This nuclear-powered "cruise ship" can literally take you to the top of the world
Near the North Pole some 50 people went to the "top of the world" in a hot air balloon during an ice-breaking cruise
There are cruises and then there are expedition cruises. These days, more and more people define a "cruise" as a vacation in a leisurely tropical setting, sitting poolside with a drink in hand. There is nothing wrong with such cruises; just being at sea beyond the horizon is something of an extreme adventure - especially if you have never tried it before.
But what if you want more adventure - far more adventure? Let your imagination run wild and think of the place least likely in the world to reach by cruise ship? How about the North Pole? What if I told you it is not only possible to cruise in the Arctic Circle, but also to take a nuclear-powered ice breaker all the way to the actual North Pole? It is possible on the Russian-built "50 Years of Victory" still owned by the nation of Russia.
This "Soviet-era" ice breaker is actually nuclear
To tell the truth it is all about bragging rights. I went close (about 81-degrees north in Svalbard) amd we saw lots of ice, maybe a Polar bear, so small it looked like an ant - and spent two weeks looking at sea birds and jellyfish - no whales (well, one).
I would rather sail around Australia / NZ for the same price.
NS Savannah was a signature element of President Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace program. She was constructed as a joint project of the former Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the Maritime Administration. She operated from 1962 to 1965 in experimental service, at which time the AEC issued her commercial operating license number NS-1. Savannah continued in demonstration service as a cargo and passenger ship until 1970 when she ended her active career. She was defueled in 1971 and her reactor made permanently inoperable in 1975-76. About 95% of the power plant is intact and remains onboard ship. Savannah is still licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC is the successor to the AEC), and will remain so until nuclear decommissioning.
Last edited by Elliott; July 25th, 2012 at 11:15 AM.
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