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Northwest Passage

An expedition voyage in the wake of legendary explorers aboard the Ocean Adventurer

  • 10 September 2019
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Smith Sound

Join us for an adventure of a lifetime through the famed Northwest Passage; the epic quest for a northern route west to silk and spice producing Asia occupied some of the best minds of European civilisation for half a millennium. Since 1576, when Frobisher made the first attempt, ship after ship searched for this fabled northern route and it was over three hundred years later that Roald Amundsen triumphantly succeeded in 1906. This expedition traces a passage that conjures a history at once tragic and inspiring, a history encompassing hardship, but also courage, determination, and superhuman endurance.

The Northwest Passage still remains an elusive route that few have had the privilege of travelling but for thousands of years before Europeans set foot here, indigenous people survived and prospered under some of the harshest conditions on Earth. These cultures remain vital and resilient today, closely linked with the land and local wildlife and during this voyage, we will have the opportunity to interact with these fascinating people, the original experts on Arctic survival.

Our journey begins in Canada from where we voyage into the Canadian Arctic, making our way through this remote wilderness to the heart of the Northwest Passage. Follow in the wake of 19th century explorers into a world of towering mountains, deep fjords and glaciers tumbling into the sea – and abundant wildlife on every shore. We then make our way to Greenland cruising amidst icebergs of all hues, shapes and sizes and utilising the onboard Zodiacs, we will cruise along vast glacial fronts looking for narwhals, walrus and seals.

Only a select and small number of vessels have the attributes, such as an ice-strengthened hull, needed to make the journey through the Northwest Passage and we are delighted to be working with our US associates, Quark Expeditions, who have made some cabins available to us for this expedition aboard the Ocean Adventurer. Having recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, the vessel offers a high level of service as well as comfortable surroundings, spacious cabins and public areas. In keeping with the expeditionary nature of the cruise, there is a convivial atmosphere on board and the expedition team will take care of the day to day events with expertise and a sense of adventure.

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Ocean Adventurer

Ocean Adventurer

For this expedition to the Northwest Passage we are working with our associates at Quark Expeditions and the charming Ocean Adventurer. Formerly known as Sea Adventurer, the vessel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2017 and was renamed Ocean Adventurer. The vessel is perfect for this exploration being large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas. The Ocean Adventurer is fitted with the most up to date technical enhancements, including two new Rolls Royce engines, for increased fuel efficiency and a minimised carbon footprint.

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Itinerary

  • Sisimiut
  • Nuuk

Day 1 - London to Ottawa, Canada.

Fly by scheduled direct flight from London to Ottawa. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Ottawa to Resolute.

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for our charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival, we will have the chance to walk around this small Arctic town before enjoying the first of many Zodiac cruises as we are transferred to the Ocean Adventurer.

Days 3 to 6 - Exploring Canada’s High Arctic.

Remote and rich in history, the Canadian High Arctic is as awe-inspiring as it is informative. Named after explorer Frederick William Beechey, of the Royal Navy, Beechey Island is a Canadian National Historic Site. It is an important stop on our voyage, as this is the final resting place of three members of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845-46 expedition to find the Northwest Passage. The graves, on a remote windswept beach, were discovered in 1851 by the crew of British and American vessels searching for signs of Franklin’s lost expedition.
Radstock Bay is a popular research location for observing polar bears, which are often seen here in summer. An impressive Thule archaeological site provides insight into how these pre-Inuit people lived in the Far North. For almost 5000 years, the hamlet of Arctic Bay and its surrounding area has been occupied by Inuit nomads migrating from the west. Surrounded by soaring cliffs teeming with seabirds, this is a great spot to go ashore and learn about the Inuit community’s traditional way of life.
The eastern end of Lancaster Sound affords numerous hiking opportunities on Devon Island. We will anchor at Croker Bay, where we will Zodiac cruise along the face of an active glacier. We will try to keep a safe distance but hope to get close enough to appreciate the splendour of calving ice. Walrus frequent the waters here, so be sure to have your camera handy. A hike to a nearby archaeological site is another possible excursion. At Dundas Harbour, trek along a beach to a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost. Encounters with musk oxen are possible here.
Canada’s most northern settlement, Grise Fjord will be our final shore visit in the Canadian High Arctic. Now home to about 150 residents, the traditional, mostly Inuit community was created in 1953 when the federal government resettled eight Inuit families from northern Quebec. Hunting and fishing are a significant part of their way of life. Visit the monument to the first Inuit settlers, as well as the remnants of the “old camp” where they lived.

Days 7 & 8 - Smith Sound.

Before saying goodbye to Canada, we will try to cruise as far north as possible, exploring both sides of Smith Sound, the uninhabited passage between Ellesmere Island and Greenland.

Day 9 - Qaanaaq, Greenland.

Our first stop in Greenland is Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world (the reason ancient philosophers called it Ultima Thule, or “edge of known territory”). Here, local Inuit share their culture and traditions, and the museum sheds light on what it is like living near the top of the world.

Day 10 - At Sea.

As we sail south along the west coast of Greenland, presentations by the onboard experts will prepare us for the adventures that lie ahead.

Days 11 to 15 - Exploring West Greenland.

With spectacular glaciers, soaring fjords and vibrant communities, the west coast of Greenland will leave you lost for words. Nuussuaq (formerly known as Kraulshavn) is the only mainland community in the Upernavik Archipelago. Founded in 1923 as a trading station, it is one of the most traditional hunting and fishing villages in Greenland.
It is not surprising that the redhued, heart-shaped mountain that rises up behind Uummannaq gave the traditional community its name (Uummannaq means “heart-like” in Greenlandic). As our ship approaches the shore, you will want to be on deck to take in the incredible view of the twin peaks towering over the vibrantly painted wooden houses dotting the rocky terrain below. The settlement was established as a Danish colony in 1758 on the mainland, but it relocated five years later because seal hunting was more plentiful here.
In the nearby archaeological site of Qilaqitsoq (also known as Qilakitsoq), we will visit the ruins of an ancient settlement, where the remains of eight fully dressed mummies were discovered under a rock outcrop in 1972 by a pair of hunters. The famous Greenlandic mummies, which date back to 1475 AD, are on view at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk. Cruising farther south rewards us with spectacular views of Eqip Sermia; the jagged, blue-tinged glacier soaring out of the crystal-clear water is one of the most beautiful sights in Greenland, and we hope to Zodiac cruise along its massive front from a safe distance. We may also go ashore to explore nearby. Just south of Ilulissat, which means “iceberg” in Greenlandic, is the impressive Ilulissat Icefjord. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to Sermeq Kujalleq, the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. As we Zodiac cruise at the mouth of the fjord, we may be lucky to witness the wonders of calving ice (listen to the loud roars as the ice breaks off). Founded in 1741, the traditional town of Ilulissat, which boasts more sled dogs than people, is famous in its own right: it was the birthplace of explorer Knud Rasmussen, the first to traverse the Northwest Passage by dogsled, in the early 1920s. Hikes here lead out to stunning views of the young icebergs as they float out of the fjord to Disko Bay.
In Sisimiut, you will be treated to a traditional kayaking demonstration. The kayak (an Inuit word that the English borrowed) is Greenland’s national symbol and can be traced back to the country’s first immigrants, who used vessels that resemble the narrow one or two-person boats. The town has several 18th century colonial buildings, including the oldest surviving church in Greenland, so take time to wander through the historic area. We will also have a chance to hike amongst the area’s surrounding mountains. Situated in a scenic hollow on a small island with no fresh water, the colourful community of Itilleq, which has about 130 inhabitants, is surrounded by sea, mountains and fjords. The final excursion of your Arctic adventure may be a hike around Itilleq Fjord.

Day 16 - Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa, Canada.

After breakfast aboard our vessel, disembark and enjoy one more Zodiac ride to shore, where you will board the charter flight back to Ottawa. Upon arrival in Ottawa, we transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay and an evening at leisure.

Day 17 - Ottawa to London.

After breakfast, check out of our hotel and enjoy a tour in Ottawa before having lunch and transferring to the airport for our scheduled direct flight back to London.

Day 18 - 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 to 27 September 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Twin Cabin Lower Deck On Request On Request
Triple cabin Main Deck On Request On Request
Twin cabin (porthole) Main Deck £14495 £13495
Twin cabin (window) Main Deck £14995 £13995
Superior cabin Upper & Captain’s Deck £15995 £14995
Deluxe cabin Captain’s Deck £17295 £16295
Suite Captain’s Deck £18795 £17795
Owner’s suite Bridge Deck On Request On Request
Twin cabin (porthole) for sole use Main Deck £22995 £21995

Tour Reference Code: SCOA100919

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • Charter flights from Ottawa to Resolute and Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa • Two nights hotel accommodation in Ottawa on a bed and breakfast basis • 14 nights aboard the Ocean Adventurer on a full board basis • Soft drinks with lunch and dinner and beer & wine with dinner • Shore excursions • Expedition team • Noble Caledonia Tour Manager • Gratuities • Lunch on day 17 in Ottawa • Transfers • Port taxes • Complimentary parka jacket.

Not Included: Travel insurance, electronic visa waiver form, meals other than those specified.

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Ocean Adventurer

For this expedition to the Northwest Passage we are working with our associates at Quark Expeditions and the charming Ocean Adventurer. Formerly known as Sea Adventurer, the vessel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2017 and was renamed Ocean Adventurer. The vessel is perfect for this exploration being large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas. The Ocean Adventurer is fitted with the most up to date technical enhancements, including two new Rolls Royce engines, for increased fuel efficiency and a minimised carbon footprint.

 
  • Ocean Adventurer
    Ocean Adventurer
  • Main Lounge
    Main Lounge
  • Dining Room
    Dining Room
  • Bridge
    Bridge
  • Library
    Library
  • Suite
    Suite
  • Deluxe Cabin
    Deluxe Cabin
  • Superior Cabin
    Superior Cabin
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin/Suite

    The Ocean Adventurer offers 65 cabins across five of its decks. There are a range of cabins and suites available and all feature outside views (porthole or window), en-suite bathroom with shower, individual temperature control, hairdryer, bathrobes and a selection of toiletries. The cabins range in size from 11 square metres for one of the Lower Deck twin cabins to 20 square metres for the suites.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    Spread over six decks, the ship features a variety of public areas and facilities that will ensure you remain comfortable and relaxed throughout your journey. The ship’s dining room, main lounge and lecture area, boutique shop selling souvenir and practical items plus the reception area can all be found on the Upper Deck. There is also a gym on the Main Deck and the library can be found on the Captain’s Deck together with the medical clinic. Finally, the Observation Deck and forward lounge provide ample opportunity to observe and take in the majestic surroundings of the Northwest Passage.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Meals are taken in the vessel’s single-sitting Dining Room located on the ship’s Upper Deck. Breakfasts and lunch tend to be buffet style and dinner a served affair. While precise mealtimes may vary to ensure you have every possible opportunity to make the most of whatever may cross the ship’s path at the time, be it a pod of beluga whales or other indigenous species that congregate in these waters, the cuisine itself will not be compromised and you can be certain that the three meals provided each day, plus complimentary soft drinks and afternoon snacks, will be both plentiful and of the highest quality.

  • For your comfort

    For your comfort, safety and security

    The Ocean Adventurer is equipped with GPS, radar and other equipment essential for travel through the Northwest Passage. The ship’s expedition team are specialists in the region, having travelled here extensively and the vessel is fully certified and adheres to all health and safety measurements required by the governing bodies. The ship was recently equipped with new engines and other safety technology and, in the event of emergency, there is access to 24-hour care from the ship’s doctor.

  • Life Onboard

    Life On Board

    The atmosphere on board is informal and time is often spent out on deck keeping watch for wildlife or admiring the spectacular view. The onboard crew offer excellent service and, in addition, the expedition team will enrich your experience with their knowledge of the region. Through a lecture programme and shore expeditions, they will share their expertise and passion with you. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort of a sophisticated ship with a friendly crew and informal atmosphere.

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

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

    We are delighted you have chosen the Ocean Adventurer for your upcoming voyage. The vessel is perfect for expedition cruising being large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas.

    Completely refurbished in 2017, the atmosphere on board is welcoming and informal and the public areas are spacious and dedicated to discovery and relaxation. Observe the majestic surroundings from the Observation Deck, relax with a book in the lounge or perhaps join new found friends in the bar to discuss the day’s events and wildlife sightings. 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. We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of an emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do should an emergency occur.

    ALL ABOARD

    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be provided by your Expedition Leader.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the Expedition Leader. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    Soft drinks including tea and coffee are provided throughout the day and beer and wine are included as part of your evening meal. All other drinks consumed throughout your cruise will be added to your onboard account which should be settled at the end of your journey.

    CABIN CATEGORIES & FACILITIES

    Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and washbasin. All bathrooms are equipped with a hairdryer, toiletries and bathrobes. There is also individual climate control and a safe in each cabin.

    Twin Cabins: These twin cabins measure approximately 12 square metres and are equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Lower Deck, they have en-suite facilities and a porthole with exterior views.

    Triple Cabins: Triple cabins measure approximately 12 square metres and are equipped with two lower berths and one upper berth. Located on the Main Deck, they have en-suite facilities and a porthole with exterior views.

    Twin Cabins (Porthole): Averaging 11 square metres, these twin cabins are equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, they have en-suite facilities and a porthole with exterior views.

    Twin Cabins (Window): Averaging 13 square metres, these twin cabins are equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, they have en-suite facilities and two windows with exterior views.

    Superior Cabins: Superior cabins measure an average of 12.5 square metres and are equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper Deck, they have en-suite facilities and windows with exterior views. Deluxe Cabins: Averaging 15 square metres, the Deluxe cabins are equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks, they have private facilities and windows with exterior views.

    Suites: The suites measure an average of 20 square metres and are equipped with one double bed made up of two twin berths. Located on the Captain’s Deck, they have en-suite facilities (cabin 403 has a bathtub whilst the other suites have a shower cubicle) and windows with exterior views.

    Owner’s Suites: The Owner’s suites measure approximately 22 square metres and are equipped with one double bed made up of two twin berths. Located on the Bridge Deck, they have en-suite facilities and windows with exterior views.

    CLIMATE CONTROL

    All cabins have individually controlled heating and air cooling. We recommend ensuring your windows and doors are shut for optimal performance of the unit.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code on board is casual, with an emphasis on practical and sturdy clothing for shore excursions. Comfortable, breathable, waterproof and windproof outer clothing is essential for Zodiac landings and rubber boots will be available on board for use throughout the cruise. For the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Cocktail, we recommend smart casual attire.

    ELECTRICITY

    The electrical supply on board is 220 volts and outlets take a European two round pin plug. Please note that the electricity supply may not always be adequate to power all your electrical items at the same time.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation and disembarkation times will be provided by your Expedition Leader. Please take careful note of these announcements.

    EMERGENCY & SAFETY PROCEDURES

    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures will be provided following your embarkation.

    EXPEDITION TEAM

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by an experienced expedition team, under the direction of the Expedition Leader, including naturalists and Zodiac drivers. They will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    FIRE SAFETY

    A fire alarm is installed in each of the ship’s cabins and in the public areas. Extensive fire equipment is located on board the vessel.

    FIRST AID & MEDICAL MATTERS

    There is an English-speaking doctor and a clinic on board the vessel that may be contacted in the event of an emergency. If you are under regular treatment for any ailment, it is essential you bring an adequate supply of medication for the duration of the journey. Should you require emergency assistance, please call the ship’s clinic.

    FITNESS ROOM

    There is a fitness room located on the ship’s Main Deck.

    GIFT SHOP

    The Polar Boutique on the Main Deck offers souvenirs and a selection of expedition gear, including base layer clothing, waterproof trousers, gloves and more.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Your cabin will be cleaned once a day.

    LAUNDRY

    A laundry service is provided on board at additional cost. Ironing of clothes can also be arranged at a supplement. No dry cleaning is available on board. If you wish to bring your own washing detergent please ensure that it is environmentally friendly.

    LIBRARY AND GAMES

    A selection of books and games are available on board. The library is located on the Captain’s Deck.

    LIFT

    There is no lift on board the vessel.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property can be handed into the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we will be able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MEALS

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board. Breakfast and lunch are both buffet-style whilst dinner is a served affair. 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.

    MOSQUITOES

    Please ensure you take the appropriate precautions to guard against mosquito bites.

    MONEY

    The currency on board is the US Dollar. You will have your own “ship account” which allows you to sign a chit for any expenses and then settle your bill at the end of the cruise. An itemised bill will be presented to each passenger prior to their disembarkation for any items purchased during the cruise. Debit cards and personal cheques are not accepted but your onboard account may be settled by: • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) • Cash (US Dollar)

    OBSERVATION DECK

    The ship has a large observation deck which we encourage you to take full advantage of. Please note, however, that the deck may be closed in the event of poor weather or rough seas.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Despite our meticulous planning efforts, there may be times when changes must be made to the daily programme due to circumstances beyond our control. The ship’s Captain and crew will do their utmost to find the best and safest solution. Any changes to the day’s schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.

    PARKA JACKETS

    As part of your cruise package you will receive a complimentary parka jacket.

    POST

    Sending Polar mail is possible on board and the cost is added to your shipboard account. Please note that post may take many months to be received and that on certain occasions it may not ever reach its intended recipient. Neither the operators nor Noble Caledonia will be held responsible for the delivery of any post sent during your time on board.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of the sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this.

    RECEPTION

    The reception area is staffed 24 hours a day.

    SAFE

    All cabins are fitted with a safe and we recommend you place your valuables inside the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from your safe prior to departing the vessel at the end of the cruise.

    SAFETY

    Please take careful note of all safety instructions provided to you by the Master and crew of the vessel. Full safety instructions will be provided upon your embarkation.

    SMOKING

    Smoking within your cabin or any of the vessel’s public areas is strictly prohibited. Designated smoking areas are provided and can be advised by the ship’s reception upon embarkation.

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  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin/Suite

    The Ocean Adventurer offers 65 cabins across five of its decks. There are a range of cabins and suites available and all feature outside views (porthole or window), en-suite bathroom with shower, individual temperature control, hairdryer, bathrobes and a selection of toiletries. The cabins range in size from 11 square metres for one of the Lower Deck twin cabins to 20 square metres for the suites.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    Spread over six decks, the ship features a variety of public areas and facilities that will ensure you remain comfortable and relaxed throughout your journey. The ship’s dining room, main lounge and lecture area, boutique shop selling souvenir and practical items plus the reception area can all be found on the Upper Deck. There is also a gym on the Main Deck and the library can be found on the Captain’s Deck together with the medical clinic. Finally, the Observation Deck and forward lounge provide ample opportunity to observe and take in the majestic surroundings of the Northwest Passage.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Meals are taken in the vessel’s single-sitting Dining Room located on the ship’s Upper Deck. Breakfasts and lunch tend to be buffet style and dinner a served affair. While precise mealtimes may vary to ensure you have every possible opportunity to make the most of whatever may cross the ship’s path at the time, be it a pod of beluga whales or other indigenous species that congregate in these waters, the cuisine itself will not be compromised and you can be certain that the three meals provided each day, plus complimentary soft drinks and afternoon snacks, will be both plentiful and of the highest quality.

  • For your comfort

    For your comfort, safety and security

    The Ocean Adventurer is equipped with GPS, radar and other equipment essential for travel through the Northwest Passage. The ship’s expedition team are specialists in the region, having travelled here extensively and the vessel is fully certified and adheres to all health and safety measurements required by the governing bodies. The ship was recently equipped with new engines and other safety technology and, in the event of emergency, there is access to 24-hour care from the ship’s doctor.

  • Life Onboard

    Life On Board

    The atmosphere on board is informal and time is often spent out on deck keeping watch for wildlife or admiring the spectacular view. The onboard crew offer excellent service and, in addition, the expedition team will enrich your experience with their knowledge of the region. Through a lecture programme and shore expeditions, they will share their expertise and passion with you. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort of a sophisticated ship with a friendly crew and informal atmosphere.

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

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

    We are delighted you have chosen the Ocean Adventurer for your upcoming voyage. The vessel is perfect for expedition cruising being large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas.

    Completely refurbished in 2017, the atmosphere on board is welcoming and informal and the public areas are spacious and dedicated to discovery and relaxation. Observe the majestic surroundings from the Observation Deck, relax with a book in the lounge or perhaps join new found friends in the bar to discuss the day’s events and wildlife sightings. 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. We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of an emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do should an emergency occur.

    ALL ABOARD

    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be provided by your Expedition Leader.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the Expedition Leader. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    Soft drinks including tea and coffee are provided throughout the day and beer and wine are included as part of your evening meal. All other drinks consumed throughout your cruise will be added to your onboard account which should be settled at the end of your journey.

    CABIN CATEGORIES & FACILITIES

    Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and washbasin. All bathrooms are equipped with a hairdryer, toiletries and bathrobes. There is also individual climate control and a safe in each cabin.

    Twin Cabins: These twin cabins measure approximately 12 square metres and are equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Lower Deck, they have en-suite facilities and a porthole with exterior views.

    Triple Cabins: Triple cabins measure approximately 12 square metres and are equipped with two lower berths and one upper berth. Located on the Main Deck, they have en-suite facilities and a porthole with exterior views.

    Twin Cabins (Porthole): Averaging 11 square metres, these twin cabins are equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, they have en-suite facilities and a porthole with exterior views.

    Twin Cabins (Window): Averaging 13 square metres, these twin cabins are equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Main Deck, they have en-suite facilities and two windows with exterior views.

    Superior Cabins: Superior cabins measure an average of 12.5 square metres and are equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper Deck, they have en-suite facilities and windows with exterior views. Deluxe Cabins: Averaging 15 square metres, the Deluxe cabins are equipped with two lower berths. Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks, they have private facilities and windows with exterior views.

    Suites: The suites measure an average of 20 square metres and are equipped with one double bed made up of two twin berths. Located on the Captain’s Deck, they have en-suite facilities (cabin 403 has a bathtub whilst the other suites have a shower cubicle) and windows with exterior views.

    Owner’s Suites: The Owner’s suites measure approximately 22 square metres and are equipped with one double bed made up of two twin berths. Located on the Bridge Deck, they have en-suite facilities and windows with exterior views.

    CLIMATE CONTROL

    All cabins have individually controlled heating and air cooling. We recommend ensuring your windows and doors are shut for optimal performance of the unit.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code on board is casual, with an emphasis on practical and sturdy clothing for shore excursions. Comfortable, breathable, waterproof and windproof outer clothing is essential for Zodiac landings and rubber boots will be available on board for use throughout the cruise. For the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Cocktail, we recommend smart casual attire.

    ELECTRICITY

    The electrical supply on board is 220 volts and outlets take a European two round pin plug. Please note that the electricity supply may not always be adequate to power all your electrical items at the same time.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation and disembarkation times will be provided by your Expedition Leader. Please take careful note of these announcements.

    EMERGENCY & SAFETY PROCEDURES

    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures will be provided following your embarkation.

    EXPEDITION TEAM

    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by an experienced expedition team, under the direction of the Expedition Leader, including naturalists and Zodiac drivers. They will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.

    FIRE SAFETY

    A fire alarm is installed in each of the ship’s cabins and in the public areas. Extensive fire equipment is located on board the vessel.

    FIRST AID & MEDICAL MATTERS

    There is an English-speaking doctor and a clinic on board the vessel that may be contacted in the event of an emergency. If you are under regular treatment for any ailment, it is essential you bring an adequate supply of medication for the duration of the journey. Should you require emergency assistance, please call the ship’s clinic.

    FITNESS ROOM

    There is a fitness room located on the ship’s Main Deck.

    GIFT SHOP

    The Polar Boutique on the Main Deck offers souvenirs and a selection of expedition gear, including base layer clothing, waterproof trousers, gloves and more.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Your cabin will be cleaned once a day.

    LAUNDRY

    A laundry service is provided on board at additional cost. Ironing of clothes can also be arranged at a supplement. No dry cleaning is available on board. If you wish to bring your own washing detergent please ensure that it is environmentally friendly.

    LIBRARY AND GAMES

    A selection of books and games are available on board. The library is located on the Captain’s Deck.

    LIFT

    There is no lift on board the vessel.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property can be handed into the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we will be able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MEALS

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board. Breakfast and lunch are both buffet-style whilst dinner is a served affair. 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.

    MOSQUITOES

    Please ensure you take the appropriate precautions to guard against mosquito bites.

    MONEY

    The currency on board is the US Dollar. You will have your own “ship account” which allows you to sign a chit for any expenses and then settle your bill at the end of the cruise. An itemised bill will be presented to each passenger prior to their disembarkation for any items purchased during the cruise. Debit cards and personal cheques are not accepted but your onboard account may be settled by: • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) • Cash (US Dollar)

    OBSERVATION DECK

    The ship has a large observation deck which we encourage you to take full advantage of. Please note, however, that the deck may be closed in the event of poor weather or rough seas.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Despite our meticulous planning efforts, there may be times when changes must be made to the daily programme due to circumstances beyond our control. The ship’s Captain and crew will do their utmost to find the best and safest solution. Any changes to the day’s schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.

    PARKA JACKETS

    As part of your cruise package you will receive a complimentary parka jacket.

    POST

    Sending Polar mail is possible on board and the cost is added to your shipboard account. Please note that post may take many months to be received and that on certain occasions it may not ever reach its intended recipient. Neither the operators nor Noble Caledonia will be held responsible for the delivery of any post sent during your time on board.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of the sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this.

    RECEPTION

    The reception area is staffed 24 hours a day.

    SAFE

    All cabins are fitted with a safe and we recommend you place your valuables inside the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from your safe prior to departing the vessel at the end of the cruise.

    SAFETY

    Please take careful note of all safety instructions provided to you by the Master and crew of the vessel. Full safety instructions will be provided upon your embarkation.

    SMOKING

    Smoking within your cabin or any of the vessel’s public areas is strictly prohibited. Designated smoking areas are provided and can be advised by the ship’s reception upon embarkation.

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A voyage from Scotland to Iceland including the Faroe Islands aboard the MS Hebridean Sky

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  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Fair Isle
  • Suduroy, Faroe Islands
  • Vestmanna
  • Torshavn Faroe
  • Klaksvik
  • Seydisfjordur, Iceland
  • Husavik, Iceland
  • Grimsey Island & Siglufjordur
  • Hornbjarg & Vigur Island
  • Latrabjarg & Breidafjordur
  • Snaefellsnes
  • Reykjavik

Iceland’s Natural Wonders

A circumnavigation of Iceland aboard the Ocean Diamond

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Reykjavik
  • Stykkisholmur
  • Western Fjords / Isafjordur
  • Siglufjordur / Grimsey Island
  • Akureyri
  • Husavik, Iceland
  • Seydisfjordur
  • Djupivogur
  • Westmann Islands
  • Reykjavik

Voyage to the North Pole

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  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Murmansk, Russia
  • North Pole
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Franz Josef Land
  • Barents Sea
  • Murmansk, Russia / Helsinki, Finland

Under the Northern Lights

A tour of Iceland in search of the Northern Lights & whales including a three night cruise aboard the Ocean Diamond

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  • West Iceland
  • Lake Myvatn / Husavik
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  • Stykissholmur

Passage to Greenland

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  • Lake Ontario
  • Montreal
  • St. Lawrence River
  • Tadoussac
  • Norris Point, Newfoundland
  • Labrador
  • Hudson Strait
  • Monumental Island
  • Western coast of Greenland
  • Kangerlussuaq

The Call of the Far North

An exploration of coastal Greenland & the Canadian Arctic aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration

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