Preparing for your Arctic Cruise.


Following a few easy guidelines will help ensure you have an enjoyable Arctic Cruise.

  1. Keep all your documents for the cruise in a single easy to locate place to help avoid misplacing items and to reduce time spent searching for particulars.
  2. Keep important information and documents on your person, they are not much use in your checked in luggage.
  3. Keep readily to hand the telephone number of airlines, hotels, and the ship. It is also a good idea to carry check-in times, verification codes, confirmation paperwork, and other important details.
  4. Make copies of your passport, itinerary, and any important documents and store these separately from the originals in your luggage.
  5. Leave a copy of all the relevant information with somebody at home in case of emergency.
  6. If you are delayed in your travel, use the emergency contact sheets to inform people and cruise representatives of the delay.
  7. Contact your mobile phone provider about the options available for temporary worldwide coverage before leaving home. If you are not traveling with a phone or computer remember there are internet lounges at airports and hotels usually provide computer access for guests.
  8. Buy Travel Insurance when booking your trip, it is money well spent and will be invaluable to help deal with unexpected delays and events.
  9. Plan ahead and thoroughly read through your pre trip documents which are there to help prepare you for your cruise. This information tells you what to expect, including polar weather and temperature, what clothing to pack for the Arctic and advice for getting the most out of your time away.
  10. Use soft luggage that can easily be stored and pack sensibly, small ships do not have as much storage area as the larger cruise liners.

The expedition vessel MS Quest visits Stromness in Orkney.

Another of the small expedition vessels that is featured on our website visited Stromness this week. We managed to get some photographs of her alongside the dock, but couldn’t get onboard due to the security measures required for a vessel over 500gt.

Nevertheless it was nice to see her in the flesh, and she is a beautifully maintained little vessel.

Enjoy the photographs – details of this vessel and her expeditions can be found on the Blue Planet Expeditions website

DSCN4261 DSCN4260 DSCN4259 DSCN4258 DSCN4257 DSCN4256 DSCN4254 DSCN4252 DSCN4251 DSCN4250 DSCN4249 DSCN4248 DSCN4245

MS Stockholm in Stromness

We had a pleasant suprise yesterday as the MS Stockholm sailed into Stromness harbour as part of a relocation cruise from her home port of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Never one to shy away from an opportunity to have a look around a ship we grabbed the camera and headed down to the port to take some pictures of the vessel. We have chartered the MS Stockholm the past few seasons in Svalbard – a quite capable expedition ship if ever there was one.

Enjoy the pictures below 🙂

DSCN4188 DSCN4189 DSCN4190 DSCN4191 DSCN4192 DSCN4193 DSCN4194 DSCN4199 DSCN4198 DSCN4197 DSCN4196 DSCN4195 DSCN4200 DSCN4201 DSCN4202 DSCN4203 DSCN4204 DSCN4205 DSCN4206 DSCN4207 DSCN4208 DSCN4209 DSCN4210 DSCN4211 DSCN4212 DSCN4213 DSCN4214 DSCN4219 DSCN4220 DSCN4222 DSCN4223 DSCN4224 DSCN4225 DSCN4226 DSCN4227 DSCN4231 DSCN4232 DSCN4233 DSCN4234 DSCN4235 DSCN4236 DSCN4237 DSCN4238 DSCN4239 DSCN4240 DSCN4241 DSCN4242


August in Svalbard


The M/S Stockholm in Forlandsundet, Svalbard

As our 15th to 25th May expedition to Svalbard has almost sold out we decided to find out if anybody else needed some help filling their trips. After a few enquiries we found the following berths still available on the M/S Stockholm which we are also using in 2015.

The M/S Stockholm has an expedition in August that requires 1 female in a share berth, and 1 male in a share berth – see here for details, 18th to 28th August Svalbard Expedition.

Let us know if this is of interest to you by contacting us at