Expedition cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions M/V Sea Spirit: The ship-M/V Sea Spirit, Poseidon Expeditions

M/VSea Spirit 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 …

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Expedition cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions M/V Sea Spirit: Day 8

LEAVING MV/ SEA SPIRIT-Excited anticipation wakes us early. We dress, squeeze camera and travel gear into our hand luggage and make yet another final sweep of the cabin before leaving. Miguel is waiting for us in the dining room, bringing our usual coffee and tea before we have to ask.  One last meal together. Afterward we go up to the Club for one last cup of coffee before our disembarkation adventure. It is going like clockwork. We …

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Expedition cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions M/V Sea Spirit: Day 7

ABOARD MV/ SEA SPIRIT-We cannot safely go into the Kangerlussuaq Fjord. Instead, representatives from Air Greenland will board the ship today and check us in, providing boarding passes to Copenhagen. Luggage to be checked must be ready for tagging before dinner. We will be called by decks to bring bags down to the Ocean Lounge where we will receive our passports and boarding passes. Luggage will be flown in a sling by helicopter to the airport in …

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Expedition cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions M/V Sea Spirit: Day 6

ABOARD M/V SEA SPIRIT-We are out early today, off to see the glacier in Evighets Fjord. Like all Greenland glaciers, it is retreating. It is quiet this morning, no icebergs calving, but we keep our distance just in case. Glaciers are the maternity ward for icebergs and the cliff next to this one is a maternity ward for nesting gulls whose discordant squawking dispels the otherwise serene setting. No other wildlife shows itself and we don’t linger. …

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Expedition cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions M/V Sea Spirit: Day 5

ABOARD M/V/ SEA SPIRIT-Morning comes as gray and overcast as when I tried to photograph the midnight sun at midnight and again at 2 a.m. The news isn’t any brighter. We’ve turned south; Disko Bay is too icy to safely go any farther north. Instead, we will go to a reindeer hunting ground in the Nordre Stromfjord area. Accepting the consolation prize, we head out. Upon landing at the unremarkable-looking hunk of land, the adventurous and agile …

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Expedition cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions M/V Sea Spirit: Day 4

We wake up with our fingers crossed. We have been in Drake Strait which separates Greenland from Arctic Canada and, ice permitting, our goal is Disko Bay this afternoon, Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island tomorrow. However, Anja Erdmann, our affable, multilingual, multitalented Expedition Leader has been giving us a daily ice update, always with the reminder that “expedition means change plans constantly.” Expedition staffers add to our appreciation for Greenland and the Arctic by sharing their expertise with …

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Expedition cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions M/V Sea Spirit: Day 3

ABOARD M/V SEA SPIRIT-Icebergs are getting bigger as we move north, a hint at what lies ahead in a few days when we reach Disko Bay. Ililussat, Greenland’s third largest settlement, is home to a glacier that calves 20 billion tons of icebergs a year. In the meantime, we head out in zodiacs. After circumnavigating two large icebergs, we slowly motor into a swath of sea ice. Unlike icebergs which are frozen fresh water from glaciers, sea …

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Expedition cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions M/V Sea Spirit: Day 2

ABOARD SEA SPIRIT-Today we not only cross the Arctic Circle, we visit Sisimiut, Greenland’s second largest town  – population of 5,600 – and the northernmost one not socked in by ice in the winter. Bettina, the Greenland expert of the Expedition team, has prepared us well. We know not to build or alter cairns (rock piles) as they are signposts during high snow or to approach or pet Greenlandic dogs without their owner’s permission. These husky-like hounds …

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Expedition cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions M/V Sea Spirit: Day 1 Qoornoq, Nuuk Fjord, Greenland

ABOARD SEA SPIRIT- East and West have separated. As we enter the dining room for breakfast, the seating pattern is already set: passengers have arranged themselves geographically, Westerners to the left, Easterners to the right. As two of the six Americans on board, we follow along, joining those from the UK, Belgium and Australia. The Germans tend toward the middle, the foursome from India roams. The ship has moved along the Nuuq Fjord and our first excursion …

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Expedition cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions M/V Sea Spirit- Arriving at M/V Sea Spirit

It was typically cold in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, where an overcast sky spit icy rain as we hurried across the tarmac from plane to terminal. M/V Sea Spirit was in Nuuk to the south and weather, the ruler on many expedition cruises, explained why the country’s primary airport was at a former World War II U.S. military base instead of the capital. Planes can get into Kangerlussuaq almost 300 days a year, far more often than in Nuuk. …

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