FAQs | Polar Unbound

Can Children Travel on Small Ships?

Yes. Although the voyages are not directed towards children, we do encourage families with children on our voyages. Please contact us for more information if you are thinking of traveling with anyone under the age of 16.

How Difficult Is It to Get In and Out of the Landing Zodiacs?

Assistance getting in and out of the Zodiacs will be offered by our staff. There are possible wet landings where you will be required to disembark the zodiac into ankle deep water - making rubber boots a necessary item.

Is there Email/Internet Access Onboard the One Ocean Expeditions Ship?

Yes, there is email access available through our satellite communication equipment for a charge.

Does Polar Unbound Accommodate Single Travelers?

A good number of our clients come alone and some purchase the single cabin option on our cruise ships. For those wishing to share, we will pair single travelers of the same gender together at no charge.

How Much Room is There for Luggage Aboard Cruise Ships?

There is storage space for empty luggage in the cabins under your bunk. Alternatively we can stow your baggage safely elsewhere on the ship. There is ample space for your clothing in cupboards and drawers in your cabin.

Should I be Concerned about Sea Sickness?

If you feel that you are particularly susceptible to seasickness, then it is a good idea to talk to your own doctor. Come armed with motion sickness tablets. There will be a doctor on board and the ship is equipped with a small treatment facility.

What is Antarctica Kayaking Like?

Antarctica kayaking is completely dependent on weather and sea conditions. A typical kayak trip ranges from 30 minutes to one hour. Our goal is to give those guests who wish to kayak an opportunity to do so at least twice during our Antarctic voyage.Do I have to have previous kayaking experience? It's best if you have had previous kayaking experience. If you don't have previous experience, then find a class or other way to kayak prior to the trip. The kayaks are covered sea kayaks, so it's also helpful if you know how to do a wet exit in the remote chance that you tip over.

How Far in Advance Should I Book My trip?

There are many travel arrangements that must be coordinated for any Antarctica trip. Space on our vessel is limited. Generally we recommend that you book four to twelve months in advance. However, space may be available closer to the departure date, so don't hesitate to check with us.

Is Polar Unbound Able to Arrange Extensions for Antarctic Tours?

We have been working with partners in the southern hemisphere since 1992, and have plenty of ideas for extending your trip whether it be hiking in Peru or snorkeling in Galapagos. Guests often combine a trip to Antarctica with a visit to Machu Picchu. Another popular destination to consider is the Easter Islands. We are passionate about travel and are eager to hear about your interests to help you plan your adventure.

Do the Cruise Ships Have Amenities?

Yes. For instance, addition to our fascinating ongoing lecture series, there is also a bar and a gift shop onboard the Sea Explorer. You can purchase wine or beer and enjoy observing the passing scenery in one of the many observation areas onboard while sailing along the Antarctic Peninsula. There is also a gift shop on board where guests can shop for gifts for family and friends. The Ocean Nova also has internet access available for purchase.

What Clothing is Provided?

We provide dry suits for the kayaks as well as water-proof boots. If you prefer to rent a parka from our ship, please let us know, and we will make sure there is one available for you.

What Kind of Clothing Will I Need?

We will provide you with a complete packing list. Here are a few tips: Bring loose, breathable layers of wool, silk or fleece as opposed to cotton polar fleece is a very popular choice. Waterproof pants are required for zodiac expeditions and kayak trips. You have the option of bringing your own parka or renting a coat on board. If you do choose to rent a parka, please let us know as soon as possible so we can reserve one for you. If you are bringing your own parka, look for one that is lightweight, roomy, and wind and weather resistant. Bright colors are more visible, so they are a safer option for use in the Polar regions. Bring a wool or polar fleece sweater. No one likes cold hands, so bring gloves to keep your hands warm and dry. We suggest wearing a polypropylene liner under gloves so your hands will be protected when you remove gloves or mittens to take photos. A wool Cap is great for protecting ears.