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Antarctica & Arctic Luxury Cruises

Get to know our luxury cruises

If you are visiting extraordinary, remote natural havens for the trip of a lifetime, why not do so in style? There is really no need to compromise on standards.

But what would suit you best when sailing to the frozen North or Antarctica, a mid-range or a luxury cruise? At first glance it may seem that there is little to choose between them, but a closer look will reveal some essential differences.

The main factor is space. The difference between a mid-class and a luxury Arctic or Antarctic cruise vessel is that a luxury cruise offers more square feet for your personal enjoyment: the cabins and suites are more spacious, the lounge areas and decks roomier. You can stroll around and enjoy more expansive views on a luxury ship.

Service is another factor to consider. Luxury polar cruises have the highest staff to guest ratios, some even 1:1. This may be very apparent, for example in the attention and help you receive when boarding or disembarking, or it may be behind the scenes: those invisible hands straightening your suite several times a day when you are out on a zodiac cruise or enjoying a meal.

With so many people to take care of you, all your wishes can be quickly fulfilled.

What can I expect on a luxury Arctic or Antarctic cruise?

An Antarctica Cruise on board the G Expedition with Polartours

Nothing but the best! These luxury polar cruises and expeditions redefine the experience of adventure travel.

The decor is everything you would expect from a luxury polar cruise and more. Your most important personal space is your cabin or suite. The cabins, staterooms and suites exude design flair and feature private balconies, personal TV and entertainment systems, individual air conditioning, luxurious linens and designer toiletries.

Shared facilities on board are no less opulent. There are stylish places for relaxing, enjoying a cocktail and chatting with like-minded fellow travelers. In the public areas you will find private spaces and nooks to withdraw and unwind, enjoying the breathtaking polar scenery.

There may be more than one dining option, for example a bistro and a restaurant, both offering a fantastic choice of high-quality international dishes and healthy options, all prepared by chefs trained at some of the best hotel restaurant kitchens in the world.

Many of the cruise vessels are purpose-built polar cruise ships. There is even an open deck dining facility and a modern lecture lounge.

The newer ships belong to a brand-new generation of low energy vessels with optimized fuel consumption and performance. Zodiac cruising forms an essential part of any luxury expedition cruise and the team are expert zodiac drivers. Be prepared to have an amazing adventure!

Why is it best to book my luxury polar cruise early?

An Antarctica Cruise with Polartours on board the G Expedition

Luxury polar cruises and polar expeditions are very popular, so availability is strictly limited. A luxury polar cruise ship with 100 guests, for example, may only have 15 kayaking places. Most people book at least eight months in advance to secure their accommodation and activity options. Our flexi-fare options allow you to change your luxury polar cruise dates or obtain up to an 80% refund on cancellation. You can use the listing filters on this page to search for luxury cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica on your chosen dates. Each listing will show you all the details, features and luxury amenities which the ships offer.

Why not contact one of our expert polar travel advisors directly by phone or schedule a personal video call to learn more about the latest availability and whether there are any discounts available on a luxury polar cruise? Or check out our FAQ page.

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