Ultra-luxury cruise liner is heading to Greenland
Gone are the days when you had to choose between a luxury superyacht and an intrepid expedition vessel.
Nansen Polar Expeditions and EYOS, a company that offers luxury expedition yacht charters, recently launched voyages on the new MV Nansen Explorer, an expedition “yacht” capable of traveling through icy regions.
“The MV Nansen is definitely trying to fill a new niche in the industry,” said Ben Lyons, CEO of EYOS.
Thanks to a multi-million dollar refurbishment last year, the Nansen Explorer is built to Ice Classification 1A and can navigate polar regions like Greenland and Antarctica with ease – places where few other boats can. go.
“She’s really able to poke around in the ice,” Lyons said. “Her hull has battle scars from years of bashing. It’s part of his story.
While she may have the bones of an icebreaker, she’s got the inside of a mega-yacht – the type you’d expect to find floating in the Mediterranean, perhaps filled with a bunch of Kardashians , champagne in hand.
Although the MV Nansen is much larger than the superyachts we’ve come to know from paparazzi footage of Leo DiCaprio on vacation.
What once accommodated 60 people now accommodates 12 in seven elegant cabins that can be booked by private charter or individually.
For the most intrepid of travelers, the MV Nansen is truly an explorer’s nirvana.
The Scandinavian-inspired cabins are elegantly appointed with natural materials and large floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea.
There is a fully equipped gym and dining room where a rotating menu of Michelin star cuisine is served courtesy of the onboard culinary team.
There is also a myriad of equipment and activities like dry suits, kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Most impressively, there is a private helicopter that whisks guests up to glaciers and mountain peaks on expert-guided trips. There are also photographic trips.
The ship’s heliski-themed expedition, which travels to the Maniitsoq region of Greenland (April 24-May 1), offers passengers daily runs on secluded slopes that descend to the edge of the lake. water – a first of its kind in this region.
Her second itinerary (June 19-26) will explore the North Coast, traveling 150 miles beyond the Arctic Circle to Disko Bay.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to some of the largest icebergs in the world, some reaching up to 300 feet.
“Greenland has an incredible sense of escapism – going to a totally foreign and different place with icebergs and fantastic wildlife,” Lyons said. “There’s an incredible sense of privilege when you’re the only ones there.”
Would you rather not race down the remote slopes and, like many superyacht enthusiasts, sit below decks drinking champagne? No problem. On the boat, there are bubbles galore, as well as plenty of other things to do, including wildlife viewing (you can even see some of the 15 species of whales that inhabit Greenland’s waters) and getting friends.
“One of the biggest surprises for us, as well as for the people who have joined, is the social element,” Lyons said, adding that there are many mutual relationships as well as a common mindset. “forward shipping” among the guests, who often stay up late into the evening to share drinks.
“There is a shared mentality,” he said. “People bonded a lot more than expected. It’s a different atmosphere than other super yachts.
Expeditions are synonymous with camaraderie and experiencing something together. »
Lyons added that, in the past, their clients may have chartered private yachts for this type of adventure. However, these days many don’t want to bother organizing a mega-yacht of friends for an epic voyage – often a logistical nightmare.
“[It’s for] people who want to take it to the next level of experience,” Lyons said. “Like the couple who say, ‘Let’s do it ourselves.’ ”
From $22,808 per person; EYOS-Expeditions.com