(PRESS RELEASE)_PROVIDENCE, RI, Oct. 21, 2020 – Announcing the new 2022 Arctic and 2022-23 Antarctic polar cruise seasons three months earlier than usual and announcing a return to West Greenland for the first time in four years top the list for Poseidon Expeditions’ future plans for the 114-passenger expedition ship Sea Spirit.
“A look of our recent booking patterns demonstrates the pent-up demand of travelers to get back into the polar regions,” said Nikolay Saveliev, president of Poseidon. “Our travel partners and customers are comfortable looking ahead, well beyond the COVID-related interruption that’s been a blow to the cruise industry and to the travelers that support it. And this is why we are opening reservations for a new season much earlier than we have in the past. People are ready to solidify their plans for 2022 and beyond.”
New for the 2022 Arctic season will be a return to West Greenland, last visited by the Sea Spirit in early summer 2018. “It’s a popular region for expedition cruising, combining Viking history, Inuit culture and community life, fjordland scenery and massive icebergs. We’re happy to be going back,” said Saveliev. The 2022 West Greenland expedition voyages include a May 27 12-day Land of the Vikings, from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and a June 7 eight-day Icebergs, Whales & Inuit Culture, round trip from Kangerlussuaq.
In midsummer, the Sea Spirit will head farther northeast for a full schedule of departures that explore Svalbard and the company’s signature explorations of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago before returning to East Greenland in September for a pair of 11-day Arctic Sights and Northern Lights cruises that focus on the Aurora Borealis.
“For the eighth season in a row, the Sea Spirit will visit Franz Josef Land with three expeditions at the height of the Arctic summer, directly from Svalbard. Poseidon remains the only polar cruise operator able to do this, which eliminates several days at sea and provides for eight full days exploring this archipelago of 191 unique islands in the Russian High Arctic. It’s a region rich in wildlife, unique geology and glaciers, and legendary tales from the heroic era of polar exploration – there’s no place in the Arctic quite like it,” said Saveliev.
Like the migrating seabirds that are often the focus of Poseidon’s onboard educational programs, the Sea Spirit follows the sun south in October to begin its 2022-23 Antarctic season. This includes four Antarctic Peninsula voyages of 11-12 days; three longer programs that include the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, from 21-23 days; and the popular 15-day Crossing 66º South Latitude expedition cruise.
All reservations made for any 2022 Arctic and 2022-23 Antarctic cruise by June 30, 2021, will benefit from 10% to 15% early booking savings, depending on category chosen. An additional early-early booking feature – for reservations made by this Dec. 31, 2020 – will be a $250 per person onboard credit.
All of the new 2022 Arctic and 2022-23 Antarctic expedition cruises, including prices and departure dates, can be found on the company’s website at www.poseidonexpeditions.com.
For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at SalesUSA@poseidonexpeditions.com or by telephone at 347-801-2610.
In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – Anfrage@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact Sales@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +44-20-3369-0020.
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