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Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Destination: Longyearbyen, Svalbard Exploring the town that boasts the highest of most things: the northernmost post office, museum, restaurant, and university to name just a few.  The largest settlement in the high Norwegian Arctic is Longyearbyen, which is also the administrative center of Svalbard, Norway. For cruise passengers who are meeting a ship, as I did …

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Port Buzz: Glasgow, Scotland via Greenock

Photo Tour from shore leave in Glasgow, Scotland. Port Buzz: Glasgow, Scotland via Greenock. Photo tour from a full-day in port via Azamara Quest. Today Azamara Quest called on Greenock, which is located in Inverclyde a short 45-minute train ride to the Glasgow Central train station in the city center. Scotland’s largest city offers cruise …

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Tips about a layover in London before heading to Southampton for cruise

Pre-Cruise London Hotel Tips about a layover in London before heading to Southampton for a cruise. London Layover I am so glad that I overnighted in London prior to heading to Southampton to embark on Azamara Quest. To miss the iconic capital city would be a real shame: the people, history, culture, food, and activities …

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(video) Voyage Recap Silversea Longyearbyen to Tromso

Silversea Expeditions – Silversea Longyearbyen to Tromso Voyage at-a-glance video documenting what we saw along the way during Silver Explorer’s 10-day expedition from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Trompso, Norway. Exploring the high Arctic 7 days of expedition cruising around Svalbard and Bear Island enroute to Tromso, Norway. Day 1- Arrival from Oslo via chartered flight to Svalbard Day 2 – …

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A Day on an Adventure Cruise with Silver Explorer

Discover Andoyane and Monacobreen Day 7 – June 27, 2015 During the morning Silver Explorer anchored in Andoyane, Svalbard. The small islands of the area are home to numerous sea and land birds. During the morning we took Zodiac boats out to explore the little islands. It was rainy but that did not deter eager …

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Ice Cruising the Polar Ice Cap with Silversea

Northern Latitudes – ice cruising at 80 degrees north The Quest for the Ice: The entire success of a Silver Explorer expedition centers around wildlife encounters. Finding Svalbard’s rich wildlife that includes Polar Bears, walruses, whales, Svalbard reindeer, seals, and birds depends on many factors. Perhaps the most sought after encounter is with a Polar …

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Silver Explorer: Svalbard: Raudfjorden, Virgohamna, and Amsterdamoya

Day 2 – June 23, 2015 Days 2-8 will be spent in search of wildlife encounters. We have a flexible itinerary and a lot of what we are able to discover is contingent upon ice conditions. We head north to where there is fast ice, which is where polar bears hangout eating seals (if they …

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Silver Explorer: Oslo, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Day 1 Embarkation: June 22, 2015 Northern latitudes: Reporting from Silversea Expeditions in the Arctic.   Getting to Silver Explorer I took a United flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway where I would overnight at one of the hotel options available from Silversea. My transfer to the hotel was …

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