Three departures of Poseidon Expeditions' “Top of the World” journey are scheduled in July and August 2021 aboard the 128-passenger nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory). Rates will not be increased and will mirror those in 2020 for the same voyage.
This will be Poseidon Expeditions' 20th season of operating icebreaker journeys to the North Pole. The program started in 2001 and to date, over 4,600 polar adventurers have sailed north with the cruise line.
Travel to 90º north latitude and the North Pole next year will be on July 10-22, July 21-August 2, and August 1-13. Early Bird discounted rates (for bookings before October 31, 2020) start at US$29,445 per person. In addition to not increasing prices, Poseidon announced that gratuities for the crew members and expedition team will now be included in the rates for 2021.
The 13-day program features a full day of activities at the North Pole. After navigating to 90º North, the icebreaker's crew ceremoniously drops the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice so that passengers may disembark onto the frozen sea. Joining hands with fellow passengers and "walking around the world" during an International Round Dance is part of the fun. A barbeque meal on the ice is also included. Some may opt to take a traditional polar plunge into the icy water.
Zodiac landings on the infrequently visited archipelago of 192 islands in the Russian High Arctic, Franz Josef Land, come later. The program includes 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Murmansk as well as all transfers to/from the ship and airport. Helicopter sightseeing tours are also included.