Some cruisers like something a little more exciting than lazing on the top deck of a fun ship in the Med.
For those who like a bit of adventure on the high seas, this must be the ultimate trip – joining the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker on its final journey to the North Pole for a barbecue on the polar ice cap.
The expedition is being organised by Captain’s Choice on the 50 Years Of Victory. The ship, which took the Olympic torch to the Pole last year, has a sauna, spa and gym and can power through up to 3m (10ft) of ice.
After two nights in Helsinki, guests will fly to Murmansk to board the icebreaker for the 11-night voyage. As it cruises through the Barents Sea, passengers will have the chance to talk to the ship’s team of experts and scientists ranging from glaciologists to marine biologists and conservationists, and take a helicopter ride over the ice itself.
Following the barbecue on July 25, the ship will sail back to Helsinki past volcanic mountains, icebergs and glaciers at Franz Josef Land, a largely unexplored archipelago of 91 islands that was only discovered in 1873. Sightings of polar bears, walruses and seals are commonplace. Weather permitting, guests will board Zodiacs to search for wrecks, wildlife and seabirds.
After the North Pole voyage, 50 Years Of Victory will return to escort duty in the Russian Arctic.
The 15-day Quest for the North Pole trip runs from July 18 to August 1, 2015, and costs from £18,385 a person including return flights from Britain.
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