Tuesday, 12 August 2014

With Captain's Choice to the North Pole!

 Captain’s Choice, is taking its concept of all-inclusive luxury touring to a different level next July, as it takes to the seas with the world’s largest nuclear icebreaker on a voyage to the North Pole.
This will be the first trip to the North Pole for Captain’s Choice, but the very last passenger voyage for the ‘50 Years of Victory’.  Her maiden voyage was in 2007.
Before returning to escort duty in the Russian Arctic the ship, which carried the Olympic Torch to the North Pole in October 2013, will take guests of Captain’s Choice on a one-off journey of discovery as she powers through up to three metres of ice on her quest to reach the North Pole 
The tour departs Helsinki on Saturday 18th July 2015 and will reach 90° North on Saturday 25th July in time for a BBQ on the Polar Ice Cap, in a nod to Captain’s Choice Australian roots and the company founder and pioneering explorer, Phil Asker.
As with all Captain’s Choice range of luxury tours, the Quest for the North Pole aboard ‘50 Years of Discovery’ will include:
·         All flights and travel arrangements on the tour
·         Five star accommodation or best available in destinations
·         All sightseeing tours and several additional options
·         Helicopter flights
·         All meals, wine, beer and soft drinks on board and on land
·         A tour escort team and doctor from beginning to end
·         Use of the ship’s facilities including the sauna, spa and gym
·         Access to the team of experts – scientists, marine biologists and conservationists
·         Expedition gear
·         Many additional touches for which Captain’s Choice Tours are renowned
Guests will depart Helsinki after two nights at the Radisson Blu on 18th July for a short charter flight to Murmansk, Russia’s last frontier before the Arctic, where they will board the Icebreaker which will be home for the next eleven nights. Cabin gear, boots and expedition gear will be assigned to each guest in preparation for the voyage.  Cruising through the Barents Sea, guests will have the opportunity 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.
The arrival at the North Pole on Saturday 25th July will be marked by a gourmet BBQ Polar-style, prepared by the ship’s on-board team of chefs.
The south-bound voyage through the pack ice will be no less exciting as the ship powers through towering volcanic mountains, icebergs and glaciers at Franz Josef Land, a largely unexplored archipelago of 91 islands that was only discovered in 1873.  Here sightings of polar bears, walrus and seals are common place.  Guests will board zodiacs (weather permitting) to explore the hinterland in search of wrecks, wildlife and seabirds.
The voyage finishes with one last night in Helsinki although guests also have the option of pre and post touring in Russia and the Baltic States.
The 15 day voyage Quest for the North Pole takes place from 18th July to 1st August 2015 and costs from £18,385 per person including return flights form the UK.  Suite upgrades cost from £3165 per person.  Prices are based on twin share.
The ‘Best of Russia’ pre tour option costs from £3100 per person twin share, and the Baltic States Post Tour costs £3565 per person.
For further information and a copy of the new brochure, please visit www.captainschoice.co.uk or call T: 0800 046 7727

Captain’s choice is holding a series of free information seminars from 3rd to 18th  September in London, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Chester, Ashford, Winchester and Bath.  To sign up please visit www.captainschoice.co.uk/presentations

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