Intrepid Travel has released its 2022-23 polar season early after seeing a significant uplift in interest for Antarctica expeditions.

The decision to launch three months ahead of schedule came after record bookings for Intrepid’s inaugural 2021-22 season on its expedition cruise ship Ocean Endeavor in September.

The operator reported a 70% increase globally in searches to its Antarctica pages.

EMEA managing director Zina Bencheikh said: “Unspent holiday funds and months spent at home means Brits are planning those bucket list trips that they’ve always dreamed about. Trips exploring the natural world are proving popular, and of course Antarctica is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“With customers looking to book further ahead than ever, we’re excited to have launched the 2022-23 season with some great offers and a new flexible booking promise.”

Intrepid’s flexible booking policy applies, meaning no fees for changes to departure dates up until 30 days before the sailing date. Reduced deposits are available until January 2021.

New voyages include the Uncharted Antarctica: East and West Peninsula, which visits the less-visited east side of the peninsula, and a New Year voyage on its Journey to the Circle itinerary.

Intrepid has teamed up with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to offer expeditions where guests will be joined by scientists from WWF-Australia, who will share their insights into whale conservation while they conduct research.

All voyages take place on Ocean Endeavor, which carries 199 passengers and has facilities including an organic spa, gym, heated salt water pool, and yoga classes as well as a 1:8 staff-guest ratio.

Activities include camping, snowshoeing, kayaking and a ‘citizen science’ programme in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and Antarctic Science Foundation.

All voyages are carbon offset with no single use plastic on board, a reusable water bottle for every guest, with only sustainable seafood served.