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Of Penguins and Polar Bears:

A History of Polar Cruising


   

CONTENTS

1)         Foreword

2)         Introduction

                        2.1       The Arctic

                        2.2       Antarctic

                        2.3       Polar and Expedition Cruise Ships

3)         Development of Polar Cruising

                        3.1       Introduction

                        3.2       Polar Cruising Before WWI

                        3.3       The Interwar Years

                        3.4       Post War Extravagance

                        3.5       The Lindblad Model

                        3.6       The Russians are Coming!

                        3.7       Today’s Fleet

                        3.8       The Future

4)         Polar Cruising Destinations

                        4.1       Alaska

                        4.2       Antarctic and South Shetlands

                        4.3       South Georgia and South Orkney Islands

                        4.4       Falkland Islands

                        4.5       Canadian Arctic

                        4.6       Greenland

                        4.7       Iceland

                        4.9       Faeroe Islands

                        4.10     Svalbard Islands

                        4.11     North Pole Cruises

                        4.12    Nordkapp

5)         Arctic Passages

                        5.1       The Northwest Passage

                        5.2       The Northern Sea Route

6)         Operators

7)         Safety

            7.1       Cruise ship Incidents in Polar Waters

            7.2       Ice Class

8)         Regulations

  • Acknowledgements

10)      Annexes

            10.1    Bibliography

            10.2    Past and Present Polar Cruise Ships

                                    i)   Before WWI

                                    ii) The Interwar Years

                                    iii)  Post War Extravagance

                                    iv) Large Soviet Passenger Vessels Used in Polar Cruising

                                    v) Russian Research and small passenger Vessels used for Polar Expedition Cruising

                                    vi) Expedition Cruise Ships Past and Present

                                    vii) Expedition Cruise Ships on Order

            10.3    Cruise Passenger Activity at Major Polar Destinations

            10.4    Ships That Have Carried Tourists to the North Pole

            10.5    Currency conversion and present values for passenger fares

            10.6    Indices

 

 

2.0       Introduction

This book is about Polar cruising in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, how and where it developed, and what has attracted people to these remote parts of the world. It starts with William Bradford’s cruise to Greenland in the Newfoundland sealer Panther in 1869 and traces Polar cruise activity from the first North Cape cruise by Thomas Cook in the President Christie in 1875 through the Interwar period to the present day, and with a chapter on where expedition cruising is going in the future While Polar cruising was sustained by large vessels up until the 1990’s, largely on a sightseeing basis, the availability of Russian research ships as expedition cruise ships enabled this sector of the industry to offer a wide range of experiential cruises. In terms of destinations and activities North of 60oN and South of 60oS are considered as being of a Polar nature. The history of each destination is reviewed and up to date and comprehensive statistics are provided for each region.

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