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Choosing the right Expedition Ship

The ship is an important factor when searching for an expedition cruise. An ice-strengthened vessel to explore the polar regions, a boutique style live-aboard for your diving holiday, or maybe even a private charter for an exclusive itinerary?

Small is big in the polar regions

According to our limit of maximum 500 passengers, all ships we offer are considered small. They allow for the best expedition cruising experiences which we have tried and tested over the years. In destinations such as Antarctica and the Arctic, only 100 people are allowed to go on land at the same time. Larger ships, with over 500 passengers, are not allowed to make any landings at all. Being on a smaller expedition ship has many advantages. You can spend more time exploring instead of waiting your turn to make a landing, and you are almost certain to make lifelong friends with other guests on board.

Important deciding factors

It’s important to determine your main priorities before starting your search. Our expertise is to match your preferences and wishes with the right ship to ensure the best possible experience. When choosing a ship, keep the following in mind:

  • Number of passengers
  • Level of comfort
  • Add-on activities
  • On board facilities
  • Budget

FAQ - Expedition Ships

Expedition ships are specifically designed and equipped for exploration in remote and often challenging environments, such as the polar regions. These ships combine the ruggedness and capability to navigate through difficult waters with the amenities to comfortably accommodate passengers. Despite the fact that they are purpose built to challenge rough conditions, expedition ships offer comfortable accommodations, dining facilities and lounges areas. Some even have wellness amenities like saunas, gyms, and hot tubs to ensure a pleasant experience for passengers. Their small size allows for an immersive experience of the most remote and pristine areas of the world, offering a balance of adventure, education, and comfort.

Some key features and characteristics of expedition ships:

  • Ice-strengthened hull to navigate through ice-covered waters safely.
  • Expedition ships are typically smaller than conventional cruise ships, accommodating fewer passengers (often fewer than 200). This allows for more intimate experiences and access to remote areas that larger ships cannot reach.
  • Zodiac boats for shore landings and close-up exploration of coastlines, icebergs, and wildlife.
  • Exploration equipment for activities like hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, snorkeling and diving. Some also have laboratories for scientific research.
  • Experienced Guides and knowledgeable expedition leaders who are often naturalists, scientists, and local experts providing insights and educational lectures about the region’s wildlife, geology, and culture.
  • Designed to minimize environmental impact, adhering to strict regulations and guidelines to protect the delicate ecosystems they explore.

An icebreaker is a specialised ship, designed to navigate and create a path through ice-covered waters. They are built for extreme conditions, and can break through thick, multi-year ice. Only a handfull of ships worldwide are categorised as an icebreaker. These ships are mainly used for maintaining shipping routes and conducting scientific research in polar regions.
For most expedition cruises in the polar regions, an icebreaker is not necessary. Many expedition cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Arctic take place on board ice-strengthened ships rather than full icebreakers. These ships have reinforced hulls and are perfectly capable of navigating the polar regions during the summer season, when most areas are clear of thick sea ice.