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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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$6,295
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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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MV Hondius
$2,600
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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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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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$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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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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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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MV Janssonius
$1,950
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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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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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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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World Explorer
$9,995
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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
$4,795
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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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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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Scenic Eclipse
$7,165
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Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Eclipse is the World’s First Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from the Scenic fleet. Launched in August 2019, Scenic Eclipse sets a new standard in luxury ocean cruising. With elegant lines, perfectly-proportioned suites, and expansive wellness zones, every element of Scenic Eclipse has been considered with your enjoyment and pleasure in mind, creating a special environment that facilitates global adventure in truly 6-star luxury.
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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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$5,200
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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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Explore Antarctica aboard the Ocean Diamond
$7,995
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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 can enjoy the many indoor public spaces, spacious cabin arrangements and fine dining aboard the Ocean Diamond.
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Ultramarine
$5,995
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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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National Geographic Endurance
$10,990
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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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