Frequently asked questions about Explore's polar voyages
When is the best time to go to the Arctic?
Our Arctic voyages run between May and September, when up to 24-hour daylight can be experienced, allowing you to make the most of every minute on board. If you travel early in the season, you're likely to see more ice. Go in July or August for the best chance of navigating Spitsbergen, as the ice starts to break up.
When is the best time to go to Antarctica?
Our voyages to Antarctica take place between October and March. Early in the season, during October and November, pack ice is breaking up and the birds are mating, sometimes displaying elaborate courtship rituals. Travel in December or January to see penguin chicks hatching and newborn seal pups, while February and March are when various whale species gather and when you can venture deeper into Antarctica as the sea ice thaws.
How many people travel on a polar cruise expedition?
Most of our ships carry between 65-135 passengers. On a small ship, the whole experience tends to be more flexible and personalised. You'll spend less time waiting to embark or disembark for shore landings, plus the ship is able to get much closer to the action - whether to the amazing wildlife or the spectacular scenery.
What are the ships like?
Our polar expedition ships are not luxurious like cruise liners but they are all are comfortable and sensibly kitted out for expedition voyages in polar conditions. The latest ships are built with wide glass windows and viewing platforms for the best panoramas of the unique landscapes and the best chances to spot the polar wildlife. Many also have libraries and science centres where you can satisfy your thirst for knowledge about these spectacular areas of the world and chat with the experts. Find out more about each vessel on our polar expedition ships page.