Not sealed off and close to nature
Our polar tall-ships are not high out of the water like many modern expedition ships, so when a humpback whale pops his head up to look at you on deck you maybe only be a matter of metres away from it.
You could be sipping a cup of coffee om deck when a fur seal does a back flip right next to you.
Being able to climb the rigging gives you a view from a different dimension. Look down on Weddle Seals resting on a slab of pack ice with shadows of the ships rigging cutting across the scene, or see whales diving under the ship to check we have no barnacles.
Whilst sailing at 3-8 knots you can see penguins in their natural element as they porpoise in and out the water.
Admire the speed and elegance of killer whales as they glide effortlessly by like sleek submarines and overtake a 300 ton sailing ship as if wasn’t there!