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Your experience in Antarctica will be largely influenced by the ship that you choose since you will be spending most of your time onboard. Also, the quality of guides, cooks and crew members can vary significantly, which will have a major impact on your cruise. Adventure Life has been sending satisfied travelers to the Antarctic for years, and has selected only the best ships which provide superior experiences. We only use small ships instead of large cruise ships that can carry thousands of passengers. Small ships provide a much more intimate experience for all, enabling travelers to access small bays in zodiacs and sea kayaks in addition to hiking and even camping on the Antarctic peninsula. Contact one of our Antarctic cruise experts for help choosing the right ship for you. 
  
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The Akademik Ioffe
$3,195
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Akademik Ioffe

Designed as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. Carrying 96 passengers on Antarctica and Arctic expeditions, the Akademik Ioffe offers facilities of high caliber.
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Akademik Sergey Vavilov
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Akademik Sergey Vavilov

The Akademik Sergey Vavilov is widely recognized as the best expedition-style cruise vessel operating in Polar waters. She is 'state of the art' and, while not luxurious, she's very comfortable and kept in top condition.
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Sailing through the Arctic waters
$16,000
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Akademik Shokalskiy

Originally designed and built in Finland for Polar and ocean research, the Akademik Shokalskiy is small, nimble and ice-strengthened, capable for reaching the nooks and crannies of Antarctica that larger ships cannot.
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The Caledonian Sky
$12,980
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Caledonian Sky

The beautiful Caledonian Sky is a spacious yet intimate expedition vessel. Refurbished in 2012 and carrying just 100 passengers, her beautifully designed public spaces and exterior are sure to delight.
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Hebridean Sky Ship
$7,295
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Hebridean Sky

The Hebridean Sky, formerly known as the Sea Explorer, emerges from dry dock in June 2016 after undergoing a multi-million dollar refit. In addition to her effortless elegance, impeccable service, and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie, the Hebridean Sky adds a host of new amenities as well as state of the art stabilization, fuel efficiency, and …
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The Sea Explorer Air Cruises ship
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Hebridean Sky Air Cruises

Hebridean Sky is a luxurious small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2005. Newly renovated in 2016, the Hebridean Sky has been transformed into one of the finest small ships in the world.
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L'Austral
$4,820
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L'Austral

The L'Austral, sister ship to the Le Boreal, is the fruit of Italian expertise and French sophistication. A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, the L'Austral links tradition and innovation, cruising to worldwide destinations in luxury.
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Le Boreal
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Le Boreal

A new era of comfort & style to Antarctic cruises. Newly built for 2010, 'Le Boreal' is the newest all-balcony stateroom & suite vessel in Antarctica. Explore with the right balance of on-board amenities and full-fledged wilderness excitement.
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Le Boreal
$6,075
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Le Boreal (CDP)

A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, the Le Boreal is the fruit of Italian expertise and French sophistication. Linking tradition and innovation, the Le Boreal cruises to polar destinations in luxury.
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$13,495
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Le Lyrial

Experience sophisticated design, innovative marine technology, all-balcony staterooms and suites, and the finest expedition staff from aboard the comfortable and sophisticated 199-passenger Le Lyrial.
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Le Lyrial masthead
$4,375
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Le Lyrial (CDP)

The sleek, intimate Le Lyrial sails under the French flag and entrances her passengers with her contemporary decor, comfortable suites, and refined ambiance. Her elegant design allows her to be an ideal sailing vessel.
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Le Soleal
$4,060
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Le Soleal

Like all of the superb megayachts in the luxurious Ponant fleet, Le Soleal reflects a chic French style and elegance that is a signature of their refined brand of expedition vessels. Luxury and comfort fuse aboard this ice-strengthened 132-stateroom ship.

In each of the luxurious rooms, you will melt into the plush beds at the end of an active …
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$1,050
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MV Plancius

Built in 1976 and reconstructed in 2008, the MV Plancius is fully equipped for polar expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica, and accommodates 112 passengers in 54 comfortable cabins.
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The Ushuaia
$5,200
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MV Ushuaia

The MV Ushuaia is a steel hulled, ice-strengthened vessel built originally for oceanographic research and recently converted to passenger voyages to Antarctica. She can accommodate a maximum of 88 passengers in 46 comfortable cabins and suites.
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$6,990
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National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art luxury expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. It is fully stabilized, for cruising polar passages while providing comfort.
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The National Geographic Orion at sunset
$7,990
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National Geographic Orion

The creation of the National Geographic Orion in 2003 heralds a new breed of expedition ship: a state-of-the-art vessel which combines the latest advances in ship design and communication technology with all the style and comfort of a luxury cruise ship.
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The Ocean Adventurer
$9,980
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Ocean Adventurer (ZE)

The Ocean Adventurer is a handsome expedition vessel reminiscent of the days of the great ocean liners, with lots of varnished wood and brass. She sails on a wide variety of cruises in Europe, the Arctic, the U.S., South America, and Antarctica.
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The Ocean Diamond
$5,995
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Ocean Diamond

Carrying a capacity of 189 passengers, the Ocean Diamond is the latest in polar vessels to explore Antarctica. The Ocean Diamond is the first carbon-neutral ship in the polar adventure industry. Guests will enjoy the many indoor public spaces, spacious cabin arrangements and fine dining aboard the Ocean Diamond.
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$5,595
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Ocean Endeavour (QU)

The Ocean Endeavour is a small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, generous deck space and advanced navigation equipment.
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Ocean Nova
$4,595
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Ocean Nova Air Cruises

The Ocean Nova (previously called Sarpik Ittuk) was built in 1992 at the Ørskov Shipyard in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to navigate the ice-choked waters off Western Greenland. The ship was upgraded in 2000 and significantly refurbished once again in 2006.
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$2,130
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Ortelius

The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land.
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Polar Pioneer
$5,515
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Polar Pioneer

This vessel offers a wide range of polar adventures on its departures including SCUBA diving, sea kayaking, camping, and rock and ice climbing. The Polar Pioneer also offers a very unique opportunity to follow Ernest Shackleton's footsteps.
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The Sea Adventurer
$5,295
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Sea Adventurer

Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, the Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for adventurous people who enjoy the creature comforts offered on board.
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The Sea Adventurer
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Sea Adventurer (AC)

The Adventurer is a handsome expedition vessel reminiscent of the days of the great ocean liners, with lots of varnished wood and brass. She sails on a wide variety of cruises in Europe, the Arctic, the U.S., South America, and Antarctica.
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