Leading polar expedition cruise operator, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), is known for the large number of wildlife sightings on its voyages around Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic, and its ability to get up close to the likes of polar bears, seals, beluga whales, puffins and walrus.
Managing Director of OOE, Andrew Prossin, explains why the expedition cruise company has such a high success rate in spotting polar bears and other wildlife: “We’ve been working in the Arctic for two decades and proud to say that we know our way around. We are fortunate that our ship benefits from the highest possible ice classification which allows us to push further to the north of the archipelago than other cruise operators and into the ice pack to find the iconic polar bears on ice. That enables our guests to enjoy the best sightings of these unique Arctic animals. Plus, they get to experience life above the Arctic Circle, just 500 miles from the North Pole”.
Svalbard expedition cruise itineraries focus on the western and northern coasts of Spitsbergen, which boast the highest concentration of wildlife. According to the Norwegian Polar Institute, there was a 42% increase in the number of polar bears around Svalbard between 2004 and 2015.
A wide range of excursions, on and off the vessel, is offered each day to encourage guests to intimately experience the destination. With almost 24-hours of daylight from June to mid-July, guests enjoy the spectacular surroundings day and night while having the option to participate in a variety of excursions, such as hikes, zodiac cruises, and visits to rare wildlife colonies.
OOE is also proud to have the highest staff to passenger ratio (1:4) in the industry. This makes all the difference to the comfort of guests during the voyage, and enhances the experience for those wishing to spend time with the experts on board and gain in-depth knowledge about the wildlife, history and environment.
OOE is offering a US$1500 travel credit for guests on these adventure cruises. The special offer, which is available for all new bookings confirmed by 28 February 2017 on Spitsbergen voyages departing in June 2017, are designed to help offset the cost of travel to Longyearbyen (via Oslo), from where the ship departs.
Prices for the 9-night Spitsbergen Encounter voyage, departing on 8th and 17th of June 2017, start from US$3995pp triple share and from US$5395 based on twin share (including the US$1500 travel credit). The latter departure also includes a Photography Symposium designed for passengers wishing to improve their photographic techniques, which is led by award-winning polar photographer, Daisy Gilardini.
The 11-night Spitsbergen Explorer voyage, departing on 26th of June 2017, starts from US$5395pp based on triple share and from US$5995 based on a twin cabin (including the US$1500pp travel credit).
All prices include accommodation, all meals, 24-hour tea and coffee, use of expedition gear (which saves clients approximately US$1,000 worth of purchases and 8kg/16lbs worth of luggage!), airport transfers, shore excursions, landings, educational presentations and guided walks.