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Polar Regions Cruises

Explore truly unforgettable pristine and seldom-visited wilderness areas. Enjoy rich and varied wildlife (much of it found nowhere else in the world). Cruise among beautifully-sculpted icebergs and glistening glaciers. Travel in safe, convenient “go anywhere” Zodiac landing craft to remote beaches. Learn more about the Antarctic with an outstanding team of lecturers and expedition staff. Travel on-board ice-strengthened vessels with comfortable accommodations. Does all this sound perfect? A cruise to the Polar Regions is a true step back into nature and a trip you will never forget.

Why cruise the Polar Regions?

A cruise to either of the Polar Regions is a huge adventure and something that many people dream of. Both the Arctic and Antarctic offer very different experiences from the geography of the regions to the climate and the wildlife you can expect to see. Choosing your Polar Region cruise will be dictated by both the time of year and your proximity to either one of the poles – for many travellers in New Zealand and Australia, the Antarctic offers a much more viable option for cruising and can be accessed from South American countries such as Argentina and Ecuador. p>

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Polar Destinations

A Polar cruise is more about the journey than the destination as there is not much in the way of accommodation at either Pole! Choosing the right cruise line will mean deciding where you want to start your voyage and what you want to see along the way. Starting an Antarctic cruise from South America can mean an opportunity to explore places like the Galapagos, Buenos Aires and the lost cities of the Incas in Peru. While a trip to the Arctic can give you the opportunity to explore place like Toronto in Canada or Reykjavik in Iceland. If you are travelling from New Zealand or Australia, Heritage Expeditions run a month long cruise out of Auckland which is very popular in the summer months.

Who's sailing to the Polar Regions?

The number of cruise lines operating in the Polar Regions is fairly limited due to the conditions cruises could face with giant icebergs just one of the potential hazards. That said, that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality with many of the luxury liners operating ships in the Polar Regions, you can guarantee that the onboard experience will match up to the destination, Here is a list of cruise lines operating in the Polar Regions:

  • Ponant
  • Princess Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Silversea
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Crystal Cruises
  • APT Cruising
  • ScenicTours
  • Tauck
  • G Adventures
  • Peregrine Adventures
  • Quark Expeditions
  • Lindblad Expeditions
  • Heritage Expeditions
  • Hurtigruten

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    When is the best time to go to the Polar Regions?

    As you can imagine, the only time you can visit the Polar Regions is at the opposite times of the year and only during the warmer summer months. If you are visiting Antarctica, November to March is the window and December and January are the summer months where wildlife will be in full swing. The later you go in the season, the better the chances of whale watching as well as spotting the penguin chicks beginning to fledge. Again, your time of year will depend on what you want to experience on your Polar cruise.

    If you are heading to the Arctic, the best time to explore is between June and September and this is the time when you will see polar bears, walrus, seals and even artic foxes while up above it will be a bird watchers paradise with millions of sea birds flying overhead.

    Find out more and book today

    To choose your Polar Regions cruise simply click on the cruise lines above or alternatively us the search function on the left of the page to enter the dates and destination. If you are new to cruising or you have any questions, check out our FAQ section for more information. If you are looking for more personal advice do not hesitate to give our travel consultants a call and we will be more than happy to help to plan your dream cruise to the Polar Regions. Happy cruising!

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