February 17th, 2015
In the morning we disembarked aboard Zodiac landing craft for a visit to Half Moon Island in the South Shetlands. We had arisen an hour earlier to a light refreshing breeze, fresh pastry in the ship’s library, a milky green sea and fog on the horizon.
February 16th, 2015
After breakfast, we learned about krill – the true king of Southern Ocean. Krill is a collective term for the large variety of marine crustaceans that make the Antarctic waters their home. It is a food source for many species of Antarctic fauna.
February 15th, 2015
Today, as we crossed the Drake Passage, we heard various presentations about the flora, fauna and geology of the Antarctic region, provided in an interesting, engaging way by the ship’s expedition team.
February 14th, 2015
In the morning after breakfast, many of our fellow travelers set off sightseeing around the Arakur Resort. At 16:00 a bus picks us up at the Arakur and delivers us to the pier, where we board our vessel the Sea Explorer for the first time.
February 13th, 2015
Our Antarctic expedition begins in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost town on the planet. We head directly from the airport to the luxury hotel, Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa, which is situated 250 meters above sea level. The property overlooks the bustling, waterside town and Beagle Channel with spectacular views.
This continent is so different from anywhere else in the world that it is very difficult to find three particular must-see places there. However, if you set your mind to join an expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula, we would recommend that your trip includes these three places, weather permitting, of course!
Poseidon Expeditions team performing a lip dub to Pharrell William’s “Happy” during the final North Pole cruise in the season of 2014. The cruise took place aboard “50 Years of Victory” – the most powerful icebreaker in the world.
Thoughts on the 2014 North Pole Season
At Poseidon Expeditions, we’re taking a moment to celebrate. We just concluded another successful season of three icebreaker cruises to 90° North, the geographic North Pole. The hours of work by office and shipboard staff paid off, and our big reward has been the smiles and memories that we’ve been able to provide to more than 300 passengers who trusted us to give them an adventure of a lifetime.
But we’ll only take a moment, because preparations begin immediately for summer 2015—the final season for the foreseeable future in which travelers can access the North Pole aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory. This isn’t another imminent doom sales pitch, because we wish we could continue to charter this awesome vessel for North Pole expeditions well into the future.
Unfortunately for tourism operators like Poseidon, the ship will be deployed year-round assisting commercial cargo and trade vessels navigate the icy waters of the Northeast Passage. No point in looking at competitive websites; there simply aren’t any other icebreakers available that are capable of such a feat. (We would know about it…)