2 independent reviews for Spitsbergen cruise, 6 days

Reviews for Spitsbergen cruise, 6 days

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review 17 Jul 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

When the third day of the cruise probably the captain announced the presence of a polar bear in the distance. I remember all of us started running!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I have no advice to give, since everything went according to plan.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, I felt that the vacation benefited local people (we bougth several souvenirs and we did spend in bars and restaurants) and at least we didnīt spoiled the environment more than it is.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I would rate the vacation with a nine out of ten. We have found it a very well planned trip by an experienced company.

review 17 Jun 2019

Overall it was a great trip. We got very lucky with the weather ....10 mins of rain in a week. The add ons that we added, 2 days in Oslo and an extra night in Longyearbyen were good decisions, to split up the long travel and to make the vacation longer. The ship was superb, big enough to handle the conditions, but small enough to be cosy and non corporate (90 of us from every nation!) and the crew were friendly and efficient. The 7 Guides were all amazing friendly people, full of interesting facts and from 6 different countries. A few of them gave interesting talks on board, as well as leading short treks on shore. The day we arrived on board, the ship had a technical problem. An engineer had to be flown over from mainland Norway, which took the best part of a day to resolve. However, the resourceful staff chartered a catamaran for that evening so that we could visit Barrentsburg the Russian coal mining town ..........which was a 4 hour round trip away, so we didnt miss anything, & the ship was ready for sailing that night! Over the 4 Days we saw an Arctic Fox, Reindeer's, Whales, thousands of Birds, Walrus's and even the King of the Arctic, the Polar Bear, that we watched from the ship for 15 minutes! I feel you should advise guests to take substantial walking boots ,capable of managing a foot of snow. Warm clothes ,Hat & Gloves are a given. I would recommend the trip, as long as one is happy with cold weather !!

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