Polar Latitudes was formed to embrace the best aspects of the early years of expedition cruising when adventure companies formed strong alliances with a select network of international sales agents. They have taken this proven business approach and strengthened it by operating as a wholesale-only company with no direct marketing efforts. The focus is entirely on trust with tour operator partners, and their passengers, as they provide world-class expedition experiences on the sister ships Hebridean Sky and Island Sky. Click to meet the office and expedition teams.
Hebridean Sky (formerly Sea Explorer and Corinthian II) and Island Sky are all-suite ships with 56 and 55 cabins respectively. Both are known for their elegance and comfort, offering their guests a perfect combination of on-board luxury and adventurous exploration. Polar Latitudes includes an on-site Passenger Service Representative on all voyages.
Built in 1991, Hebridean Sky was recently refitted at a cost of US$10m, transforming her into one of the world’s finest small ships and up to the same standard as Island Sky, which was built in 1992. All suites are outward facing, with queen-sized or twin beds, a sofa, satellite TV, DVD/CD player, telephone, mini-refrigerator, marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries and an area of 225ft² (21m²) or more. The Owner's Suite (35.7m²), Penthouse Suites (30m²) and Veranda Suites (24m²) feature private balconies, accessed via sliding-glass doors.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are changed daily and the emphasis is on providing delicious, as well as balanced and nutritional cuisine. Returning from excursions, passengers enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Club, a great space for relaxation surrounded by panoramic windows.
Polar Latitudes offer 11-15 day expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula, 20-22 day trips to the Falklands and South Georgia, and also a special Crossing the Antarctic Circle voyage.
We ask tour operators to please register directly with Polar Latitudes to receive information, images, availability, and to hold options on departures. On request Polar Latitudes can prepare your own branded PDF version of their brochure.
Please see our "Offers" page for Polar Latitudes current promotions.
News, July 2018
Most of the 2018-19 departures are near or at capacity, but we do have a few voyages on which we are able to offer limited inventory - agents should contact us for details of a special offer on a first come first served basis, for the voyages listed below. The offer will be in effect through August 31st.
- February 12, 2019 Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
- February 26, 2019 Crossing the Antarctic Circle
- March 02, 2019 Antarctic Peninsula - Whale Science Voyage
News, January 2018
Polar Latitudes’ new partnership with PGTA
Polar Latitudes has announced a new partnership with the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PGTA). PTGA was formed by a dedicated group of Polar Professionals with hundreds of Polar Expeditions under their collective belts, and broad experience in guide training and assessment. Polar Latitudes is pleased to be the first polar tour operator to engage PTGA in overseeing ongoing professional development for our entire Expedition Team.
PTGA offers an extensive and nuanced programme for Polar Guide training, assessment, and accreditation in seven different areas of competency. Some accreditations have multiple levels: “Zodiac Operations,” for example, offers three levels, from basic driving competency to experience & skill driving in a wide-range of sea and ice conditions.
“For PTGA, skills assessment is as much about why guides make certain choices as it is about the choices they make.” Says PTGA President, Graham Charles. “In the end, professional guiding is about judgment, and as a mentoring organization it is our role to foster good judgment in the guides we train and assess.”
PL’s Expedition Team has already received extensive training and certification, and the vast majority of team members have many years of field experience. PTGA currently offers a “Recognition of Current Competency” program that recognises and credits this experience. For most of our team, the PTGA programme will offer them additional opportunities for professional development, such as cross-training outside of their fields, or advanced certifications in their areas of core competency.
Polar Latitudes remains committed to leading the industry in passenger safety and ongoing professional development for all of our team. As such, we are thrilled to be working with PTGA; an organisation that fosters excellence in Polar Guiding and views learning as a life-long adventure.
At the end of 2016 Gareth had the pleasure of experiencing Polar Latitudes at first-hand, and learned how the best-laid plans can be foiled as much by pesky fur seals as by the unpredictability of the south Atlantic weather!
"The Shackleton themed expedition voyage that I joined in November last year was always going to be a special trip but Polar Latitudes turned it into an unforgettable, and dare I say, joyous experience! Judging from the gushing feedback and feel-good factor among passengers from every corner of the globe on our final evening on Hebridean Sky, I think I can safely say that all of us were bowled over by the consistently excellent work of Brandon Harvey’s highly professional and entertaining expedition team. Apart from the riveting daily lectures by highly qualified experts on subjects as diverse as polar exploration, climate change, the Antarctic Treaty, polar wildlife, geology, glaciation and many more, we had the opportunity most days to play an active role in Polar Latitudes’ pioneering Citizen Science programme, as well as being treated to the steadfast zodiac driving of Polar Latitudes’ CEO John McKeon!
We feasted every day on the delicious choice of meals and fine wine, were impressed and often entertained by the attentive, friendly and helpful crew and staff, and were very grateful for the great work of our very experienced captain and his navigation team in often difficult sea conditions, as well as for the state-of-the-art stabilisers and understated luxury of the excellent Hebridean Sky.
I was unreservedly impressed with Polar Latitudes to the extent that my own high expectations were exceeded. This is not an ostentatious resort style ship, but if you have clients who are interested in an unforgettable small-ship expedition cruise in the Antarctic region, offering all the creature comforts and a true sense of adventure, look no further!"