Poseidon Expeditions has extended the charter of the 114-pax expedition ship ‘Sea Spirit’ for two years.
The company has signed an agreement with shipowner SunStone Ships, Inc to keep the vessel operating until May, 2024.
Nikolay Saveliev, founder and president of Poseidon Expeditions said that the ‘Sea Spirit’ had received great acceptance in the marketplace and that the company was delighted to be able to continue offering the ship to its travel partners and Polar travellers around the globe.
“With the ‘Sea Spirit’, we have a smaller-capacity, premium vessel that’s perceived as very desirable, compared with most of the newly announced Polar-class ships in the range of 200-500 pax. Those wanting to go to Antarctica or to the Arctic understand the advantages that a smaller vessel can provide – better access to remote areas and landing sites; more ‘face time’ with the expedition team; and a camaraderie among guests and staff that is more difficult to achieve on board larger ships.
“This ship has delivered a consistently high level of service and performance in the Polar regions from the ship’s officers, catering and hospitality team. Sunstone has done a great job keeping the passenger areas renovated and the technical features consistently updated, such as the new, state-of-the art Rolls Royce zero speed stabilisers installed in 2019.
“Combined with our exceptional expedition staff, which curates experiences for our guests that are engaging, educational and fun, it’s no wonder the ‘Sea Spirit’ achieves a 4.9 ranking out of a possible 5.0 from TrustPilot, the well-established third-party review site,” he said.
He also confirmed that plans were still moving forward for a newbuilding, configured for fewer than 150 pax, but that an official announcement with details was still forthcoming.
’Sea Spirit’ spends her year between the two Polar regions, in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean from late October through mid-March and then in the sub-Arctic and Arctic regions of the British Isles, Svalbard, Franz Josef Land and Greenland from mid-May through September.