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The Ocean Endeavor in Greenland

The Ocean Endeavor in Greenland


By John and Sandra Nowlan


We spotted polar bears on Day 3. Not just one or two but about a dozen of the magnificent, snow white beasts meandering solo along the edge of the treeless tundra.


We were far north of the Arctic Circle on a two-week Adventure Canada expedition cruise along the fabled route of the Northwest Passage. The 160 fellow passengers on the Ocean Endeavour were mostly veteran cruisers with a passion for adventure and a desire to experience a unique environment few people ever get to enjoy. It’s not a cruise for everyone since the Arctic is remote, often cold with unpredictable ice patterns that could disrupt a sailing schedule. But the pleasures far outweigh the risks and every one aboard, a mix of Canadians, Americans and Australians, loved the sense of adventure and history. Continue reading “Cruising the Arctic:  The Northwest Passage and Greenland” »

Exterior shot of the MS Nieuw Amsterdam

Exterior shot of the MS Nieuw Amsterdam

by Patricia Mack

Cruise lines routinely “reposition” ships to take advantage of the season or the market for one popular locale over another. Liners move from Alaska to Hawaii, Mexico to Canada or make Trans-Atlantic sailings from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean (or vice versa). This particular Trans-Atlantic voyage, from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, was seventeen days long and took place on board the MS Nieuw Amsterdam — an eleven-deck, Signature class cruise ship and the second largest ship in the Holland America Line.

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