Icebreaker Expeditions to Continue Beyond 2015 Aboard the Nuclear-Powered 50 Years of Victory
October 2, 2014, Providence, RI …
Poseidon Expeditions today announced that North Pole icebreaker expeditions aboard the nuclear-powered 50 Years of Victory will continue through 2018.
The president of Poseidon Expeditions, Nikolay Saveliev, said that the vessel’s owner, Atomflot, made the decision to extend the tourism use of the vessel earlier this week. According to the Atomflot statement, made by the Deputy Director for Fleet Operations Andrei Smirnov, the extension is related to the earlier-than-planned deployment of a different icebreaker, the Soviet Union.
This will allow the 50 Years of Victory to be used for tourism cruises for at least three years beyond 2015. Poseidon Expeditions had announced earlier this year that following next summer’s departures, the nuclear-powered icebreaker would be used to facilitate scientific exploration and transport in hard-to-reach areas of the Arctic and Northeast Passage.
“The Atomflot announcement came as a surprise, but a very pleasant one,” said Saveliev. He noted that Poseidon is currently in negotiations with Atomflot for the additional three seasons. Departure dates and rates beyond the 2015 season are still to be determined.
“We are pleased to continue partnering with Atomflot in providing this experience for travelers looking for such a unique voyage. We have operated 29 North Pole cruises aboard the nuclear icebreakers Yamal and 50 Years of Victory since 2001, and will operate four programs in 2015,” he added.
The 525-foot 50 Years of Victory carries 128 passengers in comfortable accommodations, all with exterior views. Public spaces include a dining room; aft salon for lectures, presentations and socializing; a bow-facing bar and lounge; library and lounge; plus a gym, two saunas and swimming pool with heated seawater. The ship has a clinic and physician.
Full details for the 2015 North Pole voyages and other polar cruise adventures can be found on the Poseidon Expeditions website: www.poseidonexpeditions.com or by calling Poseidon Expeditions in North America: Toll Free +1-877-692-5701. In the UK, call +44-870-068-9142.
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With offices in the US, Germany, UK, China and Japan, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. In addition to offering North Pole cruises aboard 50 Years of Victory, the company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to Antarctica aboard the 114-passenger luxury expedition vessel Sea Explorer. Starting in 2015, Poseidon Expeditions will operate the Sea Explorer’s sister ship, the Sea Spirit, to the Arctic and Antarctic regions. A variety of polar itineraries are available.
Poseidon Expeditions takes safe and environmentally responsible polar travel seriously, and is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). It also actively supports the efforts of Polar Bears International and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).