 hours a day for early risers and night owls if you can’t wait until breakfast, usually at 7:30 -9.
Lunch and dinner are dependent on the day’s expedition schedules but generally run 12 or 12 to 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tea snacks are put out in the Club 4-5 p.m.
Mornings, before or after expeditions, announcements are made in the Oceanus Lounge followed by a talk by one of the experts on board as well as the daily Inuit /Greenlandish vocabulary selection. Few of us successfully get our tongues around the pronunciations much less remember them. One, however, was quite apropos for an expedition cruise; emoka which means maybe, maybe not.
Coming back from an excursion to be met at reception with a warm towel and a hot drink is like returning home.
Afternoon can bring another excursion and occasionally another talk. After realizing the wealth of expertise and talent represented on the Expedition team, I wished for more from them.
All day you will find fellow passengers in the Club, talking, playing board or card games, checking out the library or comparing photos, especially at cocktail hour when Sixto whips up the drink of the day and the kitchen sends up hors d’oeuvres.
After dinner the Club is also the hub of activity. After dinner drinks, short talks, perhaps a documentary and Piotr at the piano.
No one dresses up. I found I could put water and wind proof pants over jeans for zodiac outings then remove them, switch boots for tennis shoes, swap polar jacket for sweater and go through the day and evening. We did sport nicer tops, pants and shoes for the Captain’s receptions and final dinner.