Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of the ships, itineraries and destinations that we offer, and can give recommendations based on first-hand experience. We are experts in our field and want to share our wealth of knowledge with you to enhance your experience of the polar regions.
You can read more about some of our Travel Specialists below;
Lucy is one of our Polar Specialists. Her grandfather travelled to Antarctica in 1926 on Admiral Byrd's expedition and she has impressive knowledge and experience of selling cruises to the polar regions.
"My absolute highlight when visiting the polar regions has to be seeing an Emperor Penguin. I have also visited Svalbard several times in search of the mighty polar bear and West Greenland, which was truly spectacular, cruising amongst the icebergs and visiting the Inuit communities along the coast. Travelling to the Polar regions is a truly memorable experience and I feel very privileged to have visited both North and South".
James is one of our Polar Specialists. After spending six months travelling across Latin America, James began his career in the travel industry putting his extensive knowledge and passion to good use.
"To me, a trip to the Polar regions is the epitome of adventure travel, offering an opportunity for the intrepid to explore earth’s last great wilderness locations. Working for Polar Routes allows me to project this enthusiasm onto people who share the same interests and it’s all made worthwhile on hearing the incredible experiences our clients encounter on one of our amazing trips!"
Ben has had a passion for extreme and remote environments for as long as he can remember. He first visited the polar regions with a trip to Svalbard in 2012 and snowmobiled more than 500 miles around Spitsbergen over the course of an incredible week, and has been hooked ever since!
'I have been onboard many of the ships that sail in both the Arctic and Antarctica and love talking with our clients to identify which expedition cruise is right for them.'
Martin is the co-founder and director of Polar Routes. He has been selling expedition cruising to the Polar Regions for over 15 years and his passion for the Polar Regions keeps him returning time and time again! As well as heading up the company, Martin also regularly speaks as an expert on travel the Polar regions and also consults with a number of cruise operators.
"For many, an expedition cruise to the polar regions is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but you may just find it becomes a lifetime's obsession!"
Laura has worked in the travel industry for 7 years having graduated in Music & Media Management; she developed a passion for marketing and began working for a luxury cruise line, developing knowledge of cruise travel and its operators. Living in Spain for three years gave Laura the zest for travel and since then she has visited many countries and enjoyed her first visit to the polar regions.
'On my trip to Svalbard, we saw a total of 9 bears across 6 days, as well as Svalbard reindeer, arctic fox, seals and walrus. Filming a polar bear as she navigated the sea ice edge looking for seals, and playfully rolling in the snow was the highlight of the trip.'
Gaynor has been working in the travel industry for 32 years, working for Polar Routes since 2018. She has been lucky enough to have had the most amazing opportunity to experience Antarctica. A true Bucket-List destination, and for most a once in a lifetime experience.
'On our first day on the Antarctic Peninsula, we had a very up close viewing of a Leopard seal who was very calm, swimming between the Zodiacs. We think he thought the boat was a lady seal! Amazing photographs were taken and an experience that will sit with me for a very long time'
Felipe has been working in the travel industry for over 15 years, growing up in Brazil he has always had a passion for travelling to off-the-beaten-track destinations, and has experienced over 65 countries - including his 7th continent, Antarctica!
'Watching an Antarctica sunset, surrounded by icebergs and amazing wildlife whilst the snow was falling, was one of those powerful ‘pinch me' travel moments. I had finally conquered my 7th continent and I felt so privileged to have that experience – it's a moment I will never forget!'
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