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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.

Early Antarctica History - A Timeline

Early Antarctica History - A Timeline

Early Antarctica History - A Timeline

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.

King Penguins - A Colorful Sort

King Penguins - A Colorful Sort

The King penguins of South Georgia are a colorful group both in striking feathers and the many interesting behaviors.

Antarctica - Giant Petrels - Raptors You Don't Want to Mess With!

Antarctica - Giant Petrels - Raptors You Don't Want to Mess With!

On this particular voyage to Antarctica the giant petrels commanded my attention!

Antarctic Travel - Why you should sail the southern ocean!

Antarctic Travel - Why you should sail the southern ocean!

Fly-cruises are becoming a popular way to see Antarctica and more ships are offering that option which you can find on our website (just do a trip search and choose fly-cruise in the destination dr

Ross Sea photo impressions by client Valerie from Saskatoon, Canada

Ross Sea photo impressions by client Valerie from Saskatoon, Canada

"One hundred years ago this December, the world waited breathlessly to hear who would reach the South Pole first – the dashing Captain Robert Scott, or the determined Norwegian, Roald Amundsen." Se

Awe-Inspiring Beauty of Antarctica

Awe-Inspiring Beauty of Antarctica

We missed our zodiac landing this afternoon due to high wind conditions at both our primary and secondary landing sites. What a treat it turned out to be.

Antarctic Cruise - The White Continent?

Antarctic Cruise - The White Continent?

Antarctica is known as the white continent and the wildlife is mostly black and white as an adaption for predator avoidance.

There's still time to plan your Antarctic Cruise Adventure This Year!

There's still time to plan your Antarctic Cruise Adventure This Year!

The Ban on heavy fuel oil in Antarctica is good for the environment and hasn’t really impacted small ship expedition cruising in the region.

Consider a Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Adventure

Consider a Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Adventure

If you have time and wildlife and Antarctic history are your focus for an Antarctic Adventure then a Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica voyage may be your trip of a lifetime!

Happy Feet – Antarctic Emperor Penguin update

Happy Feet – Antarctic Emperor Penguin update

Happy Feet is now well enough to take his first swim at the Wellington Zoo in New Zealand today. The zoo attendant had to give him a bit of a push.

How To Get the Most Out of Your Antarctica or Arctic Vacation

How To Get the Most Out of Your Antarctica or Arctic Vacation

The best way to get the most out of your Antarctica or Arctic cruise is to keep an open mind, not have preconceived ideas of landings and wildlife sightings, and to relax and enjoy the journey.

Antarctica- Arctic: Essential gear for your next Polar adventure

Antarctica- Arctic: Essential gear for your next Polar adventure

In June I did a blog post about packing for your Polar adventure so don’t worry this one will be different…

Protecting Your Antarctic or Arctic Cruise With Travel Insurance

Protecting Your Antarctic or Arctic Cruise With Travel Insurance

You’ve made the decision to take a trip to the Arctic or Antarctica.

To Plunge or NOT to Plunge - The Classic Antarctic Dilemma

To Plunge or NOT to Plunge - The Classic Antarctic Dilemma

The first time I heard about the hot springs of Deception Island I imagined a visit to Calistoga, California with its spa like setting.

The Decisive Moment - Photography in the Polar Regions

The Decisive Moment - Photography in the Polar Regions

When I think back to art history and photography class the phrase “the decisive moment” comes to mind.

Leopard Seals in Antarctica

Leopard Seals in Antarctica

On my first zodiac cruise in Antarctica we approached a large Leopard Seal resting on a small ice floe when out of the water popped a Gentoo penguin.

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Pick a few Antarctica or Arctic vacations that appeal to you. Then call us at 888-484-2244 or 541-330-2454 or email us at info@polarcruises.com.

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We take the time to learn your travel style and preferences, and then we help you book the best Antarctic or Arctic cruise for you. The goal is to match you with the ship and trip that best meets your travel needs and vacation expectations.