Polar Cruising: Antarctica & The Arctic

ANTARCTICA | ARCTIC

2023

Exclusive Interview With SEABOURN PRESIDENT JOSH LIEBOWITZ THE POLAR EXPEDITION CLUB Become a Member Today p. 5

SWAN HELLENIC'S VP OF SALES, GORDON DIRKER

On Swan Hellenic's Return To Luxury Expedition Cruising, p. 50

FIND AN EXPERT POLAR TRAVEL ADVISOR p. 58

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CRUISE TO YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE

THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME AWAITS YOU.

Dear Adventurer,

We are thrilled you are reading our Polar Guidebook and considering a trip to a Polar Region! According to a June 2022 article in Forbes, three of the biggest trends currently driving vacation selection are (1) trips of a lifetime; (2) more exclusivity; and (3) more in-depth experiences. Little wonder, then, that polar travel – encompassing all three of these elements – is poised to realize significant growth for the foreseeable future. A bit of personal background here. My love of polar ships and travel began with an early tenure with Orient Lines, a cruise line specializing in destination immersions. More specifically, it was on board their vessel MS Marco Polo, originally built as an ocean liner but also classified as an ice breaker. Lars-Eric Lindblad (a pioneer in the travel to remote areas of the world) was friends with the owner of Orient Lines, Gerry Herrod, and I was asked to travel and lecture about Antarctica with Lars. We traveled extensively through Canada visiting countless universities and lecturing about this cold continent. My first actual Arctic experience was via the truly majestic - and gorgeous - MS Sagafjord. Built by Société Nouvelle des Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, France, this vessel was awarded a 5-star “plus” ranking by Berlitz Cruise Guide, and was consistently voted one of the 10 best cruise ships in the world. Traveling deep inside the Arctic Circle to within only 500 miles from the North Pole at its most northerly point, the vessel would visit the Svalbard archipelago which offered the ultimate Arctic experience at the edge of an almost uninhabitable world. From a sightseeing perspective, the highlight of this destination is the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park, located on the Norwegian Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard.It includes parts of northwest Spitsbergen and the nearby islands of Danes Island and Moffen, featuring - among other things - warm springs and volcanic remnants in Bockfjorden. Truly sights to behold! On a more recent note, I am scheduled to sail next month on the inaugural voyage of the SwanHellenic (SH) Vega, the cruise line’s newest vessel that will shortly see a great deal of Antarctic duty. The ship combines the latest polar ice-class technology with a PC5 ice-strengthened hull combined with extra-large stabilizers to make one’s journey as smooth as possible.I cannot wait for this voyage, and will share my report with all of you upon its completion! But – you will not want to take my word for the magnificence and majesty of polar travel. Those of you who have already experienced a polar cruise are well aware of the momentous splendor these frozen destinations offer and the unforgettable lifetime memories that accompany them. For those of you who have not yet shared this experience, you will be in for a lifetime treat that few of your family, friends and comrades will have ever shared. Imagine the experiences and stories you will relate to them in days to come! But perhaps most significantly, you will acquire fond memories of life’s remote locales that you will surely treasure throughout your life.

Bon Voyage! Heidi Allison Editor, All Things Cruise

As a lifelong travel-lover and amateur photographer, I often reflect on how each travel experience has changed me in some way - from meeting extraordinary people to gaining a new understanding of different cultures to being in awe of all of the natural beauty that this world has to offer. With so many options available, planning what may be the once-in-a-lifetime journey of a polar trip may be a little bit daunting for some. Are you a hardcore adventurer who wants to kayak through the waters of Antarctica with the whales or take a submarine dive to see the incredible wildlife that lives under the ice? Or maybe a helicopter ride over Antarctica is what excites you or it's always been your dream to see the Northern Lights. Or maybe you want to sit on deck and relish in your incredible surroundings while sipping on your favorite cocktail. Whichever type of adventurer you are, I hope that this guide will help you choose the journey that inspires you, takes you to places that you may have only dreamed about visiting and brings you home just a little bit "changed". Enjoy every moment, Lieka Weintraub Creator of Polar Cruising: Antarctica/Arctic

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Polar Expedition Club

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Wildlife Maps

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Abercrombie & Kent

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Antarctica 21

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Atlas Ocean Voyages

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Aurora Expeditions

Hurtigruten

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

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5 Happening Bars on Expedition Ships 28-29

Hapag-Lloyd

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Lindblad/National Geographic

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Norwegian Cruise Line

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PONANT

Princess Cruise Lines

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Peek Into 5 Luxurious Expedition Suites 38-39

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Quark

Scenic Luxury Cruises

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Home of Fire & Ice

Seabourn's President Josh Liebowitz

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Seabourn

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Silversea

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Swan Hellenic's VP of Sales, Gordon Dirker

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Swan Hellenic

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Viking

Polar Travel Advisors

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What To Pack

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Cruise Line Amenities & Inclusions

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adventurers LIFE IS NOT MEANT TO BE IN ONE PLACE

ARCTIC EXPEDITIONS

The rugged, remote Arctic remains one of the most unexplored parts of our planet. This ice-laden region encompasses the Canadian High Arctic, Greenland, the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, Russia and, at the very top of the planet, the North Pole. Arctic inhabitants include polar bears, muskoxen, arctic foxes, beluga whales, reindeer, seals, walruses and migratory birds. Explore fjords, glaciers, tundra, ice-laden waterways and remote communities in the Land of the Midnight Sun. ANTARCTIC EXPEDITIONS What will you see on your Antarctic journey? Sights change rapidly during the austral summer season. Local flora and fauna must pack a lot of living into these few warm months, so each cruise departure is, in effect, travelling to a different Antarctica, Falklands, or South Georgia Island. November to early December offers the spectacular courtship rituals of penguins and seabirds, wildflowers on the Falklands and South Georgia, and the highest level of research activity. Mid-December to January see the emergence of penguin chicks and seal pups, escalating whale sightings, and longer days creating incredible light conditions for photography. February to March brings whale sightings at their best, blooming snow algae, and increasingly numerous fur seals on the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Are you one of the fortunate few WHO HAS EXPERIENCED THE WONDER OF THE POLAR REGIONS? POLAR XPEDITION CLUB E EST. 2022

The Polar Expedition Club offers the opportunity to meet fellow polar travelers, share experiences and knowledge and build relationships with like-minded individuals.

MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY: Club membership is available to individuals who have made a trip to a polar region, or have an existing booking for a polar trip. Qualifying polar regions may include any of the following locations: Greenland and the northern parts of Canada, Finland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States (northern Alaska), and northern Iceland.

Benefits of the Polar Expedition Club:

The club supports the Worldwide Wildlife Organization by donating 5% of all membership fees Meetings with other members in your area, planned by the local chapter president Access to a private Facebook group for Polar Expedition Club members Webinars with cruise line representatives and polar travel expert advisors who will keep you updated on current travel trends, opportunities and conditions in the Arctic or Antarctica A roster of contact information for other members, only upon consent Custom e-newsletters and contributions welcomed A Polar Expedition Club patch Special group travel offerings for the polar regions from our expert polar travel advisors Gift cards towards shore excursions throughout the year A beautiful custom Polar Expedition Club hard enamel lapel pin Invitations to special events Meet like-minded people who love the polar regions, forge new friendships, share your memories and learn from others who have also visited polar locales

Visit www.PolarExpeditionClub.org to learn more and become a member today ! JOIN TODAY!

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ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE

Although Antarctica may seem inhospitable for humans with its extreme weather, many animals find it to be a haven that they are perfectly adapted to survive in and even to thrive in. Antarctica has an abundance of rich and diverse wildlife, which makes it one of the most pristine and wild places to visit on earth. With penguins, sea birds, seals and whales living side by side, you're likely to see certain breeds on certain voyages. As the animal life are dependent on the sea and are mainly warm blooded, they tend to be fairly large as a survival technique against the extreme and relentless cold. Antarctic expeditions can get you close to the animals, on land or in the sea.

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11. Crabeater Seals Crabeater seals are the most abundant of all seal species, with a total population of 15 million. They have slender bodies, long snouts and their fur ranges from dark brown in winter to blonde in the summer. 12. Leopard Seals With the exception of orcas, leopard seals are at the top of the Antarctic food chain. Their name comes from their spotted fur, which resembles that of a leopard skin 13. Weddell Seals Named after British Whaler James Weddell, this seal is found all over Antarctica. Weddell seals can swim as deep as 800 meters and are considered one of the cutest seal species in Antarctica. 14. Southern Elephant Seals The largest of all seals, the male southern elephant seal can weigh up to five tons. They are found on the Sub Antarctic islands such as Macquarie Island or South Georgia. 15. Antarctic Fur Seals One of the smallest of all seals, the Antarctic Fur Seal is the common name given to the Antarctic, Sub Antarctic and New Zealand fur seals. They have teeth, whiskers, thick fur and are able to walk on all fours. 16. Ross Seals They are solitary seals that live almost entirely in heavy pack ice in East Antarctica. Their prey, mainly squid and fish, are caught in midwater depths below the pack ice. 17. Blue Whales Considered endangered, there are probably less than 2000 blue whales left. They are picky eaters, only eating Antarctic krill. 18. Sperm Whales Sperm whales are the largest toothed whale and can be found anywhere in the open ocean. 19. Minke Whales Minke whales can grow to nearly 35 feet in length and can weigh nearly 10 tons. They are curious animals that like to approach ships. 20. Humpback Whales They have the longest migration of all mammals and are very active. They frequently breach the water surface and slap their tails. Orcas are found throughout the world's oceans. They prey on fish, seals, penguins, dolphins and sometimes other whales. 21. Orca Whales

Adélies are found around the entire coast and small islands of Antarctica. They are excellent swimmers and have been recorded swimming as far as 300km to forage for food for their chicks.

2. Chinstrap Penguin

Chinstraps are one of the most distinguishable of all penguins.They have a thin black line running across their cheeks making them look like chin straps. They are medium-size in build and usually breed on hillside slopes.

3. Emperor Penguin

At 1.1m tall, the emperor penguin is taller than any other living penguin on Earth. They are mainly found on the Antarctic mainland and are also the only species to breed in the winter months.

4. Gentoo Penguin

Gentoo penguins have a distinctive bright orange beak and a white patch around and behind the eye. They are mainly found on the Sub Antarctic Islands and can make as many as 450 dives per day when foraging for krill, their main diet. 5. Macaroni Penguin Macaroni penguins are mostly found on the Sub Antarctic Islands. Their longevity is not well known, but estimated at 20 years or more.

6. King Penguin

King penguins are the second largest penguin, standing 85–95cm tall. They typically breed in 2 years out of 3, they have no nests and their eggs are incubated on the adults’ feet.

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7. Rockhopper Penguin

Their eyes are red and at 50cm are considerably shorter than other penguin species. They often burst from the water and land with a belly flop.

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8. Sub Antarctic Skua Adélies are found around the entire coast and small islands of Antarctica. They are excellent swimmers and have been recorded swimming as far as 300km to forage for food for their chicks. 9. Giant Petrels The southern giant petrel, also known as the Antarctic giant petrel, giant fulmar, stinker, and stinkpot, is a large seabird of the southern oceans. 10. Wandering Albatross These are found off of the Sub Antarctic Islands, Macquarie and South Georgia. They have a white head, neck and body and a large, pink beak.

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ARCTIC WILDLIFE There are over 5,500 species of animals that live in the Arctic. For the purposes of this guide, we're including the most common animals found throughout the Arctic region. Many arctic animals have adapted over time to deal with the extreme cold. Some of these animals include the harp seal, walrus, arctic fox, reindeer, beluga whale and narwhal. If you're a bird lover, there are over 280 species of birds that live in the Arctic. No arctic expedition would be complete without a polar bear sighting. Polar bears are located throughout the Arctic region. It's estimated that only 35,000 are still left in the wild.

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10. Polar Bear Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time on the sea ice, where they mate, hunt and rear their young. It provides a platform for them to hunt, live, breed, and create maternal dens. Can be found in: small numbers in Greenland (Phippsoya and Isbukta), Spitsbergen, Franz Josef Land and around the Kara Sea. 11. Walrus With a 6" layer of insulating tissue, a walrus can weigh up to 3700 pounds. They use their tusks to pull themselves out of the water onto land. Can be found in : Kapp Lee, Spitzbergen and Franz Josef Land. 12. Musk Ox Usually found in the far north of Greenland, they move around during the different seasons to find food. They have 2 layers of fur, an inner and outer coat, to endure the freezing temperatures. Can be found in : Eastern Greenland and Svalbard 13. Arctic Wolf A sub-species of the grey wolf, the arctic wolf is the only species not threatened by hunting or habitat destruction. It lives in 5 months of darkness throughout the year. Can be found in: Arctic regions of North America and Greenland. 14. Svalbard Reindeer One of the smallest of all reindeer types, both the males and females have antlers that are shed each year. They can reach speeds of up to 80 mph when they choose to run but normally live a fairly sedentary lifestyle. Can be found in : Svalbard. 15. Bearded Seals These are the largest species of Arctic seal, growing to 7-8 feet and weighing 600-800 pounds. Their long white whiskers make them easily recognizable. Can be found in : Greenland, Barents Sea and parts of the North Atlantic. 16. Arctic Fox The Arctic Fox can live in temperatures as low as -58 degrees F. During the summer, their pure white fur turns grey. They have excellent hearing which allows them to locate and catch prey. Can be found in : Greenland but because they live in burrows, they are rarely sighted. 17. Arctic Hare Nicknamed the "polar rabbit", the Arctic Hare has long, strong claws used for digging in the snow, smaller ears that help retain body heat and 2 fur coats - one short, thick undercoat and a thick, white topcoat. Can be found in : Greenland and the north Canadian Arctic islands.

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The puffin spends two-thirds of the year at sea. Their beaks change color seasonally so if you're looking for one in winter, don't look for the bright red bill – look for one a little bit more grey in color. Can be found in : Iceland, Westfjords and Greenland.

2. Common Eider

They dive to the sea floor to collect mollusks and crustaceans, eating them whole. Females are brown and black and males are white to black with shades of green. Can be found in: coastal Greenland and Spitsbergen.

3. Arctic Tern

Arctic terns have a small round head, red beak, long angular wings and very short legs. They can live as long as 30 years. Can be found : all over the Arctic in the summer.

4. Purple sandpiper

They have short yellow legs and their feathers have a subtle purple sheen. Can be found: Arctic Ocean islands, Spitsbergen and parts of Baffin Bay.

5. Barnacle Goose These white-and-black geese build their nests at the top of cliffs, away from predators such as Arctic foxes and polar bears. Can be found : in eastern Greenland, Svalbard and Novaya Zemlya during breeding season.

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6. Minke Whales Minke whales can grow to nearly 35 feet in length and can weigh nearly 10 tons. They are curious animals that like to approach ships. Can be found : off eastern Greenland, the Arctic Ocean, Barents Island and Kara Sea. 7. Bowhead Whale A marine beast with a large triangular skull to break through ice, they have the thickest blubber, longest lifespan, lowest core body temperature and greatest number of 'songs' than any other whale. Can be found: across Arctic waters from west of Greenland to the Barents Sea. 8. Narwhal They have a large ‘tusk’ (actually a tooth), so that’s how you’ll be able to tell them apart from other marine animals. Can be found: all year round in Arctic waters around Greenland, Canada and Russia. 9. Beluga Whale Belugas are small, toothed whales. They are gray when they are born and turn white as they age. They're very social and usually form pods in groups of about 10. They're very vocal and use a whole range of sounds to communicate and are known to mimic what they hear. Can be found: in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Svalbard and Greenland.

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ABERCROMBIE & KENT EXCLUSIVELY CHARTERS EVERY LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISE SO THAT THEY CAN COMBINE THE BEST OF EVERYTHING — THE BEST SHIPS, STAFF, ITINERARY AND MORE — FOR THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURES AT SEA. A PRIVATE BALCONY WITH EVERY STATEROOM AND SUITE IS GUARANTEED, AS WELL AS THEIR OWN AWARD-WINNING EXPEDITION TEAM. IT ALL TRANSLATES TO AN UNPARALLELED SMALL-SHIP CRUISING EXPERIENCE.

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ULTRA-LUXURY

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SHIP FACTS

The luxury Le Lyrial mega-yacht was selected by our experts from among the most innovative and trusted expedition cruisers at sea today. Defined by strength, style and purpose-built luxury, this innovative mega-yacht is among the most advanced and well-equipped to carry guests safely and conscientiously to every destination we explore.

Ships/Passengers: Le Lyrial - 199 Le Boreal - 199 L'Austral - 199

SHIPS & DECK PLAN

Number of Restaurants: 2

Le Lyrial - Antarctica - 199 passengers

Ship Type: Ultra-Luxury

Spa: Yes

Gym: Yes

Amenities:

Zodiac tours Wi-Fi

24/7 on-call support 24 hour cabin service Open Bar Gratuities included Parka, backpack and water bottle included Pre-cruise hotel night included Butler service in every suite

WHAT'S INCLUDED An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K’s Expedition Team Pre-Cruise Stay at Stylish, Ideally Located Hotel and A&K-Led Excursion Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3 and ship occupancy limited to 80 percent Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed on board Complimentary Expedition Parka, Backpack and Water Bottle, and Use of Waterproof Pants, Boots and Trekking Poles Zodiac Excursions Led by A&K Expert Naturalist Driver-Guides Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service on board All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician 24/7 A&K On-Call Support (Check with your travel advisor, these are examples only)

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ANTARCTICA21 OPERATES FLY & CRUISE EXPEDITIONS TO ANTARCTICA AND SEA VOYAGES TO CAPE HORN, THE FALKLAND ISLANDS (ISLAS MALVINAS), SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARCTICA. TRIPS ARE BOUTIQUE WILDERNESS ADVENTURES TAKING YOU TO ANTARCTICA AND BEYOND. ENJOY SMALL SHIP EXPERIENCES THAT ALLOW YOU TIME TO EXPLORE REMOTE DESTINATIONS.

EXPEDITION

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Antarctica expeditions include air-cruises and sea voyages. Air-Cruises

SHIP FACTS

Air-cruises offer travelers a comfortable alternative to the 2-day sail across the rough seas of the Drake Passage. Boutique-style wilderness Antarctica expeditions include a 2-hour flight to and from Antarctica and skipping the Drake Passage. Once there, you board your expedition ship and your Antarctic adventure begins. Quickly immerse yourself in the 7th Continent—no stormy crossing or seasickness. Sea Voyages Our sea voyages to Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands are high-end wilderness adventures, not cruises. All of these trips are onboard our new and most modern polar vessels, Magellan Explorer and Ocean Nova, feeling like a private yacht. This small expedition ship gives you privileged access to Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, and Cape Horn.

Ships/Passengers: Magellan Explorer - 73 Ocean Nova - 67 Number of Restaurants: Magellan Explorer: 2 Ocean Nova: 1

Ship Type: Expedition

Spa: Sauna on Magellan Explorer

SHIP & DECK PLAN Ocean Nova - 67 passengers

Gym: Yes

Amenities:

Zodiac Tours Wi-Fi Available For Additional Cost Chilean wines served with lunch and dinner In-room bar for penthouse and suites RT flights from Ushuaia to Antarctica Pre- and post-expedition hotel stays

WHAT'S INCLUDED For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1 For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, one overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, enjoy special access to Explorers House. Group transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and group transfers hotel/airport on the last day of the air-cruise Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage Ship cruise as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water, and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition All guided shore excursions Lectures and entertainment on board Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica Contingency Plan IAATO passenger fee (Check with your travel advisor, these are examples only)

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ON ATLAS, EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR JOURNEY IS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, FROM THE LUXURIOUS AMENITIES IN YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS TO CONVENIENT FEATURES ON BOARD, AND EVERYTHING ELSE IN BETWEEN.. YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT A LUXE-ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE.

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YACHT EXPEDITION

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SHIP FACTS

Step on board World Navigator and the new World Traveller - Embark on an expedition aboard Atlas Ocean Voyages' Explorer Class fleet of small ships with fewer than 200 guests to remote and less-visited ports in iconic destinations. Every voyage provides our signature luxe-adventure experience, where simple elegance meets invigorating encounters. Explore the world from new perspectives while enjoying exceptional comforts.

Ships/Passengers: World Navigator - 196 World Traveller (Nov. 2022) - 196

Number of Restaurants: World Navigator: 1 World Traveller: 1

SHIPS & DECK PLAN

World Navigator - Antarctica | World Traveller - Arctic (identical ships)

Ship Type: Yacht-Style Cruises and Expeditions

Spa: Yes, SeaSpa by L'OCCITANE

Gym: Yes

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Zodiac tours Unlimited wine and cocktails

Stocked in-room bar Gratuities included

Flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia for Antarctica Expeditions and between Oslo and Longyearbyen for Arctic Expeditions Parka included Private butler available on World Navigator

WHAT'S INCLUDED

(Check with your travel advisor, these are examples only)

Adventurers like you expect every comfort and the time to savor every moment. Atlas Ocean Voyages offers thoughtful extras to provide an All-Inclusive Luxe-Adventure Experience:

Exceptional culinary adventures with five included onboard dining options Unlimited premium pours to share with like-spirited travelers Luxurious L’OCCITANE bath amenities, personalized in-room bar service and more in every accommodation Prepaid gratuities and more Comprehensive emergency medical and travel insurance, including COVID trip interruption COMPLIMENTARY PRIVATE CHARTER JET SERVICE: Between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia for Antarctica Expeditions and Between Oslo and Longyearbyen for Arctic Expeditions COMPLIMENTARY PARKA: To take home as a memento of your Antarctic or Arctic expedition

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AN AURORA EXPEDITION IS LITERALLY LIFE CHANGING. FOUNDED BY LEGENDARY ADVENTURER GREG MORTIMER MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO, THEIR EXPERT EXPEDITION TEAM HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT SHARING THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF SOME OF THE MOST REMOTE AND UNSPOILED DESTINATIONS IN ANTARCTICA, THE ARCTIC AND BEYOND, BECAUSE WHEN YOU DISEMBARK THEY WANT YOU TO BE RICHER IN YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF OUR PLANET THAN YOU WERE WHEN YOU STEPPED ABOARD. IF YOU WANT TO SEE SOMETHING YOU’VE NEVER SEEN, YOU HAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN.

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LUXURY

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Launching in November 2022, the Sylvia Earle will be debuting her inaugural season to Antarctica. Connect with like-minded travelers in a meaningful way on perspective-altering voyages to some of the most remote, unique and spectacular places on the planet. The Sylvia Earle is a floating ambassador for the conservation of the planet. Paying tribute to Dr. Sylvia Earle and six pioneering conservationists with public decks honoring their contributions and shining a light on their important conservation causes. Certified 100% Carbon Neutral, with a fully equipped Citizen Science Centre, expert lectures and participative Citizen science programs to enrich your knowledge and connection to the places they travel to, the Sylvia Earle is a comfortable base camp for adventure. With an average of 130-140 expeditioners, our aim is to get you off ship experiencing the natural environment as much as possible and our smaller groups also mean we can tread lightly, making a positive impact to the environment.

SHIP FACTS

Ships/Passengers: Greg Mortimer - 132 Sylvia Earle (Nov. 2022) - 132

Number of Restaurants: Greg Mortimer: 2 Sylvia Earle: 2

Ship Type: Luxury

Spa: Yes, sauna and spa. For massage, additional cost applies.

SHIP & DECK PLAN Sylvia Earle - 130 passengers

Gym: Yes

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Zodiac tours House wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner Gratuities included Flights for Fly/Sail Antarctica itineraries Parka and water bottle included Pre-expedition hotel stay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Arctic

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Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom or suite Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises and some activities^ Gratuities/tips for crew included – to the value of USD$15 per person per day Entry fees to historic or tourist sites An experienced team of destination specialists, activity leaders, and local guides* An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and snacks. House wines, beer and soft drinks included with dinner Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house We offer a number of standard inclusions on our voyages. Please see full list below:

Antarctic Check with your travel advisor. These are example itineraries only.

cocktail, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket on polar voyages Complimentary use of Muck boots during the voyage Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

All Antarctic voyages include one night’s pre-voyage accommodation and arrival airport transfer (on selected preferred flights) Flights mentioned as per itinerary Guided town/city tour and activities as per voyage itinerary The following inclusions are also part of selected voyages. Please refer to the specific voyage Trip Notes for inclusions pertaining to the voyage of your choice:

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5 HARD-TO-BELIEVE FACTS ABOUT ANTARCTICA THAT ARE 100% TRUE

Time in Antarctica is definitely not the usual. At the South Pole, the lines of longitude, which give us different time zones around the globe, all meet at a single point. Most of Antarctica experiences 6 months of constant daylight in summer and 6 months of darkness in winter. Time starts to feel a little different without the normal markers for day and night. THERE IS NO ANTARCTIC TIME ZONE The surface area of the Antarctica is around 5,400,000 sq mi (14,000,000 sq km). In the winter, Antarctica doubles in size because of the ice building up around the coast of it. The continent is twice the size of Australia, 1.5 times the size of the United States and 50 times the size of United Kingdom. ANTARCTICA IS 1.5X THE SIZE OF THE U.S.

In Antarctica around 1% of the continent (4,000 km or 2,500 mi) is permanently ice-free – such areas are called dry valleys or Antarctic oasis. They are thought to be the world’s harshest deserts and it is estimated that these areas haven’t seen rain or snow in almost 2 million years. According to one study led by Australian scientists, due to climate change ice-free areas in Antarctica could expand up to 25% by the end of 21st century. This could drastically change the biodiversity of the continent. PARTS OF ANTARCTICA HAVEN'T RECEIVED RAIN OR SNOW IN 2 MILLION YEARS

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“Our ATMs at McMurdo Station are the southernmost ATMs in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records,” Wells Fargo said. “In fact, they’re the only ones on the entire continent of Antarctica — kind of cool to say that.” David Parker, vice president of ATM Banking at Wells Fargo, says that the money circulated by the ATMs is constantly recycled so there is no need for cash vendors to replenish the supply. Only one ATM is in use. The other is for spare parts in the event the first one breaks. A technician is sent every 2 years to maintain the machines.

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ANTARCTICA IS A DESERT

Antarctica is the largest desert on earth, almost twice the size of the Sahara Desert. Unlike the Arctic, where floating sea ice melts and refreezes annually, Antarctica is a solid ice sheet lying on a solid continent. Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, and most isolated continent on Earth, and its annual precipitation can be less than 51 mm in the interior. It's covered by a permanent ice sheet that contains 90% of the Earth's fresh water.

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5 HARD-TO-BELIEVE FACTS ABOUT THE ARCTIC THAT ARE 100% TRUE

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault currently stores 980,000 samples to protect against future natural or manmade disasters. THE ARCTIC HOUSES THE WORLD'S LARGEST SECURE SEED STORAGE

In Svalbard in Norway, the sun never fully sets for 125 days from mid-April to mid-August. The ‘midnight sun’ is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the summer in locations north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. Polar night is the opposite of midnight sun when the sun is not at all visible above the horizon. In Svalbard, the polar night lasts from mid-November to late January. THE MIDNIGHT SUN AND THE POLAR NIGHT There is more than one North Pole. The northernmost point on the Earth’s surface is the Geographic North Pole, also known as True North. To the south lies the Magnetic North Pole towards which all magnetic compasses point. This point is not fixed and is constantly changing. THERE IS MORE THAN ONE NORTH POLE

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If you stand at the North Pole, you would be in every time zone at once because all the lines that demarcate time zones start at the North Pole. It comprises 5.4 million square miles. By comparison, the Atlantic Ocean covers 41.1 million square miles, and the Pacific 62.46 million square miles. THE ARCTIC OCEAN IS THE WORLD’S SMALLEST

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THE REMOTE ARCTIC, THE NORTHERNMOST REGION OF THE EARTH CENTRED ON THE NORTH POLE, IS CHARACTERISED BY ITS DISTINCTIVE POLAR FEATURES OF LANDSCAPE, CLIMATE, PLANT AND ANIMAL LIFE. IT’S A REGION BLESSED WITH NATURAL BEAUTY: FROM BOILING MUD POOLS AND SPURTING GEYSERS TO GLORIOUS GLACIERS AND STUNNING WATERFALLS. DERIVED FROM THE GREEK, ARKTOS, REFERRING TO THE NORTHERN CONSTELLATION OF THE BEAR, THE ARCTIC IS A REGION ONLY RECENTLY FULLY-CHARTED BY BOLD EXPLORERS AND NAVIGATORS FROM THE LAST CENTURY.SHOW LESS GOING BEYOND THE ARCTIC CIRCLE DELIVERS A REGION OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY AND A MYSTICAL REMOTENESS THAT MANY FIND BEGUILING.

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SHIP FACTS

Arctic cruises offer an eclectic mix of experiences: from the awe-inspiring blue icebergs of Qaqortoq to walking in the footsteps of Erik the Red from the village of Narsarsuaq, to the Norwegian Fjords. Any passion for scenery, natural beauty and wildlife is easily satiated in breathtaking landscapes witnessed on an Arctic voyage. The opportunity to catch a glimpse of whales, manatees, seals or a multitude of bird life adds to the Arctic’s distinct personality. Of course, all of this can be eclipsed by experiencing two extraordinary natural phenomena unique to the region: continuous days beneath the enigmatic midnight sun, or a dazzling encounter with the elusive Northern Lights.

Ships/Passengers: Balmoral - 1325 Bolette - 1338 Borealis - 1360 Braemar - 924

Number of Restaurants: Balmoral: 7

Bolette: 6 Borealis: 6 Braemar: 5

SHIP & DECK PLAN Borealis - 1338 passengers

Ship Type: Premium

Spa: Yes, on all ships

Gym: Yes, on all ships

Amenities:

Zodiac tours Swimming pool Hairdressers Demonstration theatre Afternoon tea

WHAT'S INCLUDED Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks A full program of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, jacuzzis and gym A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance) Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (Check with your travel advisor, these are examples only)

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EXPERIENCE AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE AT THE END OF THE WORLD - THE ANTARCTIC INVITES YOU TO BE ASTOUNDED. MIGHTY GLACIERS, MAJESTIC ICEBERGS AND THRILLING SIGHTINGS OF ANIMALS FROM CLOSE PROXIMITY AWAIT YOU IN THIS EXTRAORDINARY NATURAL HABITAT. WITH ITS BIZARRE FORMATIONS OF WHITE SNOW AND GLOWING BLUE ICE, THE ANTARCTIC IS A REGION WITH AN UNFATHOMABLE YET ALLURING MAGIC. ONLY VERY FEW PEOPLE EVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE THE ANTARCTIC AS INTENSIVELY AS YOU. THIS UNKNOWN LAND OF THE SOUTH, THIS TERRA AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA, PROMISES BREATHTAKING EXPERIENCES.

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Bizarre ice formations, shimmering blue light and deep fjords - the beauty of the Arctic is breathtaking. As a habitat, the Arctic is simultaneously fascinating and extreme - and home to countless Arctic foxes, whales, seals, polar bears and musk oxen. The incredible diversity of Arctic species will astound you - on land and in the water. Small, robust Zodiacs and well-versed lecturers are on hand to bring you right up close to this thrilling region with many unforgettable exploratory excursions. Or maybe you want to experience an unforgettable adventure at the end of the world - the Antarctic invites you to be astounded. Mighty glaciers, majestic icebergs and thrilling sightings of animals from close proximity await you in this extraordinary natural habitat. With its bizarre formations of white snow and glowing blue ice, the Antarctic is a region with an unfathomable yet alluring magic. Only very few people ever get the opportunity to explore the Antarctic as intensively as you. This unknown land of the south, this Terra Australis Incognita, promises breathtaking experiences.

SHIP FACTS

Ships/Passengers: HANSEATIC Inspiration: 199 HANSEATIC Nature: 199 HANSEATIC Spirit: 199 Number of Restaurants: HANSEATIC Inspiration: 3 HANSEATIC Nature: 3 HANSEATIC Spirit: 3

Ship Type: Ultra Luxury

SHIP & DECK PLAN

Spa: OCEAN SPA on all ships

Hanseatic Inspiration - 199 passengers

Gym: Sports Club on all ships

Amenities:

Zodiac tours 1 hour free Wi-Fi per day 24 hour cabin service Gratuities Included Butler available for suites only

WHAT'S INCLUDED All landings and rides in the ship’s own Zodiacs (partly e-Zodiacs) (Check with your travel advisor, these are examples only) Experienced experts from various disciplines accompany every cruise, give presentations and multimedia lectures, provide well-informed answers to questions about the cruising area and take part in the Zodiac landings/rides Comprehensive information before the cruise – manuals about the Arctic or Antarctic as well as expedition maps International gourmet cuisine – full board: early-bird breakfast, breakfast, bouillon, afternoon coffee/tea time, lunch and dinner (three restaurants to

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choose from in the evening with flexible opening hours) Extensive sports program: fitness area with ocean view

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In every cabin: champagne to welcome you, mini bar restocked daily with non-alcoholic beverages coffee machine, 24-hour cabin service (Butler service in Grand Suites and Junior Suite) Equipment for loan: one pair of binoculars and two sets of Nordic Walking poles in the cabin itself, furthermore warm parkas, rubber boots, snorkeling equipment Flat-screen TV with information and entertainment program, personal email account and Internet access via Wi-Fi (emails free of charge, Internet subject to a charge) International ship and expedition management, as well as German and English speaking service crew. Harbor and airport fees, cancellation fee insurance

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HURTIGRUTEN'S EXPEDITION FLEET RANGES FROM SMALL AND AGILE SHIPS TO MEDIUM-SIZED, HYBRID-POWERED VESSELS. AT HOME ON YOUR HAVEN AT SEA, YOU’LL EXPERIENCE AN INFORMAL, WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE, COMFORTABLE CABINS, LUXURIOUS SUITES, AND STYLISH INTERIORS MADE FROM NATURAL MATERIALS. ALL ARE MODERN ICE-CLASS SHIPS SUITABLE FOR POLAR SAILING, COMBINING ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY WITH EFFICIENT ENGINES AND LIGHT FUELS. ONBOARD SCIENCE CENTERS ACT AS THE HEART AND HUB OF THE SHIP, FEATURING ADVANCED MICROSCOPES WITH AN IMPRESSIVE ARRAY OF BIOLOGICAL AND GEOLOGICAL SLIDES.

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Embarking on an expedition, you’ll be travelling to some of the most remote and pristine places on the planet. These are areas where nature reigns supreme and where wildlife live free. Itineraries on expedition cruises are not completely set in stone. This gives the flexibility of responding to challenging elements and to grasp new opportunities for exploration as they arise. The option to divert from course is an essential and exciting aspect of expedition cruises.

SHIP FACTS

Ships/Passengers: MS Fram: 250

MS Fridtjof Nansen: 500 MS Roald Amundsen: 500 MS Spitsbergen: 180 MS Otto Sverdrup: 526 MS Maud: 528 Number of Restaurants: MS Fram: 2 MS Fridtjof Nansen: 3 MS Roald Amundsen: 3 MS Spitsbergen: 1 MS Otto Sverdrup: 3 MS Maud: 3

SHIP & DECK PLAN

MS Fram - 200 passengers

Ship Type: Premium

Spa: MS Fram: Sauna & Relaxation

MS Fridtjof Nansen: Sauna, Spa & Relaxation MS Roald Amundsen: Sauna, Spa & Relaxation MS Spitsbergen: Sauna & Relaxation MS Otto Sverdrup: Sauna, Spa & Relaxation MS Maud: Sauna & Relaxation

Gym: On all ships

Amenities:

Zodiac tours Wi-Fi Cabin service for suites Gratuities Included Butler available for suites only

WHAT'S INCLUDED Transfer from the ship to Punta Arenas airport after the expedition cruise Flight in economy class from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile A stay in a cabin of your choice Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in Restaurant Aune À la carte Restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests Complimentary tea and coffee Complimentary Wi-Fi on board Complimentary reusable water bottle English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to and streaming is not supported. In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment Citizen Science program where you can assist with live scientific research Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer (Check with your travel advisor, these are examples only)

Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and gym Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings Escorted landings with small expedition boats Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket Expedition Photographers on hand to assist you No gratuities expected

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* House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water

5 HAPPENING BARS ON EXPEDITION CRUISE SHIPS

Imagine taking home the memory of watching the Northern Lights or the icy glaciers in the calmness of the twilight, as you sip your cognac or cocktail. Expedition cruise ships that sail to explore the North & South poles and extreme glaciers have a lot to explore in the drinks section too. Here are 5 happening bars that keep you company during those long expeditions on a gorgeous ice breaker ship.

Resting inside Deck 4, the Expedition Lounge is the heart of the ship. A meeting spot for the curious, guests have conversations with the complimentary cocktail or glass of fine wine as they reminisce the stories from the day. Adorned with warm custom furniture and an etched glass partition displaying a vintage map of Antarctica and vitrines showcases, the lounge offers you memories, knowledge and friends to take home.

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Quark Expeditions Ultramarine

After a chopper expedition onboard the Ultramarine, you get to settle down and indulge in whisky in the cozy Panorama Lounge & Bar. Surrounded by glass enclosures with unobstructed views, it allows guests to relax indoors while staying connected to the breath-taking views drifting by. In a mood to socialize with fellow travellers or for a board game or on the dance floor - the Panorama bar has it all covered!

The al fresco Poolside Grill & Bar with stellar views of the glistening sea and surroundings offers staple grilled classics such as hot dogs, burgers and grilled fish – with all the accompanying condiments. A perfect place for that unforgettable BBQ event! The Bar offers handcrafted cocktails and drinks of your choice.

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Onboard the world’s first luxury icebreaker ship powered by liquefied natural gas, and the latest addition to the PONANT fleet, is the Inneq, an open-air bar. Inneq translates to “fire” in Greenlandic and comes with a giant firepit to enjoy the polar landscapes in complete comfort. This 79-seater bar overlooks the Observation Lounge and the pool on Deck 9. The menu is complete with a diverse and refined range of international sweet and savoury dishes. Head over for a drink as you stargaze with Swarovski Optik telescopes or detox on the pool deck after a quick swim.

The Explorer Bar brings you closer to the ocean with the floor-to-ceiling windows offering a panoramic view. Sit back on the comfortable armchair with a drink in a hand, and watch the world sail by. The bar serves up a variety of Norwegian beers, red, white, and rosé wine, and a collection of Norwegian aquavit that would put a wide smile on any spirit lover. Enjoy your drinks with the finger foods like grilled sandwiches with local ham and cheese, or experiment the Norwegian speciality: dried fish!

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DISCOVERY IS IN THE LINDBLAD DNA. THEY’VE BEEN AT THIS FOR 50 YEARS. THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THEIR MASTERFUL CAPTAINS AND EXPERIENCED EXPEDITION LEADERS CREATES UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITIES FOR GUESTS. LINDBLAD’S TEAMS WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO ENSURE YOU UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES. WHETHER IT’S MANNING THE SPOTTING SCOPES ALL NIGHT TO ENSURE A POLAR BEAR SIGHTING OR ORCHESTRATING A LANDING AT AN EXTRAORDINARY WILDLIFE SITE TO COINCIDE WITH A MAGNIFICENT SUNRISE, THEIR COMMITMENT CREATES THRILLING MOMENTS FOR YOU.

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SHIP FACTS

Now, thanks to the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance, you can sail aboard the National Geographic fleet to the planet’s most extraordinary places in the company of world-renowned scientists, naturalists, educators, and researchers, and explore stunning natural environments alongside skilled specialists using state-of-the-art exploration tools. Experience an incredible night in one of the ships geodosic glass igloos perched atop the observation deck - an experience available to all guests on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Ships/Passengers: National Geographic Endurance: 126 National Geographic Resolution: 126 National Geographic Orion: 102 National Geographic Explorer: 148 Number of Restaurants: National Geographic Endurance: 3 National Geographic Resolution: 3 National Geographic Orion: 2 National Geographic Explorer: 3

SHIP & DECK PLAN Endurance - 126 passengers

Ship Type: Contemporary

Spa: Sauna and/or LEXspa on all ships

Gym: Fitness Studio/Center on all ships

Amenities:

Zodiac tours Wine & Cocktails Included Gratuities Included

Parka and water bottle to take home Pre-expedition hotel stay included

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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All meals and non-alcoholic beverages* Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, and National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details. Your bar tab and WiFi** are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Islander, National Geographic Islander II, or National Geographic Endeavour II voyages. Please call for details.

Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces The guidance and company of our expedition staff The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations

Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary Sightseeing & entrance fees Special access permits, park fees, port taxes Transfers to and from group flights The expertise of our expedition staff All excursions Zodiac, paddleboard & kayak explorations Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

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