Cruise North Expeditions
Line: Cruise North Expeditions
Vessels: Lyubov Orlova
Stars: 3 stars
What's included in the price:
- All meals
- Educational Programs
- Port Taxes
- Use of ship’s sporting equipment and facilities
The Cruise North company is owned and operated by Inuit people. Their major objective is to share their environment whilst protecting their heritage and securing the future. The company’s ship, the Adventurer carries a maximum passenger list of 118 people. It is one of the very few specially constructed ships in the world designed for cruising in the far north. She has an ice strengthened hull to enable her to cruise through ice strewn waters. The designers were very aware that rough weather can strike even during the height of summer so a state of the art stabiliser system was fitted to ensure passenger comfort during those times.
Adventurer is fitted out in the style of the classic ocean liners of times gone past. There is a lot of varnished wood, brass fittings and wooden decks. Cabins all have a sea view and all of the other facilities that would be normally expected on a cruise ship. Each cabin has its own individually controlled air conditioning.
Despite the ship being designed for expeditions, there is no “Roughing it” as far as the food is concerned. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style whilst dinner is a la carte and served by waiters. There is no dress code or assigned seating in the dining room. The menu is varied and interesting with vegetarian meals always being available. Special dietary requirements can be handled if notice is given.
Whilst the objective of the cruise is to experience the far north and this is best done on land, there is plenty of relaxing space on the ship with a very comfortable forward facing lounge and bar. Trips ashore are by way of a Zodiac inflatable. Apart from one day at sea there is at least one trip ashore each day and sometimes more. It is therefore advisable to take rubber boots on the trip as well as hiking boots for when you have landed on the beach. Because of this, the cruise is not really suitable for disabled people or those who might have difficulty with getting in and out of small boats. It is also advisable to take plenty of cold weather clothing. In July and August the average day time temperature will be about 9 degrees centigrade but can reach 18 degrees on sunny days. Despite that, the trips in the Zodiac can be cold and wet. It is therefore also advisable to take a small pack that can be left on the beach with your extra clothes and rubber boots as you go hiking.
Whilst families do take these cruises, there are no special facilities for children and those under seven might even be at risk. It is important to remember that these cruises are intended to educate and gain experience of the environment of the far north. Unless a child is particularly interested in these things, they might become very bored.
There is a doctor and medical centre on board and the cost of any services that may be needed are included in the price. Summer in the forested areas of the far north can be plagued by mosquitoes and black flies. They are driven off by a slight wind so as passengers spend most of their time along the coastal strip, these insects are not usually a nuisance. It is wise to take along some mosquito repellent just in case.
Cruise North Expeditions provide educational cruise to the far north of Canada. The ship is very comfortable and the food is good. There are plenty of trips ashore and lectures about the polar bears, seals and the other wildlife that will be seen. These cruises are an exceptional experience for those interested in the environment.
In the evenings our outstanding and diverse expedition staff will present a unique lecture series including slide-illustrated presentations, videos and other educational programs. The series will cover all features of our voyage and on the surrounding environment. Video programs will include documentary and general entertainment films.
There are no dress codes or assigned seating aboard the Lyubov Orlova. Dining is a relaxed affair where you can dine with new friends including our expedition staff and Inuit trainees.
While our goal is to get you off the ship as much as possible to explore the fascinating Arctic region, the Lyubov Orlova provides a comfortable environment to relax and rejuvenate in time for your next adventure. The vessel is equipped with a spacious forward lounge and bar, a window lined dining room, an infirmary, exercise room and a well-stocked library.
All cabins and suites have ocean views, two lower beds and private facilities well stocked with toiletries and towels. For environmental reasons, we provide every passenger with a Cruise North Expeditions water bottle to refill throughout the journey and take home with you, rather than providing bottled water. Daily housekeeping service is provided for all cabins.