NEW YORK -- EuroCruises here is venturing to Greenland this year
with two new cruises aboard the Funchal and the Black Watch.
"I think its sort of a natural development in the cruise
business," Bjarne Mikkelsen, president of EuroCruises, said.
"There is a lot of interest in Greenland."
The itineraries provide a change of pace from the usual
European/Scandinavian vacation, providing more adventure offerings
than museum tours, he said.
An autonomous state within the Danish kingdom, Greenland is cold
for nearly the entire year.
Temperatures in summer, when the cruises are slated to operate,
range from 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) to 15 degrees
Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit).
A visit to Greenland provides an opportunity to meet some of the
55,000 residents of the island.
Newcomers can explore villages largely dependent on hunting and
fishing for sustenance and meet the Inuit, Greenland's native
The Inuits constitute 80% of the island's population and are
related to the indigenous people of Alaska and Canada.
In addition to the cultural highlights, summer trips to the area
offer the opportunity of enjoying nearly 24 hours of daylight and
views of huge ice floes that will contribute about 10% of the
world's fresh water.
Passengers can see a variety of wildlife during the cruise,
including seals and whales, as well as musk oxen, reindeer, auks,
arctic terns, ravens, falcons, eagles and ptarmigans.
EuroCruises expects to draw high-end travelers with its new
"We know there is a market for these unusual itineraries,"
Many of the passengers are repeat customers, he said, and are
adventuresome and sophisticated travelers looking for something
Those who cruise to Greenland, he said, are not likely to be the
same people who head to the Caribbean for margarita-soaked
"Its a totally different clientele," he said. "We are not here
for the mass market. Let the other guys take care of that."
Activities during the Greenland itineraries are, in fact, a far
cry from limbo on the lido deck.
Visitors can participate in options offering activities, such as
climbing glaciers and touring Viking ruins, that the firm warns
require plenty of walking and special clothing.
For the less athletically inclined, there are bird-watching by
boat, island bus tours and shipboard lectures on what to expect
while visiting Greenland.
The 19-day cruises aboard the Funchal includes stops in
Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Island; Reykjavik, the capital
of Iceland; Narsarssuaq, where guests can take a shore excursion to
the Kuussuup Sermita Glacier; Dyrnacs, with its Viking ruins, and
Igalikoat, with its Inuit residents.
The cost of the cruise, which sails from Gothenburg, Sweden, on
July 21, starts at $2,615 per person, double, cruise only.
During its first trip to Greenland departing Sept. 1, the Black
Watch offers a longer cruise, 31 days, sailing from Dover, England,
to Norway, Iceland, Canada and Greenland.
Greenland stops are at the capital city of Nuuk and
After visiting the Greenland's ice-floe dotted waters, the ship
heads across the Atlantic to Canadian stops in Newfoundland, the
St. Pierre and Miguelon Island, Quebec City, Montreal, Saguenay
Fjord, Sydney and Halifax.
After the final stop in Canada, the ship hits the high seas for
a week's return trip to Dover.
The cruise aboard the Fred Olsen Cruises Line's vessel can be
taken as a whole or in portions, the spokeswoman said.
Guests can set their points of embarkation and disembarkation,
paying a per diem fee starting at $190 per person, double
For the entire cruise, prices begin at $6,904 per person,
double, cruise only.
The firm expects to offer the two cruises with Greenland calls
on an annual basis, Mikkelsen said.
Both cruises are commissionable at 10%.
Phone: (800) 661-1119 (brochures); (800) 688-3876