2009 - 2010 ... Antarctic ... Atlantic Islands ... Arctic Latitudes
Each year we review our programs to see what are our most
popular expedition cruises and how can we make them better or
even introduce something new and exciting.
This year, we are pleased to offer the programs presented in this
brochure. As always, our focus is on remote and fascinating
destinations. We make sure you get the most out of every day with
us by staffing our expedition team with highly experienced and
Through Zodiac cruises and landings you will experience first hand
and reach destinations that larger ships can only sail by. Our strong
and able ship (icebreaker hull) is purpose built for the Polar regions
and well equipped to ply all international waters.
We hope to help make your travel dreams come true. Imagine
cruising with whales, watching the antics of penguins, seeing Cruise... learn... discover...
the mighty Polar Bear or seabirds wheeling overhead. From the
Antarctic to the Azores, UK and Norway, and then on northward
to Svalbard, Greenland and eastern Canada there are endless
memories waiting to be created.
IAATO – International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators – A member organization
founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally
responsible private sector travel to the Antarctic. www.iaato.org
AECO – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators – The objective of AECO is to
represent companies operating in Spitsbergen, on safety and environmental issues with
the aim of protecting the unique wilderness values.
ACTA – Association of Canadian Travel Agencies – An industry-led travel association
representing the retail travel community in Canada. www.acta.net
Polar Star Expeditions – member in good standing of above organizations.
Embark on a once in a lifetime journey and
realize your own personal sense of discovery. We
EXPEDITION CRUISING 1
create a casual and relaxed atmosphere onboard
and our enthusiastic and helpful staff make you PSE Maritime Expedition Outer Shell 2
feel at home. Whether trekking in the wilderness, The Wellie Program (Boots!) 2
experiencing local culture, or watching dolphins Pre-Post Cruise Arrangements 2
ride the bow wave or albatross wheel overhead ANTARCTICA 3
- the memories created will last a lifetime. Antarctica & Sub-Antarctic Islands 3
Antarctic Peninsula 4–5
Antarctica & Polar Circle 6
The Antarctic Adventure Expedition 7
Antarctica and Sub-Antarctic Islands 8
ATLANTIC ISLANDS 10
The Enchanting Azores 10
UK, Eire & Hebrides 11
Highlands & Islands – Scotland 12
Magic of Islands & Fjords – Norway 13
ARCTIC LATITUDES 14
Remote Coast of East Greenland 14
Steam to Ice – East Greenland 15
Viking Trail to the Americas 16
M/V POLAR STAR 17
Information 17 – 18
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We have created a variety of expedition
Properly “geared up” for the day and cruises to different destinations from
armed with the knowledge imparted by North to South. For each itinerary we
our expedition staff, you are fully craft a program that provides insight and
prepared to make the most of each access to local cultures and up close and
day’s adventure. personal experiences with nature through
incorporating shore excursions, Zodiac
cruising and lectures by our international
Expedition Team of experts.
PSE Maritime Pre and Post Cruise
Expedition Outer Shell Arrangements
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custom designed to function as your outer layer destinations, it can often be a challenge to make
in various conditions. It is uniquely designed connecting arrangements. We have researched
to work with the layering system allowing for The Wellie Program our ports of embarkation and disembarkation so
that we can offer connection services to you for
environmental temperature fluctuations as well
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to assist with transfers, hotel bookings and
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Antarctica & Sub-Antarctic Islands
PS910-01 Nov 3 (Tuesday) – 21 (Saturday), 2009 (19 days / 18 nights)
PS910-02 Nov 21 (Saturday) – Dec 9 (Wednesday), 2009 (19 days / 18 nights)
An expedition cruise to the Antarctic is the trip of a lifetime for many travelers. Add to this, time in South
Georgia and the Falklands and you have a truly extraordinary experience. Not only is the Falklands history
fascinating, it is also home to up to five penguin species and at this time of year nesting albatross can be
found. South Georgia is often described as the gem of the Southern Ocean with its spectacular mountains
and incredibly large King penguin rookeries. Continuing on to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland
Islands, experience sites of historic and scientific interest and bountiful wildlife.
DAY 1: Nov 21 (Argentina) Embark in Ushuaia.
DAY 2: Nov 22 (At Sea) This day at sea is an excellent opportunity to get oriented onboard and ready for
the adventures ahead.
DAYS 3 & 4: Nov 23 & 24 (Falkland Islands) These remote and isolated islands have a fascinating history
beginning with the European whalers and sealers. Landings at places such as New Island and West
Point Island provide the opportunity to see Rockhopper penguins and nesting albatross during the only
season of the year when they come to land. Of course a visit to the Falklands would not be complete
without time spent in the picturesque “capital” town of Stanley.
DAYS 5 & 6: Nov 25 & 26 (At Sea) On this sea passage the ship crosses the Antarctic Convergence into
the Southern Ocean heading for South Georgia.
DAYS 7 – 10: Nov 27 – 30 (South Georgia) The splendour of South Georgia is hard to describe –
stunning snow capped mountain landscapes, tousled tussock grasses and wild beaches. Learn about the
history of whaling and exploration, walk in Shackleton’s footsteps and be surrounded by thousands of
King penguins not to mention other penguin species, an abundance of Elephant and Fur seals, seabirds
and perhaps whales.
DAYS 11 & 12: Dec 1 & 2 (At Sea) During these days at sea the focus is on preparing for the Antarctic
with lectures on natural history, geology, exploration and the Antarctic Treaty.
DAY 13: Dec 3 (At Sea, Elephant Island) The first landfall in Antarctica is Point Wild on Elephant Island
famous for being the epic survival location of Shackleton’s men when stranded in 1916 for 135 days.
DAY 14: Dec 4 (South Shetland Islands) These spectacular volcanic islands have steaming black sands
and remnants of the whaling days at Deception Island, and prolific wildlife including Chinstrap and
Gentoo penguins, whales, seals and seabirds.
DAYS 15 & 16: Dec 5 & 6 (Antarctic Peninsula) Early season in Antarctica is incredibly dramatic with
magnificent snow and ice brushed by myriad hues of light. In addition to Zodiac cruising, landings are
planned at historic and wildlife sites – possibly including Port Lockroy, Paradise Bay, Neko Harbour
and Cierva Cove on the Antarctic continent.
DAYS 17 & 18: Dec 7 & 8 (At Sea) The passage back crosses the famed Drake Passage and into the
DAY 19: Dec 9 (Argentina) Disembark in Ushuaia.
PS910-03 Dec 9 (Wednesday) – Dec 19 (Saturday), 2009 (11 days / 10 nights)
It can be a lifelong ambition – to reach the Seventh Continent. It is certainly one of the most unique
places on earth – where nature rules and where mankind has collectively agreed to manage this vast
continent through the Antarctic Treaty in pursuit of peace and science. The wildlife and astonishing
landscapes will amaze even the most seasoned traveler. This Classic itinerary cruises the Southern
Ocean to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula seeking some of the best historic and
wildlife sites of the Continent.
DAY 1: Wednesday, Dec 9 (Argentina) Embark in Ushuaia.
DAYS 2 & 3: Thursday – Friday, Dec 10 & 11 (At Sea) The ship heads across the Drake Passage crossing
the Antarctic Convergence. While at sea, take time onboard to learn about Antarctica, the wildlife and the
DAYS 4 – 6: Saturday – Monday, Dec 12 – 14 (Antarctica) For three days, explore the west coast of the
Antarctic Peninsula with continental and island landings as well as Zodiac cruising. During this time in
this untouched wilderness expect to see Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins, possibly Fur, Weddell,
Crabeater and Leopard seals, as well as Minke, Humpback and other whale species. Visits are planned
to sites such as Petermann Island, Port Lockroy, Paradise Bay, Pleneau Island, Neumeyer Channel,
Lemaire Channel and Neko Harbour.
DAYS 7 & 8: Tuesday – Wednesday, Dec 15 & 16 (South Shetland Islands) Landings are planned at
Whaler’s Bay and Half Moon Island. Here rookeries are inhabited by Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins.
The landscape is volcanic, its appearance a dramatic combination of steaming black lava sands and vast
expanses of permanent ice.
DAYS 9 & 10: Thursday – Friday, Dec 17 & 18 (At Sea) Heading back to Ushuaia, take time while at sea
to review recent experiences and learn more during informative lectures.
DAY 11: Saturday, Dec 19 (Argentina) Disembark in Ushuaia.
Antarctic Peninsula – Christmas
PS910-04 Dec 19 (Saturday) – Dec 30 (Wednesday), 2009 (12 days / 11 nights)
Although it is the Austral Summer, it may seem to be a Winter Wonderland and the perfect place to
celebrate Christmas and the Holiday Season. On this magical journey explore the World’s largest
wilderness with historic sites and wildlife – see penguins, seals, seabirds and whales in their natural
environment. Each day will also celebrate one of the different holiday traditions from around the world.
This seems fitting while in a land effectively owned by no one, yet collectively managed and protected by
the Antarctic Treaty Nations.
DAY 1: Saturday, Dec 19 (Argentina) Embark in Ushuaia.
DAYS 2 & 3: Sunday – Monday, Dec 20 & 21 (At Sea) As the ship steams across the Drake Passage, the
program of informative lectures begins and a constant watch for birds and marine wildlife is kept.
DAYS 4 – 7: Tuesday – Friday, Dec 22 – 25 (Antarctica) Cruise amongst the islands and in the fjords and
bays watching for whales surfacing, seals basking on ice floes and penguin activity along the shores.
There is excellent Zodiac cruising in places such as Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay. Landings are
planned at historic and wildlife sites such as Petermann Island, Port Lockroy and Vernadsky.
DAYS 8 & 9: Saturday – Sunday, Dec 26 & 27 (South Shetland Islands) At the top of the Antarctic
Peninsula, these islands are well known for penguin rookeries and the black lava sands of Whaler’s Bay
on Deception Island. Landings in these islands may also include Hannah Point, Arctowski and Penguin
DAYS 10 & 11: Monday - Tuesday, Dec 28 & 29 (At Sea) Time at sea is filled with lectures, recaps,
watching for wildlife and time to relax.
DAY 12: Wednesday, Dec 30 (Argentina) Disembark in Ushuaia.
Antarctica & Polar Circle
PS910-06 Jan 24 (Sunday) – Feb 4 (Thursday), 2010 (12 days / 11 nights)
PS910-07 Feb 4 (Thursday) – Feb 15 (Monday), 2010 (12 days / 11 nights)
Just being in Antarctica is a personal triumph. All of our programs cross the Antarctic Convergence into
the Southern Ocean via the fabled Drake Passage. This program also strives to go south of the Antarctic
Polar Circle at 66°33’ that for many is the ultimate accomplishment. As the ship’s Captain navigates deep
south along the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, there will also be the opportunity for additional
rarely visited landings.
DAY 1: Jan 24 (Argentina) Embark in Ushuaia.
DAYS 2 & 3: Jan 25 & 26 (At Sea) Leaving the Beagle Channel, begin the Drake Crossing and keep a
watch for the first signs of ice and Antarctic wildlife as the ship passes over the Antarctic Convergence.
Lectures and other onboard activities are scheduled.
DAYS 4 - 8: Jan 27 – 31 (Antarctica) The ship first heads south along the west coast of the Antarctic
Peninsula to attempt an Antarctic Polar Circle Crossing in Crystal Sound. Visits to deep south sites
including Detaille and The Gullet are planned. The ship then turns north and travels the coastal and
island waters with landings and Zodiac cruising at historic and wildlife sites such as Vernadsky base,
Petermann Island, the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, Neumeyer Channel, Neko Harbour and
Paradise Bay. Watch for Chinstrap, Adelie and Gentoo penguins, various seal species including Leopard
seals, a multitude of seabirds overhead and hopefully whales in the waters we navigate.
DAY 9: Feb 1 (South Shetland Islands) Before heading home spend a day in these unique islands of
volcanic origin. These islands are home to teeming wildlife and a striking landscape. Visit historic
Deception Island, with geothermic heated waters and an abandoned whaling station, and enjoy a final
expedition landing amongst the penguins, a great finale of this expedition.
DAY 10 & 11: Feb 2 & 3 (At Sea) As the ship heads for Ushuaia, while at sea the program concludes with
lectures and presentations and time to reflect on the recent days of adventure.
DAY 12: Feb 4 (Argentina) Disembark in Ushuaia.
The Antarctic Adventure Expedition
PS910-08 Feb 15 (Monday) – Feb 28 (Sunday), 2010 (14 days / 13 nights)
For the early travelers, an expedition to the Antarctic was fraught with the unknown. Today this is seldom
a factor as expedition cruise ships are well equipped to deal with the challenging environment. However,
for many the idea of adventure is still the strongest appeal. This expedition is specifically designed to take
a more exploratory approach to the program with the plan to perhaps make a” first ever” landing and to
delve deep south to the rarely traveled areas. Of course, the program will also still include visits to some
of the more popular sites on this lengthened and enhanced program.
DAY 1: Monday, Feb 15 (Argentina) Embark in Ushuaia.
DAYS 2 & 3: Tuesday – Wednesday, Feb 16 & 17 (At Sea) Leaving the Beagle Channel behind, the ship
heads south into the Drake Passage crossing the Antarctic Convergence where the warmer Atlantic
waters meet the cold Southern Ocean. Time onboard is well spent preparing for the days ahead with
lectures and other presentations.
DAYS 4 & 5: Thursday – Friday, Feb 18 & 19 (South Shetland Islands) The first landfall of the Antarctic
region, these islands are well known for their prolific wildlife – expect to see Chinstrap and Gentoo
penguin rookeries, haul out sites for Fur seals and perhaps Elephant seals and a multitude of seabirds. A
fascinating geological aspect is the black sands and fumeroles in the active volcanic caldera of
DAYS 6 – 10: Saturday – Wednesday, Feb 20 - 24 (Antarctica) As the ship heads south visits are planned
to some of the well known highlights of Antarctica such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Lemaire
Channel, Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay and others. Crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle at 66°33’S we
plan to visit the British Rothera research station (pending permission) and then steam as far south as
Marguerite Bay and possibly Stonington Island. If weather and conditions permit, the plan is to make
some truly exploratory landings to relive the sensation of anticipation that earlier explorers experienced.
DAY 11: Thursday, Feb 25 (Antarctica/At Sea) Before heading back to sea for the return voyage a morning
continental landing is planned, possibly at Prospect Point and the Fish Islands.
DAYS 12 & 13: Friday – Saturday, Feb 26 & 27 (At Sea) Once back at sea the program concludes with
lecture programs and reflection on the experiences of our extended time in Antarctica.
DAY 14: Sunday, Feb 28 (Argentina) Disembark in Ushuaia.
Choosing the best cruise for you!
This is an important and sometime difficult question
to answer. It depends on your interests. At the
beginning and end of each season we schedule a
longer program that includes South Georgia and the
Falkland Islands where the summer season is
considerably lenthened. This is truly the complete
experience. For those who are most focused on
reaching Antarctica or who have time constraints,
the shorter programs will certainly provide the
experience you seek. In this season we have now
included a new and more exploratory program for the
slightly more adventurous.
We do not cruise here in the Antarctic winter - when
it may be as cold as -80°C with howling winds.
Summers in Antarctica typically range from -5°C to
+10°C – quite comfortable for expedition cruising.
In November, the ice is at its most spectacular and
it is a time of mating and nesting for penguins and
other birds. It is also a time when the dominant male
seals establish their harems and territory. December
and January bring the longest days of the summer
with penguin chicks hatching and nestled by their
parents. February and March is a time of great
wildlife activity with penguins molting, chicks moving
through the adolescent phase and the clear waters
even more busy with increased whale activity.
Antarctica & Sub-Antarctic Islands
PS910-09 Feb 28 (Sunday) – Mar 18 (Thursday), 2010 (19 days / 18 nights)
Throughout this expedition witness wildlife and their young in varied stages of their cycle as they prepare
for the oncoming winter and a Polar landscape softened by the summer months. It is also a particularly
good time for whale encounters. Having experienced the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands,
the ship steams to the remote South Orkney Archipelago, before heading to South Georgia, the Falkland
Islands and then back to Ushuaia. The tales of history, wildlife activity, spectacular scenery and the
awesome Antarctic environment have a deep impact on all who visit.
DAY 1: Sunday, Feb 28 (Argentina) Embark in Ushuaia.
DAYS 2 & 3: Monday – Tuesday, Mar 1 & 2 (At Sea) During this sea passage relax, attend lectures and
watch for wildlife from the bridge, outside decks or from the panoramic observation lounge.
DAY 4: Wednesday, Mar 3 (South Shetland Islands) These wild islands are in stark contrast to the rest of
this Antarctic region as they are of volcanic origin. Landings are planned at Deception Island and
Hannah Point to see the penguin rookeries, seal haul out sites and many seabirds.
DAYS 5 & 6: Thursday – Friday, Mar 4 & 5 (Antarctica) Throughout the overall program plan on Zodiac
cruising and landings with some trekking possible. During these two days explore the northern region of
the Peninsula and perhaps into the Weddell Sea. Cruise amongst the dramatic ice and land at historic
and wildlife sites. Penguin species include Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap, and there are several whale,
seal and bird species to be seen. Landing sites may include Paulet Island, Brown Bluff, Devil’s Island
and possibly Snow Hill Island.
DAY 7: Saturday, Mar 6 (At Sea) This day at sea provides an opportunity to attend lectures.
DAY 8: Sunday, Mar 7 (At Sea, South Orkney Island) During this day, with weather cooperating and
permission granted, plan to visit Signy Station, an important British research base. This remote island is
also home to Weddell, Fur and Elephant seals.
DAY 9: Monday, Mar 8 (At Sea) Enjoy a day at sea with onboard lectures, presentations and free time.
DAYS 10 – 13: Tuesday – Friday, Mar 9 – 12 (South Georgia) These islands are almost indescribable
in their beauty. With a stunning backdrop of snow topped mountains, dancing tussock grass and long
beaches, it is a spectacle enhanced by the crowds of thousands of dramatically coloured King penguins
and other wildlife including Gentoo and Macaroni penguins, seals, a multitude of seabirds and whales.
During this time the plan is to land at Prion Island, Cooper Bay, Fortuna Bay, Stromness Harbour,
Salisbury Plain and Grytviken – where Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
DAYS 14 & 15: Saturday – Sunday, Mar 13 & 14 (At Sea) Relax at sea, attend lectures and watch for
marine wildlife as the ship steams in a westerly direction to the Falklands.
DAYS 16 & 17: Monday – Tuesday, Mar 15 & 16 (Falkland Islands) Two days in the Falkland Islands
completes the Odyssey. Plan to visit Stanley, New Island and West Point Island – to gain some insight
into these remote yet very historic and still well populated islands and visit Rockhopper and Black-browed
DAY 18: Wednesday, Mar 17 (At Sea) This final day at sea is a time to reflect on the voyage, share photos
and gather memories.
DAY 19: Thursday, Mar 18 (Argentina) Disembark in Ushuaia.
Please note that these are our planned itineraries – actual execution is subject
to weather, ice and IAATO Ship Scheduler limitations. PSE reserves the right to
adjust the itinerary as needed without recourse.
The Rest of the Year “At A Glance”
The Enchanting Azores – Island life is often described as more laid back and indeed time
spent on these islands seems to take you back a little to the more simple days when there was
time to just relax and enjoy. The Azorean archipelago has an intricate culture affected by many
other parts of the world. This combined with its remote location mid-Atlantic makes it both
isolated yet worldly. It is a strategic transit point for both mariners and aviators. There is a
history of pineapple and tea plantations, wine once bottled solely for the Russian Tsar, intricate
scrimshaw, whaling, volcanic activity and waves of emigration. This archipelago is a natural
gathering place for whales, dolphins, migrating birds and seabirds. This year the cruise has an
added day to allow more time in São Jorge – visiting all nine islands. Page 10
Islands on the Edge – UK, Eire & Hebrides – From the south of England to the Hebrides
– this is a journey of cultural and natural history delights. For the avid birder there are many
opportunities to see large numbers of gannets, fulmars, kittiwakes, cormorants, guillemots and
puffins. Almost daily are new archaeological experiences from Bant’s Carn to blackhouses in
St. Kilda. The rugged coast was a challenge for man and nature alike to eke out an existence
and shows the adaptability of both man and nature. This expedition cruise takes place in
spring – a time of abundance, hope and growth. Page 11
Highlands & Islands – Scotland – Continue the exploration of the Hebrides and then cruise
around the northern shores of Scotland to Orkney, Shetland and Fair Isle. So many of these
places are difficult, if not impossible, to access by land. Spring in the Scottish islands and
coastal regions is a fantastic time for birds. As well the archaeological sites of St. Kilda, Dun
Carloway broch, Ring of Brodgar and Jarlshoff, to mention a few, tell the story of a complex
and tenacious history. These remote areas are a delight to wander through as the lifestyle here
seems to have managed to retain some of the slower pace of yesteryear. Page 12
Magic of Islands & Fjords – Norway – Experience significant variety during this expedition
cruise as the ship follows spring northward. From the warm spring days off the coast of Scotland
and fjords of Norway to the midnight sun of Svalbard – the light will astound. This time of year
there is significant bird activity, both migrating and nesting. Reaching farther north, it is
possible to see reindeer, the majestic Polar bear and other Arctic wildlife. This program is also
a human story with archaeological sites and charming coastal northern communities. Page 13
Remote Coast of East Greenland – The Polar Regions naturally remain some of the most
remote regions on earth. East Greenland is a special area, now protected as a National Park.
Its treasures include stunning natural landscapes, shy and elusive Arctic wildlife, and fantastic
stories of mankind’s exploration and settlement in harsh conditions. This is an incredible
opportunity to see all of this and feel the immense grandeur of the wilderness with Arctic wildlife,
dramatic fjords, pack ice, late summer icebergs and endless tundra – truly stunning. Page 14
Steam to Ice – East Greenland – From Iceland steam north to explore the incredible coastline
of East Greenland – countless fjords, snow capped mountains, late summer icebergs, glaciers
and the elusive Arctic wildlife. The first landfall in East Greenland is at the beginning of the
High Arctic and from there the ship cruises south. Explore through shore landings, treks and
Zodiac cruising. A new addition to the program this year – before completing the expedition
cruise – visit Westmann Isles off the southwest coast of Iceland before disembarking in
Reykjavik. Page 15
Viking Trail to the Americas – Follow in the footsteps of the early explorers as they headed
west to the New World. This expedition cruise presents a fascinating history of the early
explorers and the life of the Greenlandic and Inuit today and in the past. There are also
remnants of Pre-Dorset, Thule and Moravian Brethren. From Iceland to Greenland and on to
Canada – Baffin Island, Labrador and Newfoundland, the northern landscapes are bathed in
the warm autumn light and the flora brushed with vibrant autumn colours. Hike in the
wilderness, enjoy spectacular vistas, and keep a keen eye watching for wildlife – birds and
perhaps caribou, whales and Polar Bears. At this time of year it is also possible to see the
mystical northern lights (aurora borealis). Page 16
The Enchanting Azores
PS910-10 Apr 22 (Thursday) – Apr 30 (Friday), 2010 (9 days / 8 nights)
DAY 1: Thursday, Apr 22 (Saõ Miguel) Embark in historical Ponta Delgada.
DAY 2: Friday, Apr 23 (Graciosa) The first day of island hopping is to the tranquil island of Graciosa to visit
a cave of sulphur, Furna do Enxofre and the charming town of Santa Cruz. Later Zodiac cruise around
the volcanic coastal cliffs and islets.
DAY 3: Saturday, Apr 24 (Flores & Corvo) Start the day on Flores, often considered the most beautiful
island but also of notable geological interest – fajãs, basalt cliffs, and valleys and lakes created by
volcanic activity. The afternoon visit will be to the tiny island of Corvo, basically comprised of one large
caldeira. The ship will circumnavigate the island or if conditions permit, a landing will take place to visit
the one small village and walk the rim of the caldeira.
DAY 4: Sunday, Apr 25 (Faial) Faial has been a haven for sailors throughout time. A visit to Ponta dos
Capelinhos gives an insight into the impact of the 1957-8 eruption on the community and environment.
The scenic drive back to Horta will take in views of nearby Pico’s mountain and a visit to the Botanical
Garden. Back at Horta enjoy the Scrimshaw Museum and wander the town.
DAY 5: Monday, Apr 26 (Pico) This stunning island is physically dominated by a dramatic volcanic peak.
Learn more about the local wine industry through a visit to a vineyard / wine museum and the UNESCO
designated Lajido Acros. A drive will provide the opportunity to see more of the dramatic peaked
landscape and then on to the museum in Lajes do Pico that tells the story of the past whaling in the
DAY 6: Tuesday, Apr 27 (Saõ Jorge) This largely rural island has many more cattle than people and is
known for its strong cheddar-like cheese. It is of geographical interest with its cliff shoreline marked
with flat fajãs sweeping to the sea. After visiting the charming old world harbour town of Velas, the ship
cruises the coastline to find a tranquil fajã for a Zodiac landing.
DAY 7: Wednesday, Apr 28 (Terceira) The UNESCO site Angra do Heroismo has a delightful waterfront
area and Mediterranean feel. A walking tour takes in the Convent do São Francisco, Misericorda
church, public gardens and museum. In the afternoon, there is time to hike to Monte Brasil to see the
fortification and view, or relax and wander the historic town.
DAY 8: Thursday, Apr 29 (Santa Maria) Dramatic waterfalls, lava tube caves and terraced cliffside
vineyards create a stunning coastline on this island, the only one that is both sedimentary and volcanic.
Sea conditions will dictate the day’s schedule but possibilities include a visit to São Laurenço or Maia,
a Zodiac cruise to see marine life and the sea caves or a circumnavigation of the island and on to the
Formigas (Ant Islands).
DAY 9: Friday, Apr 30 (Saõ Miguel) Disembark in Ponta Delgada.
Optional Land Excursion: April 30 – (09h00 – 16h00) This optional day gives you an opportunity to see
the rest of Saõ Miguel island. The program includes a visit to the thermal springs and steaming geysers
Island Mysteries of the Atlantic
at Furnas, a tea plantation and pottery factory. A highlight of the day includes a volcanically cooked lunch
(cozido nas caldeiras). Price per person $70.
Islands on the Edge – UK, Eire & Hebrides Kilda
PS910-11 May 4 (Tuesday) – May 16 (Sunday), 2010 (13 days / 12 nights) Rathlin Is
DAY 1: Tuesday, May 4 (England) Embark in picturesque Dartmouth. Ireland
DAY 2: Wednesday, May 5 (Isles of Scilly) These surprisingly sub tropical islands are located southwest
of England’s mainland and here you will find the amazing Abbey Gardens of Tresco, Iron Age Halangy The Skelligs
Village, charming island of St. Mary’s and Bant’s Carn, a Bronze Age village site. Dartmouth
Isles of Scilly
DAY 3: Thursday, May 6 (Ireland) Skellig Rocks, a UNESCO site, is a remote formation of pinnacles of
rock, home to an abandoned cliffside beehive monastery and fantastic Gannet colony. From there the ship
heads to Dingle Peninsula for a tour ashore that provides spectacular views and relics that speak of the
Potato Famine, Celtic and early Christian times.
DAY 4: Friday, May 7 (Ireland) The ship cruises along the Cliffs of Mohar in the early morning en route to
the Aran Islands. Land at Killronan on Inishmore to explore – dramatic limestone pavements, charming
stone walled fields and a Bronze Age fort, Dun Aengus, dramatically perched atop a 90 metre cliff.
DAY 5: Saturday, May 8 (Ireland) In County Donegal first set off to Glencolmcille to see examples of rural
Irish homes throughout the ages and then back to explore Killibegs independently – perhaps the carpet
factory or a music session in the local pub.
DAY 6: Sunday, May 9 (Northern Ireland) The Giant’s Causeway is an interesting formation of basalt rock
formed by volcanic activity. The afternoon is spent exploring Rathlin Island, known for fantastic bird cliffs
and sites of archaeological interest.
DAY 7: Monday, May 10 (Scotland, Inner Hebrides) Enjoy the morning light in the gardens of Achamore
House on the island of Gigha. Time on the Isle of Islay is divided between a visit to the Ardbeg Distillery
– a whisky noted for its “peaty” flavour and a visit to Kildalton Cross and Chapel. The cross is a
wonderful eighth-century Celtic ringed cross.
DAY 8: Tuesday, May 11 (Inner Hebrides) One of the wildest and most mountainous islands of the Inner
Hebrides, Isle of Jura is home to deer, mountain hare and eagles. Explore Loch Tarbert featuring
intriguing raised beaches and caves. On the Isle of Colonsay plan to land in Kiloran Bay to enjoy the
miles of sandy beach and a walk to Colonsay House whose original owner Malcolm MacNeil made his
fortune building the Canadian Pacific Railway. Leaving the island, cruise along the sharp escarpment
watching for kittiwakes, cormorants and guillemots.
DAY 9: Wednesday, May 12 (Inner Hebrides) With high hopes for a calm day, the visit to Fingal’s Cave on
Staffa could be on foot or by Zodiac. Nearby Iona is home to a grand abbey and burial ground for 62
Scottish Kings. It was the starting place for the spread of early Christianity through northern Europe.
DAY 10: Thursday, May 13 (Inner Hebrides) Tiree remains an excellent example of the traditional lifestyle
of “crofting” and was once known as the breadbasket of the Inner Hebrides due to its abundant corn
crops. “Pudding” or “Spotty” houses as well as white houses (tigh geal) and traditional blackhouses (tigh
dubh) can be seen on this island.
DAY 11: Friday, May 14 (St Kilda) Once described as “the edge of the world” the remote island of St. Kilda
has UNESCO World Heritage status for both natural and cultural significance. Inhabited since the Bronze
Age, the resourceful St. Kildans lived by harvesting the seabirds in this harsh environment. Blackhouses
and other remnants still remain. The St. Kildan archipelago is home of the world’s largest northern gannet
population (65,000 breeding pairs) as well as St. Kilda wrens, Arctic skuas and Fulmars. Enjoy the
afternoon cruise around the sea stacks to see this wildlife spectacle.
DAY 12: Saturday, May 15 (Outer Hebrides) Learn the story and see the real setting of the highly
entertaining film “Whisky Galore” at Eriksay. Inhabited until 1912, Mingulay is now home to an
abandoned settlement and impressive sea stacks and cliffs with a multitude of birds.
DAY 13: Sunday, May 16 (Scotland) Having navigated the Sound of Mull through the night, disembark in
the charming highland town of Oban.
Highlands & Islands – Scotland
Isle of Lewis Orkneys PS910-12 May 16 (Sunday) – May 28 (Friday), 2010 (13 days / 12 nights)
DAY 1: Sunday, May 16 (Scotland) Embark in the charming highland town of Oban.
Kilda Scotland DAY 2: Monday, May 17 (Inner Hebrides) Located on the Isle of Mull, Duart Castle stands proudly on a
cliff top historically guarding the Isle of Mull for the clan MacLean. At the exit from the Sound visit the
charming waterside town of Tobermory and its whisky distillery.
DAY 3: Tuesday, May 18 (Inner Hebrides) The lure of Fingal’s Cave on Staffa has brought travelers from
around the world. Weather permitting, Zodiac cruise or walk into the cave to perhaps experience what
England inspired Mendelssohn. Iona is recognized as the birthplace of Christianity and still today has an
overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility.
DAY 4: Wednesday, May 19 (Inner Hebrides) On the south coast of Isle of Skye visit Loch Scavaig to
search for a seal colony and to see dramatic views of the Cuillins, long felt to be the spiritual heart of
Skye. The afternoon’s visit to Rum is light-hearted with a visit to the quirky Kinloch Castle.
DAY 5: Thursday, May 20 (Outer Hebrides) The harsh lifestyle of the crofters who live on St. Kilda is
apparent throughout the village. The last of the St. Kildans were evacuated in 1930, but still today the
birds remain – including Puffin, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Guillemot and Razorbill. In the sea stacks of
Boreray and the other islands of this archipelago are 65,000 nesting pairs of northern gannet. This
double UNESCO world heritage site is one of the most remarkable on the planet.
DAY 6: Friday, May 21 (Inner Hebrides) Reaching the northern coast of the Isle of Skye, come to
Dunvegan Castle, seat of the clan MacLeod. Off the northwest of the Isle of Skye lies the small island in
Loch Dunvegan, Isay, abandoned during the Highlands Clearance to make way for sheep grazing. Eider
and Shelduck may be seen in these waters.
DAY 7: Saturday, May 22 (Isles of Lewis) Landing at Stornoway, the focus today is on archaeology. Visit
the standing stones of Calanish, the Dun Carloway broch and the traditional blackhouses of
DAY 8: Sunday, May 23 (Scottish Highland Coast) Across the water from Poolewe is Interewe Gardens
with surprising flora at this northern latitude due to the Gulf Stream. Further north along the coast lies the
island of Handa, managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust with over 200,000 birds returning each year. The
high cliffs of the sandstone Stack an Seabhaig (hawk’s stack) is the most densely populated area.
DAY 9: Monday, May 24 (Orkney Islands) The Orkney Islands are home to many bird species, fine local
craftsmanship and exquisite archaeological and historic treasures – plan to visit Ring of Brodgar,
standing stones of Stennes, Skara Brae, and more recent 13th Century, Magnus Cathedral in the town
DAY 10: Tuesday, May 25 (Shetland Islands) Foula (population 30) is one of Britain’s most remote
inhabited islands and leaves a lasting impression on everyone who visits. The crofting townships on the
narrow coastal strip are dwarfed by the island’s five dramatic peaks. Just off the west coast of the
mainland island is the small island of Papa Stour with the most impressive sea caves of Britain along
with rock arches, stacks and skerries. It is also an internationally important colony of Arctic tern, is often
Island Mysteries of the Atlantic
visited by seals and has several archaeological sites. As with all these coastal areas, there is a possibility
of whales and porpoises in the surrounding waters.
DAY 11: Wednesday, May 26 (Shetland Islands) The day starts with an early morning visit to Mousa Broch.
Landing on the mainland of the Shetland Islands, visit the archaeological sites of Jarlshoff and Old
Scatness. There is time after this to amble the cobbled streets of Lerwick.
DAY 12: Thursday, May 27 (Fair Isle) Occupied since the Bronze Age, today about 60 crofters work the
land of this most isolated inhabited island. It is also home to a permanent bird observatory. Fair Isle is
famous for its knitted jumpers (sweaters).
DAY 13: Friday, May 28 (Scotland) Disembark in the “City of Discovery” (Scott’s exploration ship), Dundee.
Magic of Islands & Fjords – Norway
PS910-13 May 28 (Friday) – June 11 (Friday), 2010 (15 days / 14 nights)
DAY 1: Friday, May 28 (Scotland) Embark in Dundee where Scott’s ship, Discovery was built and is now a
DAY 2: Saturday, May 29 (Orkneys) The ancient mysteries are not fully explained which perhaps makes
the Ring of Brodgar, standing stones of Stennes and Skara Brae even more intriguing.
DAY 3: Sunday, May 30 (Shetlands) An early morning visit to Mousa Broch provides heightened bird
activity and interesting light. Then from Lerwick set off to explore the archaeological sites of Jarlshoff
and Scatness. There is also time to visit Sumburgh Head to see seabirds and the Stevenson Lighthouse.
DAY 4: Monday, May 31 (Norway) The ship’s first landfall in Norway is the culturally rich city of Bergen. Of
particular note are the Hanseatic Houses and the home of composer, Edvard Grieg.
DAY 5: Tuesday, Jun 1 (Norway) Join the early morning Zodiac cruise to experience the din of half a
million birds around Runde Island. Then it is on to Ålesund to learn about the local sea life at the
aquarium and wander amongst the Art Nouveau architecture of the town.
DAY 6: Wednesday, Jun 2 (Norway) From Trondheim, take a very short ferry ride to Monk Island for an
early morning visit. Exploration of the city includes the Folk Museum (collection of traditional Norwegian
buildings), 11th Century Nidaros Cathedral, and also some free time to wander the city.
DAY 7: Thursday, Jun 3 (Norway) Hear the legend of the “hole in the mountain” and enjoy the countryside
with a leisurely stroll or make a more active hike through the “hole” of Torghatten Mountain. In the
evening, celebrate crossing the Arctic Polar Circle at the island of Vikingen where the Polar globe
serves as a marker for the Arctic Polar Circle position.
DAY 8: Friday, Jun 4 (Norway) The ship cruises into Holandfjorden. From the shore it is a short walk
through a birch and willow woodland to the edge of a lake from where the Svatissen Glacier can be
seen. For the more energetic a four mile walk reaches the base of the glacier for a closer view.
DAY 9: Saturday, Jun 5 (Norway) The Lofotens are unbelievably picturesque with dramatic mountain
peaks, charming sheltered coastal communities and tranquil sheep pastures. An evening cruise in
Trollfjord is a dramatic end to a lovely day.
DAY 10: Sunday, Jun 6 (Norway) Tromsø is considered the “Gateway to the Arctic” and is home to
interesting Polar Museums and the Arctic Cathedral. A ride up in the cable car to the tundra high above
provides an excellent view and a chance to walk the tundra.
DAY 11: Monday, Jun 7 (Norway) Zodiac cruising around Gjeasværstappen is a fantastic way to see
kittiwakes and guillemots overhead or puffins in rafts on the water or nesting on the shore. Later the ship
rounds Nordkapp (North Cape) at 70°N, considered the northernmost point of mainland Europe.
DAY 12: Tuesday, Jun 8 (Bjørnøya) En route in the Norwegian and Barents Seas the ship reaches Bear
Island. Weather permitting there will be a Zodiac cruise along the bird filled cliffs and caves and a visit to
meteorological station if conditions allow.
DAYS 13 & 14: Wednesday – Thursday, Jun 9 & 10 (Svalbard) The last two full days of the cruise are
spent exploring Spitsbergen in the fantastic Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. It is early spring
here and time to keep a constant watch for wildlife – walrus, whale, seal, reindeer, Arctic fox, Little auk,
kittiwake, Ivory gulls and of course, the mighty Polar Bear.
DAY 15: Friday, Jun 11 (Svalbard) Disembark in the charming Arctic town of Longyearbyen.
Remote Coast of East Greenland
PS910-14 Aug 27 (Friday) – Sept 8 (Wednesday), 2010 (13 days / 12 nights)
DAY 1: Friday, Aug 27 (Svalbard) Embark in Longyearbyen, the main community of Spitsbergen in
DAYS 2 & 3: Saturday – Sunday, Aug 28 & 29 (Spitsbergen) Before heading west, explore the Arctic nature
and wilderness – it is possible to see walrus and the mighty Polar Bear. Possible landing sites include
Alkehornet, Freskvannsbukta Fjord, Magdalenefjord and Amsterdamøya. Time permitting the ship
will also cruise near Moffen Island.
DAYS 4 & 5: Monday – Tuesday, Aug 30 & 31 (At Sea) These two days at sea allow time to relax, attend
lectures and keep a vigilant watch for wildlife and pack ice from the decks and observation lounge as we
cross the Greenland Sea.
DAYS 6 – 9: Wednesday – Saturday, Sept 1 – 4 (East Greenland) The ship steams as far north as the ice
allows – and every day is a new adventure as we explore this remote and spectacular National Park with
landings, trekking and Zodiac cruises. It is a rugged world with tundra, fjords, icebergs, waterfalls and
glaciers but the tenacity of mankind is seen in remnants of explorer’s huts, Greenlandic (Inuit) settlements
and the Danish Sled Dog Patrol. With a long history of being hunted, the wildlife is shy but it is possible to
see Polar Bear, Musk oxen, seals, whales and the Iconic Gyr falcon to name a few. Destinations we may
make landings at include Shannon Island, Hansa Bay, Daneborg, Dead Man’s Bay, Wordie Glacier,
Myggbukta, Blomsterbukten, Isfjord and King Oscar’s Fjord.
DAY 10: Sunday, Sept 5 (East Greenland) Spend a day exploring Scoresbysund Fjord, considered the
largest in the world. The scenery is stunning as the ship cruises into the fjord – imposing granite walls,
mountain peaks, glaciers and icebergs beautifully carved by the glaciers.
DAY 11: Monday, Sept 6 (East Greenland) Visit Ittorqqortoormitt in the morning. It is the most northerly
permanent settlement in East Greenland. The museum, Women’s House, weather station, church and
other public facilities are open for visits. There is a walking tour of this colourful settlement with Inuit
residents and many sled dogs. The ship sets off for Iceland in the afternoon.
DAY 12: Tuesday, Sept 7 (At Sea) This day at sea provides time for wrap up lectures, to finish journals and
then gather for the final recap and Captain’s farewell function.
DAY 13: Wednesday, Sept 8 (Iceland) Disembark in Reykjavik.
Steam to Ice - East Greenland Greenland
PS910-15 Sept 8 (Wednesday) – Sept 19 (Sunday), 2010 (12 days / 11 nights)
DAY 1: Wednesday, Sept 8 (Iceland) Embark in the vibrant city of Reykjavik. Hungerlussuaq
DAY 2: Thursday, Sept 9 (At Sea) During this time at sea, the lecture program begins and there is also Iceland
time to read, relax and wander the decks. During the voyage it is possible to see perhaps White-beaked Tasiilaq Reykjavik
dolphin, Humpback or Minke whale and birds such as kittiwake, gannet, guillemot, fulmar and razorbill.
DAY 3: Friday, Sept 10 (East Greenland) Entering Scoresbysund Fjord, the first stop is at Ittorqqortoormitt,
the most northerly permanent settlement in East Greenland. The museum, Women’s House, weather
station, church and other public facilities are open for visits. There is a walking tour of this colourful
settlement with Greenlandic (Inuit) residents and many sled dogs. From there, the exploration of the fjord
DAYS 4 & 5: Saturday – Sunday, Sept 11 & 12 (East Greenland) With two more full days to enjoy
Scoresbysund Fjord, there is ample time for a more in-depth exploration of this network of fjords
reaching inland towards the ice cap. The landscape is impressive with basalt peaks, walls of granite and
icebergs calving from the glaciers. It is considered the beginning of the High Arctic.
DAY 6: Monday, Sept 13 (East Greenland) Often ice laden, Nansen Fjord provides spectacular views of
Christian IV Glacier and Gunnbjorn Fjeld, the highest mountain above the Arctic Circle. The watch for
DAY 7: Tuesday, Sept 14 (East Greenland) Greenland’s widest ice-free zone, Kangerlussuaq Fjord
still boasts spectacular glaciers and icebergs and a coastline of sheer cliffs. A landing is planned at an
archaeological site with remains of Thule dwellings. Caribou, Musk Ox, Polar Bear and the timid Ivory gull
have been seen here.
DAY 8: Wednesday, Sept 15 (East Greenland) This is a day of “gunkholing” a term used by sailors when
they poke along the shore during a cruise. The day will include a foray into Kangertigtvatsiaq Fjord with
either a landing or Zodiac cruise planned.
DAY 9: Thursday, Sept 16 (East Greenland) Tassilaq Fjord and community were formerly known as
Ammassalik. The town is located on an island and the fjord runs up from the west side. At the top end
is Sermilik Fjord where a shore landing is planned. The town of Tassilaq is larger than Scoresbysund
and gives a real insight into life in the north. Witness daily life and see Greenlandic dogs, winter houses,
traditional carvings and the local museum.
DAY 10: Friday, Sept 17 (At Sea) Crossing the Denmark Strait to Iceland, keep a vigilant watch for
wildlife, attend lectures and relax.
DAY 11: Saturday, Sept 18 (Iceland) Along the southwest coast of Iceland lies the world’s youngest
archipelago, Westmann Islands. Because of their youth, many consider them to be the most ruggedly
beautiful islands in the world. There are sheer cliffs, lava fields, a crater area and only one populated
town, Heimey on the largest island Heimey. It is an important fishing center. Whales may be seen in the
surrounding waters and there are large echo-filled sea caves to explore.
DAY 12: Sunday, Sept 19 (Iceland) Disembark in Reykjavik.
Photo Credit: Jacques Marais – Greenland Tourism
Viking Trail to the Americas
PS910-16 Sept 19 (Sunday) – Oct 7 (Thursday), 2010 (19 days / 18 nights)
DAY 1: Sunday, Sept 19 (Iceland) Embark in the vibrant city of Reykjavik.
DAYS 2 & 3: Monday – Tuesday, Sept 20 & 21 (At Sea) Crossing the Denmark Strait, the program gets
underway with lectures, still leaving time to relax, read and watch for birds and marine wildlife. While at
sea it is possible to see whale and dolphin and perhaps late season icebergs.
DAY 4: Wednesday, Sept 22 (Greenland) The first impression of this frozen island is at Prins Christiansund
Fjord – the cruise here is often remembered as a scenic highlight. From there the ship goes to the
picturesque town of Nanortalik to explore the community and visit the museum and open air market.
While in the Arctic Region, birds to watch for include kittiwake, fulmar, Arctic tern and eider.
DAY 5: Thursday, Sept 23 (Greenland) The first Christian church in Greenland was established in
Brattahlid by Erik the Red’s wife and today there is a replica village. In the afternoon, walk to Igaliku, to
see the ruins of Gadar (Cathedral of the Fjords). This was once the religious epicentre of the Local Viking
DAY 6: Friday, Sept 24 (Greenland) The best preserved Viking ruins (1300’s) are found in Hvalsey
including a church where the last religious ceremony was performed in 1408 before the people of the
area mysteriously vanished. Enjoy a walking tour of Qaqortoq with its brightly coloured homes and large
scale Scandinavian stone sculptures throughout the town.
DAYS 7 & 8: Saturday – Sunday, Sept 25 & 26 (At Sea) The ship now heads for Canada crossing the
Davis Strait, also known as “iceberg alley”. Attend lectures and watch for wildlife.
DAY 9: Monday, Sept 27 (Nunavut, Canada) After customs clearance, it is time to explore the capital of
the newest territory of Canada, Iqaluit – visit the arts centre, museum and park, and enjoy an Arctic
DAY 10: Tuesday, Sept 28 (Nunavut) This day is spent exploring Frobisher Bay in the Canadian Arctic
wilderness. Throughout the time spent in the Arctic and far northern regions a keen watch is kept for
Polar Bear, seals, whales and seabirds.
DAY 11: Wednesday, Sept 29 (Nunavut) Cruise in Ungava Bay where Akpatok Island lies. This largely
sandstone plateau is home to walrus, Polar Bear and Thick-billed murres. This island and the coast of
Labrador are known for fine examples of flint.
DAY 12: Thursday, Sept 30 (Labrador, Canada) The Inuit believe that the spirit world overlaps our own in
the Torngat Mountains. Today it is a UNESCO site and National Park. It may be possible to see Polar Bear
on the coast of northern Labrador and also Black bear, caribou and Peregrine falcon. Cruise into Nachvak
Fjord where mountains tower almost 6000 feet above the magnificent coastline and wilderness. The
remote fjords were carved by glaciers and today cascading waterfalls and ancient burial grounds can be
DAY 13: Friday, Oct 1 (Labrador) Early in the morning, cruise Saglek Bay, located at the mouth of a
fantastic fjord system, and where the cultural remains of Maritime Archaic, early Paleao-Eskimo and
Dorset Eskimo periods have been found. The untouched landscapes are breathtaking. Later in the
morning, visit Hebron, a former Moravian mission that was the northernmost settlement in Labrador. The
mission disbanded in 1959.
DAY 14: Saturday, Oct 2 (Labrador) Hopedale is a largely Inuit community, transformed by the arrival of
the Moravian Missionaries in 1782 and today remains a small but thriving community. Remnants of the
Hopedale Mission include a church, mission house, storehouses, workshops and other smaller buildings.
In the afternoon, visit the community to learn about the past as well as life today.
DAY 15: Sunday, Oct 3 (Labrador) Groswater Bay is home to a fascinating array of archaeological sites.
Located at the mouth of the longest inlet on the Labrador coast, aboriginal people have been here for
at least 7,000 years likely taking advantage of the natural resources present – nesting seabirds, seals,
whales and the abundant terrestrial fauna and flora. Learn about these ancestors as well as the Vikings
and later whalers and traders through exploring the islands at the edge of the Labrador Sea. Arctic Discoveries
DAY 16: Monday, Oct 4 (Labrador) Williams Harbour is a living example of an “outport”. Battle Harbour
was originally settled by Europeans in 1770 and was famous as a key base for the Labrador Schooner
Fishery. Today it is an excellent restoration of an “outport”.
DAY 17: Tuesday, Oct 5 (Newfoundland, Canada) From St. Anthony set off for a day steeped in Norse
history. Visit Norstead (a re-enactment of a Viking settlement) and then L’Anse aux Meadows, the only
authenticated Viking settlement in North America and a UNESCO site. Time permitting, visit the home of
Sir Wilfred Grenfell, whose life’s work to relieve the fishermen’s plight led to the first hospital ships.
DAY 18: Wednesday, Oct 6 (Newfoundland) During the afternoon in Bonavista visit the replica of John
Cabot’s ship, Matthew, a restored lighthouse and Ryan Premises that commemorates the role of East
Coast fishery in Canadian history. In the evening the ship sets off to cover the remaining few miles to St.
DAY 19: Thursday, Oct 7 (Newfoundland) Disembark in St. John’s, North America’s oldest city.
Year at a Glance (Nov 2009 – Oct 2010) Ship Features/Amenities
Panoramic observation lounge
2009-2010 SEASON (with bar/refreshments)
TOUR ID DESTINATION Full lecture seating
(#days/ #nights) (Dates) Open bridge policy
PS910-01 Antarctica & Sub-Antarctic Islands Excellent deck viewing
(19/18) (Nov 3 – 21, 2009) Dining open seating, one sitting
PS910-02 Antarctica & Sub-Antarctic Islands International cuisine
(19/18) (Nov 21 – Dec 9, 2009)
Spacious functional cabins
PS910-03 Antarctic Peninsula
(11/10) (Dec 9 – 19, 2009) Onboard shop
PS910-04 Antarctic Peninsula Onboard doctor
(12/11) (Dec 19 – 30, 2009) Polar Bar and library
PS910-05 Antarctica & Sub-Antarctic Islands (NA) Fitness facility
(26/25) (Dec 30, 2009 – Jan 24, 2010)
PS910-06 Antarctica & Polar Circle
(12/11) (Jan 24 – Feb 4, 2010)
PS910-07 Antarctica & Polar Circle
(12/11) (Feb 4 – 15, 2010)
PS910-08 The Antarctic Adventure Expedition – Exploratory
(14/13) (Feb 15 – 28, 2010)
PS910-09 Antarctica & Sub-Antarctic Islands
(19/18) (Feb 28 – Mar 18, 2010)
PS910-10 The Enchanting Azores
(9/8) (Apr 22 – 30, 2010)
PS910-11 Islands on the Edge – UK, Eire & Hebrides
(13/12) (May 4 – 16, 2010)
PS910-12 Highlands & Islands – Scotland
(13/12) (May 16 – 28, 2010)
PS910-13 Magic of Islands & Fjords – Norway
(15/14) (May 28 – Jun 11, 2010)
PS910-14 Remote Coast of East Greenland
(13/12) (Aug 27 – Sep 8, 2010) Our ship’s crew and expedition
PS910-15 Steam to Ice – East Greenland team welcome you onboard and
(12/11) (Sep 8 – 19, 2010)
PS910-16 Viking Trail to the Americas
are pleased to look after your
(19/18) (Sep 19 – Oct 7, 2010) needs and answer all your
questions. It is your time to relax
Polar Star Expeditions Team and absorb the incredible views
and experiences – enhanced by
Captain and Crew: Our Captain and crew are dedicated to smooth
operations and safe navigation. We have some of the best in the industry the onboard lectures and guiding
with the experience required to inspire confidence. Much of their work is ashore.
behind the scenes but you will also find them on the bridge ready to discuss
routing and navigation or participating in events when time allows.
Hotel Department: Onboard the M/V Polar Star everyone is treated to
superior, warm service and gracious hospitality like a time-honoured guest
of the sea. The needs and comfort of all passengers are the priority of the
hotel department. The Hotel Manager and team are committed to making
everyone feel at home with an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
Expedition Team: Each day our Expedition Leader and Team work closely
with the Captain and Hotel Manager to plan the day. Our Expedition Leader
is ably assisted by a group of naturalists, lecturers, guides and Zodiac
drivers. Specialists onboard are chosen from a selection of ornithologists,
mammalogists, botanists, marine biologists, anthropologists, volcanists,
archaeologists, geologists, glaciologists and others – according to the
focus of the expedition. Onboard through lectures and presentations, and
ashore through guiding, they will ensure that you get the most out of every
Head Office: At head office we work hard to make sure that all details
are looked after from developing the best itineraries to assisting with your
travel preparation. We are located in Halifax, Canada. When not in the office,
we are in the field researching destinations, working within the industry or
onboard making sure your experience is the best possible.
Notice to Travelers General Information
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sheets are accurate at time of printing in August 2008. Actual details could vary, please check To confirm a reservation, a non-refundable deposit of $500 USD per person is required at the time
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Itinerary balance of fees is due no later than 60 days prior to departure and each passenger must provide
completed reservation and medical forms at the time of confirmed booking. PSE reserves the right
Exact implementation of itineraries is weather (and ice) dependent and subject to change.
to cancel the booking if payment is not received on time. Reservations made within 60 days prior to
The captain and expedition leader will set the daily sailing plan with the goals to maximize the departure must be accompanied by full payment. The ticket is non-transferable by the passenger to
experience and ensure safety. Polar Star Expeditions (PSE) expressly reserves its right to change another person.
the tour and to change or shorten itineraries, without prior notice and for any reason whatsoever,
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nor Karlsen nor its agents are responsible for costs or penalties related to air transport or other following cancellation fees apply:
a. Cancellation more than 60 days prior to departure: $500 USD per person.
services that are cancelled.
b. Cancellation between 46 and 59 days prior to departure: $1000 USD per person.
Fuel Surcharges c. Cancellation 45 days or less before departure: 100% of total tour price.
Pricing is accurate as of March 2008. Significant fuel price increases will result in the issuance of Refunds to passengers are made through the tour operator/agents, if applicable.
a fuel surcharge. A provisional fuel surcharge is in effect as prices have already escalated since Medical and emergency evacuation insurances are mandatory at a minimum
cruise prices were set and this provisional fuel surcharge may be further adjusted up until 90 days amount of $50,000USD. PSE strongly recommends that all passengers
prior to cruise departure date. purchase cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property insurance
Smoking Policy coverage.
PSE is pleased to provide a smoke-free environment and as such smoking is only permitted in Included
designated outdoor deck areas. This is strictly enforced. Smoking is not allowed in the Zodiacs. Cruise only; accommodation onboard; meals, coffee, tea and juice throughout duration of
In protected areas including the Antarctic, smoking is not allowed during any part of the shore cruise; onboard lectures and activities; complimentary boot rental, complimentary expedition
excursions. shell, service charge, port charges and all shore excursions unless specifically stated.
Single Travelers Not Included
To guarantee single occupancy, the passenger is required to pay a single supplement of 1.6 times Air transport and transfers to and from M/V Polar Star; visa, passport, vaccination charges and
the double occupancy rate (not available in K1 or K7 cabin categories). Single passengers may airport departure taxes; pre and post cruise activities; hotels and meals not included in the
book to share in K1, K2 or K3 cabin categories and will be guaranteed the share rate whether or ship cruise itinerary, emergency evacuation charges, and personal expenses including laundry,
not a cabin-mate is found. postage, personal clothing requirements, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items
of a personal nature such as bar charges (alcohol, bottled water, sodas), communication costs
Special Offers (phone, fax, email) and shop purchases.
Loyalty Program: As an enrolled member and past M/V Polar Star passenger you qualify for
various travel incentives for future voyages. Please inquire. Responsibility
Karlsen Shipping Company Limited c.o.b. as Polar Star Expeditions (PSE) operates the M/V
Consecutive Tours Discount: 5% discount on total. (Antarctic expeditions exempt.) Polar Star under time charter from its owner, Karlsen Shipping Norway A/S (Karlsen) and acts as
Early Booking Discount: If you book more than 15 months in advance, you qualify for a agent on behalf of Karlsen only in procuring the protections afforded to Karlsen in these terms
discount of 5%. and conditions. PSE acts only as agents on behalf of other service providers included in the
NOTE: Under no circumstances may special fares or discounts be combined, only one may be program, and is not liable for circumstances affecting services or accommodations that are not
used. under the direct control of PSE, or other failures incurred by circumstances beyond PSE’s control.
Neither PSE nor Karlsen is liable for personal injury, death, property damages, delays, or any loss
that does not arise out of its negligence or that of its crew, servants, employees, or agents. The
published price is based on current prices, exchange rates, duties and taxes as known to PSE
at the time of publication of materials and at the time of travel confirmation. PSE reserves the
right to change the agreed price (on the grounds of among other things, unforeseeable increases
of e.g. exchange rates, duties, taxes, port fees and fuel prices) if considered necessary by PSE.
PSE will inform passengers, tour operators or agents at least 30 days prior to departure. In the
case of a price increase of more than 5% of the total price of the trip, passengers, tour operators
or agents are entitled to cancel the trip without incurring any costs. PSE reserves the right to
alter or cancel any departure for reasons such as, but not limited to, low enrolment and logistical
problems such as force majuere, government intervention, weather situations, transportation
interruptions or other. Passengers accept full responsibility for their own health and safety and by
participating in the program declare that they are fit and able to participate. PSE maintains liability
insurance as an operator of these programs, including full P&I insurance for the M/V Polar Star.
Onboard medical personnel are independent contractors and work directly for the passenger. Any
medical services are provided at the posted rates to be paid by the passenger. Treatment is at
passenger’s own risk, without any liability on the part of PSE or Karlsen. In the case of passenger
detention by authorities or refusal of permission to land, passenger shall bear all risks and
additional expenses incurred. The passengers must comply with the regulations and instructions
given by the expedition staff and/or Master (Captain) on behalf of PSE. PSE reserves the right,
Totally Green – Paper made with 100% totally at any time, to refuse to accept a passenger of any tour, or parts of it, who may be considered
chlorine-free (TCF) a health or safety liability or who behaves in such a way that he/she is disruptive to personnel
or other passengers on the trip. Passengers that are asked to leave a program will be solely
Contains recycled material – 50% recycled fiber and responsible for the associated costs. Furthermore, the passenger is 100% liable for damage (to
post consumer material self, other passengers, ship, staff or other) caused by improper behaviour. All claims or actions
against PSE or Karlsen shall be brought in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia or the Federal Court
of Canada and shall be governed by the laws of the Province of Nova Scotia and the federal laws
Printed in Canada, August 2008 of Canada.
Detailed Terms and Conditions are available upon request and are automatically included with
booking correspondence. In case of discrepancy between these partial terms and conditions and
Photo Credits: Polar Star Expeditions would like to thank and credit the the full version of the Terms and Conditions, the full version takes precedence.
following for their photographic contributions: Nina Bailey, Jad Davenport, Payment to PSE by the registered passenger is construed as agreement by passengers to be
Mary Filbee, Gary and Joyce Kochert, Hannah Lawson, Jaques Marais bound by all provisions of the above and full version of the terms and conditions.
– Greenland Tourism, Arne Naevra, John Sparks and our fine Expedition Team.
Polar Star Expeditions
55 Crane Lake Drive
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3S 1B5 Canada
North America inquiries:
Toll-free Tel: 1-800-509-1729
Toll-free Fax: 1-800-509-1737
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