Barentsnova.com reports that the last tourist cruise to the North Pole with the nuclear-powered icebreaker “50 Years of Victory” will start from Murmansk in the end of July 2015. Three cruises are planned for the last season and are now available for bookings.
According to Nikolay Savelyev, managing partner of “Poseidon Expeditions”, a company that organizes expedition cruises in the polar region, they have made 26 cruise trips to the North Pole so far.
Before 2008 it was possible to visit the North Pole aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker “Yamal”. In 2009 that ship was replaced by the “50 Years of Victory”. This is the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. For those with an appreciation of such vessels, the “Victory” is a new generation ship, an upgrade of the Arktika-class, the most powerful icebreakers in the world. The spoon-shaped bow of the “Victory” is designed for greater icebreaking ability and makes the ship capable to force its way through 2.5 meters thick ice fields.
However, the “50 Years of Victory” is primarily a working icebreaker, whose main task is to lead the way for science and cargo vessels in the ice-bound waters of the Northern Sea Route, barentsnova.com underlines. It is expected that from 2016 the vessel will perform its basic functions in full. The increased need for icebreaker capacity is connected with the development of “Yamal LNG” project.
People who are ready to spend 25 000 to 40 000 USD for 12 days in the Arctic region still have the chance to book one of the ship’s 128 passenger berths.
Source: barentsnova.com, press release Posidon Exhibition http://poseidonexpeditions.com/news/50-years-of-victory-final-cruises/