We recently received word that the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov will be retiring from expedition cruising after the 2011/12 Antarctica cruise season. That may seem a long way off, but in reality it means there are only a handful of cruises left on the “KK” between now and and its last voyage in 2011. The announcement of its retirement combined with its illustrious place in the annals of expedition travel will likely create strong demand for the remaining Khlebnikov trips—especially the emperor penguin cruises to Snow Hill Island, Antarctica.
While the Khlebnikov’s retirement brings to a close an era in expedition travel, the good news is that there is still time for you to travel on this amazing ship! Of particular interest to many travelers are the cruises to the emperor penguin rookeries of Snow Hill Island, Antarctica. If you’ve ever dreamed of taking one of these unique trips to see emperor penguins in the wild, we strongly recommend you consider our 2009 cruise dates as cabin rates for these cruises are expected to rise by 20% in 2010—and possibly higher in 2011. Space is still available on 2009 departures starting in October. Call us for details at 800-368-0077.
It is truly an understatement to say the Khlebnikov played an integral role in developing expedition cruising as a travel genre. The Khlebnikov was first retrofitted for expedition cruising in 1990 and it quickly became one of the busiest expedition cruise ships in the business—as well as one of the first icebreakers to be used for passenger travel in polar waters.
During its years of service, the Khlebnikov racked up a number of “firsts” in expedition cruising—including the first full-circumnavigation of Antarctica in 1996/7. It has traveled throughout the Arctic and Antarctica, safely and comfortably carrying travelers to explore all corners of the polar regions—from cruises through the historic Northwest Passage to explorations of coastal Greenland, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Ross Sea and more. Many of our clients will fondly reflect on their adventures aboard the Khlebnikov, recalling the thrill of standing at the bow as the ship broke through meter-thick ice pans en route to some of the world’s more remote and spectacular wildlife and nature destinations.
We hope you will have a chance to experience the Kapitan Khlebnikov prior to its retirement!