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What is a typical day on Polar expedition cruise?

There's never a dull moment on a Polar expedition cruise!

What is a typical day on Polar expedition cruise?

What is a typical day on Polar expedition cruise?

What does a typical day on a polar expedition cruise look like?

There’s really no such thing as a typical day in the polar regions. Individual landing locations are different for every trip due to weather, ice, currents, and light conditions. The possible wildlife sightings also heavily depend on the time of the season, which can also affect the tentative itinerary. We ask all travelers to be open-minded and flexible when it comes to activities available on expedition cruises.

Below is an example for a day with two landings, but please be aware that every day is different — if the weather is poor then there may be no landings and sometimes there can be as many as four landings achieved in a single day.

  • 7:00 AM Wake-up call
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM Quick meeting to confirm the day’s zodiac outing. Head to the mudroom and get geared up for the day’s adventure.
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Embark on a Zodiac through icy blue waters, marvel at towering glaciers, and spot a Minke whale.
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch on board the expedition cruise ship
  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Sit down to a presentation about Antarctica’s environment
  • 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM Shore landing at Cuverville Island. Walk along the shore and watch the young penguins plunge into the water for the first time. Sit down on the rocks and feel joyous as a curious Gentoo approaches you and nibbles at your camera strap. Return to the ship.
  • 6:30 PM Recap today’s events and brief on the schedule for tomorrow. Relax with travelers, ship staff, and guides.
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner

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