This Is Us

We are Polar Latitudes. And you might say, we have a longstanding obsession with Antarctica. It’s been our only destination for a dozen years, and our experience and understanding of this elusive continent is second to none. As such, we pride ourselves in delivering the most immersive and unforgettable experience in these waters.

We believe the greatest amenity any ship can offer in this ethereal part of the world is Antarctica itself. It’s why our excursions are longer, our ability to improvise greater, and our search for what we call “magic moments,” endless. Ours is a more personalized small ship luxury experience, with an emphasis on safety, spontaneity, and fun. And we embrace our responsibility to care for this fragile part of the world.

A Singular Devotion to Antarctica

Polar Latitudes isn’t the new ship on the block. We’re founder-owned and still founder-operated. Together our senior management team has nearly a century’s worth of experience in Antarctic waters, and we launched Polar Latitudes with a continued commitment to that incredible part of the world – a commitment that will be apparent the minute you step onboard. You might even be greeted by John McKeon, seen here. He’s President and one of our founders, and he still sails with us multiple times each season, to drive zodiacs, catch up with team members, and to share experiences with – and learn from – our passengers.

It’s Ok to Jump Ahead

Want to get right into the details? Here are a few good places to start.

Our Trips

Whether a key factor is timing, cost, or duration, every trip will emphasize getting you intimately engaged with the continent. And worth noting, this season we’re partnering with Oceanites on seven penguin counting voyages.

Our Team

Here are the key players who will ensure that you have the experience of a lifetime onboard and off. As for their own Antarctic experience, it’s second to none.

Our Activities

From photography to kayaking to Citizen Science to sleeping under the stars, no passion need go unfed on a Polar Latitudes voyage.

All Penguins are Created Equal – All Voyages are Not

Any number of ships can take you to Antarctica. And the incredible landscape, the wildlife, and Antarctica’s ethereal light – it will all be waiting for you regardless. Yes, even those adorable penguins! But how you experience this mysterious place and how deeply it touches you will depend in large part on who you travel with.

Consider traveling with Polar Latitudes if:

You Want the Most Immersive Antarctic Adventure

As luxurious as our ship is, our primary focus will always be on providing the “most Antarctica” on every day of this once-in-a-lifetime journey. Our off-ship excursions average 3 ½ hours, twice daily; our unique “silent Zodiac cruise” is said to be life-changing; and should the finicky Antarctic weather turn south, our expedition team’s extraordinary ability to counter with a “Plan B” means you’ll likely never miss a chance to explore.

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You’d Rather Be With a Company That’s “Been There, Pioneered That”

Our experience and environmental leadership in these waters are second to none. We were the first to bring a Citizen Science program onboard every voyage; the first to join and support the Polar Science Collective; the first to adopt a rigorous third-party training and accreditation system for our entire team; and the first to create a position of onboard passenger service manager – all to ensure each voyager has the safest and most experiential journey possible.

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You Prefer a Small Ship, More Personalized Experience

Maybe you’re one of those people who wants to feel part of a smaller, more like-minded team; who doesn’t like to wait, but does like a more personalized, stress-free adventure; and who likes the idea of being on a first-name basis with your expedition team. These are just some of the things that only a small ship experience can deliver.

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You Want the Best-Performing Team Around You

With more ships entering Antarctic waters, staffing them has become a challenge for many, but not for Polar Latitudes. Our Expedition Team averages 12 years’ experience, and most of them return to us year after year. Their experience and ability to work as a team is a big reason why we can take advantage of every opportunity Antarctica presents us, and seamlessly improvise whenever necessary.

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And Yeah, You’d Like It to Be Fun, Too

Our standards of excellence and performance are the highest in the industry. But we also place great value on the intangibles. We’re down-to-earth and fun to be around. You’ll come to know us by name, and we’ll undoubtedly share a few laughs (and maybe even a hug or two). People often say we make them feel like family. That’s something we’ve very proud of, since most of us really like our families.

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Responsible Travel

We embrace our responsibility to do everything we can to care for this place that we cherish so much, and to support others who feel the same way. Our newest ship, Seaventure, reduces fuel consumption per passenger by 20%. And through more than a dozen local and environmental partnerships, including our pioneering Citizen Science program, we look for every opportunity to be a force for global good, especially in our beloved Antarctica.

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