Expedition cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions M/V Sea Spirit- Greenland

Poseidon M/V Sea Spirit, Greenland-Expect the unexpected on expedition cruises. Most of us select a cruise based on its itinerary, dates and cost. Only exceptional circumstances keep most cruise lines from delivering what is pictured in brochures. Expedition cruises go into areas of the world where exceptional is the norm. Crews do their best to stick to the advertised itinerary, but environmental conditions may make it impossible. My first expedition cruise was to Cape Horn where a …

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Hurtigruten explores Inuit culture and Greenlandic landscape on its 2013 Greenland sailings

Greenland has been home to the Inuit people for more than 5,000 years and Hurtigruten makes its a point to educate its guests on the realities of living in on an ice-encrusted island where only two towns are connected by road, a summer day may find an iceberg floating by your beach setting, populations range from 2 to 15,469 hardy souls, and the dog sled has always been the principal mode of winter transport.  Hurtigruten‘s expedition ship …

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Hurtigruten participates in “Save the Albatross” aboard the MS Fram this summer

The small ship cruise line Hurtigruten has been an active participant in many of the remote areas it visits on its Expedition Voyages and often raises money for needy causes. A new fundraiser to begin in early summer on the MS Fram’s Arctic and Antarctica sailings focuses on helping to “Save the Albatross,” (a project of the Bird Life International Foundation), a much treasured bird that faces extinction mainly due to industrial long-line fishing. “These animals are …

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Visit West Greenland-where icebergs begin their long ocean journeys-on a classic voyage

Simple statistics point to an essential mode of transportation in and around Ilulissat, third-largest settlement in Greenland and a prime tourist destination. Population is around 4,500; sled dog population is at least 4,000. Greenland is home to about 60,000 residents.  It’s a land of giant icebergs, wide fjords and colorful villages where friendly Greenlanders greet guests with warm hospitality. Popular pursuits are hiking, sailing, kayaking, viewing wildlife and soaking up the culture of the Inuit, who have …

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We visit a small village in Greenland named Qaqortoq…hard to pronounce but easy to appreciate

September 22, 2011 QAQORTOQ, Greenland – Today we visited a small village on the southwestern coast of Greenland. It is pronounced something like “KAK-or-TOCK.” Founded in 1775, this town has a population of just 3,230 — just a few more than the number of passengers sailing on the Emerald Princess (2,985). It is located at a latitude of 60°. This is our first visit to Greenland. It is included on a few arctic and transatlantic itineraries, but …

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Plans are underway for our Northern Atlantic cruise on the Emerald Princess

  It is always exciting preparing for a cruise and I am in that process now. We are going to sail on a repositioning cruise of the Emerald Princess, from Copenhagen to Ft. Lauderdale, beginning Sept. 11. We only booked the cruise a couple of weeks ago so we have been busy firming up the details. On Sept. 8, we will fly from Detroit to Copenhagen via Delta/KLM. I booked the one-way transatlantic ticket through Airfare.com, a …

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