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Poseidon Expeditions

4.8 | Excellent
  • 97% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
  • Regional Expert
  • 1999
  • United States
  • 3

Poseidon Expeditions Reviews & Ratings 97% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
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Fabulous Trip on a Great Ship January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
I hadn't heard of Poseidon when I found the company while searching for trips to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. However, I was reassured by reviews I found online and I am very glad that I trusted what I read. The pre-cruise administration from Natalia was efficient and helpful. The pre-cruise hotel was beautiful with great views. Our cabin was the best we have had on any of our small boat cruises. It was, however, the expedition staff and crew who made the whole trip so wonderful.

Forward planning meant that we were able to avoid storms around Falklands and South Georgia by reversing the itinerary to visit Antarctica first. This was an inspired decision as we had a calm crossing of the Drake Passage, reasonable weather at the start to excellent weather from day three. Every evening there was a recap meeting where we were fully apprised of the itinerary for the next day. Weather, winds and swell were all detailed and the decisions for the next day's landings fully explained. The captain was involved in the decisions and his extensive experience in the region helped our wonderful expedition leader, Jonathan Zaccaria, to make great decisions as to where to land. So good was the planning that we were able to make all but one landing throughout the 19 days, including every important stop planned from the wildlife point of view. This included seeing the fantastic king penguins at St Andrews Bay on South Georgia, where, only the previous week, one person we had spoken to said her cruise was unable to land anyone because of the wind and swell.

The ship's staff in every area could not do enough for us. This included our cabin man, the bar and kitchen staff, and the expedition staff, who managed the numerous zodiacs so brilliantly on the landings.

I could go on and on but suffice it to say that I would recommend Poseidon to anyone on this performance and we are looking at going again on another of their cruises.
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18 days of some of the most amazing sites, experiences, and wild life I never thought I would get to see July 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Everything about this trip was beyond amazing. I wasn't originally supposed to go with Poseidon but my first two tries to go on an Antarctic expedition cruise were cancelled...but I am glad they were now because it led me to this longer and I think better cruise company. Everything from the food to the staff to the lectures and to the landings absolutely was beyond expectations. We had Anja as our expedition leader and she was fantastic! She made everyone feel right at home! I achieved a lifetime milestone on this cruise as well, and that was stepping foot onto the Antarctic mainland, knocking off my 7th and final continent! The expedition crew made sure this happened as it was an important feet that a lot of people wanted to do at least once. The landings were all phenomenal. Our first stops were the Falkland Islands (2 days) where we saw tons of beautiful albatros and learned lots of history. Next was South Georgia (where we spent 4 days) and saw so many penguins...100's of thousands of penguins in their breeding colonies. Salisbury Plain, St. Andrew's Bay, and Gold Harbour were my favorites among the landings in South Georgia. And the last stops were on the Antarctic Peninsula/South Shetland Islands..and this was all beautiful. The icebergs completely blew my mind. We did some whale watching down here too and had humpbacks within 15 feet of us a couple of times. Absolutely mind blowing! The at sea days we spent learning about the places we were going/had just been in the lectures conducted by the expedition team and I attended just about every one of these. They were VERY informative. They showed movie clips, full movies, and Power Point slide shows, all ranging from stuff to learn to the actual experience and stories from the staff them selves. We had 3 full meals a day, usually a buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and then a full 3 course dinner every night. The food was all amazing...each and every day and it amazed me how EVERY meal was different..on this 18 day cruise. You would think it would repeat on this long of a cruise..but it never did! The ship itself, the m/v Sea Spirit is a smaller ship and we had just 90 people or so on our cruise...and there were about 70 crewman on board too...which is almost a 1:1 crew/passenger ratio! The waiters all knew us by name in the restaurant as well very early on in the cruise as well! The expedition crew did everything they could to make sure we got out on as many landings as possible. Some days we couldn't do landings due to weather, others we did 3 in a day. If the weather was good and opportunity was there, we were out on those zodiacs. Some were after dinner ones too and we were out to 11pm one night. Keep in mind it is 24 hour daylight down here during the Antarctic tourist season (November to January) so darkness is not an issue! I believe overall, we had 18 total outings, 13 of them were landings. The other 5 were zodiac cruises where you go out on the zodiacs and cruise around, but not actually land anywhere. I would do this whole experience over again in a heart beat.
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7th continent June 2016

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
The trip was excellent. Food was great. Travel agent connected with the Poseidon Expeditions was outstanding. However final payment was to be made by cashiers check was inconvinient and cost extra money. There was problem with the gratuity where crew was claiming they do not get all the money and company keeps the money which is not ethical.
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Very professional team, well led by Anja Erdmann. Hotel service on board also superb. June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Right from the booking stage Poseidon Expeditions was always helpful and very sympathetic to individual requirements.
I was continually updated and assisted in providing specific answers to my queries.
The ship's accommodation was also first class and the hotel manager, Maitre'D, waiters and cabin staff and were always at hand to provide that extra individual attention re seating, dietary requirements etc.
The captain and crew were also extremely friendly and accommodating inspiring confidence in their ability to navigate the challenging Southern Ocean and unpredictable weather, wind and ice conditions to ensure safe zodiac landings and an incredible up close experience with the unique wildlife of The Falklands, South Georgia and The Antarctic Peninsula.
I would thoroughly recommend this trip - as a must see and do - for experienced travellers, the world over, before "hanging up their spurs" to retire to their sitting rooms to regret what they had not been able to do and see in their lifetimes.
As a lifelong traveller in his 75th year I found it very do able so don't let "too many birthdays" deter you from this unique, ultimate experience at the end of the world, sharing this pristine environment with the hardiest wildlife on earth.
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Disko Bay May 30-June 6, 2016 June 2016

  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0
We expected to see polar bears and walrus and other sea life on our poseidon expedition trip. None, zero BUT we saw glaciers and icebergs and learned about them. Did you ever see an iceberg explode?? We did.
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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.

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From Poseidon Expeditions

Poseidon Expeditions was founded in 1999 as an operator of icebreaker expedition cruises to the North Pole. Having had no rival in this special niche of the world travel market, our company became recognized experts in North Pole icebreaker cruising. 

Our first voyage to the North Pole was operated aboard the nuclear powered icebreaker Yamal, the only ship at that time that could provide safe and comfortable navigation to the "top of the world". Two years later, new destinations and another icebreaker were introduced to the world travel market – the Franz Josef Land Archipelago Voyage and Transpolar Bridge Voyage aboard the icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn. These territories, known as "the Russian Arctic", had been closed to travelers due to political and governmental reasons. It was only at the end of the 20th century that travelers finally got a chance to appreciate the beauty of the Russian Arctic. 

With the world becoming smaller, human aspirations to visit remote and hard–to–reach destinations is increasing. Now we are proud to be one of the world leaders in polar expedition cruising with both Arctic and Antarctic regions among our destinations and to be one of the world leaders in polar expedition cruising. Poseidon Expeditions has offices in the UK, USA, Russia, China, Japan and Europe, enhancing a global network of travel professionals.


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8 days
Small Ship Cruise
Premium - 4 star
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From: $ 3,495


  • The Greenland ice caps and colourful houses make it a special place.
  • See the Whales, nature, and cultural exploration in iceberg paradise.
  • Enjoy an incredible 360-degree panorama of the land and the surrounding fjords.
  • Watch the marvelous gallery of icy sculptures up to 100 metres in height.
  • Over 100 paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese and Danish artists are exhibited here.
13 days
Small Ship Cruise
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 6,295


  • Visit the city of Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city, the capital of Tierra del Fuego
  • At the Antarctic Convergence, watch for sea mammals, albatross, and petrel in these krill-rich waters.
  • The Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands provide opportunities to discover the wildlife and  landscapes.
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;

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