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That's correct Vancouverdoug, with one clarification. The ship is currently under charter to Grand Circle Travel, so GCT is in charge of getting passengers home. Polar Cruises is simply a tour operator that sells Travel Dynamics' program.
The ship is a little over 4,000 tons, 290 ft long. Like a large yacht.
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It's an interesting design, very reminiscent of the original easyCruise ship. Maybe slightly larger, but not by much
Just image google "easycruise 1" and see. I was on that puppy between Barbados and st. Vincent, and my gosh it rocked and rolled. The thought of taking something about that size to Antarctica is frightening.
If i was ever to do Antarctica by ship I'd want some tonnage.
This same ship also lost power and had steering issues after leaving the pier in Little Current (Manitoulin Island), Ontario during one of its weekly port visits during this past summer. Its anchor caught a channel buoy and dragged it about 100 yds. The was very very close to running aground in the main shipping channel which is very narrow and can have a current of up to 5 or 6 knots.
Just found out my mother's best friend from childhood was on this ship!!
The poor woman is 80 years old....said she was sea sick for two days after getting off the boat....
MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
2013--RCCL Liberty of the Seas
2010--RCCL Independence of the Seas
2009--RCCL Freedom of the Seas
2007--RCCL Liberty of the Seas
2005--RCCL Brilliance of the Seas
2002--RCCL Monarch of the Seas
2001--RCCL Majesty of the Seas
1998--RCCL Majesty of the Seas
1996--RCCL Majesty of the Seas