Anyone considering an Arctic or Antarctic cruise should be aware of the new IMO Polar Code that comes into full force on 1st Jan. 2022. The code will effect all large cruise ships & current expedition vessels as they renew there 5 year certificates before 2022. New buildings are built to the code & this is why many have delayed completion dates & are costing a lot more to build. A few ships have had very expensive refits to meet the code requirements.