For a sense of unforgettable adventure and intrepid expedition, take a voyage to the Polar Realms - the North and South Poles, the Arctic and Antarctica. Both regions offer dramatic, untold beauty and unique wildlife.

An exciting expedition cruise to the Arctic is one of the very best ways to experience the wonders of the Arctic Circle, with lots to explore: millions of seabirds breed and raise their young on ledges and barren islands, polar bears hunting on ice, walrus, seals, and even Arctic foxes haunt the ice edge. Arctic cruises tend to focus on Iceland, Spitsbergen (Svalbard), or Greenland, and many during the winter months will focus on the Northern Lights. Spitsbergen is renowned for its fossils and variety of land and ice capes, but it's also an adventure playground offering thrilling excursions during both summer and winter, while Greenland's 2000m granite walls and vast icebergs challenge perception in true polar travel style, and the volcanoes, geysers and scenery of Iceland will thrill you with their drama and beauty. Arctic cruises are often popularly combined with the Norwegian Fjords, but are also memorable and enjoyable in their own right.

The 'White Continent', Antarctica is very much the final frontier, and is an entirely unique destination well off the beaten track and experienced by the very lucky few Following in the footsteps of the great explorers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many Antarctic voyages start from the southernmost tip of South America, crossing the notorious Cape Horn, navigating the Drake Passage or the Magellan Strait, and sometimes combined with the Chilean fjords.

An Antarctic cruise offers up nature in its most pristine and rugged state, and the unforgettable chance to observe whales, penguins, sea lions and albatross as you sail past towering ice bergs. You'll be joined by naturalists and expedition leaders offering lectures and leading sightseeing excursions, taking you up close to Antarctic wildlife, or kayaking in the Antarctic Peninsula, and so much more. Some voyages include the Falkland Islands and the South Shetland Islands. Generally the Antarctic cruise season is between November and March.

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Cruise the Polar Realms with...

Crystal Cruises

For over 25 years, Crystal have been leading the way in redefining luxury cruising, introducing innovative features ahead of the curve, taking guests to exciting destinations in style, & delivering the highest standards of personalised service; the difference is Crystal clear!
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An impressive, incomparable heritage, and its acclaimed White Star Service, Cunard is synonymous with elegance and tradition, proudly continuing its legacy of grand, stylish cruising at its most iconic
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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines pride themselves on the attentive personal service, friendly crews, exceptional food, and stunning itineraries from the widest range of UK ports onboard their delightful, smaller-sized ships, offering an intimate atmosphere.
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G Adventures

Whether it's a sailing adventure, a river cruise or an expedition cruise, discover the world in a more intimate and authentic way with G Adventures, whose small group experiences allow for greater access and bigger adventures
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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Whether you're looking for outstanding luxury or an unforgettable expedition, discover far-flung countries in-depth and come eye to eye with exotic species on a Hapag-Lloyd cruise, whose style and flair comes second to none, offering exclusivity & memorable experiences
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Holland America Line

Cruises with Holland America are popular with families, couples, and singles alike, with plenty of facilities onboard for all pursuits and interests. Holland America boast luxurious, spacious accommodation, and offer fine cuisine and exceptional services.
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Discover the Norwegian Coast on the 'World's most beautiful voyage', witness the Northern Lights, sail under the Midnight Sun, circumnavigate the realm of the Polar Bears, explore the icy frontier of Antarctica and meet the penguins or ride a husky sledge
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Experienced a refined, exclusive nautical adventure with Ponant, exploring truly stunning destinations on their sublime yachts or traditional sailing ship - their intimate and chic ships offer elegant cruising and excellent access to smaller ports, away from the crowds
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent have upped the ante with luxury cruising, boasting the world's most luxurious fleet, with charm, elegance and style in abundance. A Regent cruise is a sumptuous, decadent experience where every wish, every whim is catered for - and it's all included
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Saga Cruises

For the discerning over-50s, Saga offer a relaxed and comfort cruise onboard small ships able to access lesser-known ports and out-of-the-way harbours other, larger, ships simply can't. Plus outstanding service, a range of dining options, and comfortable accommodation
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Scenic Ocean Cruises

Coming in 2018: the world’s first discovery yacht, a new revolution in ocean cruising. Bringing the opulence and refinement of Scenic’s river vessels, along with Scenic's innovative use of technology, to the seas, this is an entirely new way to discover the world
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From the moment you step onboard Seabourn, greeted by chilled champagne, you'll enjoy distinctive, luxury cruising onboard an intimate ship, savouring the finest gourmet cuisine and the highest standards of personalised service
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Exceptional Silversea: exceptional destinations, more visited than any other cruise line, exceptional service, with personal butlers and a staff to guest ratio of nearly one to one, indulge yourself in exclusivity and lavish surroundings onboard intimate, ultra-luxury ships
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Graceful yachts and elegant tall ships will take you away from the crowds and into a more intimate atmosphere and smaller, quirkier ports. Enjoy a sense of adventure as you kayak, snorkel, windsurf and even waterskii from the fully-equipped watersports platform
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