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Reviews for The Svalbard Express - M/S Expedition 5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.

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4.5 Gill Richards, 05/09/14

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Circumnavigating which I had not been expecting to be able to do. Sailing along the edge of the pack ice. Seeing 3 types of whales, a polar bear asleep and 2 others crossing the pack ice in the far distance and seeing arctic foxes at close quarters. We also enjoyed the history/culture aspects. We were too late for many of the birds as they had migrated but saw a few of each. I have coeliac disease and have to be completely gluten free or I rapidly become very ill. Hence travelling is very stressful for me. I was fully catered for. Josie, the hotel manager has a separate prep area in the kitchen and understands the issues of cross contamination One breadcrumb would do for me. I was able to enjoy the trip fully and eat with confidence. I cannot praise the team enough. They gave me as near as possible what everyone else was eating, just adapted and cooked it separately.

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5 Robert, 03/09/14

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

The dossier can't really give you the sense of what the Arctic is about. The route the ship takes is based on the weather, ice and fog or both and of course sea conditions. Each evening on board ship we were given an indication of where our route might take us and what we hoped to see. Our early morning call conirmed what was planned or gave us an update. What was most telling was the positive attitude of the ships staff and and captain to navigate the best possibel route. But even then things could change - we saw Fin Whales in the distance. The captain changed course and we observed them for an hour. We spotted a polar bear sleeping ona hill top - we moored as close as we could and waited for him to wake up. There was no rush !And none of wanted to move on. Each evening we also had a round up of the day - where we had been and what we had seen. No need to take any notes because at the end of the trip we were given a web link to dowmlooad each of the daily briefings, the ships log, wildlife sightings chart and a powerpoint presentation summary of the whole week.

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