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Our Polar Experts

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Explore has a team of polar experts waiting to talk to you about your voyage 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 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


Sarah Slocomb – Senior Regional Specialist
Sarah 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.”


Rebecca Bartlett – Adventure Travel Consultant
Rebecca travelled to Antarctica in 2012 and having caught the ‘Polar Fever’ she is keen to return: “I grew up with the stories of Scott and Shackleton’s renowned adventures, so to have the chance to follow in their footsteps and visit the World’s last wilderness was something I jumped at the chance to do. Seeing the famed White Continent for the first time left me in awe, only to be boosted by the first (of many) penguin sightings. This was followed by numerous whale and seal sightings - each one more thrilling than the last. I left Antarctica with a love for the region and an overwhelming urge to visit the continent one more time.”


Jayne Smith – Sales Supervisor
Jayne travelled to the Arctic aboard the Expedition in August 2015 and shares these thoughts of her trip: “I am so grateful to have been able to experience the pristine beauty of the Arctic. The wildlife sightings were incredible – seeing polar bears and walrus in their natural environment was so special. My highlight was the scenery, particularly the ice. So many shades of blue and different textures – just amazing.”


Vanessa Fowler – Polar Product Specialist
Vanessa travelled to Antarctica during the whale season in February 2006: “After returning from Antarctica, I wondered what else could compare; seeing crab-eater seals basking on pristine ice floes, penguin colonies a hundred-deep and the privileged feeling of being somewhere so beautiful and remote. My fondest memory of all was being inches away from a curious humpback, swimming between our Zodiacs, fluking her tail as if playing to the crowd - it was such a peaceful sight, one that will stay with me forever.”


Louisa Richardson – Direct Marketing Manager
“I’ve travelled to both the Arctic and Antarctica. Both 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.”


Melissa Garland – Customer Sales Manager
Melissa travelled to the Antarctic Peninsula and loved every second of her time in Antarctica: "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 porpoising 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 - Head of Customer Services
Tanya travelled to Antarctica in 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.”