Shackleton Endurance

Timeline for Shackleton's Endurance Expedition - An Epic Rescue Story

The story of Ernest Shackleton is one that many of our polar cruise travelers enjoy reliving as they make their way through the Antarctic. For those of you who are less familiar with the story of Shackleton and the Nimrod Expedition, we suggest a quick read about this amazing explorer whose steps are retraced in many of our South Pole and Antarctica expeditions.

Janys at Texas Bar Hut

Spitsbergen Explorer - A Travel Journal by Janys Olsen

Janys is a Polar Cruises Travel Specialist who traveled to Spitsbergen in July 2017 aboard the Ocean Nova.  Here is a log of her travels.

Arctic Map

Uncommon Truths About the Arctic and Arctic Travel

The literal translation of the “Arctic” is “near the bear”, which may draw up images of polar bears and other Arctic-dwelling creatures.  However, the name was actually given to the Arctic in refer

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Early Antarctica History - A Timeline

Early Antarctica History - A Timeline

I am the Walrus - Cruising with Arctic Wildlife

Unlike the melodious music of the Beatles sounds of a walrus herd can be loud with lots of bellowing and snorting.


Penguin Awareness Day — January 20th

There are 17 species of penguins in the world and all but three species are considered endangered or threatened1.


3 Important Antarctic Explorers and What They Did

The Heroic Age is marked by its frenzy of explorers anxiously setting out to make their mark on history with their discoveries of the South Pole and Antarctic region.  During this time, three particular explorers shaped the future of exploration, not just with their trail blazing voyages, but with their ideas of leadership and expedition tactics.
Camera Gear

Photography Tips for Arctic and Antarctic Picture Taking

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” ― Karl Lager

The Logical Life of a Penguin

The tuxedo-ed gents and ladies of the South Pole may appear cute and cuddly to fans of March of the Penguins,but they don’t just dress to impress.

Polar Bear

When Polar Bears Talk in the Arctic

We’ve mentioned before the impossibility of fulfilling your dream of witnessing polar bears and penguins mingling together in peaceful cohabitation, but here’s an easy way to remember why: Th

Elephant Seal

What Antarctic Wildlife You Can Plan To See in the Sky, Sea, and On Land

While wildlife viewing from Antarctica can be unpredictable, when these creatures do appear, it provides for the opportunity to encounter a varie

Pull - Teamwork

Antarctic Cruises for Shackleton Enthusiasts

“I seemed to vow to myself that someday I would go to the region of ice and snow and go on and on till I came to one of the poles of the earth, the end of the axis upon which this great round ball

Sir Ernest Shackleton

Shackleton: Leader. Hero. Polar Explorer.

Some of our most popular polar cruise options include retracing the steps of the great polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton.  But who is Ernest Shackleton?  Polar Explorer? Leader? Hero?

Conde Nast 2012 Travel Specialist

TOP Travel Specialists for Antarctica and the Arctic

Polar Cruises is honored that Chuck and Lynn Cross (Polar Cruises Co-Founders) were chosen as the 2012 "Cruise Specialists of the Year" by Conde' Nast Traveler Magazine for Antarc

Arctic Wildlife Primer #1 - The Basics

Arctic Wildlife Primer #1 - The Basics

Name a place where the animals might eat you before you can eat them.

Arctic Weather Part 1 - Is it REALLY that cold?

Arctic Weather Part 1 - Is it REALLY that cold?

As Santa Claus and his reindeer will tell you, the north pole is a cold, dry and windy place only fit for the Abominable Snowman.

King Penguins - A Colorful Sort

The King penguins of South Georgia are a colorful group both in striking feathers and the many interesting behaviors.

Blue Whales Making Comeback

Blue Whales making a comeback in Antarctica

Here's an article which got our attention.  Seeing these magnificent creatures is always a highlight for the lucky Antarctica travelers who get a rare glimpse of these elusive giants.


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