I wandered over to town this morning for a few odds and ends and spotted this fine vessel in the docks.

The Blurb below is courtesy of Arthur Clarke via flickr the photo is mine.

Sea explorer in barrow docks

The distinguished 114-guest Sea Explorer offers a classic yacht-like atmosphere and deluxe accommodations for expeditions to Antarctica. Originally built in 1992 and refurbished in 2004, this luxury cruise ship provides fine service and Five-Star amenities. The Sea Explorer accommodates all guests in 57 outside suites. Each suite has ocean views and is elegantly designed with a sitting area, TV, mini-refrigerator, safe, and other amenities, as well as a marble bathroom. Several suites include private balconies accessed via sliding glass doors. Spacious and finely-decorated public areas include: a library stocked with books related to the itinerary and other volumes, and two computer terminals for e-mail access; an elegant lounge; and The Club, a gathering area for convivial relaxation, with picture windows for panoramic views. The restaurant, serving fine cuisine prepared by European chefs, accommodates all guests at a single unassigned seating. The ship also includes a gym, beauty salon, a sun deck with Jacuzzi, and an outdoor café and bar, where meals may be served al fresco. The Sea Explorer is ice-strengthened for voyages into Antarctic waters, and is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac inflatable craft for forays ashore.

Fact of the day
A community in Thule, in north-western Greenland, was so remote that until the start of the 19th century they believed themselves to be the only people in the world.