Thursday, 12 May 2011

50 Degrees North Releases Unique Small Ship Exploring West Coast of Greenland - S/V 'Rembrandt van Rijn'

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Travel operator and Nordic specialist 50 Degrees North has just released new Greenland West Coast voyages on board a newly fitted 34 passenger sailing vessel. S/V 'Rembrandt van Rijn' was built as a herring lugger early last century and has undergone a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program in 2011. It will be introduced to Greenland for the Arctic summer of 2012, providing a much needed small expedition vessel for this region.

Highlights of the voyages in Greenland include whale safaris with possible sightings of narwhals, icebergs, hot springs, incredibly birdlife and an insight into the Inuit culture. An 8 day voyage on the S/V 'Rembrandt van Rijn' is priced from AU$ 2230 for twin share private cabins with portholes.

S/V 'Rembrandt van Rijn' was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in The Netherlands in 1994 and sailed in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galapagos (1998 - 2001). The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program in 2011. The communication and navigation equipment has been completely revamped according to the latest SOLAS regulations.

The 'Rembrandt' measures 56 meters in length (168 ft.), 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2, 5 meters. The maximum engine speed is 9 knots. She has an experienced crew of 10 on board including two expedition guides. The vessel can accommodate a maximum of 34 passengers in 17 twin cabins (1 twin cabin with porthole - shared shower and toilet), 6 twin private inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), 10 twin private cabins (with shower, toilet and porthole). A spacious restaurant on board the vessel allows all passengers to have their meals at the same time. The vessel furthermore consists of a separate bar including a reading table. The ship is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offers good open deck viewing areas, even when under sail. The inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas.

Small ship expedition cruising and wildlife fans can visit www.fiftydegreesnorth.com for more information. For more details, contact 50 Degrees North - brochure e-mail: info@fiftydegreesnorth.com.

About 50 Degrees North:

50 Degrees North Pty Ltd is a wholesale travel operator specialising on the area north of the 50th parallel north, as well as Antarctica (50 degrees south). The company is fully licensed, and a full member of the Travel Compensation Fund.