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Expedition to the Northeast Passage

A voyage in the wake of Great Explorers from Tromso to Nome aboard the MS Bremen

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  • Expedition Cruising
  • Franz Josef Land

The sea passage through the Russian Arctic from Europe to Asia was navigated for the first time 140 years ago; it was an exclusion zone until just 30 years ago and remains a pioneering endeavour to this day. Following in the wake of famous explorers into the territory of the icebreakers, the MS Bremen will face the challenges of a spectacular expedition. An experience distinguished by dramatically bizarre landscapes and encounters with polar bears, seals and whales, the Northeast Passage has many entries in the history books and is still an adventure in the present day.

Whilst this itinerary represents a true expedition cruise, we will be travelling in the utmost comfort aboard the MS Bremen. The places visited and the order in which this is achieved will vary depending on wildlife sightings and diversions, such as following a whale that may appear at any time. We will be sailing in one of the world’s most pristine regions witnessing nature in its purest sense, unscathed by the modern world and will be tracing part of a passage that conjures a history at once tragic and inspiring of courage, determination, and superhuman endurance.

You will be joined on board be an expert expedition team. These hand-picked experts are naturalists, historians and ecologists and will share their knowledge and enthusiasm during forays ashore and whilst on board. They will supervise the daily programme, holding talks and briefings throughout the cruise. The expedition team has one aim, to make your trip as enjoyable, relaxing and informative as possible. 

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  • Expedition Notes

    MS Bremen - Zodiacs

    This expedition through the Northeast Passage is one of the most difficult cruises to plan and execute. The expedition has been carefully planned using average ice and weather data and closely coordinated with the local Russian authorities. Experience and careful preparation notwithstanding, the actual itinerary therefore depends on the local conditions. Besides ice and weather, these include decisions taken by the Russian authorities, who reserve the right to issue the necessary authorisations only shortly prior to departure and, if necessary, to withhold them entirely. Whilst everything possible will be done to ensure that this cruise can take place as advertised, we would like to inform you of these unusual circumstances and to raise your awareness as to the expeditionary nature of this cruise. Should the authorities, weather or ice have a significant impact on the route, the plan will be to sail through the Northwest Passage instead. If this should happen, we will inform you as quickly as possible. 

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Bremen

Bremen

We are delighted to be working with our German associates, Hapag Lloyd Cruises and the four-star plus vessel the MS Bremen, an expedition ship of a special kind. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 155 passengers along with a qualified expedition team of naturalists who travel ashore with you and also provide informative talks onboard in the comfort of the well designed panoramic lounge. In addition the crew of 100 offer exquisite onboard service. The MS Bremen is small, extremely manoeuvrable and has a shallow draught which allows the vessel to explore regions which bigger ships simply cannot access.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Tromso, Norway.

Fly by scheduled flight via Oslo arriving into Tromso this evening. Transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Tromso

Enjoy a morning at leisure before transferring to the MS Bremen this afternoon and sailing this evening.

Day 3 - North Cape Cruising

People once believed that the North Cape marked the end of the world, today it marks the beginning of our expedition. We will cruise pass the famous cliffs before heading to Russia.

Day 4 - Murmansk, Russia

Arrive in Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle and a military exclusion zone until 1991. Today we will complete our customs and immigration formalities into Russia and have time to explore Murmansk on a choice of optional excursions before we sail later today.

Days 5 & 6 - Barents Sea

For centuries, the Northeast Passage has fired the imagination of pioneering spirits, from the early explorations by the naval powers England and Holland in the 16th century to the first successful passage by the Swede Adolf Erik Nordenskjöld between 1878 and 1879. The days at sea will be in the shadow of the golden age of Arctic explorers thanks to the exciting expert presentations; the endeavours of Willem Barents will be brought to life as you cruise through the Barents Sea.

Days 7 to 14 - Novaya Zemlya, Franz Josef Land & Severnaya Zemlya

As Barents circumnavigated Novaya Zemlya in 1596 on his search for the Northeast Passage, his ship became trapped in the pack ice and the crew was forced to spend the winter there. Following in his wake, the MS Bremen will call at the deep bays of this raw, primeval island. In geological terms, it is almost identical to the Urals, as it is a northern continuation of this ancient mountain range which was formed when Europe and Siberia collided. Subject to weather conditions, we will take the Zodiacs and explore on land whilst thousands of seabirds brood on the steep cliffs. The Captain and crew can react flexibly, allowing us to observe intense natural spectacles. They are always seeking out the most incredible experiences and all with consideration for the ice and weather. Whilst exploring the Arctic Ocean in 1873, the pioneers of the Austro-Hungarian Polar Expedition happened upon new land which they named after their emperor: Franz Josef Land. Their first sight was today’s Cape Tegetthoff on Hall Island, whose rocky peaks may also have pointed them towards adventure. The explorers first set foot on Wilczek Island, which is now home to the grave of their engineer Otto Krisch. Witness the mystery of the geodes, perfect stone spheres up to three metres in diameter, on Champ Island. Hooker Island also promises intense expedition experiences. Enjoy an unforgettable visit to an abandoned Russian Arctic station from the 1930s or view the bird-inhabited cliff known as Rubini Rock up-close. Besides the imposing cliffs and basalt columns, the island is also home to the largest seabird colony in the archipelago. Only a few people have seen these coasts – the same goes for the almost semi-glacial islands of Severnaya Zemlya inhabited by polar bears, Arctic foxes, Arctic hares, walrus and seals.

Days 15 to 21 - Siberia

As we cruise the Siberian coast, the MS Bremen can take full advantage of its status as a small expedition ship with the highest ice class. Only in this way can it manage to pass through the eye of the needle in the Northeast Passage: Cape Chelyuskin, located between Bolshevik Island and the mainland, is known for frequently being blocked by ice. From here the course will be determined by the weather and ice, although there is great scope for exploration in the Zodiacs and sightings of a number of rare seabirds. The same goes for the New Siberian Islands: they are the habitat for reindeer, wolves, snow grouse and lemmings. In 1893, the researcher Fridtjof Nansen allowed his ship to freeze in order to reach the geographic North Pole by using the natural ice drifts of the Arctic Ocean. These little-researched islands give exciting insights into the “adolescence” of polar exploration. The Medvezhy Islands in the East Siberian Sea are famous as a polar bear nursery. They are an icy habitat where the kings of the Arctic bring their cubs into the world. But an even more impressive conservation area for polar bears lies before you, as well as the secrets of a legendary island.

Days 22 to 25 - Chukchi Sea & Wrangel Island

The excitement on board rises as we hope to traverse the often thick belt of drifting ice around Wrangel Island. Here, using our Zodiacs, we uncover the most spectacular aspects of nature on a grand scale. Numerous bird species nest on the coasts and walks on the tundra will give us the chance to take in the fantastic mountain massifs and spot musk oxen and reindeer in the vast, silent landscape. Kolyuchin Island on the edge of the Chukchi Peninsula also offers overwhelming animal observations. The Zodiacs can take us to large bird-inhabited cliffs with thousands of thick-billed murres, black guillemots, kittiwakes, horned puffins and glaucous gulls. With a little luck we will see lots of walruses gathering on the protruding cliffs.

Days 26 to 29 - Chukchi Peninsula, Bering Strait & Nome

The Chukchi Peninsula is a natural paradise for whales, seabirds and seals. On Cape Dezhnev, the most northeasterly point of the Eurasian landmass a walk will lead you to a monument to the pioneer Semyon Dezhnev, the first to traverse the cape in 1648. In Lorino, you can gain fascinating insights into the everyday life and nomadic traditions of the Chukchi people who survive by hunting and breeding reindeer. Fascinating encounters also await you on seldom-visited Provideniya, located in the extreme east of Russia, when you go ashore with the experts and visit the small museum. It will be time to celebrate when the MS Bremen sets sail for Alaska as we will have successfully traversed the Northeast Passage. We will cross the International Date Line as we sail to Nome arriving in the late afternoon for an overnight mooring.

Day 30 - Nome to Vancouver, Canada

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our specially chartered flight to Vancouver. On arrival transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 31 - Vancouver to London

Spend the day in Vancouver to explore at your own pace. This afternoon we will transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Day 32 - London

Arrive this morning.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER - SAVE £1000 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
10 August 2018 to 9 September 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category 1 Twin cabin with porthole £17995 £16995
Category 2 Twin cabin with panorama window £19995 £18995
Category 3 Twin cabin with panorama window £21995 £20995
Category 4 Twin cabin with panorama window £23495 £22495
Category 5 Twin cabin with panorama window £25495 £24495
Category 6 Twin cabin with balcony £28995 £27995
Category 7 Suite with balcony £35995 £34995
Category 5 For sole use £30995 £29995

Tour Reference Code: SCBR100818

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel between London and Tromso and Vancouver to London, charter flight from Nome to Vancouver, 28 nights aboard the MS Bremen on a full board basis, overnight accommodation in Tromso and Vancouver on a bed and breakfast basis, mini-bar with soft drinks in your cabin restocked each day, Zodiac excursions, expedition team including onboard lectures, transfers, landing fees, gratuities to crew, port taxes, airport taxes, loan of waterproof boots and parka during cruise.
Not Included: Travel insurance, optional shore excursions, Russian visa, US visa.

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Bremen

We are delighted to be working with our German associates, Hapag Lloyd Cruises and the four-star plus vessel the MS Bremen, an expedition ship of a special kind. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 155 passengers along with a qualified expedition team of naturalists who travel ashore with you and also provide informative talks onboard in the comfort of the well designed panoramic lounge. In addition the crew of 100 offer exquisite onboard service. The MS Bremen is small, extremely manoeuvrable and has a shallow draught which allows the vessel to explore regions which bigger ships simply cannot access.

 
  • MS Bremen
    MS Bremen
  • Suite
  • Cat 6 Cabin
  • Cat 6 - Twin Cabin
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Library
  • Zodiacs in Kamchatka
  • Viewing Deck
  • MS Bremen - Seafood Buffet on deck
  • Your Cabin/Suite

    The MS Bremen’s cabins offer 18 square metres of floor space and the spacious suites measure 24 square metres. Cabins on Deck3 feature portholes and all other cabins have a panoramic window. The cabins and suites on Decks 6 and 7 have balconies. All of the cabins and suites feature individual climate control and are furnished with a seating area and table, a dressing table with hairdryer, wardrobe, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, DVD player, radio and leading lamp. Non-alcoholic beverages are free of charge from the mini bar and these are refilled daily. All cabins have an en-suite bathroom with shower and the suites have a bathtub. Bathrobes are provided in every cabin/suite for your convenience. Depending on the satellite reception you will receive an excerpt from a newspaper every morning with the most important international news. Guests in suites are provided with a range of high-quality cosmetic items including bath salt, massage sponge and body lotion. In addition to the bowl of fruit served on a daily basis (also in the cabins on Deck 6), passengers staying in a suite receive a bottle of champagne and canapés on the day of embarkation.

  • Your Space

    Facilities onboard include a single seating restaurant, a club with bar, lounge with panoramic windows, well-stocked library, sundeck with heated seawater swimming pool, fitness room, sauna, hair salon and beauty parlour, a small hospital and a boutique. There are several computers with internet access and all cabins and public areas have Wi-Fi connection (extra charge for use). Guests will have the opportunity to visit the bridge whenever the local regulations allow by prior arrangement with the officer on duty. Bridge officers will be happy to provide you with information regarding the course, position of the ship and other nautical questions.

  • Your Dining

    Experience indulgence at the highest level. Highly trained chefs will surprise you every day with their skill and attention to detail. Diversity as well as classic delicacies will be available for every meal, whether you are enjoying a quick breakfast or a relaxed evening meal. When the weather is good, you are very welcome to have breakfast on the Lido deck and at lunchtime there is always the choice between a buffet and a la carte menu.

  • Life Onboard

    After incredible, breathtaking experiences ashore and by Zodiac, you will be welcomed back to a comfortable and well run ship. Life onboard is about comfort and quality service. There is no dress code and the atmosphere is always personal. On all Zodiac excursions, you will be accompanied by experienced experts who will add much to your exploration. These onboard experts are worldly-wise, highly qualified, captivating, entertaining and passionate about their area of expertise. They have extensive knowledge coupled with vast experience. You will be able to take advantage of their individual specialism during exciting lectures onboard, rides and landings with the Zodiacs and, of course, in personal conversations.

  • For your comfort

    Whilst onboard, you are able to make use of wellington boots and parka jackets, meaning you do not need to travel with them. The vessel is equipped with stabilizers and is a registered Ice Class E4, and thus the MS Bremen can sail where other ships would have to turn back. The crew of 100 will ensure your journey is comfortable and offer the highest quality of service. There is a hospital onboard and a helicopter deck in case of any medical emergencies. A lift services all decks.

  • Ship Directory

    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the MS Bremen for your upcoming voyage. The 155 passenger vessel is large enough to provide stability and speed and yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas, making her an ideal vessel for expedition cruising. The vessel is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft and the Captain, Officers, expedition team and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and expertise. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well-run and exceedingly comfortable ship. In addition, the expedition team, with their in-depth knowledge and experience, be it marine biology, history or ornithology, are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time on board and ashore.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    The MS Bremen is air-conditioned. You can regulate the temperature in your cabin individually.

    BATHROBE

    All guests will find a bathrobe provided for them in their cabin.

    BOUTIQUE

    The mini boutique in front of the restaurant on Deck 4 offers a small selection of gifts and accessories. Some cosmetics and products for daily use can be purchased at the beauty parlour.

    BRIDGE

    In view of its crucial importance as a control centre for all nautical and technical operations, the bridge is an extremely sensitive zone. This is why international safety regulations prohibit it being open to the general public. However, guests will have the opportunity to visit the bridge whenever nautical interests or the local regulations of the current coastal countries allow for it. Guests on board may view the bridge by prior arrangement with the officer on duty. The bridge officers will be happy to give you some informa¬tion regarding the itinerary, the course, the position of the ship and other nautical questions.

    CABIN SERVICE

    On embarkation you will be welcomed with a small bottle of champagne. On Deck 6 and 7 you will also receive a fruit bowl which will be replenished every day. The mini bar in every cabin will also be restocked with soft drinks every day free of charge. Continental breakfast and a selection of dishes can be ordered from the cabin service staff (from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs). In the suites, a selection of top quality cosmetic products is provided.

    CLOTHING

    During the day, the atmosphere on board is casual. For the evening, we would recommend a smart-casual wardrobe. Just for the two Captain’s Dinners (Welcome and Farewell Evening), we would recommend that the gentlemen wear a suit or combination, the ladies a dress suit or trouser suit. For excursions, clothing should be comfortable and practical, as well as adapted to the route that is to be travelled. Solid shoes are recommended; flat shoes are indispensable both on board and on shore. We recommend that you bring waterproof trousers or over trousers with you, especially for expeditions in the polar waters. You are advised to carry your photographic equipment in a waterproof carrier bag.

    DECK CHAIRS

    You will find a plentiful supply of deck chairs on board, as well as sun loungers, towels and blankets.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS/FOOD ALLERGIES

    Dietary requests can be catered for (on request). Please provide any such requests in writing to Noble Caledonia at the time of your reservation and please reiterate these requests to the ship’s Hotel Manager upon your embarkation.

    ELECTRICAL CONNECTION

    In your cabin, you will find outlets for 220 V (60 Hz) alternating current (voltage transformers for 110-V devices are available on board). The outlet in the bathroom is only suitable for shaving equipment. In general we would recommend that you bring with you a travel adaptor for different outlets. For safety reasons, the use of electric kettles, hair straighteners and irons in the cabins is not permitted.

    E-MAIL

    E-mails can be sent and received (up to 1 MB) free of charge. Passengers can send and receive e-mails free of charge via the onboard “guest portal”. Four public PCs are provided for this purpose in the Internet and e-mail centre. Please be aware that in extreme climatic zones (such as the Northwest Passage, the Arctic and Antarctica) satellite connections may be unavailable, so that the dispatch and reception of e-mails may not be possible for days at a time.

    EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT

    If the cruising area and any time spent ashore call for it, you can borrow a pair of rubber boots on board (sizes 1-15). On expeditions to extreme regions such as the Arctic and Antarctica, a warm parka (sizes XS – XXXL) is at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. Beyond this, the ship offers fishing rods and Nordic walking poles which you can take out on loan in the relevant regions. Microscopes are also available (may only be used when the sea is calm).

    EXPERTS/LECTURES

    Expeditions are accompanied by renowned experts who will be glad to answer your questions about the cruise area. With enthralling lectures, images and presentations, during discussions and also in personal conversations, they will impart their in-depth back-ground knowledge concerning your cruise destination. You will also be accompanied by our experts during the Zodiac landings, as well as on hikes and walks. The lectures are held in the Panorama Lounge.

    FILM PROGRAMME

    There is a DVD player in every cabin and you can rent DVDs free of charge at our library for your individual enjoyment.

    FITNESS/SAUNA

    The MS Bremen has a fitness room, a sauna and a heated outdoor sea-water swimming pool.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities to crew are included in the cost of your holiday.

    HAIRDRESSER/BEAUTY PARLOUR

    The beauty parlour, which is a combination of a hair¬dressing salon and a massage area, is located on Deck 7. It also offers cosmetics, manicures and pedicures and massage treatments.

    INTERNET/WI-FI

    The use of the Internet is possible (subject to charges). Four public PCs on Deck 4 allow you to surf the Internet. In all cabins and public areas, you have Wi-Fi access which you can use with your own or a rented laptop (limited number). The costs to use the Wi-Fi service and Internet will be charged to your onboard account. Due to satellite positioning, it is possible that the Internet will not be available on some days in extreme regions.

    ITINERARY CHANGES

    In spite of the most careful planning of the route, itinerary changes for technical reasons or on account of unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control are possible at all times. These include factors such as official authorisations, local weather conditions and the state of the ice. Any changes to the itinerary that may be necessary are made in the interests of safety. Weather and ice conditions may not only make it difficult or impossible to adhere to the planned itinerary, they may also rule out landings with the Zodiacs. In such cases the ship’s management will endeavour at all times to offer you the best possible alternative.

    LAUNDRY AND IRONING SERVICE

    The MS Bremen has a laundry and ironing service.

    LIBRARY

    The library offers current novels, travel literature and (music) DVDs.

    LIFT

    The different decks are connected by two lifts.

    MEANS OF PAYMENT

    All monetary transactions on board are handled by the reception. The onboard currency is the Euro. To ensure cashless transactions, an account will be set up for you which can be settled at reception at the end of your cruise. The following means of payment are accepted: MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Visa and traveller’s cheques. Please note that foreign currency cannot be exchanged on board.

    MEDICAL SERVICES

    The MS Bremen has a ship’s hospital equipped with modern facilities which is under the direction of an experienced ship’s doctor. Guests who are being treated for any medical condition are kindly requested to report to the ship’s doctor immediately after embarkation. You should under all circumstances bring adequate quantities of any medicines you require on board in your hand luggage. The costs for any treatment or medication will be charged to your onboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a separate invoice to submit to your health insurance provider.

    MINI BAR

    Soft drinks are offered free of charge in cabins/suites which are replenished on a daily basis. In the suites you can also enjoy a selection of spirits free of charge.

    NEWS/NEWSPAPER

    Depending on satellite reception, you will be given a newspaper every morning with the most important news from all over the world. You can also purchase a large selection of complete editions of international newspapers in digital printed form on request.

    PHOTOGRAPHER

    There is a professional photographer on board. It is possible to have digital images burned to a CD and/or printed on photo paper (subject to charge).

    POST

    At all ports where postal services are available, your postcards and letters will be posted by the reception staff. Postage charges will be billed to your onboard account.

    PROGRAMME OF THE DAY

    All important information about the daily schedule, as well as any general notifications and details of opening times, will be summarised in the programme of the day. The programme for the following day will be supplied to your cabin every evening.

    RESTAURANT/SEATING REQUESTS

    Dinner in the main restaurant is served in a single sitting for all guests. The maître will reserve a set table for you on board. Should you have any special requests in this respect, we will be happy to take note of them when you make your booking, although we cannot make any guarantees. Final seating plans will be provided on board. To make any special arrangements, please see the maître on the day of embarkation. No fixed places are reserved for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant is a non-smoking restaurant.

    SAFE/VALUABLES

    All cabins and suites are equipped with a private safe for storage of your valuables.

    SHORE ACTIVITIES

    Zodiac landings and related excursions are included in the cruise price. All shore activities are strictly dependent on the local conditions. The Captain has the final say in every decision concerning the progress of the cruise. The safety of the ship and the passengers will always be the highest priority. Please comply with any instructions given by the crew every time you go ashore.

    SMOKING

    Smoking is not permitted in any of the cabins and suites, in the restaurant or in the Panorama Lounge. In the Club and on the Lido Deck there are designated areas for smokers, but smoking is not permitted in the Bremen Club during mealtimes and during events. In the interest of all guests, it is requested that you avoid smoking pipes, cigarillos and cigars in the public areas.

    STABILISERS

    The ship is equipped with a modern stabiliser system: retractable floats on both sides of the hull reduce the rolling movement of the ship in rough seas.

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS/MOBILE SERVICE

    The MS Bremen is equipped with a state-of-the-art satellite communications system. As long as a local satellite is available, you can place telephone calls to anywhere in the world directly from your cabin (due to satellite positioning, it is possible that the Internet, e-mail and telephone will not be available on some days in extreme regions. Please note that charges apply as soon as you dial a telephone number. The universal dialling code is 00870, followed by the number of the ship. MS Bremen: Phone 773233920 E-mail reception@ms-bremen.com The MS Bremen is equipped with a mobile phone network. This makes it possible for you to use your mobile phone or smartphone even at sea, in areas where as a rule your mobile phone service provider will be unable to supply a network (service subject to charge – prices vary depending on the service provider).

    TENDER AND ZODIAC SERVICE

    Landings will be arranged by using the motorised inflatable rubber boats (Zodiacs) exclusively, or in exceptional cases with local tender boats. The ship does not have its own tender boats.

    ZODIACS

    Much of the success enjoyed during expeditions is due to the proper handling and usage of Zodiac landing craft. These rubber boats, of which there are 12 on board, have a shallow draft and contain air-filled compartments. Guests will be advised where and when to meet the Zodiac for travel to and from the ship. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew when boarding the Zodiacs. A Zodiac safety briefing will be given.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Expedition Notes

This expedition through the Northeast Passage is one of the most difficult cruises to plan and execute. The expedition has been carefully planned using average ice and weather data and closely coordinated with the local Russian authorities. Experience and careful preparation notwithstanding, the actual itinerary therefore depends on the local conditions. Besides ice and weather, these include decisions taken by the Russian authorities, who reserve the right to issue the necessary authorisations only shortly prior to departure and, if necessary, to withhold them entirely. Whilst everything possible will be done to ensure that this cruise can take place as advertised, we would like to inform you of these unusual circumstances and to raise your awareness as to the expeditionary nature of this cruise. Should the authorities, weather or ice have a significant impact on the route, the plan will be to sail through the Northwest Passage instead. If this should happen, we will inform you as quickly as possible. 

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