If you’re seeking the trip of a lifetime, look no further. Polar cruises are the ultimate ocean travel adventure. From the Arctic to Antarctica, these destinations are teaming with untouched beauty that you won’t find anywhere else.
There are two Polar Regions. The North Pole is where you’ll find Norway, Russia, Canada, and of course, the Arctic Circle; while the South Pole is home to Antarctica. If you’re planning a polar holiday, travel is often limited to the summer months, particularly in Antarctica. In winter, the weather in Antarctica is unbearable and ships generally stay away. Your best time to travel south on holiday is between November and March, while an Arctic cruise in the north is ideal for travel between June and September (unless you want to see the Northern Lights, which appear during winter months).
Whether you choose to travel the North Pole or the South Pole, polar cruises provide an array of icy options.
Wildlife is abundant regardless of where you go in the Polar Region, from musk ox, arctic foxes, bear and white hares in the northern hemisphere, to Leopard seals, albatross, blue whales and the Southern Elephant Seal in the south. You’ll also have the chance to come face to face with polar bears, sea lions, orca and humpback whales in the south.
There’s no doubt the Polar Regions are teeming with photo opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Explore the stunning white landscapes of the ice sheets of Antarctica or Greenland, or the colourful buildings in Iceland, the stunning Northern Lights, and the majestic icebergs and fjords across the Northwest Passage. Voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula from South America will allow you to experience the beauty of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, while travel from New Zealand introduces you to the very special Ross Sea region. Cross the Arctic Circle and you’ll have the chance to experience Norway at its finest, Iceland and Greenland, the Svalbard archipelago, the North Pole, Northwest Passage, Russia, Canada and Newfoundland. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg (pun intended)!
Luxury polar cruises are designed for comfort. They offer travellers an experience that is impossible to find elsewhere and they are a fantastic travel option for the trip of a lifetime. While standard cruises are amazing, luxury polar cruises take you away from reality (and the hustle and bustle that regular cruise ships generate). At Eclipse Travel, we offer small ship expeditions that carry no more than 200 people, so there is no overcrowding and an enhanced level of comfort. Smaller ships allow you to visit destinations that larger ships can’t reach, and still offer a range of accommodation options. From quad cabins for four people, to triple or twin cabins; superior cabins are ideal if you prefer solo travel or are travelling with your partner, while the suites are more spacious and decked out with stunning window views, private shower and toilet, minibar, phones and wifi, and often much more.
If you love a challenge, polar cruises are a great way to test your boundaries. On a cruise ship, you’ll have expert guides and sufficient equipment to ensure your comfort and safety is paramount. But when it comes to adventure, every place you go presents a risk. From stepping onto the ice sheet of Antarctica metres from whales and in below zero temperatures, through to coming face to face with a huge musk ox in the hills of Greenland. Each tour to these regions provides a range of expedition options at every place you stop, from kayaking through the ice to climbing cliffs and ice caps, diving in the icy waters to hiking through the National Parks. If you want an experience that will make your heart pound, a polar cruise is guaranteed to do so.
Plan your ideal polar cruise with us today. We can offer a no obligation quote and help you enjoy a holiday that will change your life!