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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
All information and prices shown are subject to change without notice. Also, all itineraries should be considered for guidance only and are dependent on local weather conditions, availability of accommodations etc. Nothing is guaranteed and the final itinerary will be determined closer to trip date. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
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