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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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$5,180
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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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MV Hondius
$3,850
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MV Hondius

The MV Hondius ship is designed to sail to the polar regions as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible accommodating 174 passengers cruising to Antarctica.
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The Ocean Adventurer
$4,995
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Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, the Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer) is the perfect expedition ship for adventurous people who enjoy the creature comforts offered on board.
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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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MV Plancius
$3,850
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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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Magellan Explorer
$4,995
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Magellan Explorer

The Magellan Explorer is the world’s first expedition ship custom designed for Antarctica's extreme conditions. The ship provides a stylish base for her guests’ adventures, combining excellence in expedition and boutique hospitality.
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The Ushuaia
$4,860
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MV Ushuaia

The MV Ushuaia is a steel hulled, ice-strengthened vessel built originally for oceanographic research and recently converted for passenger voyages to Antarctica. Accommodating a maximum of 88 passengers in 46 comfortable cabins & suites, Ushuaia offers a dining room, bar, library, and observation lounge and inflatable watercraft to explore the ice.
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Ocean Nova
$4,795
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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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Sea Spirit (PO)
$4,395
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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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Explore Antarctica aboard the Ocean Diamond
$7,495
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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 can enjoy the many indoor public spaces, spacious cabin arrangements and fine dining aboard the Ocean Diamond.
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Le Boreal
$3,980
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Le Boreal (CDP)

A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, the Le Boreal is the fruit of blending French service and sophistication with Italian engineering. Emphasizing the planet's polar regions as well as Latin America, Easter Island and Polynesia, Le Boreal gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht and give them access to harbors and coves that large cruise ships can't access.
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$10,895
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Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle - this new ship honours 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 from south to north and vice-versa.
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Ocean Endeavour
$5,795
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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 Atlantic
$2,390
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Ocean Atlantic

Renovated in 2016 with a capacity of 198 passengers, Ocean Atlantic offers an exceptional guest experience in the most remote areas of the world. Cabins and suites are outfitted with exterior views, private bathrooms, TVs, and the essential amenities you’ll need to feel comfortable throughout your voyage
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World Explorer
$6,495
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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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$3,850
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Ortelius

The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent ship for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure remote locations such as the Ross Sea in the Antarctic and Franz Josef Land in the Arctic.
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National Geographic Endurance
$10,990
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National Geographic Endurance

National Geographic Endurance is a 126-passenger expedition cruise ship that was built for polar navigations providing an extremely smooth ride under any circumstances.
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$8,995
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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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