Monday, 2 March 2015

Increasing popularity of Northwest Passage Cruises with One Ocean Expeditions


Canadian polar expedition cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions, is a leader when it comes to navigating the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic.  Their successful involvement in the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition searching for Franklin's long lost vessel, HMS Erebus, highlights their knowledge and expertise in these icy northern waters.  This expertise together with decades of knowledge provides a solid base for One Ocean Expeditions voyages into both the High Arctic and Antarctica.

The number of travellers wanting to discover the Canadian Arctic has significantly increased over the last decade and One Ocean Expeditions recognizes this.  In response to increased demand, One Ocean Expeditions has introduced an additional Northwest Passage voyage into their Canadian Arctic schedule for 2015.

One Ocean Voyager/Akademik Sergey Vavilov – coincidentally the ship that was involved in the Victoria Strait Expedition last summer – will sail from Kangerlussuaq to Cambridge Bay on a 12-night voyage, 11-23 August 2015.

For this voyage, guests will join a One Ocean Expeditions charter flight from Ottawa to Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland where they board the ship.  At the end of the voyage guests leave the ship in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and board a charter flight to Edmonton, Alberta.

The voyage through the remote Northwest Passage follows in the footsteps of a host of Arctic explorers including Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen.  Today's adventurer will travel in much greater comfort than the remarkable polar explorers who went before them. Facilities on board the One Ocean Voyager/Akademik Sergey Vavilov include a panoramic lounge/bar, a library and media room, plus a wellness centre with massage, sauna and hot tub, as well as a dining room serving sumptuous meals throughout the voyage.

Guests will experience and discover the habitat of the iconic polar bear, as well as musk ox, walrus, beluga whales, seals and bird sanctuaries.  Wildlife and history are the main draws of the Northwest Passage voyage, which provides access to Inuit culture and stories of the ill-fated Franklin expedition more than 150 years ago.  As well as the last known wintering site of Franklin's lost vessels, guests will also visit other sites and traces of his expedition that have been found.

The diversity of experiences available on and off the ship is made possible with the high level of customer service and staff to passenger ratio common across all One Ocean Expeditions' cruises. Photography, hiking, a memorable education program, zodiac cruising and optional sea kayaking put this trip at the top of the list.

Prices start from US$9995 per person sharing a twin cabin, including all meals and accommodation on board ship, zodiac excursions and landings, ship transfers, and foul weather gear.  Return charter flights are US$1990 from Ottawa to Kangerlussuaq and Cambridge Bay to Edmonton.

For further information visit One Ocean Expeditions www.oneoceanexpeditions.com

About One Ocean Expeditions

One Ocean Expeditions is a Canadian expedition cruise operator founded in 2007. The company operates two ships, Akademik Ioffe/One Ocean Navigator and Akademik Sergey Vavilov/One Ocean Voyager and a range of special programs in the Arctic and Antarctica. Their research vessels are designed for polar exploration and combine modern comforts and superb amenities with first-class safety features. One Ocean Expeditions continually strives to excel as a polar expert by collaborating with researchers, and explorers in exciting programs. One Ocean Expeditions directly supports Northern Communities in the Arctic, though support of local business, donations, and community outreach programs.