Vessels
Antarctica

Antarctica Vessels

Sea Spirit
First class vessel

Sea Spirit

Sea Spirit is a high-quality purpose-built Antarctica expedition ship with en-suite accommodation for up to 114 passengers. Recently refurbished, all suites and cabins have windows, satellite phone access, flat-screen TV and DVD player and king size or twin beds and a number also have private balconies. There is a passenger lift, spacious dining room, lounge, Polar library, bar, shop, gym and hot tub. The ship has plenty of open deck space and an open bridge policy. A 10mb communications access card is included in every voyage.

MV Plancius
Mid range vessel

MV Plancius

Plancius was built as a Dutch oceanographic research vessel and refurbished as a passenger ship in 2009. It has ice strengthened bow and stern and is ideal for polar sailing. There is a mixture of suites and cabins, all with window or porthole. Some have private facilities and some shared. There are twin, triple and quadruple cabins suitable for sharing. Public areas are a spacious observation lounge and bar, library, lecture theatre and dining room along with plenty of outside deck space and an open-bridge policy. Rubber boots are supplied for all passengers.

National Geographic Explorer
Mid range vessel

National Geographic Explorer

NG Explorer is a specialist expedition ship with a high standard of accommodation just a little below what could be termed 'luxury'. The ship has 81 cabins including 5 suites with private balconies. All cabins have windows or portholes, en-suite showers, TV screen and computer access plus-in. There are single, twin and double cabins including one equipped as a disabled cabin. There are no bunks. Public areas and facilities include two bars, lounge and presentation room, separate observation lounge, restaurant, library, fitness centre, spa, sauna, mud room, open bridge policy, internet caf, laundry, shop and clinic. Equipment includes an underwater remotely operated vehicle for specialist video access, 36 inflatable kayaks, scuba & snorkelling gear (not always available) and complimentary parkas.

MS Expedition
Mid range vessel

MS Expedition

The MS Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, all cabins have ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Common areas include 360 degree observation deck, lounge, dining room, library, bar, gift shop, clinic, computer room, gym, sauna, gift shop and mud room. Passengers also have access to rubber boots. The ship has ice-strengthened hull, forward looking sonar and stabilisers.

MV Ortelius
Mid range vessel

MV Ortelius

Ortelius was built as a Russian scientific survey ship with ice strengthened hull, ideal for polar sailing. She has been completely refurbished and has a selection of suites and cabins with windows or portholes and either private or shared facilities. There are twin dining rooms, lecture room, bar and observation lounge and lots of open deck space plus an open-bridge policy. Ortelius also has a helicopter landing pad and helicopter excursions are available on some itineraries.

Silver Explorer
Luxury vessel

Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer was built as an expedition vessel with ice strengthened hull. Silversea, purchased it and undertook a complete refurbishment to convert it into a luxury vessel with standards of comfort and service to match other ships in the Silversea fleet, including cuisine by Relais & Chateaux, staterooms and suites with marble baths and butler service. All 66 staterooms and suites on board are of a high standard.

There is one restaurant serving buffet or table service breakfasts and lunches and a la carte dinners; room service is available at all times. There is also a lecture theatre, a well stocked library, a lounge bar with humidor and a lounge/observation deck. Beverage service is also fully inclusive of non-premium liquor (although there is a high threshold before a premium standard is reached!). Apart from the expert lecture programme, entertainment is limited to an evening pianist, some home-grown performances by the crew and in-cabin satellite TV and DVD. There is also a small spa and fitness centre, a sauna and two decktop hot tubs. Polar travellers receive a complimentary parka and water resistant backpack.

Ocean Adventurer
First class vessel

Ocean Adventurer

Ocean Adventurer (previously known as Sea Adventurer) is a purpose built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull and first class accommodation and facilities. All 61 cabins have outside views and private facilities, including some with exterior access and outside seating. Public areas include dining room, lounge and presentation room, library, 2 bars, gift shop, clinic and exercise room. Other facilities are satellite communication and massage therapist. There is a forward observation deck and other open deck areas.

M/V Ocean Nova
Mid range vessel

M/V Ocean Nova

The Ocean Nova was built in Denmark in 1992 and refurbished in 2006. It has a fully classified ice-strengthened hull, so is ideally suited for polar waters. There is a total of 45 cabins, all with windows and en-suite facilities. These include single, twin and triple berth cabins. Public areas include two dining rooms, observation lounge/presentation lounge, bar, library, exercise room and hospital. There is plenty of deck space for scenery and wildlife viewing. There is an open bridge policy.

Akademik Ioffe
Adventure vessel

Akademik Ioffe

Built in Finland in 1989 as a Russian polar research vessel, the Akademik Ioffe, was operating as One Ocean Navigator until recently, is a comfortable, stable, ice-strengthened ship with all the facilities for modern expedition cruising. There is a mixture of suites and cabins, all with windows or portholes and some with private facilities. Public areas include dining room, lounge, bar, library with forward facing windows, multi-media room with Apple Mac computers and photo management software, presentation room, mud room, passenger lift and gift shop. There is also a wellness centre, sauna, spa, salt-water plunge pool, fitness room and infirmary. Along with plenty of open deck space, there is a top deck with 360degrees views and a small observatory with spotting scope. The ship has an open-bridge policy.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Adventure vessel

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Built in Finland in 1988 as a Russian polar research vessel, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, was operating as One Ocean Voyager until recently, is a comfortable, stable, ice-strengthened ship with all the facilities for modern expedition cruising. There is a mixture of suites and cabins, all with windows or portholes and some with private facilities. Public areas include dining room, lounge, bar, library with forward facing windows, multi-media room with Apple Mac computers and photo management software, presentation room, mud room, passenger lift and gift shop. There is also a wellness centre, sauna, spa, salt-water plunge pool, fitness room and infirmary. Along with plenty of open deck space, there is a top deck with 360degrees views and a small observatory with spotting scope. The ship has an open-bridge policy.

Le Boreal
Luxury vessel

Le Boreal

Le Boreal is a purpose built, luxury expedition vessel which combines a private yacht style ambiance with gastronomic French cuisine and high standards of service. All suites are and staterooms are twin or double and have private balconies and bathrooms along with minibar, satellite TV, DVD, Ipod docks, wifi and direct dial satellite telephone. Public areas and amenities include passenger lifts fore and aft, restaurant, lounge with dance floor and bar, reception desk, shop, leisure area with Wii ans slot machines, clinic, theatre, hairdresser, fitness room, spa with massage, hamman and balneo treatments, grill and buffet restaurant, outdoor pool, panorama lounge and terrace with bar, library and internet room and plenty of deck space. The ship has a 1C ice classification for cruising in polar waters.

Polar Pioneer
Adventure vessel

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer was built in Finland as an ice-strengthened research ship with ice class 1A Super, making it perfect for navigation in Polar areas with heavy sea ice. With a legendary reputation as a strong and capable veteran expedition ship, it was refurbished in 2022 with a modernised lounge and upgraded cabins allowing for up to 48 guests to travel in comfort and in an intimate setting that offers an authentic expedition adventure. There is a mixture of cabins and suites, including suites and cabins with ensuite bathrooms and twin and triple cabins with shared facilities. All cabins have portholes or windows. Public areas include a refurbished lounge with bar, newly refurbished dining saloons, a sauna, and multiple viewing decks and raised decks for photography. There is an Open Bridge policy and, owing to its small guest numbers, all passengers are able to fit into the 5 Zodiacs at one time so there is no waiting to go on shore. This ship features the highest ice-class capable of exploring in ice and offers the smallest group size available for trips to Antarctica and South Georgia.

MV Ushuaia
Mid range vessel

MV Ushuaia

Originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the USHUAIA has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 88 passengers in 46 comfortable outside cabins and suites with windows or portholes.

This ice-strengthened polar vessel is very well appointed and provides ample deck space and an open bridge policy. The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline.

All cabins include ample storage space. Public areas feature a large dining room (one sitting), an open-plan observation lounge / lecture room with modern multimedia equipment, bar and a well-stocked library. There is also a gift shop and small infirmary.

Onboard chefs prepare excellent cuisine including many local specialties and the bar is well-stocked with carefully selected wines and spirits.

Spirit of Enderby
Adventure vessel

Spirit of Enderby

The Spirit of Enderby was built in Finland as a Russian oceanographic survey ship and is still registered in Vladivostok under her original name of Professor Khromov and has a mostly Russian crew. The ship is fully ice strengthened for use in Arctic and Antarctic waters. Renamed Spirit of Enderby by Heritage expeditions, who lease the ship, it was fully refurbished in 2009 and has accommodation for up to 50 passengers in a mixture of suites and cabins, many with private facilities. There is an open bridge and deck policy and public areas including a dining room, lecture theatre, bar, lounge and library, small hospital and sauna.

National Geographic Orion
Luxury vessel

National Geographic Orion

Orion is a purpose built, luxury expedition ship with ice strengthened hull and all the facilities for adventure cruising such as zodiacs, kayaks, etc. but combined with 4*+ service and amenities. All suites and cabins (all twin or double accommodation) have private facilities, TV & DVD player and fridge. 13 suites also have a French balcony. The Constellation Restaurant serves buffet breakfasts and lunches and a la carte dinners along with a good selection of mostly Australian wines. There is a lounge, bar, lecture theatre, passenger lift, 24 hour reception desk, boutique, spa and hot tub.

Ocean Diamond
Luxury vessel

Ocean Diamond

Ocean Diamond is a high quality expedition ship, designed more like a super-yacht. All cabins and suites have exterior views, flat-screen TVs, DVDs and private facilities. Amenities include a wellness, yoga and massage option, well-stocked library, photography programme, bar with optional beverage package, observation lounge, dining room, theatre-style auditorium and clinic. Options also include camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing and mountaineering on many expeditions. Ocean Diamond also supports the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute and makes a contribution on behalf of all passengers.

Hebridean Sky
First class vessel

Hebridean Sky

Previously known as 'Sea Explorer', this is a purpose-built luxury expedition ship with all-suite accommodation for up to 114 passengers in a mixture of double or twin cabins and suites, each with satellite TV, DVD player, telephone, bathroom, etc. Public areas include library with internet access, lounge and presentation room, exercise room, sun-deck with Jacuzzi, passenger lift, etc. The ship has a 1C ice class rating for navigation in polar waters.

Akademik Shokalskiy
Adventure vessel

Akademik Shokalskiy

A recently refurbished Russian survey ship with accommodation for 48 passengers. All cabins have outside views and range from suites to twin share cabins. Public areas incude lecture room, bar/lounge, dining room and hospital. There is an open-bridge policy.

MV Via Australis
Mid range vessel

MV Via Australis

A modern, purpose-built, small cruise ship, ideal for cuising Patagonian waters. A mix of double and twin/triple cabins, all with windows and private facilities. Public areas include lounge and bar, dining room, exercise room and open deck areas. Open deck policy.

MV Stella Australis
Mid range vessel

MV Stella Australis

A modern, purpose built small cruise ship built in 2010 to sail the fjords and coastline of Patagonia. 100 cabins, all with windows, can accommodate a maximum of 210 passengers. Public areas include lounge with bar, dining room, lounge/lecture room, exercise room and a large open terrace.

Le Soleal
Luxury vessel

Le Soleal

Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, is new in June 2013. Contemporary decor inspired by the luxury yachting world, with fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white. There are passenger lifts to all decks. The ship is a purpose-built luxury expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull suitable for sailing in polar waters.

Le Lyrial
Luxury vessel

Le Lyrial

A sleek new luxury ship with 122 cabin/suites, each with private balcony. There are lifts to all decks, dining room, theatre/presentation room and all the facilities to be expected of a five star yacht. The sip enters service in April 2015 and full details will be available after that date.

Ocean Endeavour
Mid range vessel

Ocean Endeavour

A comfortable, purpose-built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull. The ship has an emphasis towards wellbeing with saunas, pool, gym, hot-tub and wellness cafe. Facilities include all cabins with private facilities, two restaurants, lounge, library, lecture theatre, mud room and boutique.

Island Sky
First class vessel

Island Sky

Island Sky is an established and popular small ship with high quality fixtures and fittings throughout. There are just 57 suites, all with outside views and each with sitting room, en-suite shower room, mini-fridge, TV/DVD, telephone, dressing gown, slippers, etc. The main lounge is where daily briefings and lectures are held. It has modern presentation equipment which also allows guests to view these within their cabin if preferred. Other areas include a bar with 24 hour tea & coffee, library, dining room, hot tub Jacuzzi, hairdresser and clinic as well as plenty of open deck area. The ship has an open bridge policy.

Kapitan Khlebnikov
Adventure vessel

Kapitan Khlebnikov

Russian icebreakers are considered to be among the best and most powerful in the world - and the Kapitan Khlebnikov is an outstanding example. Built in 1980 and launched a year later by the world's leading builder of icebreakers - Wartsila Company of Finland - the Kapitan Khlebnikov was designed for challenging sea conditions in north Siberia. Refurbished to accommodate passengers in 54 first-class outside cabins and suites, the Kapitan Khlebnikov is extremely comfortable. All cabins feature private facilities, two lower berths (one fixed berth and one convertible sofa bed), a desk and large closets. Public areas include two dining rooms, a lounge and bar, well-equipped auditorium, indoor swimming pool, gym and sauna. Views are excellent from the Navigation Bridge. Our ship also has a library of polar books and videos, a shop, a passenger elevator and a small infirmary with a western doctor.

Silver Cloud Expedition
Luxury vessel

Silver Cloud Expedition

This ship has been completely refurbished to create the most luxurious ice-class expedition cruise ship. On board are all the facilities and comfort of a luxury liner combined with the intimacy of a small 200-260 passenger vessel.

MS Fram
Mid range vessel

MS Fram

The MS Fram has been specifically designed for those who thirst for adventure. As an expedition cruise ship, it is an ideal base camp for explorers. The ship places a high priority on your comfort, which means that after a long day of exploring, you can kick back and relax in a hot tub or enjoy a meal at one of two restaurants, including an outdoor BBQ. You can also socialize with other guests over cocktails in the Explorer Lounge & Bar, taking in the stunning views as you go.

At the heart of MS Fram lies the Science Centre, where you can learn more about the places you'll be sailing to and listen to talks by the Expedition Team. The ship is equipped with key expedition features and technology, making it the perfect vessel to take you on a journey of discovery to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled regions on the planet.

The MS Fram offers an expedition experience that will bring you closer to nature and leave a lasting impression. The recent 2022 upgrade has given the ship a fresh new look that's quintessentially Nordic, while still keeping exploration and learning at the forefront of the experience.

The Science Center has been expanded and improved, and there's now a larger fleet of small expedition boats available for off-ship exploration. Lecture areas have been upgraded, and you can stream Expedition Team talks directly to your cabin.

One of the most notable aspects of MS Fram is the way the ship has been designed to blur the line between inside and outside. The Explorer Lounge & Bar, gym, sauna, and hot tubs all offer panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. The top-deck BBQ allows you to dine al fresco and enjoy local flavours, while numerous artworks commissioned from local Arctic artists adorn the interior, adding an extra layer of inspiration to your journey.

MS Roald Amundsen
Luxury vessel

MS Roald Amundsen

Launched in 2018, The Roald Amundsen is a state of the art vessel that features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid propulsion technology. Combined with the advanced construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board, fuel consumption and CO2-emissions are reduced by 20 percent.

The future of shipping will be silent and emission free. MS Roald Amundsen leads the way towards an even more sustainable way of travelling. Sailing on electrical power is not only a great benefit for the environment, but it will also enhance the impact of experiencing nature for the guests. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar waters and serve as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

World Explorer
Luxury vessel

World Explorer

This brand new (2018) luxurious polar vessel features outstanding amenities, all suites cabins which all have balconies, great ice-classification and more.

The ship offers a 5 star level of service with lots of space for guests, and plenty of public areas in which to relax. Features of this vessel include a glass domed observation lounge, an Explorer Lounge, a Bow Observation Deck with 3-5m wide walkway which circles forward bow 30’ above water line for excellent wildlife viewing, a library area, outdoor running track, gym, sauna, spa, dining room, welcoming bar and beautiful bedroom suites. Each suite features its own balcony, private bathroom, seating area and state of the art “infotainment” system.

The vessel also features an advanced, environmentally friendly hybrid propulsion system and a silent mode for enhanced on and off-ship guest experience.

RCGS Resolute
Mid range vessel

RCGS Resolute

RCGS Resolute has been purpose built for polar expedition cruising with the highest ice class (Lloyds 1AS). Equipped with propellers of stainless steel, high density steel plating and small frame spacing on her hull, RCGS Resolute continues into the ice, when others simply cannot.

Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, there are public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. The sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team are enjoyed in either of the two dining rooms, one of which features a popular bistro menu offering quick and easy meals for those prioritising time out on deck. Both dining rooms have ample and open seating paired with modern furnishings and large picture windows with 180 degree views. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, gymnasium, wellness centre, hot water spa, sauna and steam room and salt water pool.

There are 6 different cabin categories and all cabins feature outside viewing, from traditional port holes to expansive panoramic windows, as well as lounge quarters, spacious bathrooms and high-quality furnishings.

Greg Mortimer
Luxury vessel

Greg Mortimer

The brand new (2018-19) “Greg Mortimer” is a purpose-built expedition vessel capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, and has been built to world-class polar standards. The Greg Mortimer redefines expedition cruising for the future, utilising the ULSTEIN X-BOW, a cutting edge nautical technology which allows for gentle travel and motion at sea, reduced vibrations, improved comfort and safety on board, virtual anchoring, lower fuel consumption and lower air emissions.

Robust, powerful, and built with passengers’ comfort and safety at the forefront of design, the Greg Mortimer features a modern ice-strengthened hull at ice class 1A, four sea-level launching platforms for fast and efficient access to Zodiacs, a custom-built activity platform, the most up-to-date and concise safety features including the latest ‘return to port’ technology, and has been built to meet and exceed the strict environment standards of the Polar Code, for non-intrusive and low-impact voyages.

For exceptional at sea wildlife and scenery viewing opportunities the ship has custom-built hydraulic platforms offering unobstructed views, an indoor observation lounge, side viewing platforms and an outdoor top deck which allows for 360-degree views.

With space for 132 passengers the ship has 80 well designed staterooms with en-suite bathrooms, ranging from porthole to balcony categories, a large dining room/restaurant with family style dining, a spacious lecture room, a well stocked library, Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa, a multimedia room and a fully-stocked medical centre.

M/V Hondius
Luxury vessel

M/V Hondius

A brand-new (2019) deluxe vessel that has been built to the very highest Polar Class for ice-strengthened vessels. The first civilian vessel in the world to receive a Polar Class 6 notation and designed to fully comply with the mandatory requirements of the Polar code, the M/V Hondius leads the way for both safe ship operation and protection of the Polar environment.

Providing deluxe accommodation for up to 170 passengers, the M/V Hondius offers one of the highest comfort experiences of all vessels which operate in the Polar Regions. The accommodation onboard is provided in numerous suites of varying sizes, from the Hondius Suite to quadruple porthole cabins, with all cabins having either a balcony, large windows or portholes. Each cabin has been custom-designed and impeccably outfitted in a stylish décor.

The M/V Hondius has been designed to offer a deluxe feel whilst still maintaining a sense of cosy camaraderie, with welcoming communal, observation and dining areas. An entire deck has been dedicated to space for lectures and presentations, and every element of the vessel has been thoroughly thought-out to provide the very best passenger experience.

The vessel features a sheltered Zodiac boarding zone making joining and returning from land-based excursions fast and easy, and has been built to exceed the latest Green requirements imposed by the International Maritime Organisation to ensure that your trip causes as little impact as possible on the areas you will visit.

Fridtjof Nansen
Luxury vessel

Fridtjof Nansen

The next generation of expedition ship, this brand new custom-built vessel (launched in 2019) features a revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system. Combining state of the art technology with a premium on board experience the ship has a rich and comfortable interior design using the finest Scandinavian materials, and offers 3 excellent restaurants, a welcoming explorer lounge, a large gym and wellness centre, a fantastic infinity pool and Jacuzzis, and huge indoor and outdoor observation decks. The highlight of this vessel for many is the onboard Nansen Science Centre, an interactive area where guests can develop a deeper understanding of the areas we will be exploring.

All of the spacious accommodation cabins on the Fridtjof Nansen are outside cabins and have been stylishly decorated and sumptuously furnished. All cabins have windows and 50% of them feature a private balcony. Premium aft suites feature private outdoor Jacuzzis with spectacular views.

Magellan Explorer
First class vessel

Magellan Explorer

The world’s first expedition ship custom designed for Antarctic air-cruise operations, the stylishly designed Magellan Explorer effortlessly combines boutique hospitality with expedition excellence to provide a supremely comfortable experience for your Antarctica adventures. Every element of this strong and agile expedition ship has been expertly designed to enhance guests’ expedition experience and it has been built to the very latest Polar Code specifications. Advanced features include Polar Class 6 ice-class rating, stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters and ice-detecting radar. An energy-recovery system that recycles the heat produced by the engines to warm up the ship and its water supply enables the ship to reduce its environmental footprint and allows guests to travel in a more eco-friendly and conscientious manner.

The Magellan Explorer offers five different accommodation categories, with each berth having been styled by a renowned interior design studio based in Santiago de Chile. The finest details have been carefully considered to provide a modern, comfortable and stylish environment in which to relax in after a long day of Antarctic adventures. Each cabin is spacious and bright and features large king-size or twin beds, private bathrooms and seating areas. The majority of cabins feature private verandahs or balconies.

The public areas of the ship include a grand dining room which offers buffet breakfast and lunch and table-service dinner, a BBQ deck for al-fresco dining, a spacious forward-facing observation lounge and bar that is also used to deliver briefings and educational presentations, an outdoor observation deck that has been designed to allow close contact with the surrounding environment, a library, gymnasium, sauna and gift shop.

Sylvia Earle
Luxury vessel

Sylvia Earle

Setting sail for her maiden voyage in December 2022, this outstanding purpose-built expedition vessel honours the long-standing conservation efforts of the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Sylvia Earle. Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the vessel has been built to world-class polar standards and utilises the ground-breaking ULSTEIN X-BOW technology which allows for faster, more comfortable travel, improved safety, reduced emissions and lower fuel consumption. The vessel boasts one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world and also utilises virtual anchoring to protect the sea floor.

In terms of safety, the ship will feature industry-leading safety technology that exceeds the requirements for a ship of this size and will also feature world class return-to-port equipment and a fully-stocked medical clinic.

In terms of comfort onboard, the Sylvia Earle will be hard to beat. The vessel features a distinctive Glass Atrium Lounge at the bow of the ship with a stunning panoramic view on both port and starboard side, a swimming pool and jacuzzi where you can admire impressive scenery while watching the world go by. A gym, sauna and wellness centre add to the luxury touches onboard and there are various places to relax after a long day of adventures including a beautiful library and a number of bars, lounges and observation areas. Delicious meals will be served in the elegant dining room and presentations will be provided in the state-of-the-art lecture theatre.

With capacity for 132 passengers, the ship has 74 elegantly designed staterooms with en-suite bathrooms, ranging from porthole to balcony categories. Each cabin features stylish design, a flat screen TV, large comfortable beds, windows or balconies and closet spaces.

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Ultramarine
First class vessel

Ultramarine

The stylish, brand-new (2021) Ultramarine Polar vessel redefines what is possible in polar expeditions, with two twin-engine helicopters allowing for the ship to offer an unrivalled portfolio of adventure activities and allowing guests to delve deeper into the Polar regions than on any other ship. Featuring sublime onboard comfort, more outdoor wildlife viewing vantage points than rival ships, cutting-edge technology and advanced safety systems, the Ultramarine is simply ahead of its game. An innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards and the most spacious suites in its category add even further to the reasons why this pristine vessel will be sure to delight intrepid Polar adventurers.

Allowing for more activities than any other vessel in its category, guests can immerse themselves in their unforgettable Polar surroundings on a huge range of optional adventures including helicopter flightseeing, camping on ice, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, alpine hiking, cross-country skiing and mountaineering to name just a few. Onboard, guests can enjoy 2 dining areas, 4 bars, a spa and fitness centre, ocean view sauna, a panorama lounge, walkaround deck, library and a lecture theatre.

7 categories of stylish cabins and suites are available, ranging from solo panorama cabins to exclusive suites with private balconies and luxurious fittings. Features of the cabins and suites include spa-inspired private bathrooms with heated floors, premium beds and linens, picture windows or private balconies and HD flatscreen TVs.

Please note: Helicopter flights are not permitted in Spitsbergen.

MS Seaventure
First class vessel

MS Seaventure

Offering a world-class small ship experience, the newly totally-refurbished MS Seaventure features a 1-A Super ice class rating - the highest ice class awarded to passenger vessels - allowing it to reach previously inaccessible areas in the most remote parts of the world. Featuring a heated saltwater swimming pool, a sauna, fitness centre and citizen science lab, guests aboard the MS Seaventure can enjoy their time at sea in Antarctica like never before.

Beautifully appointed common areas including indoor and outdoor dining areas, a library and club bar will make your time on board a truly relaxing experience, whilst the first-class staterooms are perfect for some quiet time after a long day of exploration. There are five categories of stateroom available, from porthole rooms to the owner’s suite, with each stateroom featuring sitting areas with sofa and table, complimentary mini-bars, flat screen TVs, luxury toiletries, safes and exterior views. The higher category staterooms also feature private balconies. What’s more, the ship has been designed to optimise storage space for activity equipment, allowing even more guests the chance to partake in camping, snowshoeing and kayaking activities.

M/V Janssonius
First class  mid range vessel

M/V Janssonius

The brand-new (late 2021) M/V Janssonius is an innovative Polar vessel which meets the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Now one of the most advanced touring vessels in the polar regions, Janssonius is thoroughly optimized for exploratory voyages and surpasses the requirements of the Polar Code adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Built to be one of the most environmentally friendly vessels on the polar seas, Janssonius uses LED lighting, steam heating, bio-degradable paints and lubricants, and state-of-the-art power management systems that keep fuel consumption and CO2 levels minimal.

Offering high-quality hotel style accommodation for up to 170 passengers, Janssonius offers immaculate cabins of varying sizes, from the Grand Suite to quadruple porthole cabins, with all cabins having either a balcony, large windows, or portholes. Each cabin has been custom-designed and impeccably outfitted in a stylish mid-century modern décor.

Onboard you will find a unique blend of deluxe surroundings combined with a cosy and informal atmosphere. The ship features an expansive observation lounge, a lecture theatre and a welcoming dining room, as well as two Zodiac embarkation platforms for swift access to sea and land activities.

Ocean Albatros
Luxury  first class vessel

Ocean Albatros

The brand-new (November 2022) Ocean Albatros has been built to the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A and is the ideal vessel for small-ship cruising due to its sturdy construction and X-Bow®-Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves. Designed to surpass environmentally friendly standards, the Ocean Albatros is part of the Green Initiative Program and is a low-energy vessel with 4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines, all controlled electronically to optimize speed and fuel consumption. The ship will have more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels. The vessel also features a Solas 2012 classification which facilitates a safe return to port.

There are 95 very comfortable and stylishly furnished staterooms and suites, which are split into 9 different categories with varying features, with many offering unobstructed sea views and many which also offer a private balcony. 12 dedicated solo travel cabins are also available without a single supplement. The communal areas on board this high-end vessel include 2 restaurants, an Albatros Nordic Bar, a fantastic panorama sauna, open-air swimming pool with lounging deck and jacuzzis, an open deck dining area, wellness area with gym and Polar spa, an observation lounge, boutique giftshop and a modern lecture theatre.

Ocean Atlantic
Mid range vessel

Ocean Atlantic

The newly renovated (2016) Ocean Atlantic expedition ship is the perfect vessel for comfortable cruising through the Polar waters, with an international ice class rating of 1B, high manoeuvrability, elegant communal areas and good quality accommodation for up to 198 passengers.

Each of the private staterooms feature either windows or portholes and have been stylishly appointed to offer comfort and space. Each room has its own private bathroom facilities, individual temperature controls and a TV. The bright and spacious restaurant offers 4-star international cuisine surrounded by sea views, whilst the professionally staffed bar is the perfect spot to relax with a drink after a long day of exploration. On the observation deck you will find an open-air swimming pool and jacuzzi, and below deck you will find a gym and a sauna. The ship also features a library, panorama lounge and a lecture theatre.

Ocean Victory
Luxury  first class vessel

Ocean Victory

The luxury, brand-new (November 2021) Ocean Victory expedition vessel is one of the most modern and stylish small ship vessels on the market. With the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A, this sturdy vessel features X-Bow®-Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves. Designed to surpass environmentally friendly standards, the Ocean Victory is part of the Green Initiative Program and is a low-energy vessel with 4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines, all controlled electronically to optimize speed and fuel consumption. The vessel also features a Solas 2012 classification which facilitates a safe return to port.

The 93 very comfortable and stylishly furnished staterooms and suites, which are split into 9 different categories with varying features, all offer unobstructed sea views and the majority of these also offer a private balcony. Dedicated solo travel cabins are also available without a single supplement. The communal areas on board this high-end vessel include several restaurants, a Nordic Bar, a BBQ deck, open-air swimming pool with lounging deck and jacuzzi, wellness area with gym and Polar spa, an observation lounge, library, boutique giftshop and a modern lecture theatre.

Le Commandant Charcot
Luxury  first class vessel

Le Commandant Charcot

The truly luxurious, brand-new (2021) Le Commandant Charcot is the latest addition to the stunning fleet of high-class Ponant expedition ships. Re-imagining luxury Polar cruises, the ship is the very first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by liquefied natural gas and has been designed with the greatest attention to detail in terms of safety and respect for the environment. Offering more comfort and luxury than any other expedition ship on the market, Le Commandant Charcot features a beautiful indoor swimming pool, a fantastic spa, gym and wellness area, and truly elegant common areas including a panoramic indoor restaurant, Blue Lagoon outdoor restaurant, lounge bar, observation lounge and conservatory. Every element of the ship has been designed to both convey French-style discreet luxury and arouse wonder and amazement.

The 123 exceptional suites and staterooms, ranging in size from 20 to 115 m², provide ultimate relaxation after a long day of exploring. With private balconies or terraces, each room allows for incredible views of your surroundings, and with their unique understated design, each room exudes the feeling and sense of sailing on a private yacht. Large comfortable beds, air-conditioning, minibars, satellite TV, Bose Bluetooth speakers, Wi-Fi, bathrobes and top-of-the-line toiletries are just a few of the room features. Premium rooms also feature a butler service, and some even have their own private jacuzzis.

Le Bellot
Luxury  first class vessel

Le Bellot

Like every ship in the stunning Ponant fleet, Le Bellot has been designed to offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury for Polar explorations. State-of-the-art equipment, refined design and a deliberately restricted number of cabins combine to provide sense of sailing on a private yacht, and this is a ship unique to the Polar cruising world.

Each of the 92 beautiful staterooms and suites is a bright, luxurious and radiant space with its own own private balcony or terrace. Large comfortable beds, air-conditioning, minibars, satellite TV, Bose Bluetooth speakers and top-of-the-line toiletries are just a few of the room features. The ship also features a fantastic panoramic indoor restaurant, an outdoor grill restaurant, a gorgeous spa, a swimming pool and a gym.

Le Dumont-d'Urville
Luxury  first class vessel

Le Dumont-d'Urville

Designed to the same exacting high standards of luxury and comfort as every ship in the beautiful Ponant fleet, Le Dumont-d’Urville comes equipped with 92 elegant staterooms and suites, relaxing lounges that are largely open to the exterior, an outdoor swimming pool and a Blue Eye, a multisensorial underwater lounge. Fitted with innovative equipment and designed to be environmentally friendly, as well as its supreme level of comfort and style the ship is also ahead of its game in terms of technology.

The exquisite staterooms and suites have been designed to accommodate passengers in an ambiance of refined ethnic chic, with fine materials and super comfortable furnishings. Large comfortable beds, air-conditioning, minibars, satellite TV, Bose Bluetooth speakers, bathrobes and top-of-the-line toiletries are just a few of the standard room features, whilst most rooms offer a private balcony or terrace. The ship also features a fantastic panoramic indoor restaurant, an outdoor grill restaurant, a gorgeous wellness area, a panoramic lounge, a swimming pool and a gym.

Le Jacques-Cartier
Luxury  first class vessel

Le Jacques-Cartier

Combining adventure with 5-star luxury, Le Jacques-Cartier is a superb, environmentally friendly and innovate ship designed to travel to some of the most remote corners of the world. Modern, spacious and incredibly elegant, the ship has been tastefully decorated throughout and provides large public spaces that have been styled to echo the ambiance of the destinations visited.

The ship offers 92 luxurious staterooms in a wide range of accommodation levels, many of which feature a balcony or private terrace. Each room or suite features king-size (or twin) beds, flat screen satellite TVs, Bose Bluetooth speakers, minibars, desks, dressing tables, bath robes, luxury bathrooms, 24 hour room service, and all the extras you would expect from a ship of such high standing. Higher category suites feature extras such as spacious living areas, Jacuzzis, patios and dedicated butler service.

Public areas include an incredibly unique multisensorial underwater lounge, multiple lounges with sumptuous seating and sea views, a lecture theatre, pool deck with swimming pool, exterior bar and chill-out area, a wellness area with spa, sauna and well-equipped gym, and a wonderful dining area where quality cuisine is served.

SH Minerva
Luxury  first class vessel

SH Minerva

Recently launched (November 2021) the beautiful SH Minerva is an elegant 5-star boutique ship that has been created in a Scandi-design style to provide ultimate comfort and enjoyment. This intimate ship carries just 152 guests and has been built to allow for exploration in off the beaten path destinations, including the Polar regions. With a PC5 ice-strengthened hull combined with extra-large stabilisers, all journeys are smooth and comfortable.

All areas of the vessel have been decorated and furnished in a sophisticated and elegant style, with wide open public spaces and unobstructed views throughout the ship. Features of this luxury vessel include a wonderful al-fresco dining area surrounding a heated outdoor pool, a wellness area with state-of-the-art gym, jacuzzi and sauna with breathtaking sea views, a beautiful main restaurant, welcoming club lounge and supremely comfortable observation lounge.

The 76 staterooms are equally stylish. From the standard staterooms to amazing suites, each room is luxurious, cosy and expertly designed. Each room features a luxury en-suite bathroom and living area, whilst higher category rooms also feature balconies, spacious walk-in wardrobes and separate living rooms.

SH Vega
Luxury  first class vessel

SH Vega

Launching in April 2022 the magnificent SH Vega will offer elegant 5-star boutique accommodation aboard a ship that has been decorated in a Scandi-design style to provide ultimate comfort and enjoyment. With an intimate atmosphere, the ship carries just 152 guests and has been built to allow for exploration in off the beaten path destinations, including the Polar regions. With a PC5 ice-strengthened hull combined with extra-large stabilisers, all journeys will be very smooth and comfortable.

All areas of the vessel are decorated and furnished in a sophisticated style, with wide open public spaces and unobstructed views throughout the ship. Features of this luxury vessel will include a wonderful al-fresco dining area surrounding a heated outdoor pool, a wellness area with state-of-the-art gym, jacuzzi and sauna with breathtaking sea views, a beautiful main restaurant, welcoming club lounge and supremely comfortable observation lounge.

The 76 staterooms are equally stylish. From the standard staterooms to amazing suites, each room is luxurious, cosy and expertly designed. Each room features a luxury en-suite bathroom and living area, whilst higher category rooms also feature balconies, spacious walk-in wardrobes and separate living rooms.

Heritage Adventurer
Mid range vessel

Heritage Adventurer

Previously known as the MS Hanseatic, the Heritage Adventurer is a renowned authentic expedition ship. Purpose-built with ice-strengthened hull, the vessel combines the highest passenger ship iceclass rating (1A Super) with an impressive history of Polar exploration. Designed to match Heritage’s signature experiential expedition travel, the ship accommodates up to 140 guests in welcoming and spacious cabins that feature outside views, separate lounge areas, TVs, en-suite bathrooms and double or twin beds.

Communal areas include a lounge, two restaurant areas including an al-fresco bistro, gym and spa, lecture theatre, library, passenger lifts and outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi.

M/V Ventus Australis
Mid range vessel

M/V Ventus Australis

The elegant Ventus Australis has been designed to effortlessly access parts of Patagonia that few ships can reach, featuring the extreme manoeuvrability necessary to navigate narrow fjords and channels. Holding up to 210 passengers in excellent comfort, the vessel’s size, length, draft and engine power are simply perfect for in-depth exploration.

With a relaxed atmosphere on board, there are three welcoming lounges to enjoy some relaxation and onboard wildlife and landscape observation. There is a spacious dining room where delicious chef-cooked meals are served, and accommodation is provided in 100 very comfortable and well-equipped cabins, most of which have large feature windows.

SH Diana
Luxury  first class vessel

SH Diana

Arriving in early 2023, SH Diana will be the largest ship in our fleet, providing elegant and spacious 5-star accommodation for 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies. Operated by an onboard team of 140 she will provide the highest levels of personal service and take Swan Hellenic back to its roots when she launches, exploring the Mediterranean and its famous sites of antiquity. Now sit back, relax and take a moment to get to know this amazing new ship, purpose-designed for our unique cultural expedition cruises. SH Diana has been designed for immersive experiences, with extensive outside deck areas, multiple observation points and bright, open and relaxing public spaces with unobstructed views.

Silver Endeavour
Luxury vessel

Silver Endeavour

Introducing the Silver Endeavour. Built to PC6 Polar Class specifications – one of the highest Polar Class classifications there is – Silver Endeavour revolutionises our expedition voyages, and allows us to travel deeper to some of the planet’s farthest flung coasts. Her statistics speak for themselves: from unrivalled, industry-leading crew-to-guest, zodiac-to-guest and expert-to-guest ratios, to cutting-edge navigation and exploration technology and hallmark Silversea comfort make her the most luxurious expedition ship ever built.

Travel to the ends of the Earth aboard Silver Endeavour. Sailing to both poles, this ship redefines the meaning of ultra-luxury expedition cruising. Her PC6 ice-class rating is one of the highest in the industry, while her state-of-the-art equipment and exploration technology offer one of the most advanced expedition experiences ever. Silver Endeavour introduces a new era in ultra-luxury expedition cruising, and brings the remote and remarkable to you in hallmark Silversea comfort. Join us for endless possibilities both onboard and on land aboard Silver Endeavour, the most luxurious expedition ship at sea.

MV Explorer
First class vessel

MV Explorer

A former Danish Maritime Authority polar vessel, this beautiful ship has been meticulously converted into a high-end expedition yacht that offers an intimate and luxurious setting for Polar adventures. Carrying just 12 passengers, this vessel offers the ultimate way to experience the Polar regions in a small group setting, with cruise ship comfort. Stylish and very comfortable accommodation is provided in 5 double/twin cabins with windows or portholes and ensuite bathrooms, 2 single cabins with windows and ensuite bathrooms and 2 suites with ensuite bathrooms and direct deck access. Each cabin has been beautifully finished in a modern, Scandinavian design. Public areas include a lovely open plan lounge and dining area with large windows, a sauna, an outdoor jacuzzi, a mini gym and an observation lounge area on the bridge deck with a 360 degree view. The ship is equipped with 2 Zodiac landing crafts for shore landings and also features an accessible bow deck.

Hanseatic Inspiration
First class vessel

Hanseatic Inspiration

One of three new first-class vessels in the Hanseatic fleet, the Hanseatic Inspiration is built to take you closer to nature. This state-of-the-art ship features the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC 6) and environmental technology that is ahead of its game, making it 100 % free from heavy fuel oil. The ship carries a maximum of 199 passengers for Antractica expeditions (230 for other destinations) and is incredibly comfortable throughout, with stylish cabins and beautifully contemporary public spaces.

The ship exclusively offers outside cabins and suites and most feature a balcony or French balcony. Each cabin or suite features an ensuite bathroom with a rain shower and a heated wall for drying wet expedition gear, a relaxation area or lounge, a coffee machine, mini bar, binoculars, large comfortable beds and an extensive infotainment system showing expert presentations, forward-view camera, navigation charts, films and much more. Premium suites feature dining areas, separate living spaces, steam saunas, furnished balconies and more.

The Hanseatic Inspiration offers more open deck space than any other expedition ship and the extendable glass-floored balconies are a wonderful addition that makes spotting marine wildlife in the waters below even more exciting!

Onboard you will find a multifunctional lounge with state-of-the-art technology where daily presentations are delivered during the day and which transforms into an atmospheric bar in the evenings, an Ocean Academy lounge with interactive study wall, observation decks and lounges, a main restaurant serving a variety of creative cuisine, a speciality restaurant delivering culinary treats from across the world, and an outdoor Lido restaurant where you can savour delicious meals surrounded by the breathtaking panoramas of whichever far-flung destination you find yourself in.

There is also a fantastic, covered outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool with relaxation areas, a gym and fitness room, and a wonderful spa with an ocean view Finnish sauna, steam sauna, ice fountain, relaxation room and a wide range of treatments available.

MS Maud
Mid range vessel

MS Maud

Formerly the MS Midnatsol, MS Maud is one of the larger vessels sailing in the Polar regions. The ship has a 1X ice classification and is equipped with advanced technology allowing it to roam these regions with ease. The ship offers premium expedition comfort and features bright interiors in a classic Art Deco style. There are 3 excellent onboard restaurants where high quality, delicious dishes from local suppliers are served, and a fantastic panorama Explorer Lounge & Bar where guests can enjoy a refreshing beverage accompanied by spectacular views. There is also an outdoor observation deck, an impressive Science Centre, a lecture hall, a library, a gym and a sauna with wonderful views.

The ship offers a mixture of well-appointed cabins and suites with options for singles, doubles/twins, triples and family groups. All cabins and suites have private bathrooms. Choose from Polar Inside cabins, Polar Outside cabins with windows or portholes, Arctic Superior cabins, or luxurious Expedition Suites, some of which feature a private balcony.

Ocean Explorer
vessel

Ocean Explorer

Launched in 2024, the modern and elegant Ocean Explorer has been purpose-built for polar exploration and accommodates up to 138 passengers within a range of stylish and superbly equipped cabins and suites. Each cabin or suite features a modern, bespoke Scandinavian design, and, unlike most expedition vessels, almost every cabin offers a veranda.

The ship has been designed with the latest in expedition ship technology, with features including the ULSTEIN X-BOW®, a marine engineering innovation that ensures a comfortable and smooth sailing experience, and an industry-leading mix of sustainability systems including fuel-efficient Rolls Royce engines and the ground-breaking MAGS gasification system that converts waste into energy, eliminating the environmental impact of waste transportation.

With stunning interior design throughout, adventurers can enjoy an array of high-class amenities including two outdoor jacuzzis, a dry sauna and a fitness centre. Delicious meals are served within the wonderful main dining room or Compass restaurant, and the welcoming, beautifully-lit Latitude Bar with its lush sofas and faux marble-topped end tables is the perfect spot in which to socialise or relax after a long day of exploring. Enjoy a cocktail and a chat in the stylish observation lounge and observation deck, join an expert talk in the presentation lounge, or relax with a book in the wonderful two-story, light-filled library located at the bow as you explore the pristine wilderness of the polar regions.

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