Category archive: Expedition Blog

Nansen Explorer On Location

EYOS Announces New Antarctica And Arctic Voyages On MV Nansen Explorer

EYOS, the world leader in private superyacht experiences, in partnership with Nansen Polar Expeditions, announces new departures to Antarctica and the Arctic in 2022 where travelers will be able to book an individual cabin or fully charter the yacht. Combining their collective expertise, the two brands will introduce a new expedition yacht experience to the polar regions aboard the newly refitted seven-cabin MV Nansen Explorer. Drawing on EYOS’ decade of experience operating private yacht expeditions to the polar regions, the scheduled departures and charters will take travelers to destinations far removed where most superyachts are sailing.

EYOS and Nansen Polar Expeditions Announce Strategic Alliance

EYOS Expeditions, the world’s foremost provider of private yacht expeditions, and Nansen Polar Expeditions, have joined forces on a long-term strategic alliance coinciding with Nansen’s recent fleet expansion. Together, EYOS and Nansen will combine their collective experience to introduce a new expedition yacht experience in the polar regions.

Kelvin Murray on Expedition

Faces of EYOS: Kelvin Murray

Next up in our quest to share with the world a deeper look into the people of EYOS Expeditions, we speak with Director of Expedition Operations & Undersea Projects, Kelvin Murray.

DSSV Pressure Drop Approaching Sea-Ice

Reaching the Unexplored with Fourth Element

Last August, I sat in a small black inflatable boat prepping equipment on a gently-rolling Arctic sea just below 80 degrees North. “How long will the descent be?”, asked one of my colleagues. “About an hour and a half”, I replied; “It’s a shallow dive, only about five and a half thousand meters…” We stopped ourselves and laughed – when did 5,500 meters become a ‘shallow dive?’

Faces of EYOS: Olivia de Varreux

We continue the series with Olivia de Varreux, the Field Staff Manager at EYOS Expeditions. Olivia has seen much of the world through a porthole after spending years on commercial expedition ships and then some of the world’s most prestigious yachts. Seeing her transition from globetrotter to behind-the-scenes logistician gives a great picture of what Olivia brings to the table at EYOS.

Kelly Walsh about to enter Limiting Factor

Father’s Day Tale: Kelly Walsh dives Challenger Deep, 60 years after his father, Don Walsh, became the first

Kelly Walsh, 52, today completed a historic dive to approximately 10,925m in the Challenger Deep. Walsh dove in the Western Pool, the same area that was visited by Kelly’s father, Captain Don Walsh, USN (Ret), PhD, who was the pilot of the bathyscaph ‘Trieste’ during the first dive to the Challenger Deep in 1960. Mr. Walsh’s 12-hour dive, coordinated by EYOS Expeditions, was undertaken aboard the deep-sea vehicle Triton 36000/2 ‘Limiting Factor” piloted by the owner of the vehicle Victor Vescovo, a Dallas, Texas based businessman and explorer. 

Victor Vescovo and Kathy Sullivan

Kathy Sullivan becomes first woman to Challenger Deep; EYOS coordinates call between International Space Station and DSSV Pressure Drop

In a world first, EYOS Expeditions today coordinated a call between the International Space Station and the DSSV Pressure Drop, the mothership of submersible DSV Limiting Factor. Limiting Factor ‘LF’ had just returned from a full ocean depth dive in the Challenger Deep, the deepest point in the ocean, with pilot Victor Vescovo of Caladan Oceanic and oceanographer/astronaut Dr. Kathy Sullivan onboard. The ISS is in Low Earth orbit at an altitude of 408 kms (254 miles) while the LF operates at a depth of nearly 7 miles.

octopus at bottom of ocean

World’s Deepest Diving Octopus Discovered at 6,957 Meters During Five Deeps Expedition

The deepest diving octopus ever filmed was recently discovered by Dr. Alan Jamieson of Armatus Oceanic, was a species belonging to the Grimpoteuthis family, making this a likely new species of ‘Dumbo Octopus’. The observations were made at 5,760 and 6,957 metres deep (3.6 to 4.3 miles deep) in the Indian Ocean during the recent Five Deeps Expedition, the world’s first manned expedition to the deepest point in each of the five oceans. 

EYOS and Simwave Partner to Deliver Unique Expedition Operations and Ice Navigation Course for Superyacht Officers

EYOS Expeditions and Simwave have developed a bespoke ice navigation and expedition operations simulator course for superyacht officers that meets STCW and Polar Code requirements. This partnership combines Simwave’s expert instruction and sophisticated simulator technology in Rotterdam with the practical expertise of EYOS to deliver essential training with practical, real-world polar expeditions insight that is not found in any other course.

Crew of the Pressure Drop on the bow

EYOS Appointed as Exclusive Sales Agents for Hadal Exploration System

Following the historic Five Deeps Expedition and the current Ring of Fire Expedition, Caladan Oceanic’s Hadal Exploration System (HES) is being offered for sale exclusively through EYOS Expeditions. The HES is the only scientific platform specifically designed for work in the deep ocean ‘hadal zone’ and the submarine is the only vehicle certified with an official ‘Depth Unlimited’ rating.  Able to dive repeatedly to 11,000m, the submersible is uniquely capable of reaching any depth, in any ocean and to do so for an indefinite number of dives. The package is listed at an asking price of $49.8 million which is based only on its actual design, construction, and shakedown costs.