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Paul S.

Lake Oswego, OR
Jul 2015

Svalbard – Realm of the Polar Bear

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Great customer service from ship staff, and great food. We were fortunate to have clear weather, which greatly enhanced wildlife sightings and landing abilities. Exceeded my expectations, and I've traveled to over 70 countries, with groups, solo, and with different providers.

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Kendall W.

Lake Oswego, OR
Jul 2015

Svalbard – Realm of the Polar Bear

Expedition Ship Expedition

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Great weather...good wildlife viewing – polar bears (4) and walrus (55-60). I am confident that expedition team positioned us the best they could to see what was there. The daily planning was awesome with activities in morning and afternoon (e.g. landings/zodiac cruises/lectures) and no wasted blocks of time.

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Eugene N.

Dubai, UAE
Jul 2015

Svalbard – Spitsbergen Explorer

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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My first polar experience to Svalbard was really AMAZING!! And therefore, the second and third are definitely on the way. I must say this trip–from the booking handling up to the the very last day at the airport–was arranged perfectly and beyond my expectation. The encounter with polar bears in the sea ice was definitely the highlight of the trip! And sea kayaking offered a closeness with nature, as well as the tundra hike.

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Kathleen N.

Kennebunk, ME
Jul 2015

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Wonderful trip! We saw so many exciting things: polar bears, beluga whales, puffins, minke whales, blue whales, walruses, reindeer, seals, and many different types of birds. We had amazing hikes and beautiful Zodiac cruises. The pace of the trip was perfect. I loved the hiking and I LOVED seeing the wildlife so close! The staff on board was excellent....very friendly, fun, knowledgeable, safety conscious, and hard working. ExpeditionTrips was prompt, courteous, and professional.

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Stuart M.

Sanibel, FL
Jun 2015

Land of the Ice Bears - Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Our trip was excellent. The most memorable parts of this journey was the Polar Bear coming right up to the bow of the boat and the wonderful hour we spent with the whales. The naturalist lectures were something to look forward to on a daily basis.

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Virginia M.

Athens, GA
Jun 2015

Land of the Ice Bears - Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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Superb, everything went smoothly. The level of service that the staff and naturalist guides delivered was outstanding. The most memorable parts were seeing polar bears, whales, walrus, glaciers, and the midnight sun.

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Karen S.

Gilford, NH
Jun 2015

Wild Norway & Svalbard

Expedition Ship Sea Adventurer (charter 2015)

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Excellent! The most memorable parts were cruising the Lofoton Islands, museum in Longyearbyen, seeing polar bear and walrus on beach, and the scenery on Spitsbergen.

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Anne E.

Victoria BC
May 2015

Norwegian Fjords and Polar Bears

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The ambiance in every department was exceptional and the food absolutely delicious. The organization of the Zodiacs and the tour buses was well done. I felt very safe at all times. The service in every department of the ship was first class. The lectures very informative. It surpassed my expectations by a longshot. ExpeditionTrips' assistance with any question was handled very well and immediately.

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Riccardo C.

Paris, France
Jul 2014

Svalbard – Spitsbergen Encounter

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Assistance was very good, and we got full support from ExpeditionTrips when the cruise departure date was changed.

The trip was absolutely fantastic! Great and very experienced team, amazing landscapes, and lots of animals, especially polar bears!

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Jen Y & Lian W.

Los Angeles, CA
Jul 2014

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Your assistance greatly helped us to know the advantage and shortcoming of boarding a small ship vs large cruise line to go on a polar expedition trip. All staff, especially the team leader, dedicated their entire effort to ensure every program to be successful. The moment that our Polar research ship crossed the 80 degree north latitude line was the most memorable part! 

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Bhaskar P.


Jul 2014

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

Research Ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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The whole trip exceeded my expectations. The staff was very warm, the food excellent, overall the experience was excellent and I shall cherish this forever. The trip was excellenct, and the best moment was a polar bear making a meal of a seal. The captain of the ship and our expedition leader were very adventurous. Their tracking of the different Arctic birds and animals was excellent. Very good team work.

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John B.

Sierra Vista, AR
Jun 2014

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

The daily excursions ashore were the most memorable part of the expedition. Our cabin was surprisingly spacious and very comfortable. ExpeditionTrips' expedition specialist was outstanding. Very helpful.

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Joel R.

Holladay, UT
Jun 2014

Land of the Ice Bears – An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The trip was great! The staff was very good and the scenery was unbelievable. I got great pictures of the polar bears and the trip was very memorable.

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Julie P.

Ellicot City, MD
Jun 2014

Land of the Ice Bears

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The Arctic is very interesting – very fragile, animals and plants struggle to survive. I really loved seeing polar bears in the wild, but most enjoyed our close encounter with a very active walrus on the beach. The number and kinds of birds was awesome; seeing reindeer and arctic foxes was also a thrill! The level of service was excellent all around, as it is on National Geographic tours.

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Les & Barbie G.

Alberta, Canada
Jun 2014

Iceland & Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship Island Sky

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This is the 2nd best trip we have taken…the first being Antarctrica, South Georgia and the Falklands. The staff at ExpeditionTrips is wonderful,and have done a great job in organizing this trip for us.

The memories of this trip will last forever, the first sighting of our first Polar Bear was just breathtaking, we were struck by the magnificent bear.  The Arctic foxes put on quite a show for us, and the walruses…well, they are similar to the Elephant Seals in South Georgia. This trip had everything, not forgetting the wonderful Atlantic Puffins….did I mention whales! Well, we saw so many and they put on quite a show for us too! 

Keep up the good work, and we look forward to doing more business with you.

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Elizabeth E.


Jul 2013

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

A well organised cruise, staff and expedition leader did their upmost to ensure we saw so much of the wildlife and experience the geology and Tundra of Spitsbergen, a memorable trip. Thank You!

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Eugenia G.

Ventura, CA
Jun 2013

Land of the Ice Bears

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The expedition leaders and all of the staff on our trip made the whole experience a learning, fascinating, fun, friendly adventure! The level of service was exceptional. I felt very comfortable approaching any of the staff and guides. The very personal, one-on-one relationships aboard the ship exceeded my expectations.

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Wendy C.

Australia
Jun 2013

Spitsbergen

Research Ship Polar Pioneer

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The staff and crew of Polar Pioneer worked so closely together to maximize every opportunity that we had to enjoy the amazing Arctic environment.

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Sue H.

Emerald Hills, CA
May 2013

Norwegian Fjords and Polar Bears

Expedition Ship Expedition

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The staff and naturalist guides were excellent, all the way around. The natural beauty of the area and the archaeology in the Orkneys and Shetlands far exceeded my expectations. The unbelievable beauty of the Norwegian coastline and the wonderful, fun passengers were memorable parts of the expedition. Planning our trip with ExpeditionTrips was great. Excitement and enthusiasm are always there with ET.

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Carol and Alan S.

Australia

Luxury Expedition Ship L'Austral

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Embarking L'Austral makes you feel special and when you get onboard the experience continues with great food in the restaurants and great service from the staff. Anyone looking for a smaller ship experience with the added bonus of Zodiac excursions would be delighted with what L'Austral has to offer. And she sails like a dream!

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Cathy H.

United States

Luxury Expedition Ship L'Austral

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L'Austral was splendid and we enjoyed it tremendously. The staff couldn't have been nicer and were so accommodating. We took advantage of the casual dining experience whenever we could even though the dining room was beautiful. We loved its open air dining. A highlight for us was being invited to the bridge!

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Diana P. and Judith H.

Port Pirie, South Australia
Aug 2012

Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen

Research Ship Polar Pioneer

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Thanks for organising our trip - we had a WONDERFUL time!! We were completely rapt in the whole voyage! The highlight, of course, was our great encounter with the polar bears and all the other wildlife we saw. Henrik was a great leader, and Sue and the team made all the organisation appear to just happen. We loved the friendly, casual and fun atmosphere on the ship.

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Ian C.

London, UK
Aug 2012

Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

Research Ship Polar Pioneer

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We have striven, we have sought and we have found. Of course our little expedition is not in the same realm as those of the great polar explorers of the past but it is a little taste. Perhaps we can retain some of the beauty, serenity and timelessness of the far northern world we have travelled in. Better still that we can take it back to our everyday lives.

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John D.

Washington DC
Jul 2012

Svalbard & Norway

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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What really inspired us to take this trip was our first two trips on the Silver Explorer -- this is our third.  Although we generally prefer land-based travel, this ship goes places you just can't see any other way, and the staff is incredible.  The highlight of the trip was, as expected, close viewing of polar bears, including an incredible, close-range view of two bears, eating on an ice floe.

The expedition team is wonderful, both very adept at getting the passengers safely and efficiently to the wildlife and terrain, and very knowledgeable about all of the relevant areas -- wildlife, geology, glaciology, history.  And back on board, the restaurant and hotel staff provide luxury and personal attention.  It's a great combination.

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Richard L.

Thornwood, NY, United States
Aug 2011

Expedition Svalbard and Norway

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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The ExpeditionTrips staff is excellent, and although I haven't met Emily or Shelley, I'd like to! I really feel like I'm talking with friends! We did the Antarctica trip and felt that the Arctic was our 'progression.' You can't beat the crew of the ship, their attention to detail is amazing.

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Jack D.

Hartsville, SC
Jul 2011

Svalbard – Realm of the Polar Bear

Expedition Ship Expedition

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After Antarctica, we wanted to explore the Arctic. Kayaking in the ice was one of the most memorable experiences. The ship was everything we expected and the expedition staff was very knowledgeable. All of the crew was knowledgeable and helpful. Tim, the kayaking leader was very friendly and helpful. The trip was all good, and we will use you in the future.

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Michael and Midge Des R.

Oakville, ON, Canada
May 2011

Norwegian Fjords and Polar Bears

Expedition

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It was a great experience. April and Emily were super helpful. We have no suggestions for improvement - it was that good! The trip was just great in all respects. Ship's staff was wonderful. Expedition staff were great also, very knowledgeable and very approachable.

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Cathy and Richard H.

Indianapolis, IN
Jul 2010

Land of the Ice Bears - An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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The customer service I’ve received from ExpeditionTrips is definitely outstanding. Someone is always there to answer questions and help. This is the 4th time we have booked through you and we will keep coming back for more small ship cruises.

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Nicholas N.

Taunton, United Kingdom
Jun 2010

Land of the Ice Bears - An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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ExpeditionTrips' efficient, friendly and helpful service was up to the usual standard and I will certain use you again for future trips of this sort! The trip lived broadly up to expectations and the good weather helped a lot.

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Catherine and Philip D.

Eden Prairie, MN
Jun 2010

Land of the Ice Bears - An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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I would rate you a resounding 10 out of 10 and will recommend you to others! ExpeditionTrips made sure that all of our materials were delivered in a timely manner and every contact I had with your company was terrific! The trip absolutely exceeded all of my expectations! The staff was exceptional!!!

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Cindy H.

Houston, TX
Jul 2009

Svalbard – Expedition Spitsbergen

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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Had a great trip!! The staff was remarkable! After we checked in, the service staff was given a list with our check-in pictures and names, and they addressed us by name starting the first day of our trip! The ship was wonderful! I actually had cabinets I didn't use!! The common areas were very nice and comfortable. We used the hot tubs and that was fun!

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Rob and Rosemary M.

Berkshire, England
Jul 2009

Land of the Ice Bears - An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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First of all, it was a wonderful expedition for us and we really enjoyed it. We have returned with many photographs which are a visual reminder of a truly fantastic experience. We were so fortunate to see many polar bears, with cubs, walrus, seals, hundreds of thousands of birds and to cap it all a blue whale.

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Carl and Grete H.

Birkerød, Denmark
Jul 2009

Svalbard – Expedition Spitsbergen

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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We have had a fantastic trip! - thank you so much. Everything on board and on this trip was superb, and we have only praise. Wouldn't hesitate to book again with ExpeditionTrips, and have already recommended your company to friends. You were always quick to give us answers to our questions, and there was a feeling of being understood.

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Gary S.

Jackson, WY
Jul 2009

Land of the Ice Bears - An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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I wanted to take this trip to give my kids a chance to see a wild place. Breaking through the ice pack, seeing polar bears and the whales were our favorite experiences. The staff, guides and crew were excellent, very knowledgeable and were great with the kids. The photography instruction was outstanding.

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Deborah A.

Tampa, FL
Jul 2009

Land of the Ice Bears - An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Luxury Expedition Ship National Geographic Explorer

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ExpeditionTrips - You guys are the best!!!! I wish I could book all my trips though you! This adventure exceeded expectations for beauty of scenery, and number of bears. I wanted to travel to the Arctic to view the polar bears. The best moment was when an adolescent bear came right up to the ship!

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Marjorie D.

Jefferson, MD
Jul 2009

Svalbard – Expedition Spitsbergen

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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This cruise really exceeded our expectations, and we were totally pampered! The crew and expedition leaders did everything they could to make the trip enjoyable. We really felt we were getting personal service; everyone, even the people behind the buffet, knew us by name within a few days.

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Alexander S.

Madison, CT
Jul 2009

Expedition Svalbard and Norway

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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This was the first time in 40 years that I didnt book all of our travel arrangements myself and I was extremely pleased with the staff I worked with at ExpeditionTrips. I cant point to a single flaw in the services that were rendered; promises made promises kept. Thank you!

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Jennifer P.

Santa Monica, CA
Jun 2009

Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen

Research Ship Polar Pioneer

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ExpeditionTrips was responsive, friendly, and great to work with! I always felt I was being taken care of... you kept checking in with me about paperwork, etc and that was wonderful. The staff, guides and crew were friendly, knowledgeable and had a good energy level.

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Darryl E.

Chandler, AZ
Jun 2009

Expedition Svalbard and Norway

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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This was an excellent trip! I would recommend ExpeditionTrips, as we have booked through you twice and both trips have completely met our expectations. We would definitely travel with SilverSea again. The level of service, food and willingness to ensure that we were happy and comfortable was unsurpassed.

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Thom S.

Loveland, CO
Jun 2009

Expedition Svalbard and Norway

Luxury Expedition Ship Silver Explorer

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The service from ExpeditionTrips was very responsive, and I would book through ExpeditionTrips again. We had been looking for a good trip to the Arctic, and the most memorable parts were seeing the wildlife and cutting through the ice.

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Ellen S.

Chicago IL
Jul 2008

Land of the Ice Bears - An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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This is the second trip I have booked through ExpeditionTrips, and I trust you to make sure that everything is ok. Nothing was overlooked. The trip was super, and the naturalists were wonderful and enthusiastic. I was very impressed with Richard, Ian and Tom.

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Ilene and Richard J.

Boston, MA
Jun 2008

Land of the Ice Bears - An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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We have arranged over a dozen trips with ExpeditionTrips and the customer service received while planning this trip was a 10+ (as usual)! The trip exceeded our expectations; we loved the ship, the food was excellent and we saw several bears and walruses! We have never had a better group of guides on any trip.

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Adrienne P.

Paris, France
Jun 2008

Land of the Ice Bears

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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We were definitely happy with our experience booking through ExpeditionTrips. The trip exceeded our expectations. Even with the big time difference, we always had a prompt response to our questions and always got good follow up. The trip also enabled us to try to live one of our dreams - get a chance to see polar bears in their natural habitat.

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Dan and Ann B.

Cloverdale, CA
Jul 2003

Land of the Ice Bears - An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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The trip surpassed all our expectations! The Captain, crew and staff were all outstanding - most professional and helpful, and the ship well 'groomed.' We met some wonderful people, and 'leaders' of the various areas. And, the expedition leaders and staff overdid themselves to be sure we saw polar bears.


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Robert C.

Montreal

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Boreal (charter)

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Le Boreal's smaller size allows it to get into small ports and natural areas such as narrow fjords that bigger vessels couldn't visit.

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Marcia D.

San Fransisco, CA

Svalbard – Polar Bear Quest

Research Ship Origo

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It was a great trip! We saw lots of bears and walruses, which I adore, no matter how horrible they smell. And we spent our last afternoon walking with reindeer. The rest of the group that was hiking higher up in the area said that, from above, it looked like a mixed herd of people and reindeer. THAT was magic.

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Prof. Jozef B.

Antwerpen, Belgium

Svalbard – Polar Bear Quest

Research Ship Origo

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Leaving tomorrow from Iceland and Greenland. I wish to sincerely thank you for a most marvelous and unique experience.

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Harriette and Erwin W.

Richmond, VA

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

This was truly the adventure of a lifetime, and Expedition Trips did an outstanding job of preparing us for what to expect and what to bring with us. I give you a ten rating for excellence, and I would definitely book again with ExpeditionTrips and would recommend you to friends. You and your colleagues were so easy to work with and so competent and prompt in responding to inquiries and requests that it was a pleasure dealing with you.

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Pam and Donald M.

Huntsville, UT

Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard

Expedition Ship National Geographic Endeavour

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This trip was better than I had expected, and the guides, staff and crew were great. We had even asked one of the naturalists about places to see in Chile, and he wrote up a list for us complete with recommended restaurants! The schedule was revised around wildlife sightings.

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Sarah M.

United States

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Boreal

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A perfect balance for our tastes…the finest in French dining in a luxurious restaurant....stunning views….what was really special was the personal attention of the staff, many of whom from the first day knew us by name, greeting us warmly.

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Gary B.

United Kingdom

Luxury Expedition Ship Le Boreal

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On the experience itself, I can really only say that it has been fantastic. The ship, the comfort and the staff were exceptional. Nothing was too much. The food and wine were there to compliment the experience and was of an incredible standard. 

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Loren M.

Morton, IL

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

Topped my expectations.  I wouldn't change a thing. The staff and guides were better than expected. The wildlife was the most memorable part of the expedition. My experience working with ExpeditionTrips was a 10. You helped process a lot of information correctly in a short time and put up with all of my questions. Thanks so much.

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Harriette and Erwin W.

Richmond, VA

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

This was truly the adventure of a lifetime, and Expedition Trips did an outstanding job of preparing us for what to expect and what to bring with us. I give you a ten rating for excellence, and I would definitely book again with ExpeditionTrips and would recommend you to friends. You and your colleagues were so easy to work with and so competent and prompt in responding to inquiries and requests that it was a pleasure dealing with you.

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Loren M.

Morton, IL

Svalbard – Spitsbergen

Topped my expectations.  I wouldn't change a thing. The staff and guides were better than expected. The wildlife was the most memorable part of the expedition. My experience working with ExpeditionTrips was a 10. You helped process a lot of information correctly in a short time and put up with all of my questions. Thanks so much.

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Paul S.


Luxury Expedition Ship Le Boreal (charter)

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All of the staff exceeded our expectations. Where lectures could have been dry and boring, each lecturer added humor and personal experience to make their lecture come alive.  

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Luxury Expedition Ship Le Boreal (charter)

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The organization and planning of every little detail on such a trip was well beyond expectation.

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Patricia and Paul B.

Portland, OR

Svalbard Polar Bear Quest

Expedition Ship Quest

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You guys are always great.  Whether we are planning well in advance or at the last minute, everyone works hard to make sure it all comes together. Customer service is always a 10!