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ANTARCTICA | CRUISE ADVICE

How to Choose an Antarctic Cruise?

Selecting teh right ship for your Antarctic adventure is a vital decision and will have a big effect on how suitable a trip is for you.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have during this important decision making process.

Questions you need to ask yourself when choosing an Antarctic Cruise ship

Below are the six factors we think you should be taking into account when choosing a ship. They are in no particular order as the level of priority for each one will depend on the individual so consider their order of importance that fits your requirements. You can then apply that to the list of ships we offer further down the page.

SHIP SIZE

Most ships are what we class as "medium" which is 80 to 116 passengers which is a good balance between an expedition feel, facilities and ship stability. Bigger ships tend to have more facilities but can feel more like a conventional cruise.

PASSENGERS

If you want a real expedition feel to your trip the fewer passengers the better but smaller ships are less common, may be more expensive and are often reserved for more off the beaten track routes. Larger passenger numbers involve compromises.

STABILITY

In general the larger the ship the more stable it will feel on the seas and less of a concern sea sickness should be. Most Antarctic ships have features such as stabilisers to help stability but the larger the ship the more effective this is.

COMFORT

Even expedition level ships are comfortable these days and comfort levels continue to improve. Some prefer a more rugged experience whilst others prioritise comfort, more and better facilities. Of course, comfort comes at a price.

ACTIVITIES

Most ships will offer some basic additional activities such as camping and kayaking but if you prefer something more unusual such as helicopter options, diving and mountaineering these will be restricted to a fewer number of ships.

ROUTE

Not all ships cover all routes with the smaller ships reserved for more off the beaten path routes and larger ships sticking to the most popular Antarctic Peninsular route. Most people would probably prioritise their route over a ship.

Our Selected Antarctica Expedition Cruise Ships

Below you will find the range of ships we offer for our Antartica Cruises. Picking the right ship for your Antarctic experience is one of the most important steps in choosing the right trip for you so it is well worth taking the time to get to know the various options. Size of ship and level of comfort required are generally the questions you need to be asking yourself.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.

Small Ships

LESS THAN 80 PASSENGERS
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Expedition Ship | X Passengers

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Mid-Sized Boats

80 TO 150 PASSENGERS
M/V PLANCIUS
Expedition Ship | X Passengers

★★★

The ice-strengthened vessel Plancius is an ideal vessel for polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic and offers mid-range comfort.
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M/V ORTELIUS
Expedition Ship | X Passengers

★★★

A classic old expedition vessel for the romantics adventurers who don’t mind more basic, but still clean and comfortable, facilities.
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Large Ships

150 OR MORE PASSENGERS
M/V HONDIUS
Expedition Ship | 170 Passengers

★★★

A new vessel built in 2019 and equipped to a comfortable standard yet retaining the expedition feel most look for in an Antarctic Cruise.
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