Polar Latitudes

Polar Latitudes offer a variety of world-class, small ship expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falklands Islands and South Georgia. Voyages are led by a hugely experienced, passionate and personable team, including professional adventure guides, scientists, academics and educators, who all have world-class training and certification.

From the 2021-22 season Polar Latitudes will operate MS Seaventure, previously known as MS Bremen. The renovated ship has a modern, contemporary style and an 1-A Super ice class rating, the highest awarded to passenger vessels, which enables her to explore otherwise inaccessible coves, bays and channels. Expansive facilities include a heated pool, sauna, fitness centre and spacious common areas further enhance the guest experience, while the additional storage space gives more guests the chance to take part in optional kayaking, snowshoeing and camping adventures on selected departures.

Delicious meals, with an emphasis on delicious, balanced and nutritional cuisine are changed daily and served in the dining room, where the panoramic windows are perfect for impromptu wildlife spotting. Lunch is buffet style, evening meals are served at table, while a lighter lunch is available in the bar or served al fresco up on Sun Deck, weather permitting.

Polar Latitudes are pioneers of citizen science in the region and work with research facilities such as NASA and the Scripps Institute. Guests are encouraged to get involved, collecting seawater samples, tracking whales etc. On-board lectures and presentations cover oceanography, glaciology, ornithology, marine biology, meteorology and much more.

Guests take daily motorised zodiac (dinghy) and shore excursions for superb wildlife sightings and visit local research bases when possible.

During the 2022/3 season, Polar Latitudes will also operate a second ship, MS Island Sky, with her classic old world charm, featuring wood panels and brass details

Senderos Soul

Conventional cruises have never appealed to me, but I needn’t have worried as this certainly wasn’t one! Despite being soaked by torrential rain before I stepped onboard, a beaming smile and hearty welcome from Polar Latitudes’ Expedition Leader Brandon set the tone for what was to be the trip of my life. So many unforgettable highlights, including my first glimpse of an Antarctic iceberg and whale fluke, being surrounded by thousands of chattering king penguins or trying not to blink so I didn't miss a second of bewilderingly beautiful Drygalski Fjord in South Georgia. But the natural wonders are only half the story...

The cream on the cake comes from the international, extremely professional, knowledgeable, friendly, caring, patient and passionate expedition team and staff, for whom nothing is too much trouble. Unusually bad weather meant we lost almost 2 days of shore excursions, but by then the expedition team had created such a warm, even joyous atmosphere of camaraderie that no-one seemed to mind, helped no doubt by the top-notch cuisine, excellent in-depth presentations on a wide variety of subjects by Hannah, Seb, Marty and co, plus impromptu entertainment laid on by the same multi-talented expedition team. On our last night the crew and staff said their farewells and the repeated standing ovations for all of them, individually and collectively, told their own story. Polar Latitudes only do Antarctica, which explains why they’re brilliant at it!

Gareth, Senderos

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Getting there

Expeditions start and end in Ushuaia, except for the first departure each season, which starts in Puerto Madryn (nearest airport Trelew) and ends in Ushuaia. Local airport transfers are included.

by air

BY AIR

International flights to Buenos Aires Ezeiza and then from Aeroparque (usually) its a 3 1/2 hour flight south to Ushuaia