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Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth - M/S ExpeditionScores 9.0 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Brilliant trip that exceeded expectations. It was a very varied itinerary and we enjoyed the mix of wildlife, plants and ice. The team of staff were fantastic - enthusiastic and very knowledgable. I would recommend it to any one.
Confirmed traveller: 11 August 2016
Published on: 21 August 2016
(10 out of 10)


Excellent. Never expected to walk on the polar ice cap - fantastic. Changing planes at Oslo airport is not a trivial task
Confirmed traveller: 10 August 2016
Published on: 20 August 2016
(10 out of 10)


Chandlers Ford
Brilliant trip from begining to end. Faultless route planning and expertise provided us with the ultimate in wildlife viewing. Nothng can be guaranteed on this sort of adventure but something magical seemed to happen at least once a day. Five blue whales swimming together, polar bear mother nursing her two young, the sea errupting with numerous walrus, seals resting on the ice, a pod of beluga whales around the ship, glaciers calving icebergs, and luckily for us, multiple polar bears with some swimming, others wandering the beach or rolling in the snow.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 13 July 2016
(10 out of 10)


It was absolutely brilliant - I couldn't fault the ship or the staff. We were incredibly lucky with sightings of polar bears, walrus, seals, reindeer, Artic fox, blue and beluga whales.
Confirmed traveller: 07 July 2016
Published on: 19 July 2016
(3 out of 10)


Dont book this trip if you want an active adventure.
If you want a relaxing cruise with excellent food and great staff then go for it.
There are no facilities on the ship if the weather is poor.
This means long periods of sitting around , 2 days in my case
Confirmed traveller: 19 August 2015
Published on: 06 October 2015

We’re sorry to hear that the itinerary was not as you expected, especially as you spent a lot of time onboard due to the bad weather. We have spoken with the operations team for the M/S expedition and they are confident that they did everything possible to ensure the best experience. We can see that the ship did cover a lot of ground, but unfortunately the weather did have an impact on the itinerary.

(8 out of 10)


This was not a trip run by Explore, who acted merely as agents.

Highlights: marvellous scenery, intelligent and knowledgeable leaders and lecturers.

Totally different from anything else we have done in the past.

Go prepared to accept that the weather governs everything.
Listen and learn: go to all the lectures as they enhance the experience.
Do all the landings, get out on deck as much as possible.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 11 August 2015
Published on: 07 October 2015
(10 out of 10)


I have been with you umpteen times before, and I have booked with you again in March , so I think that speaks for itself!
Confirmed traveller: 09 August 2015
Published on: 30 September 2015
(10 out of 10)


Seeing the polar bears in their natural environment was an amazing experience, they could see and smell us but provided we kept our distance, they left us alone. This is a trip of a lifetime in the truest sense of the word. Go on the 11 day trip and not the 1 week trip as you need to maximise your chances of seeing the polar bears and the other wildlife, we saw arctic foxes, reindeer, walruses, bearded seals and a huge variety of birdlife. The ship is very comfortable and the crew were excellent. You will not be disappointed!
Confirmed traveller: 24 July 2015
Published on: 09 October 2015
(8 out of 10)


Very good trip but unlike all previous Explore trips, there were 92 people on board and we only met a few who had booked through Explore!

We saw only a few other ships and with minimal Internet and phone reception - a bonus- it felt we were on top of the world. Many people had used same ship for Antarctica .
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 06 July 2015
Published on: 30 September 2015