MCNW THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE 2020 TOURSEARCH TOUR
A Martin Charlton 25th Anniversary Expedition
Exciting Zodiac excursions, including amongst icebergs; Seek the 'Arctic Big 5': polar bears, walrus, muskox, narwhal & belugas; the majesty of the Northern Lights; Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island; Visit Canada’s northernmost community; Voyage the length of Sondre Stromfjord; Thule & Dorset archaeological sites; Explore remote coastal communities in northern Canada and Greenland
- DATES & PRICES
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- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before any applicable taxes. The pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person costs without airfare to/from the tour; however, we can book flights from your home airport for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Sun 06 Sep 2020||Thu 24 Sep 2020||$19900 USD|
$2000 PER PERSON DEPOSIT REQUIRED. The final payment date for this journey is 150 days prior to tour start date (09 April 2020). Contrary to our usual terms & conditions governing payments, for this trip your deposit is 100% non-refundable non-transferable once the tour becomes 'guaranteed.' We have a limited quantity of single cabins with no single supplement. Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee (in order to secure a cabin to yourself) is as listed below.
Optional Single Supplement: $8410 USD (number of singles limited).
This one-time 2020 offering will be led/hosted by Senior Tour Leader, Martin Charlton, who in 2020 celebrates his 25th anniversary with Adventures Abroad. He invites you to join him on this spectacular journey.
One of the world's greatest voyages is calling! Pristine fjords. Looming glaciers. Jagged icebergs. Grand vistas, historic sites. Marine mammals, bears, and birds. Find a warm welcome in Nunavut's communities, and enjoy Greenland's geology, geography, and culture with a European flair.
Every day is a new adventure in the Northwest Passage: hiking, photography, birding. Learning with our experts. Meeting the people who call the Arctic home. Sailing the passage at the top of the world! The spirit of exploration is what draws us to visit places seldom seen, off the beaten path... and even off the map! That means visiting new places as often as possible. It means travelling with experts and local cultural ambassadors.
This journey from Coppermine River (Kugluktuk) in Nunavut to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland is one of the world’s greatest voyages.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Marriott Calgary Airport
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The Ocean Endeavour
This is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges, and a top ... observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to explore throughout the Arctic summer. Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2018. At 137m in length, the Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Ample deck space offers comfortable lounge chairs, a swimming pool, two saunas, and a hot tub. The spacious interior allows for varied workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. The three lounges aboard the Ocean Endeavour are optimal locations for seminars, events, and conversation. This vessel has been purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments.
Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour, two nights' accommodation in Calgary & Toronto, complimentary expedition jacket, special access permits, entry and park fees, guided activities, sightseeing and community visits, all Zodiac excursions, port fees, pre-departure materials, educational program, interactive workshops, evening entertainment, all shipboard meals, including water, tea & coffee (other meals as per tour itinerary); and Adventures Abroad Tour Leader services. Upon reservation, all participants will receive a detailed pre-departure guide booklet.
Taxes - Any taxes applicable to the expedition portion of the tour are included in the tour price (see also 'exclusions').
Adventures Abroad will also include gratuities for ship's crew at a level commensurate with satisfactory service. You are, of course, welcome to augment directly yourself should you feel the service warranted.
Our tour price also includes the charter flights Calgary-Kugluktuk & Kangerlussuaq, Greenland - Toronto (a US$2595 per person value).
Flights to Calgary/From Toronto. Program Enhancements/optional excursions (see pre-trip notes sent upon reservation); personal expenses, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on board the ship, additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes, possible fuel surcharges. Optional single supplement fees.
It is customary to offer your Adventures Abroad Tour Leader a gratuity upon conclusion of the trip.
Taxes - Any taxes applicable to the expedition portion of the tour are included in the tour price; however, the two hotel nights (Calgary & Toronto) are subject to an additional Canadian tax (GST) which we are required to list separately on your bill.
Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance: All travellers must obtain Medical and Emergency Evacuation Insurance (not included), including without limitation, emergency medical evacuation insurance in a minimum amount of USD$75,000 per passenger, which includes evacuation by air ambulance.
Seasonality and Weather
The Northwest Passage is only accessible for a few short months: July to September. Most expedition cruises only operate in August & September once the narrow channels become ice free; it's not until late summer that the ice has receded sufficiently to allow ships to navigate the narrow channels.
Average temperatures during this brief window are +4 to -4C (40-25 °F). In early September, shorter days, slightly cooler weather and higher chances of snow, mark a change in the seasons and the onset of autumn. However, as the ice continues to melt through September it becomes easier to get to ice strewn locations, which were inaccessible earlier in the season. Wildlife is still very much in the area, and September can provide excellent sightings! Our September departure also benefits from better chances of experiencing the Northern Lights.
Transport and Travel Conditions
This expedition is best suited for people with an adventurous spirit, who still want comfortable accommodations and good food!
We will be cruising the Northwest Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges, and a top-deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to explore throughout the Arctic summer.
Capacity - 198 passengers
Registry - Bahamas
Year built - 1982, Szczecin, Poland
Refurbished - 001, 2004, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2018
Length - 137m (450 ft); Breadth - 21m (69 feet); Draft - 5.8m (19 feet)
Stabilizers - Gyrofin stabilizers
The ship also offers laundry service, a medical clinic, panoramic top-deck observation platform, elevators.
Our Excursions & Activities:
Weather-permitting, we get off the ship at least once, and sometimes twice a day. We may visit communities, go exploring in our Zodiacs to look for wildlife, or hike where possibly no one has been before. On shore, when possible, we will break into guided groups depending on interest and physical ability, so you will never be left behind. This is not a strenuous trip, but it is busy; you'll need to be sure on your feet and able to manage getting into/out of small boats and bravely face a wide range of weather conditions. Though we travel mostly in protected waters and the ship has stabilizers, we have some open water crossings; you should be comfortable with wave motion in the event that we encounter weather and/or swells.
Zodiacs are the favoured means of transportation for all our expeditions and, indeed, wherever shallow waters and beaches ring the shoreline. Zodiacs are inflatable, rigid-hulled watercraft, powered by outboard motors.
Life aboard the Ocean Endeavour is as relaxed or as engaged as you want it to be. The onboard spa, library, hot tub, gym, sauna, gift shop, lounges, and viewing areas offer comfort and ease. Programming is designed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the regions we visit. Presentations, workshops, entertainment, and special events complete the excursions.
Buffet-style breakfast and lunch offer fresh and healthy choices. Supper is a la carte to suit every taste, including fish and vegetarian options. Desserts, made fresh daily, are a highlight! Food sensitivities, special diets, and personal choices can be accommodated with advance notice. Early-bird breakfast, afternoon tea, late-night snacks, and treats round out the offerings. And tea, coffee, and cookies are always available!
Private bath, telephone, flat screen TV, intercom, hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products.
Category 6, 'Comfort Twin'
Twins will be accommodated on Deck 4: Two porthole windows, unobstructed view; two lower berths - approx. 175 sq ft.
Singles will be accommodated on Deck 7: Picture windows, partial obstruction, two lower berths – approx 135 sq ft.
For the expedition we have a limited quantity of single cabins with no single supplement! Yes, you read that right; but once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee (in order to secure a cabin to yourself) is 1.5 times the berth cost. A single supplement will apply for single hotel accommodation requested in Calgary & Toronto (2 nights total).
For more information, please click on the 'Map & Hotels' tab elsewhere on this page.
Staff and Support
The ship is, of course, fully-crewed, including wildlife/cultural specialists, medical personnel, expert Zodiac captains, and local cultural ambassadors.
This tour will be lead/hosted by senior Tour Leader, Martin Charlton, who in 2020 celebrates 25 years of leadership for Adventures Abroad.
Maximum 16 plus Tour Leader
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