One-Time-Only Polar Voyages

Plan ahead for exceptional adventures at sea

BY JANICE WALD HENDERSON — Fall 2018

1. Ponant offers the 11-day “Antarctica and Climate Change” on 199-passenger L’Austral, with New York Times science writers Henry Fountain and James Gorman discussing topics such as “The State of the Cryosphere.” Off ship, visit research stations, spot crabeater seals, and more. Sails round-trip Ushuaia, Argentina, departing Dec. 10, 2019. 888-400-1082; us.ponant.com

2. U.K.-based Poseidon Expeditions introduces “From the Highlands to the High Arctic: Crossing the Arctic Circle, Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen” on the recently refurbished 114-passenger Sea Spirit, which just added zero-speed stabilizers for smoother sails. Jan Mayen, an isolated Arctic island inhabited only by Norwegian weather station personnel, delivers Beerenberg, the planet’s northernmost subaerial active volcano. The 12-day cruise sails between Leith, Scotland, and Longyearbyen, Norway, departing June 3, 2019. 347-801-2610; poseidonexpeditions.com

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Peter Bassett. PHOTO BY TONYA HUGHES.

3. Explore the Arctic on a Tauck-chartered 234-passenger Le Boreal cruise created with BBC Earth, and with VIP veteran BBC Earth wildlife filmmaker Peter Bassett (right) onboard. Bassett shares personal tales of his filmmaking adventures and joins shore excursions. The 10-day expedition sails round-trip Longyearbyen, Norway, departing June 24, 2019. 800-468-2825; tauck.com

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