By Sponsored Stories04 Aug 2017You don’t have to be an intrepid explorer or a fearless adventurer to cruise to a place where Polar bears outnumber humans and cheeky seals frolic on icebergs. That’s because cruises to the Arctic are now more accessible than ever before, and judging by the numbers, Aussie travellers just can’t get enough of the amazing Arctic, with Polar cruises to the region growing in demand as more and more people discover that ticking off a string of bucket-list items has never been easier before. Bucket-list items such as watching Polar bears and seals in the wild, witnessing the Northern Lights, and travelling to the one of the most pristine and uncharted regions of the world: the Arctic! We’re calling this phenomenon the PTB (Polar Travel Bug) and it’s so, so infectious! Here are three reasons which explain the growing popularity of Polar cruises and why you should discover it for yourself in 2018. 1. POLAR BEARS, SEALS, NORTHERN LIGHTS – NEED WE SAY MORE?! Enough of a selling point in itself, the wildlife and natural spectacles that await in the Arctic are drawing in travellers far and wide. Imagine spying Polar bears with their young surrounded by icebergs and glaciers, whilst seals sun bake, grunt and play? Then imagine witnessing the awe of the Northern Lights onboard a luxury expedition cruise ship? The 8-day Realm of the Polar Bear (starting from AU$ 4,599) by Chimu Adventures makes all this possible and more, bringing travellers up close and personal with the region’s amazing wildlife. This best-selling voyage is the ultimate introduction to the Arctic, perfect for first-time visitors. 2. IT’S MORE AFFORDABLE THAN EVER BEFORE Prices for Polar cruises are now more affordable than ever before, and that’s not even taking into consideration Early Bird specials for next year and beyond that will slash prices even further for travellers who like to book in advance. Stay tuned to Chimu Adventures over the next couple of weeks for these amazing specials. In the meantime, the 15-day Arctic Highlights (starting from AU$ 7,399) itinerary delivers excellent value for money, giving passengers the chance to tick off one bucket list item after another, such as the experiencing the Northern Lights, spotting the elusive polar bear, and cruising the world’s wildest frontier. 3. NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO GO Since launching a range of amazing Arctic itineraries earlier this year, Chimu Adventures has experienced a strong growth in demand to this wild part of the world, and interest in cruising here is expected to continue to grow in the new five years. When you take into account the amazing value itineraries currently on offer at the moment, such as the 11-day West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge (starting from AU$ 7,195) which explores the island’s north western coast, home to dramatic mountain scenery, tidewater glaciers, and some of the Arctic’s best wildlife viewing opportunities – plus the Early Bird specials that will be announced in the next couple of weeks – now is definitely the time to experience it for yourself before everyone else! So what are you waiting for? Dust off your binoculars and explore this new hot spot of adventure travel! View Chimu’s range of Arctic itineraries here. Wildlife or the Northern Lights? What are you most excited about experiencing in the Arctic? Let us know in the comments below. This article was brought to you by: Other stories you may like ADVENTURE AWAITS: Chimu to visit the most remote destination on the planet WINNER: Travel Agent WINS a rare trip to the Arctic Cruise to the most remote regions as your icy dreams are made true!