Poseidon Expeditions vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
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Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica Jan 2019. Superb!

5.0 March 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Nice to see some of my cruisemates posting and describing their takes on our wonderful trip!

I’ll focus on just one aspect that contributed to such a successful trip from my standpoint. Before booking, I tried to make sure this trip would be very expedition-oriented, a get-out-there-and-maximize-wildlife-encounters kind of trip. I was assured that was the focus, but I still had lingering concerns the balance might tip toward tea and scones and fancy meals. While there was a plentiful tea time and lots of delicious fancy food, any fears about wildlife/nature not taking center stage were completely unfounded. Everything else was scheduled around making the absolute most of our time on shore.

The wind and waves, which dictate what can and cannot be accomplished on a cruise like this, provided us with some challenges. To avoid the tumultuous conditions that would prevent landings and to seek out calm conditions, the routing had to revamped so that we were criss-crossing and backtracking all over the place. That meant the captain and crew had to work much harder, sometimes all night, and it meant the catering staff had to alter plans and suddenly have dinner ready 90 minutes early or throw in a 5 am continental breakfast. The expedition staff that surveyed the landing areas and got us safely to those spots also had to work overtime, as landing times changed and activities shifted to accommodate the wind and waves. It also meant more cost to Poseidon because we covered more miles than the stated itinerary as we went south to north to south again in South Georgia and enroute to Antarctica, all in a quest to maximize landings and avoid difficult seas.

Without these modifications, that were readily undertaken and adapted to by the whole crew, the marvels we witnessed would have been greatly reduced. The crew and staff of the Sea Spirit, operated by Poseidon Expeditions, literally went the extra mile so we could have an outstanding trip. My expectations were greatly exceeded.
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Had a awesome trip with Poseidon to…

5.0 March 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Had a awesome trip with Poseidon to Antarctica.

Thank you for a trip that exceeded expectations.

Carlos was our cabin steward and provided top class service.

The lectures given by Georgina Sarah and Anja were very informative.
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Antarctic Adventure

5.0 March 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
What a great adventure!!! Thank you to the great staff and expedition team who helped make this a truly amazing holiday, so much so that I am booking an Artic trip for 2020 on the Sea Spirit. Just learnt so much, and thanks to the USB with all the happenings, I will have a permanent reminder of this holiday.
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Life-changing and enjoyable!

5.0 October 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is a holiday gave me a chance to slow down, and take the time to feel part of the natural world: the sun, to notice the hook-beaked oyster catchers and families of rare seals, to enjoy the wonderful food, the sunshine, scudding clouds, waves lapping and the feeling of being held safely by the St Hilda whilst being at the mercy of winds, tides and waves. It was fun to share tasks with fellow passengers and to laugh. I haven't laughed so much for years. And I loved seeing beautiful coastal parts of Scotland for the first time from the sea, gaining the chance to wonder at the histories and cultures that have flourished, been lost and yet live on in the remote, unusual places where we moored. I discovered my sea-legs, but I found much more - the pleasure of a little bit of distance from land, the new perspectives it gives and sheer joy of experiencing the sea, and its role in revealing new dreams and uncovering old ones. All this was in the company of knowledgeable crew - sea-farers who made the whole cruise delightful from start to finish and easy-peasy for a land-lubber like myself.
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It's fascinating to be on a slow journey

5.0 October 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This holiday was like no other: it was stepping into another world where the wind, sun and sea mattered because our lives were held by the ship and these big elemental forces. It was a realm of sea faring lore, laughter and fun, where the elements - water, wind and tides - mattered and shaped and influenced our journey. It's easy to laugh on a ship because you are sharing the camaraderie of crew and ocean and somehow the sea is lighter than the land. Instead you have the myths and stories of sea and mysteries of the deep - Moby Dick, Jonah, Noah's Ark and Ring of Bright Water! It's fascinating to be on a slow journey with time to reflect and to be looking at the strange, populated and then depopulated, fought over Scottish coastal landscape from a new perspectives. It's fun to work with the charming, witty, friendly skippers and fellow crew hauling anchors and sails. But, most of all, it's a joy to be on, and in, and feeling the elemental ocean. I felt safe and found my sea-legs, but I also stumbled into a new world, one that enriches and ignites dreams.
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A Delight

5.0 October 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was a fantastic holiday - there is something magical about being in a ship, relying on wind and waves, seeing beautiful scenery, eating lovely food, helping sail the ship and enjoying the experience with a group of witty, friendly, knowledgeable people.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 3 Trips 7 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 461 $ 166
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Regional Expert Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Photography
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters United States Oban, Scotland
Year Established 1999 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About Poseidon Expeditions

      Since 1999, Poseidon Expeditions has been leading adventures to the world’s Polar Regions.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      An innovator in polar exploration, Poseidon takes you on a breathtaking journey through icy waters and snow. They offer such activities as camping in Antarctica, penguin viewing (of course!) and adventure sea kayaking through their own kayaking club. 

      Who Travels With Them?

      The great thing about a cruise is even the most cautious traveler can visit adventurous destinations. They do require a single supplement if you are traveling solo, so unless you’re ok paying a bit extra, their trips are ideally suited to families or couples. The average age of travelers is between 45 and 65 and they recommend that travelers be physically fit.

      Where Do They Operate?

      Poseidon Expeditions specializes in the polar regions of the world, meaning Antarctica and the Arctic. You will visit the enchanting lands of Greenland, and experience the thrill of dodging ice in a zodiac in Antarctica; cruise through Iceland, and visit the North Pole. Due to their specialized focus, they have extensive expertise in these regions, giving you an in depth look at their tremendous beauty and history.

      Why Travel With Them?

      For an adventurous travel experience including fun shore excursions such as hiking and a lot of on-ship activities such as whale watching. Knowledgeable expedition guides provide expert insight on local wildlife, and the science behind the incredible landscapes you’ll explore.

      About St Hilda Sea Adventures

      St. Hilda Sea Adventures provide the unique experience to see Scotland from the sea. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travellers, and small multi-gen groups.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      Taking only up to 11 guests (6 on St Hilda and 11 on Seahorse II), their tours are incredibly unique, as you cruise aboard a classic ex-tall ship (St Hilda) or a proper small ship (Seahorse II). Activities include sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or, you can simply choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by.

      Who Travels With Them?

      All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailor.

      Where Do They Operate?

      The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world.

      Why Travel With Them?

      Their Scottish cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife and to cruise aboard a small ship with skipper and chef and a small group of passengers. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price however, you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.

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