About our Polar Cruise holidays


  • Travel through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands
  • Wildlife viewing including penguins, whales and polar bears
  • Zodiac excursions and Kayaking around Spitsbergen
  • Cruise around the spectacular island of South Georgia
  • Visit remote Inuit communities in Greenland

Discover the unique wildlife of the Arctic and Antarctica, perhaps the last pristine and true wilderness left on our planet. The polar regions, north and south, have long held an attraction for the world's explorers.  Offering a variety of unique experiences, these remote and fascinating territories are now more accessible than ever before with the advent of Polar cruise ships such as the MS Expedition and MV Plancius.

With KE you can sail to the Antarctic Peninsula and walk among the penguins, or follow in Shackleton's footsteps with a visit to South Georgia. At the other end of the earth you can sail among the Svalbard archipelago, home of the Polar bear or snowshoe on the remotest parts of Greenland. North or South, a once-in-a-lifetime trip now fits within a 2-week holiday!

In the Antarctic we have a variety of Polar Cruises that take you to explore bays and islands of remote South Georgia as well as the Antarctic Peninsula. Sailing through Drake Passage, the Antarctic Convergence, where colliding cold and warm waters force nutrients to the surface, attracts seabirds and whales, and gives us our first glimpses of Antarctic wildlife. Further south and over the Southern Ocean, we reach the South Shetland Islands and cross the Bransfield Strait to reach the Antarctic Peninsula. Here we enter a world of immense scale and visual splendour, the last true wilderness on earth. Gigantic blue icebergs calmly float in the waters, massive penguin rookeries, seabirds diving and whales breaching. Expert expedition staff guide zodiac excursions and there are opportunities for kayaking and camping for a night on the Antarctic Peninsula. Whatever itinerary you decide on for your trip of a lifetime a magical world of ice and wildlife awaits.

Polar PHD yukon jacketFREE PHD YUKON DOWN JACKET worth almost £300 with every booking

Everyone booking a cruise between now and the end of 2015 will receive a FREE PHD Yukon Down Jacket worth almost £300. Made with probably the warmest down in the world (grade 900), this quality jacket was designed to keep competitors warm at -35C during the Yukon Arctic Ultra sled dog race. Naturally, it's also perfect for spotting wildlife from the deck of the recently refitted MS Expedition. Jackets will be sent out on receipt of full payment.



Latest Polar Cruise traveller reviews

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PRP - Polar Bears
Realm of the Polar Bear   Elizabeth (Brighton)

Thoroughly enjoyed seeing Polar Bears in natural habitat- stunning scenery. The bird cliff nesting grounds are stunning and travelling in june we were fortunate to see many of the flowers in bloom. Loved going
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through the sea ice in the ship. Glad I brought good binoculars though- absolutely essential as many of sitings of bears were several km away. There was more emphasis on the history of the area than I had expected and personally i would have enjoyed more lectures about in particular the geology of the area and glaciers. Ship was comfortable, food good and lovely people travelling from all parts of the world. I shared a cabin with a stranger- worked well and we will remain in contact. I added on my own extra night in Svalbard with kayaking and hiking and would recommend this for anyone that likes to be active (but do take care to make sure you have adequate fitness for proposed activities…)
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PAB - Antarctic Basecamp
Antarctic Basecamp Adventure   Colin (MOFFAT)

Antarctica is totally unique, unlike any other place. Be prepared for; rough seas, amazing views, abundant wildlife, great company, good food, cold (and windy) weather, lots of penguins, jumping into/out of
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Zodiacs, getting wet, disinfecting your boots, drinking lots in the bar, meeting lots of new friends, watching whales, falling asleep listening to lectures, snoring from campers, icebergs, innumerable glaciers, unbelievably rugged mountains. Do take; a spirit of adventure and lots of memory cards Don’t take; books (you wont have time to read them)
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PAC - Antarctic Classic
Antarctic Classic   William Cross (North Shields, Tyne & Wear)

Julio and his team (trip leaders) were exemplary - keen, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and driven to pass on their knowledge and love of Antarctica and its animal life to us. Antarctica is absolutely stunning -
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probably the most remarkable place on the planet! It felt like a privilege to see it. If you get the chance - GO!
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PAC - Antarctic Classic
Antarctic Classic   Michael Burn (Watford, UK)

I would have been very dissapointed if I had NOT done the Kayaking. I had 4 x 1.5hrs plus 1 x 3hrs = 9hrs on the water. The food on board was excellent. One nights camping - first class sleeping bags and
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tents. Kayak equipment also first class. We had some of the best weather seen in Antarctica over a 5 day period. All the leaders / lectures were excellent. I had a great time and would gladly recommend it to anyone. I most enjoyed the wilderness experience along with the stunning wildlife. Thanks for a wonderful holiday. Once I've sorted through 2,419 photos I'll send you some.
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