Brush-Tailed Penguins


Penguins of the Antarctic Peninsula

Penguins are the animals most famously associated with Antarctica. They are also one of the most distinctive and beloved of all bird families. They endear themselves to us with their stylish black-and-white coloration, adorable waddling gait, and comical gesticulations of their flightless wings. Visitors to Antarctica will surely find many reasons to love these amazing seabirds during countless penguin encounters. Most commonly seen around the Antarctic Peninsula are the three closely related penguins of the genus Pygoscelis, collectively known as the "brush-tailed penguins".

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Seabirds of South Georgia


Albatrosses and Petrels: Southern Ocean Specialists

The immensely productive Southern Ocean supports an extraordinary diversity and abundance of marine life, particularly seabirds. The most numerous and conspicuous of the seabirds flying above these southernmost seas are the albatrosses and petrels, collectively known as “tube-nosed” seabirds. From the deck of a ship bound for Antarctica, one could spend all day watching these graceful birds wheeling just above the waves on outstretched wings. Tube-nosed seabirds are perfectly adapted to a life wandering on the wind across vast open seas, except they have not figured out how to make a nest on the water. For this, they must return to land. Once you catch a glimpse of these beautiful and majestic birds, you will want to follow them over the horizon to the place where they congregate in their millions to raise their young. Your desire will be fulfilled on a polar expedition cruise to South Georgia. Read on to learn more about the albatrosses and petrels breeding on this remote subantarctic island.

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Seals of the Antarctic Peninsula


Seal Species Commonly Seen on an Antarctic Cruise

The icy waters of Antarctica are home to millions of seals representing several species. Most of them belong to the streamlined and blubber-rich Phocidae family, also known as true or earless seals. Though they are hunted by killer whales in the water, Antarctic seals do not have any natural predators above water. They can be seen hauled out on beaches and sometimes even in the snow far from water. They are often observed reposing placidly on land-fast ice and drifting ice floes. Seals found in Antarctica today are tame and trusting of people and boats. Witnessing this great abundance of docile seals is one of the highlights of an Antarctic expedition cruise. Here are a few seal species frequently encountered on a cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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How to Choose the Perfect Travel Companion for the Polar Regions


Modern-day expedition cruising offers intimate wildlife encounters, epic nature viewing and adventure options for any age and preferred activity level. The best vessels to discover the remote destinations of the Arctic or Antarctica are small expedition ships, like our very own 114-passenger Sea Spirit or the "50 Years of Victory" icebreaker.

Even for those traveling solo, the informal atmosphere aboard offers plenty of opportunities for socializing. You can have a suite all to yourself or opt for a shared cabin experience when we match you with a passenger of the same gender. If you prefer traveling with a partner, friend or family, choosing the right person to accompany you to the polar regions can seem challenging at first.

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Arctic Seals of Svalbard



True Seal Species Commonly Seen on an Arctic Cruise
Svalbard is home to a huge number of seals. With their thick layers of insulating blubber, true seals (otherwise known as earless seals) are better adapted to these icy waters than are sea lions or fur seals, which are not found in the High Arctic. Unlike their Antarctic relatives, Arctic seals are hunted relentlessly by a fearsome land-based predator—the polar bear. Because of this, you will rarely see Arctic seals hauled out on land. Arctic seals prefer to rest on sea ice or icebergs, though they are not safe from polar bears here either. Witnessing a polar bear stalk a seal on the ice is one of the world’s great wildlife experiences. In Svalbard, seals can be found in all waters from the innermost fjords to the polar ice edge. The best way to see a variety of Arctic seals is to join an expedition cruise. Here are some of the seal species you can see on an Arctic cruise to Svalbard and beyond.

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Kayaking with Polar Wildlife


Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

Kayakers have many reasons for putting the Polar Regions at the top of their must-do list of paddling destinations. Foremost among them is the chance to paddle with iconic and charismatic polar wildlife. In this first of our “Notes from the Poseidon expedition team” series, we share with you our experiences guiding paddlers around polar wildlife on cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica.

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Best of Polar Regions - Part 2

Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

As part of our interview series, “Best of the Polar Regions”, we asked members of our experienced expedition team what they think are the best polar destinations for birding and photography, as well as their all-time favorite polar expedition cruise.

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Best of the Polar Regions - Part 1


Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

We’ve been all around the Polar Regions and have considerable knowledge and stories about these incredible areas. Naturally, we know a lot of facts, but we have opinions and viewpoints, too. Our choices on the top polar destinations for scenery and wildlife, as well as which polar region is our overall favorite, vary considerably. But, for now, you can’t go wrong with these places described below!

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Polar Bear vs. Walrus



Notes from the Poseidon Expeditions team

The polar bear is often called the king of the Arctic. Within the frozen realm of this renowned
monarch, there lives another powerful Arctic denizen who does not readily submit to ursine
rule—the mighty walrus. A few of our expedition team members weighed on the subject of
these two fearsome creatures to give their views on who really rules whom.

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7 Things You Can Strike Off Your Bucket List by Visiting Antarctica


Largely undiscovered and untouched by tourism, this inhospitable continent attracts only the bravest and hardiest of travelers. However, the lucky few that make it to Antarctica are in for one of the most unforgettable trips of a lifetime.

In this article, we’ll take a look at 7 of the coolest things you can strike off your bucket list by visiting Antarctica, and hopefully we’ll give you a better idea of how to plan your trip to the White Continent!

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