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The best way to explore the icy straits of Alaska and Antarctica is by boat. Aside from being a good way to get from A to B, a cruise also allows you to get close to the action. Both the Arctic and Antarctica are home to an extreme array of wildlife, including Polar bears in Alaska and the Gentoo Penguin and Wandering Albatross in Antarctica.
A trip to Antarctica - often referred to as the Last Frontier - is a thrilling adventure, and with A&K this doesn't mean skimping on comfort. The contemporary Le Boreal is Antarctica's only all-balcony expedition ship, and not only does it have state of the art navigation, it is also eco-friendly. Furthermore, it is small enough to ensure unlimited access for shore excursions, including narrow fjords off-limits to larger ships.
In Alaska the Safari Explorer is a luxury expedition ship accommodating just 36 guests, and allows for in depth exploration of Glacier Bay and its native species, including puffins, moose and bears.
Suggested itineraries for Polar Cruising
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland
Nights: 14 | from £10,970
Join A&K's seasoned expedition team for an enriching experience like no other to the islands of the High Arctic Svalbard archipelago in Norway, less than 600 miles from the geographic North Pole.
Iceland and Greenland: In the Wake of the Vikings Photographic Expedition
Nights: 11 | from £8,585
Join A&K's seasoned expedition team for an enriching experience like no other to the islands of Heimaey & Surtsey in the Westman islands archipelago. Observe the amazing flora that comes alive with unexpected colour under Augusts’ midnight sun. Follow in the wake of Erik the Red with visits to early Viking archaeological sites such as the ancient Norse village at Eystribyggð and Brattahlíð, the homestead of Erik the Red.
Chile Lakes & Fjordsof
Nights: 13 | from £4,515
Certainly one for water lovers this itinerary will mesmerise as it shows off Southern Chile’s glassy lakes, fjords, glaciers and time trapped islands, a 3 day cruise to Argentina its grand finale.
Hudson Bay Odyssey
Nights: 7 | from £7,799
Embark on a true wilderness adventure, staying at an isolated lodge on the shores of Hudson Bay – the land of the magnificent polar bear.
Discovering Alaska with Uncruise
Nights: 7 | from £3,940
Spot humpbacks and grizzly bears on this 7 night cruise to Glacier Bay National Park, the Icy Strait, Frederick Sound, Admiralty Island and Ford’s Terror.
The Northwest Passage - From Greenland to the Bering Sea 2017
Nights: 24 | from £22,590
Cruise the entire Northwest passage on an extraordinary voyage from western Greenland to Nome, Alaska, joined by A&K's world-class Expedition Team on exclusively chartered 'Le Boreal.'
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (2017)
Nights: 15 | from £10,970
Cruise on all-balcony 'Le Boreal' to pristine and rarely seen Arctic islands, including the polar bear haven of Svalbard, glacier-covered Jan Mayen and Iceland's verdant West Fjords.
Classic Antarctica 2017/18
Nights: 14 | from £11,170
Join A&K's renowned Expedition Team on luxurious 'Le Lyrial' for an unforgettable voyage to the White Continent, which you explore for five days during the best of the Antarctic spring and summer seasons.
The Antarctic Peninsula
Nights: 11 | from £6,920
Antarctica the land of superlatives! This itinerary will have you see some of the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula.
Suggested accommodation for Polar Cruising