Antarctica & the Arctic Tours & Trips 2020

81 trips to Antarctica & the Arctic tours from 109 tour companies. 551 reviews. 4.6/5 avg rating.

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
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Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour)

Intrepid Travel
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11 days
$ 707 / day
$ 7,775
From : $ 9,563
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities on top of regular Zodiac excursions. Explore the water by kayak, sign up for a photography masterclass, rejuvenate with some onboard yoga and a massage, take a refreshing polar plunge or camp overnight like a true polar explorer.
  • Whereas most polar expeditions of this kind have a crew-to-passenger ratio of ten, fifteen or twenty to one, Intrepid expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have an expedition crew member for every 8 passengers for a greater personal touch.
  • Our experienced leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages between them. They’re experts in marine biology, glaciology and Antarctic history, and they’ll share their knowledge throughout the journey during a comprehensive lecture program.
  • Rest assured that footprints are all you’ll leave behind. Your Antarctica expedition is carbon offset, and we serve only sustainably sourced seafood, avoid single-use plastics and use biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaning products.
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina
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Premium Iceland

Intrepid Travel
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9 days
$ 588 / day
$ 5,730
From : $ 7,148
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Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Witness the diversity of Iceland's natural phenomena – rootless craters, glacial lakes and geothermal lagoons. Visit Gulfoss, Iceland's largest waterfall, the famous Blue Lagoon, and drive through fields of lava.
  • Get to know Iceland’s gentle giants on board an eco-friendly carbon neutral sailing boat. This Exclusive Experience allows you to respectfully and silently spot whales with the help of an expert guide.
  • Step into Iceland’s history during your Feature Stay at the country’s oldest hotel. Enjoy personal and friendly service and old-fashioned touches, from antique furniture to original architecture.
  • Gain an insight into how the eruption of Eyafjallajokull volcano in 2010 has affected the lives of the residents in the Hvolsvollur Valley, then take part in their tree planting project during this Exclusive Experience.
  • From a soak in the Deildartunguhver Hot Spring to a visit to a local artist’s stone carving workshops and a tasting session of Icelandic specialties, your Exclusive Experiences will deepen your understanding of Icelandic culture.
Visits:
Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
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Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Odyssey ...

Intrepid Travel
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21 days
$ 680 / day
$ 15,315
From : $ 17,577
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Travel with experts in marine biology, glaciology and Antarctic history. They’ll share their knowledge throughout the journey during a comprehensive lecture program.
  • With optional adventures including ice camping and kayaking, and rare touches of five-star luxury thanks to an onboard spa and wellness centre, this is as good as Antarctic expedition travel gets.
  • Intrepid expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have one expedition crew member for every eight passengers for a greater personal touch.
  • Rest assured that footprints are all you’ll leave behind. Your Antarctica expedition is carbon offset, serves sustainably sourced seafood and avoids single-use plastics.
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Falklands Islands, Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, Argentina, Falkland Islands, South Georgia
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Antarctica Peninsula Cruise – Land of Penguins ...

12 days
$ 1,198 / day
$ 14,375
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    Visits:
    Shetland Islands, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Argentina
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    Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

    11 days
    $ 500 / day
    $ 5,495
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Witness and explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula;
    • Be aboard one of Quark’s specially designed ice strengthened vessels;
    • Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists;
    • Witness the abundant wildlife - penguins, seals, whales and more!
    Visits:
    Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia, Argentina
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    Arctic Climate Voyage

    9 days
    $ 387 / day
    $ 3,483
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Learn more about the climate changes
    • Fascinating lectures from the Expedition team
    • Landings, excursions and activities
    • Visit Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen
    Visits:
    Reykjavík, Spitsbergen National Park, Arctic, Iceland, Norway
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    Antarctic Circle Expedition

    16 days
    $ 502 / day
    $ 8,031
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • First class scientific lectures
    • Come ashore on isolated beaches and spend the night in a tent
    • Cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66° 33’ 39’’
    • See penguins, Leopard seals and whales
    Visits:
    Buenos Aires, Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Argentina
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    Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica

    20 days
    $ 690 / day
    $ 13,795
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
    Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
    Highlights
    • Explore the world’s seventh continent on the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and on foot.
    • Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with an expert team of lecturers.
    • See the incredible wildlife of South Georgia, often referred to as “the Galapagos of the South.” This includes more than 30 species of breeding birds, including four species of Penguin.
    • Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyages on South Georgia and pause for a moment at his graveside.
    • Explore the quaint, British town of Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.
    • On board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar Specialists.
    Visits:
    Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Argentina, Falkland Islands
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    Norway's Arctic Adventure 2021

    10 days
    $ 999 / day
    $ 9,990
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Discover the wildlife capital of the Arctic.... islands of glaciers
    • fjords
    • and ice sculptures revered for their silent majesty.... voyage in the land of the Midnight Sun
    • with wildlife filmmakers in tow
    • as you discover a region unlike any other and where daylight never ends.

      This 10-day trip – including a 7-night expedition cruise north of Norway in the wildlife capital of the Arctic – explores a remote archipelago of glaciers

    • fjords
    • and ice floes
    • revered for its silent majesty by nature lovers in the know. From Oslo
    • fly to Spitsbergen's main settlement
    • Longyearbyen
    • and embark on a 7-night Arctic Ocean cruise aboard Le Boréal. Go where the weather and movement of wildlife tell you to go
    • seeking out tiny Svalbard reindeer
    • polar bears
    • walrus colonies
    • whales
    • Arctic foxes
    • puffins
    • and more. A wildlife filmmaker and expedition naturalists accompany you onboard ship and ashore throughout your voyage in the land of the Midnight Sun
    • where daylight never ends. Come ashore by Zodiac with your naturalist guides and expedition leaders for rocky treks through this altogether otherworldly landscape of jagged mountains
    • steep-sided valleys
    • sheer cliffs
    • and crackling
    • calving glaciers. You’ll be far above the Arctic Circle – the closest you can get to the North Pole! Onboard ship at night
    • enjoy talks
    • informal conversations with your expedition guides
    • and the camaraderie that only Arctic explorers can share.

    Visits:
    Oslo, Norway
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    Greenland to Canada: Inuit, Icebergs, and Wildlife

    13 days
    $ 500 / day
    $ 6,495
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
    Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
    Highlights
    • Arctic wildlife – polar bears, whales and walrus
    • Traditional Inuit Communities
    • Remote National Historic Sites of Canada
    • Tundra hiking for all fitness levels
    • Zodiac cruising
    • Optional kayak adventure opportunities
    • UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenland
    Visits:
    Ilulissat Icefjord, Ottawa, Canada, Greenland
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    Copenhagen to Northern Norway

    Intrepid Travel
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    15 days
    $ 334 / day
    $ 5,665
    From : $ 6,757
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : Array Mixed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    Highlights
    • Explore Copenhagen like a local and hop on a bike. There is no better way to see the major sites, as well as explore hidden corners of this beautiful city.
    • Don't miss Gothenburg's Haga district, with its picturesque wooden houses and the iconic Skansen Kronan, as well as laid-back Langgatan street.
    • Take a ferry to Vrango Island, a stunning fishing town in the Gothenburg Archipelago, and discover this rocky nature haven by kayak.
    • Visit Trondheim, which translates as 'a good place to live', and stroll past the colourful wooden storehouses flanking the river.
    • Explore the long-adored Lofoten Islands, a patchwork of fishing villages, by land and sea and take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the entire world.
    • Finish in Tromso, hundreds of kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, where the arts and culture scene is thriving despite its isolated, northerly location.
    Visits:
    Copenhagen, Oslo, Scandinavia, Trondheim, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy
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    Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin

    Intrepid Travel
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    17 days
    $ 1,141 / day
    $ 19,390
    From : $ 23,850
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Discover highlights of both Greenland and the Canadian Arctic on a polar expedition that focuses on remote natural landscapes, ancient Inuit cultures and unique wildlife sightings.
    • See the colourful villages of Greenland’s western shores, framed by natural canals and jagged peaks, stopping in to learn about Inuit and Thule histories.
    • Take to the water – and the skies – on a series of included Zodiac cruises and helicopter jaunts, taking you to places otherwise inaccessible to human beings.
    • After days spent exploring the Arctic wilderness, chill out (and warm up) in an ultra-modern vessel complete with multiple dining, bar and lounge areas, plus health and wellness facilities.
    • Enjoy encounters with the Arctic’s impressive wildlife, including whales, walrus and musk oxen, and appreciate the sweeping vistas of colourful tundra, striking fjords and calving glaciers.
    Visits:
    Nuuk, Toronto, Arctic, Canada, Greenland
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    Luxury Antarctica Peninsula cruise

    Audley Travel
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    16 days
    $ 16,557
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
    Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
    Visits:
    Antarctic Peninsula, Livingstone, Shetland Islands, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia
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    From Canada to Greenland - Crossing Baffin Bay

    15 days
    $ 646 / day
    $ 9,684
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Experience Canada and Greenland in the same expedition
    • Learn more about the people living in the area
    • See archaeological remains and learn about Viking history
    • Exciting excursions
    Visits:
    Baffin Island, Ilulissat Icefjord, Canada, Greenland
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    Untamed Iceland

    12 days
    $ 375 / day
    $ 4,495
    Travel Style : Array Mixed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Visit a local horse farm to meet affable Icelandic horses first brought to the country by Viking settlers
    • Discover some of Iceland's Saga-like history at the Settlement Center in Borgarnes.
    • Enjoy views of colorful mountain cliffs, pristine fjords, and fertile valleys where horses graze.
    • Visit a museum dedicated to this once-thriving industry before returning to Akureyri.
    • Visit the stunning Gullfoss waterfall
    • Visit a flower farm that relies on geothermal energy to grow lilies, roses and other species.
    Visits:
    Blue Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, Reykjavík, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
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    551 Antarctica & the Arctic Tour Reviews - Summary 92% Recommend

    4.6 out of 5
    Excellent 462
    Great 44
    Average 6
    Disappointing 8
    Terrible 31
    Value
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    Guide
    4.6
    Activities
    4.6
    Lodging
    4.6
    Transportation
    4.6
    Meals
    4.6

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    Company is a scam

    1.0
    • Value 1.0
    • Guide 1.0
    • Activities 1.0
    • Lodging 1.0
    • Transportation 1.0
    • Meals 1.0

    This company cancelled our trip 3 times due to COVID. The most recent cancellation was less than 10 days notice. When we tried to re-book this time for a later date (our fourth reservation with them), they charged us over $10,000 more for the EXACT same itinerary even after their 100% guarantee says they have a voyage-for-voyage exchange on cancelled trips and we would be able to exchange the trip for the same itinerary. Now they've changed their rules to say they only have 1 date available that's approved for "exchanges." So our original booking, which was the week of Christmas, now has to be some random week when conditions are not as good and we won't even see Antarctica in the season we wanted. For the EXACT same itinerary as we already booked and paid for (and they kept the money for over 2 years for, while continuing to cancel our trips) they want 10k+ more to book. This is a scam and these people have kept our money for going on 3 years now with absolutely no intent to honor their "guarantee." This company has been a nightmare from the beginning and I highly recommend you book with someone else.

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    Operator Quark Expeditions

    Awesome trip!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We booked the December 26, 2019 Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol Antarctica Cruise Expedition trip with SmarTours through Travelstride over a year prior to embarkation.
    This was the trip of a lifetime. Every aspect of this trip exceeded our high expectations. The tour director was excellent and added the special touch to make this trip memorable. The ship's entire staff made us feel special and welcome. The service, expeditions, lectures, information sessions, and food great!! The Buenos Aires hotel staff, service and food was top notch. I highly recommend this trip!!

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    Operator SmarTours

    A wonderful experience

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Highlights of Iceland was an awe inspiring trip of a lifetime with spectacular scenery, great guide and a small group of similarly interested travellers. Volcanoes, glaciers, geothermal sites, waterfalls, whales, interesting cities and seeing the northern lights made for a wonderful experience.

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    Operator Peregrine Adventures

    Iceland exceeded all my expectations.

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    "Highlights of Iceland" was my first Peregrine Adventures holiday and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anybody considering a small group Adventure tour. From the accommodation, restaurants, transport and most importantly the friendly knowledgeable guide we had made this a memorable holuday I will never forget. Iceland exceeded all my expectations.

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    Operator Peregrine Adventures

    An Excellent Adventure on the MV Fram and Crew

    4.0
    • Value 4.0
    • Guide 4.0
    • Activities 4.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 4.0
    • Meals 4.0

    My travel buddy and I flew to Spitsbergen from Oslo. Before our cruise we stayed overyight at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Nothing fancy, just a place to wait for the ship. The staff was helpful and friendly. I'll start with my only real complaint about my Fram experience: the check in procedure. We all seemed to arrive by bus from our hotels at roughly the same time...then we proceeded to our assigned deck, where I stood in line for one hour to be checked in - really, to provide them with my credit card information. The check-in process needs to be streamlined and improved. Other than that, the crew, the ship, almost everything and everyone met or exceeded my expectations.

    If we didn't want to purchase a drink package we were able to have water with each meal, and the food was VERY good. Our cabin was small but acceptable for the week we were on board. One of our excursions - a hike - was really more of a forced march. The terrain was so rough I couldn't enjoy the scenery because of the necessity to look where every step was taking me. The pace was far too fast for the conditions. Before we began our cruise I hoped for just one decent polar bear sighting. Of course, with wildlife there are never any guarantees.From the ship we saw a total of seven polar bear! I was thrilled to come home with five VERY nice photos of them.

    We also spent an hour on land watching a large group of walrus. Gliding through the heavy ice was a thrilling experience. Because of ice conditions our route was changed and a couple of landings were not possible but we knew we were at the mercy of the weather and ice. In the end, because of the ice, we didn't just circle Spitsbergen - we went around Svalbard! Of course everyone should investigate any company and specific ship and itinerary before purchasing a cruise, but I will heartily recommend Hurtigruten and the Fram to experience Spitsbergen.

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    Operator Hurtigruten

    Nieuw Amsterdam - Land tour and Cruise May 24 to June 5, 2022

    2.0
    • Value 2.0
    • Guide 2.0
    • Activities 2.0
    • Lodging 2.0
    • Transportation 2.0
    • Meals 2.0

    We booked the Alaskan Cruise and land tour on the Nieuw Amsterdam May 24 thru June 5 2022. Things started out on the wrong foot, when Holland America lost one of our bags between the airport in Westmark Hotel. We were originally registered in Room 192 but had to move to Room 263. We ran into one of the porters who had one of our bags and he was headed to the correct room. The second bag did not arrive to our room until the next day, when the housekeeper brought it to our room. She told us the she had found it in room 261, which was an empty room. The reason it was taken to the wrong room is because the tag on the bag was read upside down. One nights sleep lost. The second night we were at the hotel at about 12am the room next to us was rented to some people who were very loud and unruly we called the front desk and asked for someone to ask the occupants of the room to quiet down. The occupants were told by security to quiet down and a soon as security left they back at it. We called the front desk a second time and were told the only thing they could do was move us to another room. We did not feel it was our place to move since this was our second night at the hotel...another night of no sleep.

    The land tour started the next day and we were bused to Denali where we stayed at Holland America's resort. I should mention here that we had purchased the meal plan offered by Holland America. There were a number of restaurants on property that would accept the vouchers, unfortunately only two were open and had very limited menus. We were there for two day and basically had to eat the same thing for two days, we had spent the money for the meal plan so it did not make sense to go off property for meals. A number of land tours were not available because it was early in the season. We were required to take a Covid test while at Denali and tested negative.

    We then boarded a train to Anchorage Westmark Hotel to spend the night before continuing to the embarkation port to the cruise. This hotel was the dirty it made me think of a petri dish. The sliding door to the 7th floor balcony would not latch to keep someone from walking out on the balcony at night by mistake. Well at about 9pm the street racing began with very loud cars it lasted until 5am...another night without sleep. The next morning I was looking at the transportation information concerning the bus we would be taking to the train station, to catch the next train to board the ship, I noticed two different buses listed. I walked down the the information desk run by Holland America and asked a lady behind the counter if she could tell me what bus we were to take. Her response was its on your paperwork, she would not even let me explain why I was asking.

    Well, we made it to the ship and our experience was better, once again several of the land tours we wanted to do were canceled and we had to choose something else. The last day at sea before we were to disembark we took another Covid test, so we could board a plane to fly back to the United States from Vancouver, and we tested positive. The ship's medical staff told us that we would have to move to isolation. The isolation cabin was not the same accommodations as we had purchased for the cruise...not as nice, no refund of the difference between the cabin we purchased and the one we spent the last night in. We did not get a chance to eat our evening meal or breakfast. We were held in our cabin, along with others who had tested positive, until all the passengers had disembarked which was about 12pm. We were told that we would have to isolated in Canada for 10 days, before we could leave for the US. Holland America would not tell us anything about the accommodations they had arranged for any of us who had tested positive for Covid. We were ushered to a Hotel and forced to register for a $500 a night room for 10 days. A letter that we had been served with stated we could submit the receipts for all the costs associated with the isolation to Aon the travel insurance company that sold trip interruption insurance through Holland America.

    We submitted the claim and required information to the insurance company within days of our return. The paperwork associated with the claim said the turn around time to process the claim was 21 business days. Well, is has been more than the 21 business days stated in the paperwork and we have not heard from the company. Holland America has not even followed up with us about anything, the only contact has been trying to sell us another cruise.

    This was our first and last cruise with Holland America.

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    Operator Holland America Line

    All Antarctica & the Arctic tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 4.6 for all Antarctica & the Arctic trips.

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