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What is an Expedition Ship?

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adventure canadaMore and more Canadians are discovering the joys of cruising, on large megaliners, on intimate river cruise ships, and even on traditional sailing vessels.  And there’s another niche which is seeing growing interest, particularly among the 50+ crowd:  expedition ship cruising.  You could say it’s both the latest trend and the last frontier.

What’s an expedition ship?  It’s a small ship (maximum around 175 passengers) dedicated to visiting some of the world’s most inaccessible places. On board, rather than a karaoke club or champagne bar, you’re more likely to find scientists and researchers whose lectures are one of the main attractions. “If their profession ends in ‘ist’ – botanist, archaeologist, marine biologist – chances are you’ll find them on an expedition ship,” says Pat Rochon, Vision Travel’s senior manager of active travel who likens the ships to floating classrooms.

Days are spent explore ashore (or afloat) hiking, kayaking, on board a zodiac or snowshoeing.  Perhaps you hike through a pristine jungle or get up close and personal with a few hundred penguins.

Sample destinations include the polar regions, both north and south, the Amazon or the South Pacific.

Dlx 3D Perspective Oct 2010Not surprisingly, the folks on board are not first time travellers. “You tend to find people from all over the world, North America, Europe, Asia, on board and they’re well-travelled, well-heeled, well-educated and curious people,” says Rochon, who has sailed on expedition ships in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Once fairly primitive in their amenities, now that they are not purely research vessels the ships are now becoming more comfortable, with the addition of libraries, bars, saunas and hot tubs. “Think of it as adventure by day, comfort at night,” says Rochon.

An expedition ship will take you places no other ship can even get near to…some of the world’s most remote and pristine corners.  No wonder it can be a life-changing trip.

Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Endeavour

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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.

Lynda Brown take the Lead with Students on Ice

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In late December, the wonderful youth-focused expedition organization Students on Ice announced they had hired a new Alumni Team Lead: Lynda Brown, formerly of the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre. This is terrific news—for SOI (whom Adventure Canada proudly supports) and for Lynda.

Many Adventure Canada travellers have enjoyed the insights and enthusiasm of Lynda Brown as an Inuit cuturalist, throatsinger, and drummer, aboard trips to the High Arctic.

Enthusiastic audiences all over North America have enjoyed her work with Siqniup Qilauta (Sunsdrum), the duo she co-founded and currently performs in with throatsinging partner (and fellow culturalist) Heidi Langille. Both on their own, and as featured performers in “Northbound: The Northwest Passage in Story and Song” with David Newland, Siqiniup Qilauta have played for the Explorer’s Club, the Royal Ontario Museum, and numerous folk festivals and venues from coast to coast to coast.

But that’s just the fun stuff! Lynda, a self-described ‘urban Inuk’ has also been hard at work as Manager of Youth Programs at the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, where she’s been instrumental in building programming from OICC’s first Early Learning program to the Centre’s current comprehensive portfolio of youth programs.

With her broad experience in program development and team management, her roots in the North (Lynda is originally from Pangnirtung), and her passion for youth and culture, Lynda makes a perfect fit for her exciting new role. Having worked with Lynda aboard and ashore, we know how much hard work, dedication, enthusiasm, and creative energy she’ll bring to her new position.

Please join us in congratulating Lynda on this exciting new opportunity—and SOI, on having found the perfect person to grow their alumni network. Empowering Inuit is what Lynda’s all about—and no one sets a better example. Congratulations, Lynda!

 

 

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