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Reviews of Arctic Cruise for Polar Bears

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Arctic Cruise for Polar Bears by Hop Priest, 20 Aug 2016
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Awesome Polar Bear-centric cruise!

8 night Svalbard "Polar Bear Special" cruise aboard Oceanwide Adventures' MV Plancius. Spectacularly successful holiday which took us above 81 degrees N into the pack ice, as well as around Spitsbergen. So many highlights - 22 (twenty two) Polar Bears, Bowhead Whale, Blue Whales (breaching!), Beluga, Arctic Fox, Ivory Gulls, glaciers, seabird cliffs and much more. MV Plancius is very comfortable, great colleagues to share the trip with from ...

8 night Svalbard "Polar Bear Special" cruise aboard Oceanwide Adventures' MV Plancius. Spectacularly successful holiday which took us above 81 degrees N into the pack ice, as well as around Spitsbergen. So many highlights - 22 (twenty two) Polar Bears, Bowhead Whale, Blue Whales (breaching!), Beluga, Arctic Fox, Ivory Gulls, glaciers, seabird cliffs and much more. MV Plancius is very comfortable, great colleagues to share the trip with from around the world, resident guides largely excellent.

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The holiday was booked at the last minute and Wildlife Trails again pulled out the stops to find flights that worked, to get me to and from Longyearbyen. I'd have no hesitation in using Wildlife Trails again. Top service.

Wildlife Trails responded to this review on 20 Aug 2016:

It was our pleasure to be able to be able to organise Antarctic and Artic cruises in the same year for Jeff - not many people can say that! We are also lucky to be able to view some of the many magical photos he took.

Arctic Cruise for Polar Bears by Gilly B , 20 Sep 2015
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Holiday of a lifetime.

Stunning scenery and wildlife. Great crew with extensive experience of the flora and fauna . Nice cabin on a comfortable boat. Excellent trips out on the zodiacs . Saw polar bears, whales, seals, walrus, arctic foxes, various birds,. Food good and the while dining experience friendly and informal. Loved every minute of it .

Stunning scenery and wildlife. Great crew with extensive experience of the flora and fauna . Nice cabin on a comfortable boat. Excellent trips out on the zodiacs . Saw polar bears, whales, seals, walrus, arctic foxes, various birds,. Food good and the while dining experience friendly and informal. Loved every minute of it .

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Friendly , helpful. Excellent standard .

Wildlife Trails responded to this review on 21 Sep 2015:

We are so happy to receive such positive feedback about our Arctic Cruise to Spitsbergen. Having been lucky enough to travel there ourselves, we feel (like you) that our cruise partners have the right balance between comfort, adventure, expert guiding and visiting a great Arctic location for wildlife.

Arctic Cruise for Polar Bears by Jolly Roger, 12 Sep 2013
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City Visit to Oslo, Expedition Cruise around Svalbard

A tailor-made holiday made up of a three night stopover in Oslo, a 24 hour stopover in Longyearbyen and a ten day expedition cruise around Spitzbergen with connecting flights to and from Manchester. Our central hotel in Oslo allowed easy access to museums, tours, eateries and transport links. It was an excellent "taster visit" to an interesting and fascinating city. There was easily enough to do in Longyearbyen for the time spent there without ...

A tailor-made holiday made up of a three night stopover in Oslo, a 24 hour stopover in Longyearbyen and a ten day expedition cruise around Spitzbergen with connecting flights to and from Manchester. Our central hotel in Oslo allowed easy access to museums, tours, eateries and transport links. It was an excellent "taster visit" to an interesting and fascinating city. There was easily enough to do in Longyearbyen for the time spent there without leaving the town itself. The highlight of the holiday was the ten day expedition cruise around Spitzbergen aboard Oceanwide's ice-breaker, 105 passenger, ship Ortelius, which was well organised and extremely efficiently run. During the trip we were lucky with both the weather and wildlife sightings - we had landings using the Zodiacs, daily briefings, professional advice, experience and knowledge from the multi-lingual guides, plus excellent and friendly service from the ship's crew. The cruise managed to cover all aspects and interests, including several polar bear sightings especially amongst the drift ice (one even walked up to the ship's side), walrus haul-outs, various bird colonies, whale and seal sightings, local fauna, glaciers and moraines plus the remains of various projects since arctic exploration began. All in all an amazing trip.

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The holiday was arranged with personal phone calls and e-mails direct to the same person all the time, who therefore knew the background to the holiday. Having given them the outline of 'We would like to see polar bears', we had feedback from Allan of Wildlife Trails followed with discussions on the best way to achieve it. Calling on the experience of a cruise taken earlier by Allan, an expedition cruise was decided on, rather than the "Churchill Tundra Buggy" option. We then discussed the best time of the year to take the cruise, and the amount of time to spend in Longyearbyen, I then decided on adding a stopover in Oslo, so using their experience a central hotel was found for the stay, and the airport hotel for the trip back. As an added problem Allan also managed to arrange for a friend to join us on the holiday with just a couple of months prior to departure date!! We had a couple of minor problems whilst we were away, both of which were immediately dealt with and Allan got back to confirm actions within fifteen minutes. Wildlife Trails offer a very personal and efficient service which we have now used three times for holidays in different continents and have been extremely satisfied each time.