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Explore has a team of polar experts waiting to talk to you about your expedition to Antarctica or the Arctic. Many of us have travelled to the poles, gaining first-hand knowledge of the region and the vessels you’ll be travelling on. We can help you make the best decision on which trip and which ship to go on, ensuring you really do have the journey of a lifetime. To contact our polar team for more information or to book a trip call 0844 875 1895 or email

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Sarah Slocomb is a Senior Regional Specialist in the Tailormade team and is on the frontline to make reservations and answer any questions or queries you may have on our polar cruises. Having travelled to the Arctic in July 2011 she says: “Sailing through the Arctic made me feel like I was on the edge of the world; nobody else in sight and icebergs for miles around. I have never experienced anything as magical as spotting my first polar bear; seeing her walking across the ice with her two cubs just took my breath away.”


Melissa Garland travelled to the Antarctic Peninsula and manages Explore’s team of Adventure Travel Consultants: "As we journeyed to the bottom of the globe, we experienced our first 360 degree horizon. Humpback and minke whales accompanied us for a while, and albatrosses swooped at the stern. First, came tabular icebergs, then penguins flying out of the waves in the distance; land wasn’t far away. Before long, we caught our first glimpse of the White Continent and the zodiacs were ready to transport us, across the choppy waves, to this precious wonderland. As for our first steps on Antarctica and the smell of the chinstrap colony; one word - breathtaking!”


Tanya Marchetti, Explore’s Head of Customer Services, travelled to Antarctica during January 2011: “I had high expectations of Antarctica, particularly as it was my honeymoon, and they were smashed! Never would I have thought that I’d be lucky enough to witness eight orcas using a penguin as a tool to train their young – a highlight, albeit slightly cruel, that will remain embedded in my memory for the rest of my life.”


Louisa Richardson is Direct Marketing Manager and has visited both poles: “I’ve travelled to both the Arctic and Antarctica. Both places are simply magical places to be and I couldn’t possibly choose a favourite. Travelling to two of the last real wildernesses left on the planet, breathing in the crisp, clean air and being extremely lucky with wildlife sightings count as my ultimate travel experiences. I feel extremely fortunate that I got to go but my heart hasn’t stopped hoping that I may get to go again one day.”