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Taking a cruise to Antarctica is expedition holidaying at its very best. The serene, almost motionless water, snow-dusted peaks and extraordinary wildlife are what make these lands so very special. It’s simple, but it’s unequivocally magical.

The Arctic is a frozen sea mass surrounded by land, while in the Antarctic thickly packed ice covers a vast continent surrounded by oceans. In winter, the expanse of Antarctica almost doubles as sea ice forms around the rocky coast. The Arctic’s proximity to the northern extremes of the American, European and Asian continents means that it is easier to access than the Antarctic and mankind has found a way to exist here. The Antarctic, however, remains uninhabited apart from scientific and industrial outposts. Whichever you choose to visit on your Polar cruise, it will feel like journeying to the Polar regions is almost akin to visiting another planet in terms of how alien the landscapes appear.

At opposite times of the year, both Antarctica and the Arctic endure a winter of almost permanent darkness, followed by a summer of near 24-hour daylight. The optimum time to visit on a Polar cruise is in their respective summers. For an exhilarating Arctic daylight experience, go between June and September when the pack ice recedes; however, the cruising season extends into deep winter for those wishing to experience the aurora borealis - the magical Northern Lights that flicker and flounce across a backdrop of white snow below and black sky above. Antarctic cruise adventuring is at its most rewarding from November to March.

On the subject of adventure, there’s kayaking, whale-watching, zodiac tours, hiking or even ‘polar plunging’ available for adrenaline junkies; these are just some of the many alternative ways to augment your Polar cruise experience.

Polar wildlife has evolved from species equipped to deal with the harsh conditions. In the Arctic, the seas are heavily populated with seals and walruses, while many species live on the land, including hardy plants and mammals – polar bears, wolves and reindeer, to name a few. The Antarctic has no significant plant life or land mammals; however, the coastal fringes are teeming with penguins, seals and whales.

A fascinating voyage of discovery to either of the Poles will never be forgotten.

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Featured Polar Cruises

Suite from £72,999pp

The Maiden 2020 Ultra-Luxury World Cruise to Antarctica

  • 05 Jan 2020
  • 141 nights
  • Ship: Silver Whisper
  • Fly Cruise
  • Flights Included

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bridgetown, Barbados, Devil's Island, French Guiana, Fortaleza, Brazil, Natal, Salvador De Bahia, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Braz…

Includes: Free business class flights included*, free private uk chauffeur service*, complimentary $4,000 on board spend*, pre-cruise hotel stay & gala dinner*

Inside from £4,919pp

New York to the Land of Fire & Ice

  • 15 Aug 2020
  • 15 nights
  • Ship: Insignia
  • Fly Cruise
  • Flights Included

Itinerary: New York, USA, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Sydney, Canada, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada, Paa…

Includes: Launch savings of up to £4,000, free bonus on board spend of $100, featuring two days on board in greenland, mid-sized, elegant ships with a high staff to guest ratio to take care…

Choice of benefits
Inside from £2,399pp

Iceland & North Cape Discovery

  • 19 Jul 2020
  • 21 nights
  • Ship: Aurora
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton, Kirkwall, Torshavn, Grundarfjordur, Reykjavik, Iceland, Isafjordur, Akureyri, Iceland, Honningsvaag, North Cape, Alta, Norway, Tromso, Norway, Kristiansand, Olden, Nor…

Includes: Bonus on board spend*, choice of car parking, on board spend or coach transfers*, no-fly cruising, fantastic destinations*