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As you plan your excursion into the icy North, choosing the right ship can make all the difference. The thick-hulled ships that explore the Arctic fall into a few main groups. One of the most unique options is the icebreakers, including boats like 50 Years of Victory or Kapitan Khlebnikov, which crush through the frozen Polar waters. Research vessels, like Akademik Sergey Vavilov, are another common choice. While they aren't particularly luxurious, they were designed for research and will give you a comfortable way to reach otherwise isolated destinations. Or, if you're looking for a more classic cruise experience, super yachts or cruisers, like the 318-passenger M/S Fram are a good option, offering well appointed cabins, gyms, several social areas, and even several Jacuzzis, in addition to great food and service.
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Exterior image of the 50 Years of Victory.
$27,995
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50 Years of Victory

The "50 Years of Victory" is the largest, most sophisticated, and powerful icebreaker ever constructed for Arctic cruising. Twenty years in the making, 50 Years of Victory is the first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow.
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Exterior image of the 50 Years of Victory.
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50 Years of Victory (PO)

The 50 Years of Victory is the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker vessel in the world. Get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel aboard this real working icebreaker to the geographic North Pole.
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The One Ocean Navigator
$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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The Akademik Sergey Vavilov
$3,195
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Akademik Sergey Vavilov

The Akademik Sergey Vavilov is widely recognized as the best expedition-style ice-strengthened 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 of reaching the nooks and crannies of Antarctica that larger ships cannot.
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$10,980
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Hebridean Sky (ZE)

The charming Hebridean Sky welcomes 104 guests on her beautifully designed structure, with perfect public spaces, vast outdoor decks, alfresco dining, and a fleet of Zodiacs available for scenic cruising and landing on remote shores. This beautiful ship has everything that you need for unique and intimate exploration of gorgeous destinations.
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The Island Sky
$11,695
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Island Sky (QU)

Built in Italy in 1992 to a high specification, the MS Island Sky accommodates 108 passengers in comfort and style. This all suite ship features private bathroom facilities and exterior views, while some suites also include a private balcony.
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L'Austral
$4,815
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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 (AK)

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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$3,990
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Le Laperouse

Experience the luxurious settings that Le Laperouse offers while you enjoy the authenticity and passion for travel on each itinerary. Its contemporary decor and comfortable, fully equipped suites make it the ideal small cruise ship for exploring the Arctic, Mediterranean and even the Seychelles Islands.
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Le Soleal
$4,060
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Le Soleal

Cruise the polar regions in luxury aboard the Le Soleal. This small ship carries 224 passengers in luxurious accommodations with first class amenities.
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M/S Sjoveien

M/S Sjøveien (meaning the Seaway) was built in Bergen in 1964 for the Norwegian Government. After being a hotel ship for the past few years, she is now being refurbished into a classic and exclusive passenger ship.
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The M/S Stockholm
$3,990
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M/S Stockholm

The M/S Stockholm is a classic vessel which was built in 1953 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration. She was refurbished in 1999, and now operates as a comfortable ice-strengthened expedition vessel.
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Callisto ship
$2,650
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M/Y Callisto

The M/Y Callisto is furnished with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, rare antiques, and fine works of art for luxury cruising. Because Callisto is a yacht, it can visit those unspoiled islets, pristine beaches, and intimate coves
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Explore the region via zodiac as you sail on the MS Fram
$7,258
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MS Fram

The MS Fram was built in 2007 and offers numerous lounges in which to relax, a well-equipped gym, and several Jacuzzis on deck.
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MS Freya
$8,990
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MS Freya

Refurbished in 2015, the M/S Freya was originally built in 1981 for the Swedish Maritime Administration as a lighthouse maintenance vessel. The M/S Freya has a capacity for 12 passengers and 2 guides in seven twin cabins with port holes.
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The MS Lofoten
$1,478
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MS Lofoten

The MS Lofoten was built in 1964 has has remained a beloved favorite ever since. Her experienced crew and comfortable accommodations make her an ideal candidate while choosing a small ship in which to sail the Arctic.
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Nordstjernen exterior
$3,517
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MS Nordstjernen

The 290-passenger MS Nordstjernen is named after the North Star or Stella Polaris, famous for helping seafarers find their way back home and the Vikings to navigate the north.
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$2,404
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MS Spitsbergen

The refurbished, 335-passenger MS Spitsbergen is named after the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, the Arctic crown of Norway.
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The MS Vesteralen
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MS Vesteralen

The MS Vesteralen was built in 1983 and carries just 510 passengers. Her sleek exterior and comfortable accommodations make her an ideal choice for cruising the Arctic region.
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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 MV Polaris I
$9,215
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MV Polaris I

The MV Polaris 1 is an ex-MOD fleet tender that has undergone extensive conversion into a luxury expedition vessel. It can accommodate 12 passengers in 12 spacious en-suite cabins, and is ideally suited for small group expeditions to remote locations inaccessible to larger cruise ships.
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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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