Albatros Expeditions is a well-established Danish firm specializing in Nordic travel and more recently to many other parts of the world. Notice the Danish spelling of albatros with a single “s” — the bird is a globe-trotter with a big wingspan.
Expedition-style small ship cruising now includes the familiar nearby Arctic and far afield into the Southern Hemisphere — Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia. One ship has now become two — one traditional vessel and the other representing the latest in expedition design and technology. Hence itineraries have expanded in number and diversity.
In 2022, the line will add a second Infinity class expedition ship — Ocean Albatros. Both have zero speed stabilizers, hence rolling may be reduced by up to 80-85% when the ship is not underway.
Ships, Year Delivered & Passengers
Ocean Victory delivered Dec. 2020, 93 cabins and 186 passengers. Highest Code 6, Highest Ice Class 1A, X-bow for cutting through the heavy seas.
Ocean Atlantic delivered 1985, rebuilt 2010, and last renovated 2016. 198 passengers. Ice classification 1B.
Ocean Victory 6 decks, elevator to all; Ocean Atlantic 6 decks and lowest three connected by elevator.
Europeans mostly; English-speaking passengers will have no problem. Some full Chinese charters.
$$ & $$$ — the newest ship Ocean Victory commands higher rates. Compare if a careful shopper.
A sampling as so many variations. Note: Ocean Victory will sail in Antarctica for the winter season and be chartered to Victory Cruise Lines for summer Alaska cruises.
14-day Western Greenland with many calls along Baffin Island as far as the entrance to the Northwest Passage and return; 13-day Northern Lights and Greenland; 12-day Iceland and both coasts of Greenland; 11-day Iceland and Svalbard; 8-day Jewels of the North Atlantic: Orkney, Shetland and the Faroes.
13-day Antarctic Peninsula and Polar Circle; 18-Day Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands.
Solar Eclipse (Dec 4, 2021) aboard Ocean Atlantic departs Nov. 23, 2021 — 20 Days from Ushuaia to the Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica, South Shetlands, and return to Ushuaia.
Solar Eclipse (Dec 6, 2021) aboard Ocean Victory departs Nov 26, 2021 — 15 days from Ushuaia, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, and Ushuaia. A 17-day positioning voyage April 23, 2021, from Valparaiso Chile, northward to Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, preceded by a Patagonia fjords cruise.
All excursions, photo workshop, tea and coffee, Welcome and Farewell Cocktails, and digital visual journal.
Arctic: Wild, scenic landscapes, dramatic effects of a warming earth; fjords, some with glaciers, bird and sea life; polar bears; local indigenous people living in remote communities.
Antarctic: Crystal clear days show off the fantastic colors and shapes of icebergs; birds seen nowhere else; flightless birds (penguins) of several types strutting about and diving into sea; a chance to hike on the ice shield; kayak in quiet coves, snowshoeing; visit to a research station.
The Falklands: Several islands; charming rock hopper penguins; Port Stanley’s semi-isolated inhabitants; and South Georgia where more birds are seen than anywhere else, and you will learn about the Shackleton Expedition.
When to Go?
Arctic — Northern Hemisphere summers
Antarctic — Southern Hemisphere summers
Ocean Victory: 93 staterooms, 68 s0-called private observation decks (balconies) and 9 with French step-out balconies; single cabins.
Ocean Atlantic: Cabins have windows or portholes, and 6 inside, 4 triples and 7 singles.
Ocean Victory: Main lounge bar, observation lounge, lecture room, and bird-watching platform on the highest deck.
Ocean Atlantic: Main lounge and a theater for lectures, viewing lounge high up on the ship with port and starboard verandas, outdoor café and bistro, and main restaurant on lowest deck forward.
Ocean Victory: Main dining room, specialty restaurant, deck BBQ.
Ocean Atlantic: Main restaurant on lowest deck forward and a bistro.
Activities & Entertainment
Ocean Victory: Swimming pool with pool bar, 2 Jacuzzis, spa, gym, wellness area, aft activity deck.
Ocean Atlantic: Pool and sauna, gym, wellness room.
Two very different styles of ship but quality of expedition staff the same; consider your price point then decide.
Along the Same Lines
There are many competing lines in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, including some covered in this article: Quirky-Sized Oceangoing New Ships of 2020 by Anne Kalosh.
USA – Albatros Expeditions US LTD, 4770 Biscayne Blvd., Miami FL 33137.
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