Antarctica

Vessels

Luxury vessel

Sea Spirit

Sea Spirit is a high quality purpose built expedition ship with en-suite accommodation for upto 112 passengers. 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, further club lounge and library, bar and grill, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mid range vessel

Sea Adventurer (Ocean Adventurer from June 2017)

Sea Adventurer is a purpose built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull and high quality 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 other deck areas.

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.

Mid range vessel

Akademik Ioffe

Built in Finland in 1989 as a Russian polar research vessel, the Akademik Ioffe, now operating as One Ocean Navigator, 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.

Mid range vessel

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Built in Finland in 1988 as a Russian polar research vessel, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, now operating as One Ocean Voyager, 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.

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.

Mid range vessel

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer was built in Finland as an ice-strengthened research ship and was refurbished in 2000 as an expedition ship with accommodation for 54 passengers. There is a mixture of cabins and suites, including twin and triples with shared facilities. All cabins have portholes. Public areas include two dining rooms, a combined bar/lounge/library and a small clinic. There is an open bridge policy on board.

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.

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.

Luxury vessel

MS Hanseatic

Hanseatic is a purpose built luxury expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull. All 92 cabins have outside views, separate lounge areas, TVs and VCRs and are a mixture of double and twin. Suites have butler service and in-cabin dining facilities. There is a lounge, two restaurant areas, Viennese-style afternoon tea, gym and spa, lecture theatre, library, passenger lifts and outdoor swimming pool. Rubber boots and parkas are provided and there is a boot washing and storage area. Gratuities are included in the cost of expeditions on this ship.

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.

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.

Luxury 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mid range vessel

MS Midnatsol

Midnatsol is one of the larger vessels sailing in the Antarctic. The ship has a 1X ice classification and advanced technology. There is a mixture of cabins and suites with options for singles, doubles/twins and family groups. Public areas include panorama lounge, bars, two restaurants, library, fitness room, sauna & jacuzzi and lecture theatre.

Mid range vessel

MS Fram

Fram is a purpose built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull, advanced technology and spacious outside decks for wildlife and scenery viewing.Public areas include large observation lounge, restaurant, bar, fitness room, sauna and outdoor jacuzzi. There is a mixture of suites and cabins

Mid range vessel

MS Roald Amundsen

In July 2018, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible. MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid ships Hurtigruten will add to its fleet over the next few years, cutting emissions by sailing with electrical propulsion. Hybrid technology, combined with the advanced construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board will reduce fuel consumption and CO2-emissions on the ships by 20 percent. The build of these two ships represents the largest single investment in the history of Hurtigruten. The future of shipping will be silent and emission free. MS Roald Amundsen will lead 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 will be 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.

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