Expedition Cruising

Visiting Antarctica with thousands of penguins and the Arctic with the majestic polar bears and Walrus offers a wonderful and unforgettable adventure.

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Prince Albert II

Ngaire Keene, Linda Litteken, and Susan Walsh have all cruised both Antarctica and the Arctic area of the Svalbard Islands, collectively seven times to Antarctica and six times to the Arctic. Keene Luxury Travel has the expertise to assist you in this incredible adventure!

Antarctica | Home to Thousands of Delightful Penguins

For details on the cabins, landing reports, what to wear and many details on Antarctica — click here!

All pictures on our website were taken by our staff while cruising the Antarctic or Arctic regions.

king penguins
baby penguin
rockhopper penguin
chinstrap penguin

The Arctic | Svalbard Islands in Search of the Polar Bear & Walrus

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polar bear
walrus
polar bear with cub
polar bear with cub

Recommended Expedition ship the luxurious Silversea SILVER EXPLORER

Embark on a luxurious expedition to the best far-flung destinations in the world aboard Silver Explorer, a purpose-built expedition ship unlike any other. Designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the worlds most remote destinations, including both of earths polar regions, the 6,072-ton vessel boasts a strengthened hull with a Lloyds Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger ships. With eight Zodiac boats, her 132 privileged guests can visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations. Experience the thrill of a true expedition aboard Silver Explorer. Venture deep into regions where other vessels cannot go whilst enjoying a privileged lifestyle that is simply second-to-none. The cabin size and layout is wonderful. The smallest cabin is 175 sq ft and the standards run from 175 sq.ft to 230 sq.ft. Larger suites from 351 sq.ft to 675 sq.ft are available. All bathrooms feature full sized bathtubs and overhead showers.

Fares are all-inclusive of beverages in the dining rooms and the lounges (excluding fine wines and liquors) and tips for the staff.

Onboard, savor a convivial cosmopolitan ambience and many special amenities that are usually found only on larger ships, including a spacious Library with Internet and printing facilities, boutique shopping, a full-service spa, beauty salon, fitness centre, sauna, two top-deck whirpools, and live evening entertainment. The Silver Explorer even features a Connoisseur's Corner, formerly The Humidor, where connoisseurs can enjoy the finest cigars and cognacs; a diversion offered by no other expedition ship.

Le Boreal and L'Austral: Two new ships entered service in 2010; Le Boreal and L'Austral - French owned vessels. Ngaire has been aboard the L'Austral. The ship is new and attractive. The Cabins are 200 sq. ft., yet they feel smaller than the Silver Explorer. Also, the bathrooms only offer a shower. Only the one Owner's Suite has a bathtub and this is the largest suite on the ship. There is a large contingent of French speaking guests and all announcements are in two languages; French and English. This is not an all inclusive product like the Silver Explorer.

Other Cruise Ships: There are many other ships that travel to Antarctica and the Arctic. Lindblad, National Geopraphic Explorer for instance is well known. These are acceptable ships but with very small cabins and in our opinion not up to the standards of the three ships mentioned above. Finding cabin sizes on these ships is very difficult to do because they are so SMALL that they do not mention the square footage.

Everything you need to know as you plan an expedition cruise: Full details on all aspects of expedition cruising are available on our Antarctica and Arctic reports. We cover all the relevant details with both written information and pictures including links to Ken Hutyra's pictures taken on the cruises we have experienced.

The Consultants at Keene Luxury Travel look forward to helping you plan an expedition cruise - an experience you will never forget.