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Cruise Regions

Antarctica


A cruise to Antarctica is a magical experience, almost 24 hours of sunlight during the summer months means that wildlife is kicked into action, making the most of the more favourable conditions. Watch playful Gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins, fur seals basking in the sun and numerous species of whales’ frolic in the water. It’s also a bird- lover’s paradise with soaring albatrosses and petrels skimming the waves. 

There are plenty of ways to get more active on our range of expedition cruises. Choose to camp under canvas and watch the stars shine brightly or hop into a kayak to carve your own watery path through icebergs. Those with a head for heights can try mountaineering, or on selected cruises can fly high above the landscape in a helicopter.

Our team of Antarctica specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Svalbard


Also known as Spitsbergen, the name of the archipelago's largest island. Svalbard Is located within the Arctic Ocean, midway between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is an incredible place with beautiful landscapes and a myriad of mesmerising wildlife. As you explore the archipelago you will glide through iceberg-strewn seas to the Arctic coast where you’ll find large flat plains, mossy tundra dusted with snow and sharp mountains jutting from the earth like icy blades. The landscapes are a delight to behold and a photographer’s dream, with awe-inspiring frozen lands littered with towering icebergs over 10 storeys high. Wildlife in the Arctic is hugely diverse and perfectly adapted to the cold. Polar bears are undoubtedly the stars of the show, but accompanied by walruses, seals and whales at every turn, you’ll have a hard time picking out a highlight. 

Our team of Arctic specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000

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Greenland


Earth’s largest island, Greenland is a marvel to behold, encrusted in a thick ice sheet with monstrous glaciers flowing into the sea. The rugged landscape has been carved by one million years of glaciation and the results are spectacular. Scoresby Sound is the largest and longest fjord system in the world, stretching over an area of 14,700 sq. mi, its longest fjords extend more than 200 miles inland.

The human history of Greenland is just as interesting, the hardy souls who make their livelihoods here tell a lot about the capacity of human endurance and ingenuity. The Inuit and Thule cultures before them lived their lives in this frozen wilderness; you will also see the remnants of Viking settlements.

Our team of Arctic specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Iceland


The land of ‘ice and fire’ straddles the North Atlantic ridge and marks the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian continents. Its diverse geology, intriguing culture, geothermal hot springs and volcanos have turned it into the hottest destination. Situated within the Aurora zone and just South of the Arctic Circle this beautiful rugged country has a lot to offer. The majority of this island is barren of vegetation but features mountains, lava fields and glaciers. A cruise around its rugged coast showcases the story of this remarkable land.

Our team of Arctic specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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North Pole


The Geographic North Pole, only a few are lucky enough to stand here in their lifetimes. It’s the point on the Earth’s surface around which the planet rotates. and in whichever direction you face is South. It’s a place surrounded in mystery and which has beguiled explorers for centuries. The voyage is aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, it will take you through the thick multi-year ice to the Pole. When you arrive, you’ll be able to quaff a celebratory glass of champagne and conditions permitting, board a static line hot air balloon and enjoy the astounding views across the ice. There is the possibility of stopping at Franz Josef Land where you will be able to see the incredible fauna and flora of the Arctic and stand in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest explorers.

Our team of Arctic specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Norwegian Coast


The Norwegian Coast is perhaps the most beautiful coastline in the world. Towns and cities such as Alesund, Trondheim, Tromso¸ and Kirkenes provide a beautiful backdrop and offer the chance to encounter the famously friendly locals.

Plus, experience the Norwegian Coastal Kitchen with local delicacies and seasonal treats, such as ‘the most delicious prawns in the world’, and all manner of tasty seafood freshly pulled from the Norwegian Sea among other things.

As you dock in small ports along the coast, the first thing you’ll notice is the natural beauty all around you. The landscapes here are breathtakingly beautiful: Chiselled, high-sided fjords, fast-flowing waterfalls and picturesque archipelagos are all to be explored, and the chance to cross the Arctic Circle is an experience you will never forget. 

Our team of Arctic specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Canadian Arctic


The Canadian Arctic Archipelago is a group of more than 36,000 islands north of mainland Canada. The North American landmass seems to break-up and merge into the waters of the Arctic, this beautiful wilderness is characterised by its deep fjords and vast islands the three largest Baffin, Ellesmere and Victoria are among the 10 largest islands in the world, Baffin being more than twice the area of Great Britain.

These vast areas have sparse human inhabitation, with the majority being in small settlements throughout the Archipelago, like the town of resolute. The Inuit communities who call the Arctic their home can be visited, and you can purchase some of their traditional crafts should you wish. The wildlife of the Canadian Arctic is diverse including arctic fox, caribou, musk-ox, polar bear, seal and whales.

Our team of Arctic specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Russian Far East


The least explored of our planet's great wildernesses, the Russian Far East is a region of rich diversity, with lush islands and beautiful snowscapes. You will follow in the footsteps of Vitus Bering across the strait that bears his name. The Kuril chain is the main highlight of the voyage, made up of 32 unique volcanic islands each rich in its own way. Your voyage will give you the chance to see everything from killer whales to sea otters, bears and foxes.

Our team of Arctic specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Northwest Passage


The North West Passage was a voyage that fascinated sailors for centuries, a theoretical sea route that could cut thousands of miles off the journey between Europe and Asia. The passage is located 500 miles north of the Arctic circle and prove an insurmountable challenge for some of history’s greatest explorers including Jacques Cartier, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Martin Frobisher, and Capt. James Cook, but the search for the passage is perhaps most readily associated with Sir John Franklin whose 1848 expedition vanished without a trace.

To this day the waters of the Northwest passage are rugged in their beauty, The landscape in the high arctic is a marvel to behold, but the real highlight is in the wildlife, which includes arctic fox, caribou, musk-ox, polar bear, seal and whales.

Our team of Arctic specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Russian Arctic


The region has remarkable wildlife from towering bird cliffs to grey whales, orcas and humpback whales being the most commonly seen, and the majestic polar bear which is frequently spotted further north in the remote islands and archipelagos like Wrangel Island or Franz Josef Land.

There are many ways to make your journey unforgettable! Choose to go in a Zodiac or kayaking among abundant wildlife. Drop anchor near Franz Josef Land archipelago and set foot where you could enjoy tundra walks and spectacular bird cliffs or visit the young city of Murmansk founded in 1916 and the largest one in the Arctic Circle.

Travelling in the Russian Arctic provides outstanding views, especially when you cross the Barents Sea and observe majestic mountain ranges on the horizon. The remote islands and archipelagos in the Arctic Circle are breath-taking. Take the time to contemplate the surroundings in this isolated and unspoilt location.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Patagonia


Patagonia is so much more than a place it’s an idea. Shared between, Chile and Argentina the southernmost tip of South America is a vast, underexplored wilderness. Home to vast fjords, glaciers and the third largest ice sheet in the world.

This empty expanse hosts countless exotic species that have developed here in complete isolation from the rest of the world. Walk through vast sub-Antarctic forests untouched by human habitation and learn about the indigenous cultures that gave the place its name. You will experience the abundant wildlife including guanaco, condors, caracaras, pumas, penguins and armadillos.

Some cruises will land on Cape Horn where you will get to meet the lighthouse keeper at the end of the world. You will follow in the footsteps of famous explorers like Charles Darwin, Alberto de Agostini and Fernando Magellan through the Beagle channel and strait of Magellan. 

Our team of Patagonia specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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The Antarctic Circle


The Antarctic Circle marks the northernmost point from which it is possible to see the midnight sun.  Few polar visitors make it this far into the Antarctic proper, so you will be one of a lucky few to enjoy a celebratory glass of bubbly as you cross 66°33 South. Each ship has its own unique way of celebrating the crossing, so this is something you might want to bear in mind when choosing the right cruise for you.

Due to the vast amounts of ice, it’s only possible to make the journey this far south later in the season, when you will be able to enjoy the long polar days interspersed with only a few short hours of night. The activities on offer include cruising in Zodiacs and enjoying the sight of vast icebergs, landing on isolated beaches, standing in awe of calving glaciers and watching for whales, penguins and other Antarctic wildlife.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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South Georgia


South Georgia is a British Overseas Territory and is one of the top places to visit on an Antarctic cruise. St Andrew’s bay on the east coast of the island is home to a colony of more than 300,000 king penguins, this spectacle is a must-see for the wildlife enthusiast. The island is also home to a large number of elephant and fur seals. Up until the 1960s, the island was a hub of whaling activity, it was here that Sir Ernest Shackleton finally returned to civilisation and was able to summon help for his stranded men. You will be able to visit the grave of this polar legend at Grytviken. The decline in whaling has allowed the wildlife here to recover, turning the area into a sanctuary for wildlife in the South Atlantic. South Georgia is a British Overseas Territory and is one of the top places to visit on a cruise to the Antarctic.

St Andrew’s bay on the east coast of the island is home to a colony of more than 300,000 king penguins, this spectacle is a must-see for the wildlife enthusiast. The island is also home to a large number of elephant and fur seals. Up until the 1960s, the island was a hub of whaling activity, it was here that Sir Ernest Shackleton finally returned to civilisation and was able to summon help for his men stranded on the Antarctic. You will be able to visit the grave of this polar legend at Grytviken. The decline in whaling has allowed the wildlife here to recover, turning the area into a sanctuary for wildlife in the South Atlantic.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Falkland Islands


South Georgia is a British Overseas Territory and is one of the top places to visit on an Antarctic cruise. St Andrew’s bay on the east coast of the island is home to a colony of more than 300,000 king penguins, this spectacle is a must-see for the wildlife enthusiast. The island is also home to a large number of elephant and fur seals. Up until the 1960s, the island was a hub of whaling activity, it was here that Sir Ernest Shackleton finally returned to civilisation and was able to summon help for his stranded men. You will be able to visit the grave of this polar legend at Grytviken. The decline in whaling has allowed the wildlife here to recover, turning the area into a sanctuary for wildlife in the South Atlantic. South Georgia is a British Overseas Territory and is one of the top places to visit on a cruise to the Antarctic.

St Andrew’s bay on the east coast of the island is home to a colony of more than 300,000 king penguins, this spectacle is a must-see for the wildlife enthusiast. The island is also home to a large number of elephant and fur seals. Up until the 1960s, the island was a hub of whaling activity, it was here that Sir Ernest Shackleton finally returned to civilisation and was able to summon help for his men stranded on the Antarctic. You will be able to visit the grave of this polar legend at Grytviken. The decline in whaling has allowed the wildlife here to recover, turning the area into a sanctuary for wildlife in the South Atlantic.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Antarctic Fly Cruises


The Drake Passage has a reputation for being among the most treacherous bodies of water in the world. The high winds, known as the ‘roaring 40s’ rush around the Southern Hemisphere without a speck of land to slow them down. This can cause enormous waves, in days of yore the thought of passing south of Cape Horn would strike fear into the heart of even the most stoic of mariners. Of course, with modern advances in shipping the passage is at worst a discomfort.

Some view these rough waters, the so-called ‘drake quake’ as a rite of passage to be endured before meeting the quiet waters of the Antarctica Peninsula, others hope against hope for the calm, seas of the ‘drake lake’, but the truth is, you don’t have to spend these extra days at sea if you don’t want to. Choosing to fly the drake will let you spend more time exploring the wonders of South America and spend your time in the Antarctic more efficiently, you can fly from Punta Arenas in Chile and meet your ship at the King George Island, just North of the Antarctic Peninsula. We offer both 'fly sail' itineraries, where you can fly one way across the Drake Passage and cruise back on the second leg, and 'fly fly' where you fly across both the Drake in both directions.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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World Cruise


A once in a lifetime adventure, the jewel in the crown of expedition cruising, from Pole to Pole there is no better way to see the world than aboard a remarkable world cruise. You will Explore seven continents and five oceans aboard a small ship that can slip into the less explored corners of our planet and provide you with truly unique experiences.

Sailing with Silversea you will explore Antarctica, the Arctic and everything in-between from Papua New Guinea, the Kimberleys to Easter Island. A world cruise is the journey of your dreams that will bring you up close to some of the most remote and isolated people and places in the world.

The lifestyle is one of sheer indulgence, with impeccable service and staples like spacious suites and superb gastronomy. Enjoy the close-knit camaraderie of like-minded guests. Meet eminent guest lecturers who share their insights. Sail on the world cruise, and you’ll feel a more profound connection with the world around you.

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The Ross Sea


The Ross Sea is one of the least visited regions of Antarctica but is home to some of the Antarctic’s most iconic sites. The few expedition cruises that make it here are presented with the unique opportunity to see four historic huts from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, each the frozen remains of an iconic expedition led by Borchgrevink, Scott and Shackleton.


This corner of the vast white continent is also home to the American, New Zealand and Italian research bases which you will have the chance to visit. The opportunities to see wildlife are second to none with crabeater seals, wandering albatross, emperor and Adélie penguins and leopard seals inhabiting the region.


Enjoy the barren beauty of the McMurdo Dry Valleys where the low humidity and surrounding mountains prevent the flow of glaciers; visit the Ross Ice Shelf which James Clark Ross first mapped and described as ‘The Barrier’ remarking, “Well, there's no more chance of sailing through that than through the cliffs of Dover”.  On some voyages, you board the ship’s helicopter and swoop low over the crisp white ice. Whatever you do, this is sure to be the most memorable experience of your life.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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The Weddell Sea


Located in the Southern Ocean, the Weddell Sea is filled with a large mass of floating pack ice. The area covers about 1,080,000 square miles and, although it has a harsh environment, you can spot different species of seals, penguins and whales. In the south are the frontal barriers of the Filchner and Ronne ice shelves, growing constantly due to a flow of inland ice sheets. In spring, when the pack-ice in the Weddell Sea is still thick, you can take a walk on it, in-between huge tabular icebergs and penguins!

The region has a rich history. Great Explorers like Sir Ernest Shackleton decided to venture into the Weddel Sea, but the most remarkable is perhaps the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904. Under the command of the geologist Otto Nordenskjöld and captained by the famous Norwegian Carl Anton Larsen, the ship was trapped in the ice and sank, but their men survived and managed to carry out important scientific research in the area and spent two winters in harsh conditions. The first winter was planned and the second forced due to the sinking of their ship “Antarctic".

Only the strongest vessels can venture further into the Weddell Sea in search of the illustrious Emperor Penguin. It is also home to the largest population of Adélie penguins and you can see them in places like Devil Island and Paulet Island. 

The Weddell Sea provides a singular opportunity to explore one of the most remote and least studied places on Earth, a perfect expedition to step into the unknown.

Our team of Antarctic specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect cruise for your requirements, taking into account when you want to travel, the wildlife you want to see and the type of ship you want to travel on. We work with 20 of the leading expedition cruise operators to find your perfect cruise, get in touch with us today.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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Alaska


Alaska Expedition Cruises offer infinite options of outdoor activities, sensational panoramic views and formidable sight-seeing wildlife. You will cruise through narrow fjords and turquoise blue lakes, venture into Alaska's pristine wilderness and discover fascinating cultures and history. An epic adventure that will change you forever!

Alaska is the USA's largest and most sparsely state and covers an area of over 663,000 square miles, more than twice the size of Texas. It also enjoys the peculiarity of being both the northernmost, westernmost and the easternmost state, as the Aleutian Islands stretch across the 180th parallel.

Historically, Alaska was Russian territory. The United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, for 7.2 million U.S. dollars. The area went through several administrative changes before becoming organized as a territory on May 11, 1912.

What is the landscape like in Alaska?

The region of Alaska reveals a vast and diverse landscape, from the vast green lush forests to imposing mountain ranges lying on the coastline as well as inland. Navigate on a cruise through stunning fjords and see glaciers bigger than the size of the UK!

What kind of animals live in Alaska?

Like the landscape, the wildlife of Alaska is as varied as plentiful. Huge bears hunt in the forests and you can spot them feeding on salmon from rivers and waterfalls. See moose carefully wandering through national parks as well as musk oxen, grey wolves, bears, caribou and other creatures that live quietly in this immense area.

When is the best time to cruise in Alaska?

June, July and August are the warmer months. The cruise season runs from late April to September. Alaska has a subarctic climate and, therefore, has a cool summer where temperatures range from approximately 12.8 to 25.6°C. In winter, temperatures can drop below – 10°C.

While the expedition cruises can explore narrow passages and beautiful islands, you will also navigate along the coastline and discover Alaska’s pristine wilderness.

If you would like help to find your perfect expedition cruise, simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

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