It’s safe to say that you can forgo the shorts and sandals, but the weather in a lot of the destinations you will visit can be quite unpredictable. One thing that is for sure though is that it’s bound to get pretty cold at some stage. Although you will likely be travelling during the summer months, temperatures will be nearing freezing point in certain areas of both Polar Regions.
Therefore, it’s a good idea to pack lots of layers as well as a comfortable and durable pair of shoes for all the walking you’ll be doing. Some of the operators will provide passengers with their own branded Parka coat, which is sure to do a great job of keeping you warm, and many ships have an onboard shop where you can purchase any essentials you don’t happen to have with you.
Don’t totally rule out that bikini though, as some ships will have heated pools and spas for you to enjoy.
Seasickness is something that affects each individual differently and so it is hard to say whether it is something you will experience during your expedition. All of the ships are intent on putting the safety and comfort of passengers first and are therefore fitted with stabilising mechanisms to reduce the ship’s movement as much as possible.
There are a few places where the sea could get a bit rough, namely the Drake Passage, and so the best advice for those who have suffered seasickness in the past, or feel that they might during their trip, is to look into possible remedies before you sail, try to book a cabin as close to the ship’s centre as possible, and do your best to avoid long periods below deck.
Yes, yes, and yes again. Travelling alone is a great way to see the world and make some friends for life in the process and so it is definitely encouraged.
Individual operators do deal with this occurrence differently though. Some will allow solo passengers to travel without incurring additional charges, some will ask that they pay a single supplement, and others will offer passengers travelling on their own the chance to share a cabin with a member of the same gender who has also agreed to share. If you are travelling alone, be sure to check out our solo expeditions to see your best options.
We strongly advise that anyone suffering from a potentially life-threatening medical condition doesn’t travel with us. Although there will be a doctor on board all of the ships, they will only be able to offer first aid and so significant medical care will not be available. Understandably, these remote regions have very little access to hospitals or medical supplies and so we cannot offer extensive medical attention.
Similarly, anybody who needs mobility assistance may struggle to navigate the rough terrains that we will encounter and may also struggle with the steep gangways that some ships deploy. Anybody else should be confident in their ability to walk moderate to long distances if they are planning to go ashore on our excursions. There are many different expedition activities offered for a range of abilities, but some do involve a fair bit of walking.
Each operator will include different things in the initial price that you pay and so it’s best to check the details of each itinerary carefully so you know exactly what you are getting for your money. Some will include free tea and coffee, others may not; some will offer activities and excursions as part of the price and some will charge for these separately.
There are a few things that are nearly always NOT included though, such as gratuities, alcoholic beverages and items being sold in onboard gift shops. However, there may be exceptions to this.
The final bill for everything that you spend whilst on board the ship will be given to you at the end of the expedition. This can be paid on a credit or debit card and will be charged in the ship’s chosen currency (usually dollars). As well as this, there will be some opportunities to purchase items when you are in the various destinations that you will visit.
Therefore, if you think you may wish to do this then it is a good idea to carry a small amount of cash in the local currency of each country on your itinerary. There may be exchange facilities available on the ship, but this is not always the case and often they only carry small amounts of money. Check out or local currency guide to see what cash you may need to bring.
There is a certain amount of risk associated with travelling to these remote regions but everything will be done to minimise this as much as possible. There will be a doctor travelling aboard each ship to provide first aid, expedition leaders will overlook all activities that take place onshore and in the water, and each ship is specifically suited to traverse these sometimes tricky routes.
Ice-strengthened hulls, state of the art radar and sonar technology, and diligent planning are just a few of the things used during your trip to reduce any possible risks.
Whether or not a visa is needed to enter the countries on an itinerary will depend on the individual. However, it is your responsibility to arrange these to be processed if they are needed. Our best advice is to contact each country’s consulate to determine whether you need this paperwork to enter their country. They will also be able to advise you how to go about doing this if the answer is yes.
It’s hard to predict anything of this nature but the chances that you will see some exciting creatures during your expedition are pretty good. Onboard experts will do everything they can to increase the prospect of sightings and the ships’ public address systems will even highlight them if you happen to not be paying attention at the time.
If you want to see a specific animal then your best chance of doing so is finding an expedition that is focused towards this goal. You can also use our handy wildlife spotting guides for a rough key as to where you may find some of the most popular wildlife.
If you need to fly to reach your point of embarkation then Fred.\ can help you organise this. We aim to tailor-make any travel experience so that it suits each individual, and helping you book the necessary flights is all part of the service. Just contact a member of our expert team for more information.