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Reviews for Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth - M/S Expedition 5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.

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5 Elizabeth, 31/08/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

A polar bear coming right up to the ship when we were amongst the pack ice. Maybe he or she could smell the steak we were to have for lunch?

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5 , 15/08/13



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In the realm of the polar bear in depth

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What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Arriving at the sea ice and seeing 8 polar bears....3 of which came very close up to the vessel to see who we were. Absolutely amazing and due to the midnight sun we spent hours on deck late evening watching them...watching us....

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...John the Exoedition leader was Amazing he knew the Spitsburgen area very well...took account of weather conditions...chased the pack ice for bears right up to 499 nautical miles south of the North Pole to see bears in their natural summer environment and had the best interests of the group and health and safety at mind.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Don't take too many clothes! You need a good quality wind and waterproof jacket...thickness is not the key but layering underneath is. Take a couple of thermal tops and leggings you wear them most of the time! Polar fleeces and jackets and warm gloves....most people complained about cold hands...fingerless convertable gloves good for taking photos! You definitely also need a good pair of waterproof trousers for pulling over your normal trousers. Don't be worried about sharing a 4 person cabin...the rooms are actually more roomy than I thought.

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Food is amazing on the ship....crew are fantastic too....truly a trip of a lifetime :-)

5 Tracy, 13/09/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

There were so many highlights it's hard to decide - every day was my favourite for different reasons! I loved going up to the pack ice, the curious walrus are definitely in with a shout, the humpback whale breaching 5 times just in front of the boat, the polar bear hunting seals and the comedy moment when one escaped from him, as well as the beautiful scenery and fantastic team on the ship! Oh and it was pretty cool travelling into unchartered waters too!

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5 I Cleave, 23/07/12

After a day of  travelling and a very comfortable night at Hotel Spitsbergen we joined the M/S Expedition. The staff welcomed us aboard and we were shown to our cabins . We had a category 3 cabin which had plenty of room, window instead of porthole and en-suite bathroom . After all the necessary drills we set sail and this is where the fun started .


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