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Ships – Antarctica


Click through below for general information on our Antarctica expedition ships, cabin overviews and deck layouts. Contact us for a no obligation enquiry and one of our friendly travel consultants will be happy to help.

Akademik Shokalskiy


Akademik Shokalskiy

Akademik Shokalskiy is the complete expedition vessel. Built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research, Akademik Shokalskiy is fully ice strengthened and comfortably accommodates up to 50 guests in well-appointed comfortable cabins and suites. Common areas include large open decks, two dining rooms, a digitally-equipped lecture room, sauna, fully-stocked library, lounge and bar with 24- hour access to complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits.

Crystal Endeavour


Crystal Endeavour

The all-suite Crystal Endeavor is the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht. With lavish public spaces, a two-storey glass-enclosed solarium, six Michelin-level restaurants, two mud rooms with boot-washing stations, warming racks and lockers for expedition gear, a full-service spa, and elegant suites.

G Expedition


G Expedition

The eye-catching G Expedition (formerly MS Expedition) is Danish-built and newly refurbished, offering spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to 134 passengers. With a focus on top of the line safety, comfort and the unique demands of polar travel, the G Expedition is one of the world's leading polar expedition cruise ships.

Greg Mortimer


Greg Mortimer

This 104-metre ship is Aurora Expeditions' very first, purpose-built expedition vessel. Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the Greg Mortimer is built to world-class polar standards – designed in close consultation with expedition specialists, taking advantage of more than 25 years of experience. Accommodating a maximum of 100 passengers plus kayakers and divers for polar expeditions, the Greg Mortimer redefines expedition cruising for the future.

Hebridean Sky


Hebridean Sky

Hebridean Sky is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 110 guests. She was built for adventure with an eye towards creature comforts and in 2016 the vessel underwent a ten million dollar refit, transforming her into the safest and most comfortable ship in her class. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, she has always been known for her effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. Hebridean Sky continues that tradition, while adding a host of new amenities as well as state of the art stabilisation, fuel efficiency, and upgraded communications systems. All suites and public spaces have been completely redecorated.

Hondius


Hondius

Hondius is the first-registered Polar Class 6 vessel in the world, meeting the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register demands for ice-strengthened cruise vessels. Hondius also exceeds the requirements of the Polar Code as adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), allowing you to enjoy the polar regions as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible. Hondius is one of the most flexible, advanced, innovative ice-strengthened vessel in the polar regions. It is optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica.

Island Sky


Island Sky

The Island Sky is an all-suites, all-inclusive small expedition vessel with touches of elegance throughout. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass, which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht. It carries a maximum of 108 passengers and provides an abundance of public space for wildlife viewing, relaxation and taking in lectures and briefings. Every suite has private bathroom facilities and an exterior view, while some suites include a private balcony.

Janssonius


Janssonius

Surpassing the requirements of the Polar Code adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Janssonius represents the most flexible, advanced, innovative touring vessel in the polar regions, thoroughly optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica.

Le Commandant Charcot


Le Commandant Charcot

Enjoy a unique cruising experience when you step aboard Le Commandant Charcot, a luxury polar expedition vessel which uses hybrid propulsion combined with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators to minimise it's environmental impact. It is equipped with just 135 staterooms with balconies and outside views and offers outstanding gastronomy in the two restaurants. Additionally, it has an indoor pool surrounded by a winter garden, a sauna and a snow room.

L'Austral


L'Austral

Launched in 2011 l’Austral, this magnificent mega-yacht has 132 cabins over 6 passenger decks. She is the sister vessel of Le Boréal and Le Soléal. l’Austra offers chic and elegant interiors as well as refined and personalised services giving you the feeling that you are travelling on your own private yacht. It has a host of services and facilities including 2 public lounges, an open-air bar overlooking the pool deck, a pool, a theatre, a gym, a spa as well as two restaurants.

Le Boreal


Le Boreal

Le Boréal was built in 2010, and is a sister vessel of L'Austral and Le Soléal. Like her sisterships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Le Lyrial


Le Lyrial

Le Lyrial embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make her a rare and innovative yacht. She has two restaurants, two lounges, an open-air bar on the pool deck, a boutique, a theatre, a gym and a spa.

Le Soleal


Le Soleal

The elegant small cruise ship Le Soléal was launched in December 2012, and like her sister ships Le Boreal, L’Austral and Le Lyrial, embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing. Aboard you will find an atmosphere which is both relaxed and informal, yet stylishly modern. Le Soléal specialises in offering excellent service and superb cuisine.

Magellan Explorer


Magellan Explorer

M/V Magellan Explorer features 50 passenger suites and cabins in five categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. Public areas include a large, forward-facing observation lounge, an observation deck, a dining room that accommodates all guests and expedition staff in a single sitting, a protected outdoor barbecue area, a gym and sauna. The bow of the ship is accessible to guests to offer expansive views during exploration. The vessel was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications and started service in 2019.

MS Seaventure


MS Seaventure

The MS Seaventure features a 1-A Super ice class rating — the highest ice class awarded to passenger vessels. This means that we will be able to explore coves, bays, and channels that would previously have been forbidden to us. It features a sauna, a fitness center, a custom-built citizen science lab, and heated saltwater pool.

MV Ushuaia


MV Ushuaia

The MV Ushuaia is a very well appointed and ice-strengthened polar vessel which provides a great value, comfortable and engaging way to explore Antarctica. The MV Ushuaia has 46 comfortable cabins and suites all of which range in size, shape and bedding configuration, even within the cabin categories. All cabins other than the standard twin cabins have private bathroom facilities.

National Geographic Endurance


National Geographic Endurance

National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilised, highly strengthened vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore uncharted waters, while providing exceptional comfort.

National Geographic Explorer


National Geographic Explorer

Inaugurated in 2008, National Geographic Explorer is the world’s ultimate expedition ship. Originally built for service along Norway’s coast as part of the famed Hurtigruten, or Coastal Express, her excellent manoeuvrability and just-right size made her a natural choice for addition to our fleet. National Geographic Explorer provides a peerless expedition experience.

National Geographic Orion


National Geographic Orion

Designed and purpose built in Germany in 2003 specifically for expedition travel, National Geographic Orion was created from the outset to explore the far corners of the Earth in complete self-sufficiency. She is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Orion fosters a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment.

Ocean Adventurer


Ocean Adventurer

Built in 1975 the Ocean Adventurer (formerly known as the Sea Adventurer) was designed to carry travellers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. This ice-strengthened ship carries up to 117 passengers and features a spacious forward lounge and bar, window-lined dining room and promenades. Ocean Adventurer offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and private bathrooms. A fleet of zodiacs are available for shore excursions and on selected voyages a range of optional activities including snowshoeing, camping and kayaking are on offer.

Ocean Atlantic


Ocean Atlantic

As an ice-class vessel, the Ocean Atlantic is up to the challenge of sailing in ice-choked polar seas. It has its own fleet of Zodiacs for shore landings and there are covered lifeboats on board with capacity for all passengers and crew. As a relatively small ship, it is possible to sail close to the shore and access narrow inlets

Ocean Diamond


Ocean Diamond

The Ocean Diamond offers an outstanding super yacht for your polar expedition. Along with two stabilisers that significantly diminish roll and an ice-strengthened hull (ice class 1D), the vessel is one of the fastest, and most eco-friendly ships in Antarctica. The Ocean Diamond has become the first vessel in polar travel history, to offer certified Carbon Neutral voyages by offsetting carbon emissions with select hydro, wind power and reforestation projects throughout the world.

Ocean Endeavour


Ocean Endeavour

The contemporary Ocean Endeavour offers a stylish and comfortable expedition ship for Polar cruising. This bright and spacious vessel was recently refurbished and has a huge choice of cabin categories, large cabins and common areas, a sundeck and observation area, plenty of deck space, several lounges for relaxation and a swimming pool, gym, spa and sauna. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, a fleet of Zodiacs and on selected voyages offers a range of optional activities including snowshoeing, camping, kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding and mountaineering.

Ocean Nova


Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 and fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for Polar travel and with a maximum of just 78 guests, the Ocean Nova offers an intimate expedition experience. Cabin configuration differs slightly between Arctic and Antarctic cruising.

Ocean Victory


Ocean Victory

Ocean Victory is the ideal vessel for small-ship cruising due to her sturdy construction and X-Bow®-Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves.

Ortelius


Ortelius

The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing travellers the opportunity to adventure to remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land. The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice.

Plancius


Plancius

The ice-strengthened vessel Plancius is an excellent vessels for polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica.Plancius is a comfortable and nicely decorated vessel made for explorers. While it is is spacious it still retains a small ship character, boasting comfort, style and modern technology. Plancius makes the ideal base camp for active, adventure and wildlife minded modern explorers.

Scenic Eclipse


Scenic Eclipse

Introducing Scenic Eclipse, the point on the map where luxury meets discovery. Scenic Eclipse sets the standard in ocean cruising in terms of technology, size and luxury. State-of-the-art safety features allow us to unlock destinations others can only dream of. Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime for only 200 in the Polar Regions, Scenic Arctic Cruises will take you to the northernmost regions of the Arctic and showcase the world’s most breathtaking natural sceneries, marine and wildlife.

Sea Spirit


Sea Spirit

Sail aboard the luxurious Sea Spirit and you’ll experience Antarctica in style. Providing spacious suites and social areas for 114 guests the Sea Spirit at the same time features manoeuvrability and friendly atmosphere of small ships. Sea Spirit has an open Bridge policy, so you can visit with and talk to the Captain and officers. The Restaurant on board the Sea Spirit offers open-seating dining, and contemporary, international cuisine created by talented chefs.

Silver Cloud


Silver Cloud

Silver Cloud is one of the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, destination itineraries and unparalleled service make her truly special. Her four dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal.

Silver Explorer


Silver Explorer

Experience Antarctica in style on the 132 passenger Silver Explorer vessel which was specifically designed for navigating remote locations, while offering refined comfort and luxury. While onboard you will embrace the opportunity to observe incredible wildlife including penguins, seals, whales and a variety of bird life with the help of expert naturalist guides.

Silver Wind


Silver Wind

A refurbishment in summer 2020 will see this luxurious vessel benefit from a strengthened to ice-class hull and will make her one of the most adaptable ships on the seas. Still timelessly elegant, still luxuriously relaxed, her improved cruising versatility means she is able to whizz from the Polar Regions at the ends of the earth to the iconic ports of the Mediterranean with fluid ease.

Spirit of Enderby


Spirit of Enderby

The Spirit of Enderby is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research and is perfect for Expedition Travel. She carries just 50 passengers and was refurbished in March 2013 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins approximately half of which have private facilities.

Sylvia Earle


Sylvia Earle

This purpose-built expedition vessel honours the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Sylvia Earle. As the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998 – this vessel pays tribute to Sylvia’s long standing conservation efforts for marine protected areas and ocean wildlife.

Ultramarine


Ultramarine

Ultramarine is a brand new ship designed to go far beyond the familiar in polar exploration, allowing guests to discover new places and to immerse themselves in the best the region has to offer. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, spacious guest suites, sprawling public spaces and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than you can imagine, all the while featuring an innovative mixture of sustainability features that exceed industry standards.

World Explorer


World Explorer

Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy—these attributes and more describe World Explorer. Not only is it among the fastest ships, but it is also one of the finest, with six tiers of deluxe accommodation. The personal space is exceptional. Every suite has either a private walk-out or French balcony for direct ocean views. World Explorer also delivers plenty of public areas to unwind in after a day outdoors, including the glass-domed Observation Lounge for quiet contemplation and full skyline views, the Explorer Lounge for a drink and a chat, and the library for more intimate relaxing and reading. Presentations and discussions are facilitated in a dedicated lecture theatre.