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RCGS Resolute

Northwest Passage & Greenland with One Ocean

15-day expedition cruise from £15,685 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Save up to £1,700 per cabin - book by 30 Sept

Summary

Short description

Follow in explorers’ bow wakes to take in unique wildlife, heritage and Arctic scenery

Highlights

  • Sail among towering icebergs and glaciers
  • Spot everything from narwhal to polar bears
  • Take in the region’s Inuit and explorers’ past
  • Indulge with five-course dinners and spa facilities
  • Enjoy included tours and lectures throughout

In Brief

  • 1 Night Edmonton
  • 1 Night Cambridge Bay
  • 1 Night Coningham Bay
  • 1 Night Bellot Strait and Fort Ross
  • 1 Night Beechey Island
  • 1 Night Devon Island and Dundas Harbour
  • 1 Night Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
  • 1 Night Gibbs Fjord
  • 1 Night Baffin Bay
  • 1 Night Ilulissat
  • 1 Night Sisimiut
  • 1 Night Søndre Strømfjord

About

Recommended for:
Expedition cruise

Once the sole preserve of polar explorers, the Northwest Passage has only recently opened up for mere mortals, linking the Pacific and Atlantic. Winding between the iceberg-dotted fjords of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and the colourful villages of Greenland, this unique voyage takes in everything from Inuit settlements and forgotten trappers’ outposts to dramatic glaciers and the region’s unique wildlife. Think polar bears, walrus and narwhal. It’s all brought to life by an expert-led lecture programme and series of included shore excursions, including hikes, Zodiac cruises and optional kayaking. Then, each day, you’ll return to your ship’s comforts, with complimentary spa facilities and multi-course, full-board dining among the highlights. Just remember, this is expedition cruising; the below is just a sample. Your captain will make the most of current weather and wildlife conditions to plot your itinerary.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Edmonton

After making the most of your complimentary airport lounge access, board your day flight to Canada. You’ll be met at the airport by your included transfer, seeing you to your central accommodation. As the province of Alberta’s capital, its university district is home to spirited theatres and bars, while museums and modernist galleries chart its frontier-town heritage. There’s even a reconstructed 19th-century log fort.

Stay: Edmonton accommodation (Superior)

Day 2
Cambridge Bay

After an included transfer, you’ll fly north on a charter flight, arriving into the Arctic Circle with Cambridge Bay. You’ll begin your series of included excursions here with a walking tour, taking in the village’s hunting and trapping heritage. It’s a sternly remote place, complete with clapboard houses and rough roads. You’ll then board your expedition ship for welcome cocktails and the first of your full-board meals, with buffet breakfasts and lunches joined by five-course à la carte dinners. Alongside a chance to rest up in your comfortably appointed cabin, you’ll also enjoy complimentary access to the Jacuzzi, sauna and salt-water pool. Further facilities include a well-stocked library and presentation theatre.

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B D

Day 3
Victory Point

Charting a course into the Northwest Passage, you’ll begin your series of presentations, delving into the tale of the fateful Franklin expedition – the 19th-century voyage that sought to traverse the last unnavigated section. Its mystery was only partially solved in 2014, when HMS Erebus was found in the Victoria Strait. One Ocean Expeditions played a pivotal role in the search, and your voyage will seek to travel near the actual location of the wreck.

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Coningham Bay

Coningham Bay, on the shores of Prince of Wales Island, is one of the most remarkable wildlife sites in the Arctic. A hotspot for beluga whales and, resultantly, their polar-bear huntsmen, it’s not unusual to find its shoreline littered both with whale skeletons and well-fed bears.

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Bellot Strait and Fort Ross

Today you’ll transit the narrow passage of the Bellot Strait. Its mixing of waters provides an abundant food source for marine mammals, so keep your eyes peeled for harp seals, bearded seals and even polar bears. With the open bridge policy, it’s easy to see the skill of the captain and officers, along with the ice capabilities of the ship, as you navigate through this winding route. The historic site of Fort Ross is a further highlight. Located at the southern tip of Somerset Island, it’s a former fur-trading outpost of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Archaeological sites tell its unique history, along with that of more than a thousand years of Inuit habitation.

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Beechey Island

Beechey Island is of great historic importance. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last “comfortable winter” in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness – something remembered by grave markers erected on its remote windswept beach. It’s the chance to reflect on the bravery, or foolhardiness, of these pioneering explorers. 

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Devon Island and Dundas Harbour

Cruising the cragged coast of Devon Island, you’ll arrive into Lancaster Sound – a rich, bio-diverse region often referred to as the wildlife “super highway” of the Arctic. Expect everything from polar bears and musk ox to walrus, narwhal and beluga whales. There’s also the chance to visit the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost at Dundas Harbour. Muskox and Arctic hare are sometimes seen around here, and there are great hiking options in the area that take in the region’s remote desolation.

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)

Navigating through Navy Board Inlet, you’ll catch sight of the wild north coast of Baffin Island. You’ll be surrounded by the vast landscapes of Sirmilik National Park as you approach the remote Inuit community of Mittimatalik, otherwise known as Pond Inlet. Its unique culture is showcased at the excellent Natinnak Centre, where you’ll learn of the daily life and history of these most hardy of people. There’s even the chance to meet a few of the local children and marvel at their athleticism as they play traditional Inuit games. 

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Gibbs Fjord

Sailing through Gibbs Fjord, your expedition ship will be dwarfed by giant peaks and snowy glaciers. It’s the chance to truly relax and enjoy the majestic remoteness of it all, of course looking out for the local wildlife along the way.

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Baffin Bay

Leaving the rugged coast of Baffin Island behind, crossing Baffin Bay will see you head out among pilot whales, orca and rare seabirds, from fulmars to dovekies. It’s all brought to life by the resident naturalists, always on hand to point out the wildlife and deliver the superb lecture series. Then, as you approach Greenland, the likelihood increases of spotting big baleen whales, like fin and sei.

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Ilulissat Icefjord

Truly a highlight of world travel, to sail the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord is a genuine privilege. You’ll navigate between giant glacier faces and tabular icebergs, watching as sheets of ice the size of houses calve off into the glittering waters below. Around 50 cubic kilometres of ice is produced annually. As you wind among it all, you’ll be thankful for your skilled crew and your ship. It’s got one of the highest ice ratings of any vessel exploring Arctic waters.

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Sisimiut

Today is given over to exploring Sisimiut and its accompanying fjord. Backdropped by a high granite peak, the town is characterised by colourful local houses – a remote delight. There’s even the chance to meet traditional Greenlandic kayakers and to see their demonstration of “Eskimo rolling”. Indeed, Sisimiut’s fjord is also well worth exploring on walks along its cragged shores. 

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Søndre Strømfjord

One of the world’s longest fjords, Sondre Stromfjord towers above your ship. You’ll also explore some of its smaller side channels on Zodiacs, hikes and kayak trips, admiring the cragged rock formations and wandering musk ox. Sea eagles are also often sighted here, playing in the thermal currents. 

Stay: RCGS Resolute (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 14-15
Depart for UK

Disembarking in Kangerlussuaq, an included transfer will see you to the airport for your charter flight, connecting with your flight home in Ottawa.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

15-day expedition cruise on board RCGS Resolute (One Ocean Expeditions) from £15,685 incl. flights

Departure: 29 August 2020

Save up to £1,700 per cabin - book by 30 Sept
Book by: 30 September 2019

Includes

  • Return international flights
  • Overnight hotel in Edmonton
  • Shared overseas transfers
  • Charter flight from Edmonton to Cambridge Bay to embark and from Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa
  • Twin cabin with panoramic windows
  • Complimentary use of expedition gear package (jacket, pants, boots)
  • Complimentary use of binoculars, trekking pole & waterproof backpack
  • Custom blend natural Canadian-made washroom amenities
  • Custom Canadian-made linen & 'Dream-Sleep' package with 100% cotton bathrobe
  • In-room tea & coffee station & flat-screen TV with onboard intranet
  • Welcome package & stainless-steel water bottle
  • Complimentary In-room snack menu
  • Complimentary In-room mini-bar replenished daily (non-alcoholic)
  • One Ocean 'Adventure Concierge' service
  • All zodiac and landing excursions
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga
  • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs
  • Welcome reception & welcome dinner
  • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
  • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
  • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime
  • Access to wellness area (Finnish Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub)
  • Natural essential oil amenities
  • Services of English speaking medical officer
  • All zodiac and landing excursions
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga
  • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts
  • Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures


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