North and South Pole Cruises

North & South Pole

Explore the unspoiled beauty of the Antarctic landscape, see the incredible Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), and spot unique wildlife that thrive in the harshest conditions like penguins, polar bears and orcas. The frosty lands of both the North and South Poles offer the most unique cruising experiences across the globe.

Destinations

Arctic
A region rich in natural splendour, the Arctic abounds with pristine landscapes and bountiful wildlife, making it a fascinating frontier to discover. On an Arctic cruise you can see polar bears and toothy walruses, explore rumbling volcanoes and rugged lava fields, follow majestic fjords and set foot on gigantic glaciers.
Antarctica
Breathtaking and mesmerising, Antarctica is the epitome of intrepid cruising. The Antarctic region boasts whitewashed terrain as far as the eye can see, towering glaciers and icebergs on the horizon, and an array of endemic wildlife that reign supreme in this unforgiving land.

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

21 night cruise sailing from Buenos Aires aboard the National Geographic Orion.
Departs 15 Feb 2017
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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

21 night cruise sailing from Buenos Aires aboard the National Geographic Orion.
Departs 26 Jan 2017
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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

21 night cruise sailing from Buenos Aires aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
Departs 16 Feb 2017
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Antarctic Polar Circle Expedition

15 night cruise sailing from Buenos Aires aboard the MS Fram.
Departs 09 Feb 2017
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Antarctic Polar Circle Expedition

15 night cruise sailing from Buenos Aires aboard the MS Fram.
Departs 26 Jan 2017
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In the Realm of the Great Explorers

19 night cruise sailing from Buenos Aires aboard the MS Fram.
Departs 23 Feb 2017
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The Frozen Land of the Penguins

13 night cruise sailing from Buenos Aires aboard the MS Fram.
Departs 02 Jan 2017
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The Frozen Land of the Penguins

13 night cruise sailing from Buenos Aires aboard the MS Fram.
Departs 14 Jan 2017
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The Frozen Land of the Penguins

13 night cruise sailing from Buenos Aires aboard the MS Fram.
Departs 15 Nov 2016
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The Ultimate Antarctica Experience

19 night cruise sailing from Buenos Aires aboard the MS Fram.
Departs 28 Nov 2016
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White Christmas in Antarctica

19 night cruise sailing from Buenos Aires aboard the MS Fram.
Departs 15 Dec 2016
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Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands

19 night cruise sailing from Montevideo aboard the MS Fram.
Departs 28 Oct 2016
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Who goes there?

A variety of cruise operators host trips to both the North and South Poles, covering different experiences such as luxury, expedition and big ship adventures. These include:

Antarctica

  • Luxury: Azamara, Compagnie Du Ponant, Seabourn, Silverseas, Crystal Cruises
  • Expedition: G Adventures, Orion, Hurtigruten, Lindblad Expeditions, Quark, Aurora, Oceanwide
  • Big Ship: Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises (Note the big ships that visit Antarctica only do scenic cruising through the area, and offer no landings)

Arctic

  • Luxury: Seabourn, Oceania, Silverseas, Compagnie Du Ponant
  • Expedition: Hurtigruten, G Adventures, Quark, Lindblad Expeditions
  • Big Ship: Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa, Holland America Line
     

Best time to go?

The best time to visit either the North or South Pole is during their respective summer months – November through March for the Antarctic and May through September for the Arctic. While these Polar Regions are always on the icy side, summer brings extended daylight hours and lures the wildlife out of hibernation. 
 

Highlights

Given that the North and South Poles are two of the most visually spectacular places on earth, you are bound to take home many lasting memories from your cruise. A few of highlights might include:

  • Deception Island, located in the South Shetland Islands off the Antarctic Peninsula, and one of the only places where you can sail straight into the centre of an active volcano.
  • The Falkland Islands, lying west of Argentina. This archipelago is home to a variety of rare and fascinating bird species and could make an incredible inclusion on your Antarctic Cruise.
  • Wrangel Island sitting off the coast of Siberia in the Arctic Ocean. It’s one of the world's least-visited wildlife reserves, home to walruses, polar bears and arctic foxes.
  • Aurora Borealis, perhaps better known as the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon occurs in the Arctic between the months of September and March, setting the sky alight with neon green, faint red, and swirling purples, blues and pinks.
     
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