- 20 years of polar experience
- Small ship – big advantage
- North Pole icebreaker cruises
- Polar cruising is our specialty
- Staff to passenger ratio 1:8
- Active exploration
- Passion and flexibility
- Environmental responsibility
- Wildlife encouters
- Expert expedition team
- Rich polar history
- Smooth sailing
- IAATO member
- AECO member
- Direct sailing to Franz Josef Land
- The most powerful icebreaker
Poseidon Expeditions is one of the leading providers of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Founded in 1999, the company is a recognized leader in icebreaker cruises to the North Pole, the Arctic and Antarctica. With the 114-passenger Sea Spirit, Poseidon expa...
Poseidon Expeditions is one of the leading providers of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Founded in 1999, the company is a recognized leader in icebreaker cruises to the North Pole, the Arctic and Antarctica. With the 114-passenger Sea Spirit, Poseidon expanded its offerings to include deluxe expedition cruises to Antarctica, and to the Arctic destinations of Svalbard, Greenland, Franz Josef Land and Iceland. With representations and offices in the UK, US, Germany, Cyprus, Russia, and China, the company markets it travel programs worldwide.Read more
Poseidon Expeditions ReviewsWrite a review
Poseidon Expeditions Tours
About Poseidon Expeditions
Poseidon Expeditions videos
- Expedition Cruises to Antarctica with Poseidon Expeditions
- 18 Years From Arctic to Antarctica
- M/V Sea Spirit video tour
COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Crew and Staff Readiness – Mandatory
• Self-monitoring and reporting for 14 days prior to embarkation
• Effective, results-oriented COVID-19 testing and reporting prior
to embarkation, and during the season on a regular basis
• Advance pre-boarding health checks and screenings
• PCR and/or Serological tests prior to embarkation and during the season
• Required completion of WHO official COVID-19 course for hygiene
procedures and infection management
• Well-equipped hospital suite with COVID-19 detection
and testing capabilities
• Onboard physician with field medical operations and emergency
• Infrared temperature detection equipment
• Two dedicated cabins available at all times for isolation purposes
• In 14-day period prior to travel, guests will be asked to self-monitor
their health, conduct symptom check and practice good hygiene
(physical distancing, hand-washing, wearing masks in public,
limited social interactions, etc.)
• Guests will be required to take SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, IgM, IgG
and PCR tests close to their homes not prior to seven days before
embarkation and provide the results to Poseidon Expeditions
• Regular and systematic checking of HVAC (heating, ventilation
and air conditioning) system
• Accelerated, higher-frequency schedule of sanitation, deep-cleaning
and disinfection of all hard surfaces in cabins, lounges,
restaurant & galleys, hallways, hand-railings – all high-touch points –
with daily checklists maintained and recorded
• Use of UV lamps for disinfection of public areas
• Hand-sanitizing stations placed and accessible throughout the ship
• Disinfection of luggage and personal belongings prior to boarding
• Disinfection of all food products and supplies prior to loading onboard
• Limited third-party, port agent and supplier visits onboard – only
authorized, essential may board the ship in compliance with boarding
requirements noted below
• Minimal crew and staff rotation during the season
Onboard Prevention and Hygiene
• PCR and/or Serological tests required for all guests prior
to embarkation and during the voyage
• Temperature screening and submission of pre-boarding
health declaration required of all guests
• Over-crowding prevention: controlled/limited embarkation
and disembarkation and queuing protocols
• Regularly scheduled temperature screenings of all passengers,
crew and staff during the voyage
• Recommended use of face masks for passengers, crew and staff
• Frequent hand-washing or sanitizing while onboard is requested
and strongly recommended
• Restaurant seating will ensure social distancing recommendations.
All meals will be served a la carte; no self-service buffets
• Social distancing guidelines will be strongly encouraged onboard:
one-meter distancing from non-family cabin mates; controlled-capacity
in library, lounge, presentation lounge; queuing protocols
Poseidon Expeditions Ships
- M/V Sea SpiritLike some of the birds we see in the Arctic and Antarctica, our m/v Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer an… Read moreCapacityBuiltGuests114Crew72Length90.6 meters (297 ft.)WidthSuitesStateroomsRegistryGross TonnageElectricityBeam15.3 meters (50 ft.)Cruising Speed15 knotsGeneratorsEnginesDraft
- I/b 50 Years of VictoryWe don’t have the heart to use she when we talk about i/b 50 Years of Victory — it’s not ladylike at all. Elegance doesn’t matter wh… Read moreCapacityBuiltGuests124Crew140Length160 m (525 ft.)WidthSuitesStateroomsRegistryGross TonnageElectricityBeam30 m (98 ft.)Cruising Speed21 knotsGeneratorsEnginesDraft
Exclusive benefits with
- Compare 2500+ carefully screened operators
- Read 150,000+ genuine traveller reviews
- Choose from over 40,000 tours
- Always pay the best and lowest price
- Earn unlimited travel credits with every booking
- Never pay credit card or booking fees
- Book via our secure payment platform
- Enjoy flexible payment options
- Trusted by thousands of satisfied travellers
Questions & Answers
Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.
WILL I HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE ASHORE DURING POLAR EXPEDITION CRUISES?
Yes, of course. Each ship is equipped with motor powered and paddled, inflatable landing crafts known as ‘Zodiacs’. These easy to navigate boats are used for ocean level cruising and landings. From there, you will hike tundra and ice fields.
We fully understand the popularity of shore activities and provide them as frequently as possible. Of course, seasons and weather may determine where you go ashore and how often. Please work with our sales staff to ensure your satisfaction. We strive to create an experience that best suits your lifestyle and needs.
WHEN IS DISEMBARKATION IN THE FINAL DAY OF THE CRUISE?
Leaving the ship after a polar cruise requires certain formalities; such as a Customs Inspection. We generally begin disembarkation after breakfast on the final day. This is followed by a group shuttle to the nearest airport.
We strongly recommend that homeward bound flights be booked for departure AFTER 12:00 (pm) (noon) on the final day. We cannot guarantee your arrival to the airport until the afternoon.
HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING?
It’s always best to pack ‘for’ the segment of your flight itinerary that has the smallest baggage allowance requirement - baggage allowances on international flights are often larger than domestic flights. Also, be sure to check with your airline to confirm what you are allowed to carry.
Our ships do have laundry facilities, so you do not need to pack clothes for every day. Baggage allowance onboard is 2 pieces per 1 person. Our advice is to be reasonable.
DO YOU OFFER CAMPING IN ANTARCTICA?
Yes! Antarctica Camping is an optional activity offered on Sea Spirit voyages to the Antarctica Peninsula and must be booked in advance. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Good health and a spirit of adventure are also important qualifications. Space is limited to 30 campers per voyage, so book your camping adventure today!
CAN I FLY DRONES IN ANTARCTICA?
No. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones have the potential to cause more than a minor or transitory impact, particularly in wildlife rich coastal regions of Antarctica such as the Peninsula or Ross Sea areas. Their use could also detract other visitors’ wilderness experience. The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, or IAATO — of which Poseidon is a member — does not permit recreational use of UAVs or drones in coastal areas of the Antarctic; commercial and scientific use requires a permit. For this reason, Poseidon Expeditions will not allow the recreational use of UAVs or drones by its guests in Antarctica.
SHOULD I BE PHYSICALLY FIT TO TRAVEL TO POLAR REGIONS?
You should strongly consider not joining the expedition if you are suffering from any life-threatening condition or require walking assistance. The polar regions are a remote area with zero access to full-scale medical facilities and daily routines include steep gangways and terrain mobility. Note that we do provide a range of activities when ashore, for example, hiking.
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR EXPENSES NOT INCLUDED IN PROGRAMME RATES?
Air flights to the starting/finishing points of our cruises are not included. We do arrange flights for travellers seeking comprehensive planning.
All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance coverage with a minimum EURO 100,000 (North Pole), $200,000 (Antarctica) and $150,000 (Arctic) emergency medical coverage. The insurance IS included in the North Pole travel package and is NOT included in the Arctic and the Antarctica travel package. See for more information here.
Some passengers need to purchase additional outdoor clothing in advance of the trip. This is an essential part of the planning process. We include the official Poseidon Expeditions parka in the cost of your expedition (please check at the time of booking) and provide water-proof boots as needed. Please be sure to review the packing list provided to you by our staff and adhere to the guidelines.
If you are pleased with the crew’s service, gratuities / ‘tips’ can be made in cash or charged to your on-board account and are ALWAYS at your discretion. We recommend that you budget 20 USD per person, per day on Antarctic and Arctic cruises and 24 USD per person, per day on North Pole. Gratuities are collected anonymously AT THE END of each voyage and are distributed among staff and crew at that time
WHAT WEATHER CONDITIONS CAN I EXPECT?
Weather conditions in polar cruises are generally mild, with temperatures near freezing point. However, the continuous sunlight of 18 - 24 hour days adjusts your thermal temperature to the cold air. Passengers have been known to safely experience ‘t-shirt’ conditions.
At the same time, you may encounter fog, white-outs, and other adverse weather conditions.
I TRAVEL ALONE. CAN I AVOID SINGLE SUPPLEMENT?
Solo travellers discover that every voyage welcomes passengers observing Polar Regions as a personal experience. Solo travellers who want to have a cabin to themselves pay a single supplement. Others must apply to our Request-Share program.
The Request-Share program matches solo travellers of the same gender who are willing to share a cabin space. Both guests save money by not paying the single supplement fee. Should we be unable to find a cabin-mate for a Request-Share traveller, the single supplement is waived.