COLLECTIVE SOUL TO APPEAR AT BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY

Just announced today, the iconic grunge band Collective Soul will play this Saturday at the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival this Saturday, March 12. Collective Soul is replacing the previously-scheduled Goo Goo Dolls, who had to cancel due to an illness.

Rock band O.A.R. will take the stage as planned on Sunday, March 13.

 

The Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from March 5 through April 24.  Concerts are at 6 p.m. and are included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. 

 000000Gray2

Collective Soul  – Saturday, March 12 at 6 p.m., Gwazi Park
As Ed Roland sings in “This,” the infectious first single and kick-off track on See What You Started By Continuing: “I got to go… where this song leads / Got to go… where this heart bleeds.”  Collective Soul have followed their songs and souls to hits and multi-platinum alt-rock success, starting with 1993’s anthemic hit “Shine” and onto “December,” “The World I Know,” a duet with Elton John, a song on the hit Twilight soundtrack, and eight acclaimed albums.

But that was then. And this is now. See What You Started By Continuing, produced by Ed Roland, as were all the band’s previous records, is Collective Soul’s ninth album, and first in six years. After 19 straight years of an often-gruelling album-touring cycle, the pause was intentional. And it served to bring the Atlanta-based line-up back with a fresh enthusiasm and approach. “People take vacations for a reason; to recharge and enjoy yourselves,” Ed observes. On their time off, Ed’s younger brother Dean formed a duo; Ed created the Sweet Tea Project; Will Turpin released solo records. “When we came back, we were just so ready and happy to be together and make new music,” says Ed. “We had time to think about what we had accomplished, and we are very proud of that. We came back with a lot more confidence.” Plus, with the 2012 addition of drummer Johnny Rabb, and lead guitarist Jessie Triplett joining the family in 2014, the classic Collective Soul triumvirate were even further energized.

See What You Started By Continuing accomplished what the line-up intended, explains Ed: “We said ‘let’s not be a band that rests on what we did 20 years ago.’ It was the first time we recorded with Jessie and Johnny so there was that new flair and excitement. Dean, Will and I had done eight other records together, but the new guys and the break really helped our heads into, that ‘wow this is exciting,’ and attitude adjustment.”

The slightly inscrutable album title, if dissected, makes perfect sense for Collective Soul’s current attitude, as Ed explains: “I write down a bunch of stuff all the time, phrases and words and that came up, and felt like where we were going with this record. We started something so long ago and we really haven’t changed. We experiment with sounds but we are still a rock n roll band; we make no apologies for that. If people say rock’s dead–I don’t think so. We’ve got our second wind and are ready to go; we’re not starting over, just continuing, strongly, with the same thing we started. Or the simpler answer laughs Ed, “I don’t know it just feels good, dude.”

See What You Started By Continuing does feel good, and the album benefited from fan and on-the-road-feedback. Collective Soul hit the studio in early 2014, but booked shows in the midst of the recording process, so “we were going out and tweaking new songs in front of live audiences; it was a lot fun, it was like pre-production.” Ultimately, the powerful collection of tunes nods to the past, but is a big step into the future. “We really appreciate where we started, and now, where we are as a band,” concludes Ed. “I mean, we won the lottery, so let’s keep going, and going strong. We’ve got our second wind.”

O.A.R.- Sunday, March 13 at 6 p.m., Gwazi Park

O.A.R., or Of a Revolution, is a shape-shifting rock band that is renowned for its vibrant live shows and powerful songs. Starting as a simple college band, O.A.R. quickly skyrocketed to the top of Billboard charts in the 90s and early 2000s with their rock and reggae-infused songs that are now staples in the jam band genre. Hits include the intensely-popular, “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker,” “Love and Memories” and “Heard the World.”

One of the best ways to experience every weekend of the Food & Wine Festival is with a Fun Card, where guests can pay for a day admission and come back all year. For a limited time, guests who buy a 2016 Fun Card to Busch Gardens also will receive a FREE 2016 Adventure Island® Fun Card.

Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

Advertisements

Retracing One Family’s Explorer Roots and Legacy in Antarctica

The lure of the Poles is legendary. Especially the South Pole. Consider Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton’s third expedition between 1914 and 1916 that left his ship, Endurance, crushed by ice and his men reduced to tossing about in lifeboats on a stormy sea. Consider Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, Jr., who visited the Arctic and Antarctica. Most recently Henry Worsley, a well-connected Brit on a solo land crossing of Antarctica died in this pursuit in January.

Today expedition ships appointed for cruise travelers and offering organized on-and off-ship activities probe the allure of Antarctica.  On one Antarctica cruise in 2016, a granddaughter of the Chief Engineer of the SS Jacob Ruppert, one of Byrd’s two ships from the 1933-1934 expedition, will visit the frozen continent. She will be traveling with Seattle-based environmental crusader ExploringCircle (http://www.exploringcircle.com/), a new company that combines a long adventure travel legacy with a strong sense of purpose.

“I feel that by doing this it can give my grandfather, Walter Kerr Queen, a voice,” says Marjorie Adams. “He was in the company of much better-known names. But he is the person who made sure this steamship’s engine didn’t break down.” He had made his mark and money by designing improved expansion joints for industrial steam systems, a venture begun in his garage in Needham, MA. Eventually his work was known to Byrd who personally called upon Queen to accompany his second expedition to Antarctica. Queen, who was a Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserve in World War I, was assigned to SS Jacob Ruppert, a steel vessel. The other, USS Bear, a wooden vessel, would over-winter. The premise was that if disaster struck, the wooden ship might not sink but most certainly the steel vessel would. Now available in paperback through Amazon is Discovery: The story of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition (Admiral Byrd Classics).

“The family story is that my grandfather wanted to travel as far north as he did south, after returning in 1934,” adds Adams. In 1937 her grandfather traveled on a Hudson Bay Company supply ship, SS Nascopie, into the eastern Arctic. She took a similar trip in 2009, traveling with a niece north to Elsmere Island.

“My niece and I were chatting about where we might like to go on vacation. My niece turned Grandpa’s words around: ‘I’d like to go as far south as I’ve been north.’” So she and her niece are booked on Antarctica Peninsula: Last Discovered Continent, a 12-day adventure that begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina after coming and going through Drake Passage to reach the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula and the Antarctic Continent. Guests tour the region through the icebergs by Zodiak and kayak and have the option also to camp. They are on M/V Sea Spirit, a classic luxury expedition ship that boasts spacious suites, two restaurants, an open-bridge policy and an elevator. The Sea Spirit’s stabilizer fins will help to make the crossing comfortable. This journey is available from November through February at a per person double rate starting at $5,995. For more information on this trip please see http://www.exploringcircle.com/antarctica-peninsula-1

With decades of experience leading Antarctica travel and helping adventurers realize their polar dreams, ExploringCircle specializes in helping clients arrange the Antarctica cruise that is the right fit for each client. Details on other cruises of this region are available at http://www.exploringcircle.com/antarctica-travel. Some of these cruises offer savings of up to $4,000 on select cabin bookings on specified itineraries.

Before they travel, Adams and her niece, as with all of ExploringCircle guests, will be invited to examine ExploringCircle’s six related environmental causes, choosing one to which to pledge their support. This conversation is vital to the company’s mission. By talking about, for example, plastic detritus in oceans, young and old alike while on a cruise can wrap their minds around threats to ocean waters and to marine and wildlife. ExploringCircle in turn Pays-it-Forward by donating up to five percent of client fee to the environmental cause chosen.

“We listen to our guests and use decades of experience to help them realize their travel dreams. In doing so, we fund hope,” says Kristy Royce, founder.  “Leave No Trace Behind is no longer enough.”

Tickets on sale today for Tampa Bay’s most immersive Batman v Superman movie experience

Tampa Bay’s biggest experience, with a new option

Description: X:\A_PR_Folder\IMAX\Batman vs Superman\imaxbvssmall.jpgOnline presales begin at 10 a.m. February 29 for tickets to experience Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at MOSI’s Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre.

For the first time, MOSI is adding an optional Preferred Ticket package, offering first access to the theatre for fans to choose seats with the best views, along with an included popcorn and soda, for an additional $6.

Seeing the movie at MOSI, inside Florida’s only IMAX® DOME theatre, immerses you into the action like nowhere else in Tampa Bay. The enormous picture expands across the theatre’s 10,000-square-foot screen, while the sound truly surrounds you, coming from massive speakers hidden behind the screen.

Director Zack Snyder shot portions of Batman v Superman using special IMAX® cameras, so during some of the most thrilling parts of the film, even more action and amazing detail will cover the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre’s five-story screen.

Month-long Superhero Festival begins March 24

Opening Day for Batman v Superman is Friday, March 25, with two preview showings on Thursday, March 24 — and those days mark the dawn of a month-long Superhero Festival at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa.

·         Science of Superheroes · every day · Hands-on demonstrations, led by our STEAMpunks, show you the science behind some of your favorite superheroes’ powers.

·         Classic Superman · check daily schedule for show times · Get into the superhero spirit as we show the classic 1940’s Superman cartoons on the big screen in our Science Works Theatre.

·         Comic Book Swap · Saturday, March 26 · Buy, sell, or trade awesome comics as stores from across Tampa gather at MOSI, included with MOSI admission.

·         Member Date Night · Friday, April 15 · MOSI members enjoy a date night watching Batman v Superman while their kids get free child care and science fun with MOSI educators.

·         Crime Fighters Weekend · Sat. & Sun., April 16 & 17 · Every guest can touch amazing crime fighting vehicles and see cutting-edge police technology in action, included with MOSI admission. Police, fire, and EMS staff get free admission to MOSI and half-off for up to 4 guests.

Description: X:\Creative\IMAX\FloridaHospitalIMAX-logo_MOSI-logo_Dippin-Dots_Patch.jpg

Show times and ticket prices

Starting with Opening Day on Friday, March 25, show times for the first two weeks of Batman v Superman in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre are 2, 4:45, 7:30, and 10:15 p.m. every day. Special preview showings on Thursday, March 24, are at 7:30 and 10:15 p.m.

·         Ticket prices for Batman v Superman are $13.95 for adults, $11.95 for students and seniors (60+), and $10.95 for children 12 and under, although parents are reminded the film is rated PG-13. MOSI members receive a $3 discount off every ticket.

·         Preferred Ticket packages include early access to seats with the best views, plus a small popcorn and soda, and are available for $19.95 for all guests and $16.95 for MOSI members.

·         Availability of Preferred Ticket packages is limited and guests should arrive 20 minutes ahead of their show time for access to Preferred Ticket seating.

Follow this link to preorder tickets to Batman v Superman at the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre, call 813-987-6000, or visit mosi.org.

Epic Single Track Mountain Bike Tours Led by Women for Women

The company that is changing how vacationing mountain bikers experience the best trails in the Western US thinks it’s high time for women to have their own dedicated weekend mountain bike adventures.

Chasing Epic (http://chasingepicmtb.com/), which is raising the bar and setting new standards in the world of mountain biking vacations, invites intermediate and experienced female riders to share the fun on three dedicated, all-inclusive, all-women weekends: April 23-25 and Oct. 21-23 in Fruita-Grand Junction, CO, and Aug. 12-15 in Crested Butte, CO. Female participants just need to be reasonably experienced and pack a helmet, shoes and appetite for epic single track adventure. See: http://chasingepicmtb.com/women-only/

“Chasing Epic is excited to offer multiple Women-Only trips throughout the year that are led by women, for women. We work with an elite roster of accomplished, fun-loving and inspiring female guides to bring you a long weekend of instruction and classic mountain biking,” said Steve Mokan, the company’s founder and owner. He is a long-time Colorado mountain biker and a veteran of the adventure sports world. “We’ll be riding some of the most incredible trails, both known and off the radar in these two iconic destinations.”

On these trips Chasing Epic has partnered with Colorado Backcountry out of Crested Butte, CO. The company is owned and operated by Janae Pritchett, who is a Santa Cruz/Juliana-sponsored athlete and a five-time US Telemark Extreme Skiing Champion. She has won numerous triathlons and mountain bike races across the United States. Other trip leaders are all accomplished female mountain bikers with additional accolades and accomplishments under their belts.  These include cross country and downhill mountain bike racers, the former Rocky Mountain ambassador for SheJumps.org, the second woman to climb/ski all 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado and the co-author of multiple backcountry skiing guide books.

“Our Women-Only trips include custom itineraries geared towards making each ride special and spectacular,” Mokan added. Included in the per person rates ($950 for the three-day Fruita programs and $1,250 for the four-day Crested Butte program) are inn and hotel lodging (never camping), hearty meals, high-end demo bikes (an all-carbon demo bike fleet includes Ibis Mojo HD3s, Ibis Ripley LS 29ers, and Niner Jet 9 29ers), local guides conversant with the terrain, customized eight-week pre-trip training programs, best-in-class ride nutrition, shuttles and lift tickets, gratuities and a dedicated on-site trip leader to help control gear mashers and share the stories and laughs with a group of like-minded riders.

The sleepy town of Fruita caters well to mountain bikers, with not much going on after hours except time to tell riding stories, clean bikes and get ready for tomorrow’s ride. It’s not unusual to see more bikes than cars on Aspen Avenue, and some of the in-town haunts (Over the Edge, Hot Tomato) are world famous. In the spring and fall, Fruita is a must-visit destination for those seeking adventure.

Crested Butte is truly a mecca of mountain biking, and according to some it’s where it all began. Dating back to the 1980’s, the town of Crested Butte has been at the forefront of the sport, and today it’s at the top of every rider’s “to-do” list.

“With hundreds of miles of trails, almost all accessible from town, there’s enough here to keep even the most avid mountain biker busy for weeks. Some of the more famous trails are the 401 Trail, Doctor Park, The Dyke and Strand Hill,” said Mokan.

Unlike traditional point-A-to-point-B mountain bike tour companies, Chasing Epic stays in a single town in each destination and dedicates itineraries to daily rides that cover a variety of the most epic single track trails in each area.

Mokan said that Chasing Epic provides a better overall experience for people who love to ride “by anticipating guest needs and partnering with the biggest names in the bike industry to put together the most all-inclusive and rewarding mountain bike vacations in today’s marketplace.  With our trips, we take care of absolutely everything. All you have to do is show up and ride!”

On the premise that “the less you suffer on the climbs, the more you’ll enjoy the descents,” Mokan has engaged coaching platform companies Training Peaks and Through the Wall Training to customize individualized training programs (valued at up to $400) for eight weeks prior to departure.

He emphasizes that these trips aren’t for touring and sightseeing. “At Chasing Epic, we pride ourselves on putting together itineraries of only the best trail systems in each location, and we don’t waste time with sightseeing rides. You’ll be on uncrowded singletrack from start to finish.”

Chasing Epic is dedicated to helping build and grow the mountain bike community through a Local Support Program that financially gives back to the organizations that have guided and advanced mountain biking to the popular sport it is today. Chasing Epic works with IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) on the national level as well as through local clubs and organizations to support trail advocacy, expansion and education in the local communities. By partnering with these organizations, Chasing Epic is supporting the clubs themselves and also recognizing the members who put in long, thankless hours volunteering for their communities.

For reservations and information please visit http://chasingepicmtb.com/ or email steve@chasingepicmtb.com or telephone 303.949.3933.

Gear for the Perfect Family Vacation

Whether it’s a cross-country road trip or short flight, travel with kids always comes with a few extra…well, complications, to put it mildly. Make travel easier and take steps to avoid a Griswold-level family catastrophe with these handy essentials.
Dockatot

Dockatot is a cozy, multi-functional snuggling dock that you can take anywhere to ensure your baby feels secure. The small, snug space relaxes your child because it is reminiscent of the womb, and the dock is lightweight and portable, so traveling doesn’t disrupt this state of peace. Dockatot lets your baby rest, lounge, play, do tummy time, cuddle, get diaper changes, co-sleep and everything else, all while feeling safe and secure. Price ranges from $185 to $290.

unspecified-4  unspecified-5  unspecified-6

BubbleBum

Clark may have supported putting Aunt Edna on the roof of the car, but you can rise above and keep everyone safe and sound—including the little ones—with BubbleBum. The first inflatable, portable car booster seat, BubbleBum gives your little ones comfort and safety on road trips, car rentals, cab rides, and any other expected or unexpected vacation vehicle. It’s portable, lightweight, and only $29.99.

Bubblebum Junkie takes it a step further: for long car trips, Junkie understands the need for snacks and entertainment. For $39.99, the Junkie comes with activity trays, cup holders, and a portable place to keep snacks cool. As Clark says, when it comes to road trips, “Getting there is half the fun.” Give your kids the opportunity to actually agree.

Bubblebum Sneck makes those car trips even more bearable for the kids with a micro-bead filled travel pillow that gives them neck and back support and attaches to the headrest. It’s only $14.99 and comes with a pocket for their phone or devices.

Below, left to right: BubbleBum, BubbleBum Junkie, Bubblebum Sneck:

unspecified-7unspecified-8    unspecified-9

MyBuckleMate

In the interest of security, MyBuckleMate is another must-have for upcoming road trips. No more whining because Jess and Andy just cannot manage to buckle themselves in the back seat, no more: “She’s buckled into my buckle!” With a holder that makes buckles easy-to-reach and that fits into tight spaces, both adults with arthritis and your little ones will be able to master buckling. And you can get on your way. All colors just $14.99.

imagesimgres

Booginhead

The Griswolds were famous or infamous rather for their lack of preparedness. Make sure you plan ahead for your family trip. Save your car from being a gooey, caramel-laden mess with Booginhead’s Pack’ems, and Squeez’ems, $7.99. The former are reusable snack pouches you can fill with raisins, Chex mix, grapes, and other healthy treats to quiet your kids when you’ve got another two hours before the next rest stop. The latter are the drink, yogurt, or pureed food equivalent that you can fill up with orange juice, canned peaches, and everything in between, with an attached cap. Both products are BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free.

unspecified-10unspecified-11unspecified-12
Or for an insulated snack that will keep, try Booginhead’s Thermal Pots, available in two colors. And if your toddler is spilling all over the place (I’d have trouble believing he or she isn’t), Super Grip Bowl & Lid secures your little one’s bowl so he or she cannot spill, throw, or otherwise muck up his or her meal. These mess-savers are $7.99.

Below, left to right: Thermal Pots, Super Grip Bowl

imgres-2imgres-1url 20000438_super-grip-bowl-lid-blue

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, there is nothing worse than dropping the sole pacifier or sippy cup at the airport when the trip has just begun. (Except, perhaps, driving all the way to Wally World to find out it’s closed.) Pacipouch, an $8 washable holder, can save you from a Clark-level meltdown, and Pacigrip, a pacifier leash that will keep little one from losing their pacifier even when dropped, can also stop you from reaching for the Tylenol, for $5.50. Sippigrip offers the same service for sippy cups, attaching to strollers, car seats, and high chairs for $7.50.

unspecified-13unspecified-14unspecified-15unspecified-16unspecified-17unspecified-18unspecified-1 2unspecified-2unspecified-3unspecified-19unspecified-20

Splatmat

Don’t leave home without it!  Use Splatmat anywhere you want a safe, clean place for your baby to play or need a tablecloth at a rest stop.

url-1unspecified-21

Help Rebuild Nepal on Affordable Trek to Everest Base Camp

The damage has been done and a year later there is still a vital need to rebuild communities and lives. A 15-day commemorative trek to Nepal’s Everest Base Camp beginning April 12, 2016, will raise monies to renovate a school in the biggest town on the Everest base camp trekking route. This trek will also mark the first anniversary of the April 25, 2015, earthquake and commemorate those lives that were lost.

Travelers will rest easy knowing the U.S. Department of State has cancelled its Travel Warning for Nepal effective 2/29/16. The Travel Warning was issued for Nepal on October 8, 2015, and reflected geological instability following the Gorkha Earthquake and the monsoon season, unrest in the Terai, and country-wide fuel shortages.  Because conditions have improved, the Travel Warning was cancelled on February 29, 2016.

This is good news to Ace the Himalaya (http://www.acethehimalaya.com/) that is trying to attract 400 people with big hearts to aid in this humanitarian event.  For every purchase of this trip, $100 of the price will be donated and used to rebuild the school. The power is in the numbers.

“The goal of $40,000 will be enough to build a modern, safe and earthquake-proof school building,” said Prem Khatry, Ace the Himalaya Founder & Managing Director.

Trekkers will be divided into groups of 14 people, each group with its own guide, porters, lodging and other arrangements. The gateway city is Kathmandu. The per person double rate of $2,000 (now reduced to $1,300 per person with booking incentive) includes all land arrangements and interior flights. Each night will be spent in a hotel or rural guest house. Participants will average five hours of walking per day.  The maximum altitude reached on this trek will be 5555 m /18220 feet.

As trekkers move toward the foot of Everest, on the third day of the trek will be a one-day acclimatization stop at Namche Bazaar where trekkers will work alongside professional builders and laborers in the school rebuilding activities. An April 25, 2016, commemoration program in the historical Basantapur & Bhaktapur Durbar Square will mark the first anniversary of the Nepal earthquake. All trekkers will be invited to pay their respects to those lost in the disaster.

The school in Namche Bazaar is Shree Himalayan Primary School, located below Sherpa Culture Museum in Namche Bazaar. It was built in 1957. There are 175 students and 10 teachers in the school that runs classes up to grade five. Three of the teachers are paid by government; the remaining seven are paid privately. Prior to the April 25 earthquake, the school was running smoothly. Some students walk for five hours from Pangboche to attend. During the earthquake, most of the walls of the school buildings collapsed making it difficult to run the classes and thereby putting a temporary stop to the education of the Sherpa children.

For more information on Earthquake Anniversary Trek to Everest Base Camp please see http://www.acethehimalaya.com/destinations/nepal/nepal-trekking/earthquake-commemorative-trek-to-everest-base-camp-15-days.html

For more information and reservations for this specific trip please contact: Kathy Kramer (in North America) Toll Free: 1-877-306-0650 or via skype: Kathy.Kramer101.

For information on Ace the Himalaya, call Toll Free (US and Canada): +1-877-306-0650; or email: northamerica@acethehimalaya.com. For a full list of programs, dates, prices and itineraries log onto: http://www.acethehimalaya.com/.

Poseidon Releases Dates, Rates & Deals for 2017-18 Polar Cruising Season

The lure of the polar environment draws travelers onto expedition ships to explore worlds of ice and snow, polar bears and penguins, and the history of heroic figures who began the first conversations about the Arctic and Antarctica.

One adventure cruise company dedicated to providing intimate access to both polar ice caps is Poseidon Expeditions (http://www.poseidonexpeditions.com/), which today announced schedules and rates for the 2017 Arctic and 2017-18 Antarctic seasons aboard the 114-passenger luxury expedition ship Sea Spirit.

Poseidon Expeditions, a leading provider of polar adventures in the expedition cruise industry, also released information on early booking discounts, new itineraries and other passenger enhancements. Founded in 1999, this company is a recognized leader in icebreaker cruises to the North Pole, expanding its products and services in recent years to include expedition cruises to other areas of the Arctic and to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands/Malvinas.

The president of Poseidon Expeditions, Nikolay Saveliev, said, “Having now successfully completed our first 2015-16 season in both the Arctic and Antarctic – with great passenger experiences and satisfaction levels – we’re gratified to launch a third season of expedition voyages for those with the spirit of polar adventure in their hearts.”

The complete 2017-18 Arctic and Antarctic schedules, rates and special offers can be found at www.poseidonexpeditions.com. A new 80-page catalog detailing the company’s ships and activities is also available, and can be requested online or through any of the Poseidon Expeditions offices.

Poseidon will again offer a wide range of Arctic cruises, including a first-ever voyage on June 15-29, 2017 that explores Iceland’s northern fjords and follows the Arctic Circle east to the Norwegian coast where a number of stops are planned before proceeding north to Bear Island and the Spitsbergen Archipelago. Passengers also will have the unique opportunity to cruise directly from Spitsbergen to Franz Josef Land in the Russian High Arctic on an August 14-29, 2017 expedition.

Arctic rates in 2017 for the all-suite Sea Spirit begin at $8,395 per person, double, and if three people share a spacious Triple Suite the rate is just $5,995 per person. New for 2017 will be the inclusion of a pre-cruise hotel night in either Reykjavik, Iceland, or Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, depending on the itinerary.

Following the last Arctic voyage to East Greenland in mid-September of 2017, the vessel will position to South America to commence a series of expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands/Malvinas during the 2017-18 austral summer season. The new Antarctic season also will include the popular Antarctic Circle cruise, which travels below the most southerly of the earth’s five major circles of latitude, approximately 66º south.

Antarctic rates for the 2017-18 season begin at just $7,995 per person in a Triple Suite and $11,195 in a double-occupancy Main Deck Suite.

For both the Arctic and Antarctic seasons, travel agents and consumers can take advantage of early booking savings of 10%-15% from regular rates. These savings will be available through September 2016.

Sea Spirit offers all-suite accommodations ranging from 215 to 463 square feet (20-43 square meters). There are two multi-purpose lounges for educational programming and entertainment, a restaurant that can accommodate all passengers in one seating, a well-stocked polar library, and ample outdoor deck space to enjoy the polar landscapes and wildlife.

Activities directed by a team of experienced polar guides and educators include Zodiac excursions, hiking and optional kayaking and camping, along with informative presentations aboard. The ship’s expedition staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the best in the business.

Built in 1991 as the Renaissance V, the ship sailed for a decade in Alaska and worldwide as the popular Spirit of Oceanus. She underwent technical improvements for polar cruising in 2010, and has been providing expedition cruises in both the Arctic and Antarctic environments as Sea Spirit the past six years. The ship will undergo major refurbishment of public spaces during a dry dock in Vigo, Spain, spring 2016.

For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at SalesUSA@poseidonexpeditions.com or by telephone at 347-801-2610.

In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – Anfrage@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +49-40-7566-8555.

In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact Sales@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +44-870-068-9142