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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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$10,895
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Sylvia Earle

New in 2021, cruise the polar regions in style on the Sylvia Earle. Designed for low-impact voyages featuring a fuel-efficient Ulstein X-Bow®, reduced air emissions and light pollution, and virtual anchoring for protection of the sea floor. The ship honors the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Sylvia Earle. This ship will channel her marine-conservation ethos into a fully immersive on-board guest experience, not only in the Polar regions but in other destinations as the ship sails between the Arctic and the Antarctic.
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Ultramarine
$12,495
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Ultramarine

New in 2021, the Ultramarine is designed with an ice rating of 1A+, PC6, making it one of the most capable polar exploring vessels on the planet. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size.
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Greg Mortimer
$10,895
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Greg Mortimer

Greg Mortimer redefines polar expedition cruising for the future, with just 132 passengers on board, it is at the cutting edge of nautical technology. Robust, powerful and built with guests in mind, this ship marks significant growth in polar cruising capabilities.
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$16,450
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National Geographic Resolution

New for 2021, The National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation 126-passager expedition ship purpose-built for polar exploration in comfort with an extremely smooth ride even on the world's roughest, most demanding seas. National Geographic is legendary for immersive trips focusing on the ecology of the polar regions.
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$13,970
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Le Commandant Charcot

Le Commandant Charcot is a polar expedition ship that navigates into Arctic and Antarctic places that are rarely visited by others. Its innovative and eco-friendly design make this expedition ship sustainable and one of a kind.
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Magellan Explorer
$4,995
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Magellan Explorer

The Magellan Explorer is among the world’s newest expedition ships custom designed for Antarctica's extreme conditions. The ship provides a stylish base for her guests’ adventures, combining exciting expeditions and boutique hospitality.
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National Geographic Endurance
$16,450
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National Geographic Endurance

The 126 passenger National Geographic Endurance has the highest ice class rating (PC5 Category A) ever for a purpose-built cruise ship which allows it to operate year-round in areas of the polar regions. The sloping “X-bow” is designed to minimize movement in the roughest of seas and also results in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions for reduced environmental impact.
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$6,450
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Ocean Victory

Accommodating 200 passengers as it sails along Antarctica, the Ocean Victory offers a unique adventure. Experience shore landings, excursions, lectures and whale safaris for every expedition.
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Sea Spirit (PO)
$8,395
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Sea Spirit

Explore polar regions in style and comfort aboard the all-suite Sea Spirit. Providing spacious accommodations for a maximum of 114 passengers, the Sea Spirit also provides the maneuverability and friendly atmosphere of a small ship.
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$4,995
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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
$9,470
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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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The Island Sky
$11,225
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Island Sky

The Island Sky is a spacious, well-appointed and stylish ship built in the same Italian Shipyard as the Hebridean Sky. Her core technology allows to operate smoothly, even in the most challenging Antarctic conditions.
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MS Seaventure

Seaventure features a 1-A Super ice class rating — the highest ice class awarded to passenger vessels. This means that she will be able to explore Antarctic coves, bays, and channels that would previously have been forbidden.
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World Explorer
$10,795
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World Explorer

The World Explorer is a polar expedition cruise ship designed to accommodate 176 passengers. The ship offers an extraordinary level of service, including abundant space for guests and multiple public areas to relax based on passengers’ individual travel styles.
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Ocean Nova
$4,995
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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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MV Janssonius
$6,150
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MV Janssonius

Janssonius is meeting the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Janssonius represents the most flexible, advanced, innovative touring vessel in the polar regions, thoroughly optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica.
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Ocean Endeavour
$7,290
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Ocean Endeavour

The Ocean Endeavour is the ultimate expedition cruising ship. Strong and stable, with plenty of creature comforts, we’re sure you will feel at home.Offering a huge range of activities both on and off the ship makes her versatile and appealing to clients of all ages and budgets.There are a selection of cabins to meet a variety of budgets, and single and solo travelers can take advantage of no single supplement. The Ocean Endeavour offers an unrivalled sense of space and onboard activities including: spa facilities, yoga classes, sauna, hot tub, salt water pool and gym.
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Ocean Endeavour
$11,995
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Ocean Endeavour

Updated as recently as 2014, the 200-passenger ice class Ocean Endeavor explores the most remote areas in comfort and style. With several decks and lounges, 20 zodiacs, and even a swimming pool, sauna, and hot tub, this is the perfect ship for Arctic exploration.
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