50 Years of Victory: Poseidon

crew members
525 feet
98 feet
36 feet
cruising speed
21 knots
ice class

50 Years of Victory: Poseidon is the largest, most sophisticated and powerful icebreaker ever constructed. This nuclear-powered small ship is a true expedition vessel, equipped with an onboard helicopter for spectacular aerial sightseeing. The first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow, she was designed with a stainless steel icebelt 18 feet wide that breaks through ice up to nine feet thick. She carries the highest ice class rating possible and is driven by two nuclear reactors that produce 75,000 horsepower. In open water, her top speed can be as much as 21 knots.

This version of 50 Years of Victory: Poseidon’s cabin configurations and amenities is for her charter by Poseidon Expeditions. The 50 Years of Victory also sails with a slightly altered configuration for other polar itineraries: 50 Years of Victory.

50 Years of Victory: Poseidon Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ 50 Years of Victory review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our experts have been aboard nearly every small expedition ship in the polar regions. Please read our 50 Years of Victory: Poseidon review below then contact our polar cruise experts to compare the 50 Years of Victory: Poseidon to other polar expedition ships that offer Arctic cruises.

Choose 50 Years of Victory for a ship unlike any other, with the ability to go where other ships cannot. Cruising aboard this marvel of engineering is an unforgettable experience in itself. She is a working ship, purpose-built to pilot cargo and research ships through heavy ice. She provides a friendly, casual atmosphere with unexpected amenities, comfortable accommodation, and a restaurant serving gourmet cuisine.

Common Areas Aboard 50 Years of Victory: Poseidon

50 Years of Victory: Poseidon carries 124 passengers and features an elevator available between the Bow Deck and Bridge Decks 1, 2 & 3. The vessel provides ample public space, including an Aft Saloon, forward Lounge, Victory Bar, library and single-seating dining room. The library features polar books in multiple languages, field guides, picture books, reference materials and games. The lounge provides guests with a space to relax and enjoy 24-hour coffee and tea. The Bow Deck provides sweeping views from which to watch the ship break through Arctic ice, as well as the open bridge. The Aft Saloon converts from a presentation room during the day to a place to dance and socialize in the evening. 

The polar boutique offers gifts and souvenirs and a selection of expedition gear, including base layer clothing, waterproof pants, gloves and more. A medical clinic with a 24-hour, on-call, English-speaking doctor, common prescription medicines and basic first aid equipment is available should any health needs arise.

Dining Aboard 50 Years of Victory: Poseidon

The dining room on the Bow Deck features delicious meals on a daily basis, in an informal setting that accommodates all guests in one unassigned seating. Breakfasts and lunches are normally served buffet style while dinners are elegant, plated affairs. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are available and most special dietary needs can be met with advance notice. Fresh-baked cookies and/or pastries are offered each afternoon, and each cocktail hour features a selection of hot and cold snacks in the lounge. Both the dining room and the well-stocked Victory Bar offer guests soft drinks, juices, water, a selection of beer and wine, non-premium liquors and spirits in the late morning, afternoon and evening.

Activities Aboard 50 Years of Victory: Poseidon

The ship is equipped with a helicopter and a fleet of Zodiacs for shore transfers and landings, both extending the vessel’s ability to reach ice-locked, remote Arctic islands en route from the North Pole. Weather depending, the ship’s hot air balloon will be launched to commemorate reaching the North Pole. For relaxing, there is an indoor, heated saltwater plunge pool flanked by men’s and women’s saunas. Massage is available. The basketball/volleyball court creates unique opportunities to recreate aboard and the gym’s windows ensure guests won’t miss a moment of passing scenery while exercising. For those interested, explore the heart of the icebreaker during guided tours of the engine room.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard 50 Years of Victory: Poseidon

Every 50 Years of Victory cabin has exterior views via a window that opens; private facilities with shampoo, shower gel, bathrobe and hair dryer; 220v/50Hz electrical outlets; a coffee maker; daily housekeeping; laundry services available for a fee; public address system; and a TV and DVD player.