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Travel Tips for Antarctic Cruising

Travel Tips for Antarctic Cruising

Beautiful, mysterious Antarctica.  It’s not your neighbor’s timeshare.  

Greg Mortimer ship review – Maiden Voyage Oct 30-Nov 10, 2019

Greg Mortimer ship review – Maiden Voyage Oct 30-Nov 10, 2019

Polar Cruises team member Shari Hatcher was on the October 2019 maiden voyage of the ship Greg Mortimer.

Solo Travelers to Antarctica and the Arctic

Solo Travelers to Antarctica and the Arctic

If it’s been your dream to step foot on the 7th continent, cruise the

Basecamp Antarctica Trip Report: Mar 7, 2019 aboard the Ortelius

Basecamp Antarctica Trip Report: Mar 7, 2019 aboard the Ortelius

Basecamp is a great way to get a taste of all the various activities offered on trips to Antarctica: camping, kayaking, mountaineering/snowshoeing and photography.

Antarctic Peninsula Trip Report: Feb 6, 2019 aboard the Sea Spirit

Antarctic Peninsula Trip Report: Feb 6, 2019 aboard the Sea Spirit

What an amazing voyage! Antarctica never disappoints. Even when you think you know what to expect, it will still surprise you in a new way.

Polar Photography

Polar Photography

Blue icebergs, white-capped mountains, porpoising penguins in Antarctica, Polar bears in the Arctic, whale flukes and everything starkly beautiful about the Polar regions excites the budding photog

East Greenland Trip Report: Sep 1-10, 2018 aboard the Ocean Nova

East Greenland Trip Report: Sep 1-10, 2018 aboard the Ocean Nova

If I had one word to describe my recent voyage to East Greenland, it would be EPIC!

North Pole - A Travel Journal by Sharon Keating

North Pole - A Travel Journal by Sharon Keating

Sharon is the Manager of Sales & Client Services at Polar Cruises. Here are her trip notes from her recent North Pole expedition.

Baffin Island Explorer - A Travel Journal by Brandon Hagg

Baffin Island Explorer - A Travel Journal by Brandon Hagg

Brandon works at Polar Cruises as a Polar Expert and has been to Antarctica and the Arctic many times.

Large Wildlife of the Arctic: The Arctic Musk Ox, Walrus, and Polar Bear

Large Wildlife of the Arctic: The Arctic Musk Ox, Walrus, and Polar Bear

When it comes to the Arctic, there is only one strategy for wildlife: go big or go home.

Realm of the Polar Bear - A Travel Journal by Maggie Olson

Realm of the Polar Bear - A Travel Journal by Maggie Olson

Maggie is a Polar Cruises Client Services and Documents Specialist and traveled to Spitsbergen in August 2017 aboard the Expedition. Here is a log of her travels.

Timeline for Shackleton's Endurance Expedition - An Epic Rescue Story

Timeline for Shackleton's Endurance Expedition - An Epic Rescue Story

The story of Ernest Shackleton is one that many of our polar cruise travelers enjoy reliving as they make their way through the Antarctic. For those of you who are less familiar with the story of Shackleton and the Nimrod Expedition, we suggest a quick read about this amazing explorer whose steps are retraced in many of our South Pole and Antarctica expeditions.

Spitsbergen Explorer - A Travel Journal by Janys Olsen

Spitsbergen Explorer - A Travel Journal by Janys Olsen

Janys is a Polar Cruises Travel Specialist who traveled to Spitsbergen in July 2017 aboard the Ocean Nova. Here is a log of her travels.

Destination-worthy Regions of Antarctica

Destination-worthy Regions of Antarctica

When thinking of Antarctica, many people think of expansive sheets of snow drifts and towering icebergs popping out of endless miles of sea. But there are numerous destinations within this region of the world for polar travelers enjoy, each one fulfilling a variety of traveler needs for wildlife, adventure, culture, and landscape.

Uncommon Truths About the Arctic and Arctic Travel

Uncommon Truths About the Arctic and Arctic Travel

The literal translation of the “Arctic” is “near the bear”, which may draw up images of polar bears and other Arctic-dwelling creatures. However, the name was actually given to the Arctic in refer

Early Antarctica History - A Timeline

Early Antarctica History - A Timeline

Early Antarctica History - A Timeline

I am the Walrus - Cruising with Arctic Wildlife

I am the Walrus - Cruising with Arctic Wildlife

Unlike the melodious music of the Beatles sounds of a walrus herd can be loud with lots of bellowing and snorting.

Penguin Awareness Day — January 20th

Penguin Awareness Day — January 20th

There are 17 species of penguins in the world and all but three species are considered endangered or threatened.

3 Important Antarctic Explorers and What They Did

3 Important Antarctic Explorers and What They Did

The Heroic Age is marked by its frenzy of explorers anxiously setting out to make their mark on history with their discoveries of the South Pole and Antarctic region. During this time, three particular explorers shaped the future of exploration, not just with their trail blazing voyages, but with their ideas of leadership and expedition tactics.

Amateur photography tips for Antarctica: capturing a good shot

Amateur photography tips for Antarctica: capturing a good shot

Recently, we wrote an article on photography in the Antarctic: what lens to use, how to pack, an

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