Antarctica Ships

Exceptional professionals who go above and beyond.

“My connection to Travel Just 4 U came about after a glowing recommendation from a neighbour when I expressed interest in going to South Amer…“

Big thank you!!

“This trip in February 2020, was our 2nd trip organised by Travel Just 4U! This time, we had a stopover in Santiago then travelled to Cuba, P…“

Peru

“I would like to thank Remko and the team at Travel Just 4U for the smooth delivery of a great trip to Peru. Everything was perfectly execute…“

Ecuador, Peru & Chile Trip 2019

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your work and helping us have this amazing trip to Ecuador, Peru and Chile! When people asked…“

Excellent Service, Unbelievable South America Ground Team

“My wife and I just wanted to express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks for the excellent service you have provided. You have added your per…“

Antarctica Ships

Explore our range of Antarctica Ships available for expeditions to the most remote continent on earth. Over 150 different ships travel annually to Antarctica and they range from small expedition ships with less than 100 passengers to giant ocean liners over 3,000 guests. As you can imagine, those experiences are incredibly varied so below we have included helpful details on how to pick the right Antarctica ship for your adventure.

Every traveller is different with some placing more importance on the ship itself and others on the expedition operations. With our ship rating system, we have selected four key criteria that most affects the overall Antarctica experience and will allow you to compare ships accurately.

These four key components that we use to categorise Antarctica Ships are ship size, onboard star level that reflects comfort and overall service, quality of expeditions and how they are run as well as optional extra activities a ship has on offer.

Antarctica Ship Size – Passengers & Cabins Available

Overall ship size and passenger numbers affect ambience, stability, landing sites you can access, how much time spent on shore and the overall cost of the cruise. There are two main types – ships with 500 plus passengers (ocean liners) who are not allowed let guests go ashore and ships with fewer than 500 guests (expedition ships) that are built to provide travellers with on shore activities. Please note that we only feature Expedition Ships as we believe this provides the best experience. If you are interested in cruising to Antarctica that does not include expeditions off of the ship, please get in touch. 

quark antarctica ship near iceSmall Sized Ships – 150 Passengers or less
Small ships are generally more expensive but offer very personalised service. They also generally provide extended time on shore exploring but they can be susceptible to swaying on rougher water.

Medium Sized Ships – 151 to 300 Passengers
These ships have a good balance of time on shore and service. They are more stable than the smallest ships and there are more passengers overall which means lower price tag. 

Large Sized Ships – 301 to 500 Passengers
These are generally the most affordable options. Some are even luxurious as you are spending more time on board and less excursion time on shore. These larger ships in general are the least affected by ocean swells in terms of sway and movement.

One final note on ship size – it is important to know only 100 guests at any time can be on shore at one site. This means that ships with over 100 guests, you should evaluate how many zodiacs and docking areas they have to better gauge how much waiting may be involved with multiple excursions a day. 

Antarctica Ship Star Rating – Overall Comfort Level

The ship star rating refers to the overall level of comfort onboard. This includes cabins, common areas, and amenities like cuisine and also takes into consideration overall customer service from staff. We only feature and offer ships that meet a minimum 3* star overall rating.

Luxury Ships – 5* Stars
Luxury means a very high level of service and comfort on board. Gourmet cuisine, stunning cabins and common areas and even butler service and private hot tubs in select cabins.

Comfort Ships – 4* Stars
Mid range 4* Star ships mean comfortable cabins, great cuisine and amenities onboard that cater to guests wanting to enjoy time on board in comfort with wonderful service.

Standard Ships – 3* Stars
Standard ships have basic but comfortable rooms and common areas and many 3* options still provide excellent service. The main trade off is that many of the 3 Star options are very expedition focused and you spend less time on board. Meals are still quality but less gourmet than 4 and 5 Star ships. 

Antarctica Expeditions – Quality & Time Off the Ship

This rating measures how expeditions are operated. In general the lower the total passenger number and the higher zodiac to passenger overall ratio, the more time you will spend on expeditions off the ship. We also take into consideration the variety and how many included expeditions there are with your cruise.

High Expedition Rating
This is for ships with a high ratio of zodiac capacity to passengers and a great range of included activities providing maximum time exploring – usually twice a day expeditions.

Medium Expedition Rating
This is usually applied to ships with a higher passenger to zodiac ratio which requires staged on shore explorations allowing less time off the ship – usually only once a day expeditions.

Low Expedition Rating
We don’t feature ships with a Low Expedition Rating as travellers have better experiences when they spend time ashore.

Optional Extras – Range of Activities In Addition to Included Expeditions

This rating refers to extra paid activities offered on top of standard inclusions. The majority of ships offer at least some extras like sea kayaks, hiking or camping on shore. Other ships also offer helicopter rides, scuba diving and more. These can come at a high price but for extreme adventure seekers, this may be worth while. 

Many Optional Extras
A Many Extras rating means a wide variety of optional extras like camping, sea kayaking, mountaineering, helicopter rides, scuba and more are available to guests. 

Some Optional Extras
This rating means you do have access to additional activities like kayaking or ice camping but they may have limited spots and not include extras like helicopter rides or scuba diving.

Few Optional Extras
Few Extras mean it is likely not an expedition cruise and is more focused towards onboard entertainment and comfort. We do not feature many ships with this rating.

Antarctica Ships

M/V Hondius

Oceanwide Expedition Ship
Size:
Medium – 170 Guests
Stars:
4* Comfort
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

M/V Janssonius

Oceanwide Expedition Ship
Size:
Medium – 170 Guests
Stars:
4* Comfort
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

M/V Plancius

Oceanwide Expedition Ship
Size:
Small – 108 Guests
Stars:
3* Standard
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

M/V Ortelius

Oceanwide Expedition Ship
Size:
Small – 108 Guests
Stars:
3* Standard
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

MS Seaventure

Polar Latitude Expedition Ship
Size:
Small – 139 Guests
Stars:
4* Comfort
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Some available

World Explorer

Quark Expedition Ship
Size:
Medium – 172 Guests
Stars:
4* Comfort
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

Ocean Adventurer

Quark Expeditions Ship
Size:
Small – 136 Guests
Stars:
3* Standard
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

Ocean Diamond

Quark Expeditions Ship
Size:
Medium – 189 Guests
Stars:
3* Standard
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

Ultramarine

Quark Expeditions Ship
Size:
Medium – 199 Guests
Stars:
5* Luxury
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

G Expedition

G Adventures Expedition Ship
Size:
Small – 134 Guests
Stars:
3* Standard
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

Greg Mortimer

Aurora Expedition Ship
Size:
Small – 138 Guests
Stars:
5* Luxury
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

Sylvia Earle

Aurora Expedition Ship
Size:
Small – 138 Guests
Stars:
5* Luxury
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

Magellan Explorer

Antarctica21 - Expedition Cruise
Size:
Small – 73 Guests
Stars:
4* Comfort
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Many available

Ocean Nova

Antarctica 21 - Expedition Cruise
Size:
Small – 67 Guests
Stars:
3* Standard
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Some available

Hebridean Sky

Antarctica 21 - Expedition Cruise
Size:
Small – 75 Guests
Stars:
4* Comfort
Expeditions:
High Rating
Optional extras:
Some available

MS Fram

Hurtigruten Expedition Ship
Size:
Medium – 276 Guests
Stars:
3* Standard
Expeditions:
Medium Rating
Optional extras:
Some available

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Hurtigruten Expedition Ship
Size:
Large – 500 Guests
Stars:
4* Comfort
Expeditions:
Medium Rating
Optional extras:
Some available

MS Roald Amundsen

Hurtigruten Expedition Ship
Size:
Large – 500 Guests
Stars:
4* Comfort
Expeditions:
Medium Rating
Optional extras:
Some available

Crystal Endeavor

Crystal Cruises
Size:
Medium – 200 Guests
Stars:
5* Luxury
Expeditions:
Medium Rating
Optional extras:
Some available

Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Luxury Cruise
Size:
Medium – 200 Guests
Stars:
5* Luxury
Expeditions:
Medium Rating
Optional extras:
Some available

L'Austral

Ponant Expedition Ship
Size:
Medium – 264 Guests
Stars:
5* Luxury
Expeditions:
Medium Rating
Optional extras:
Some available

Le Boreal

Ponant Expedition Ship
Size:
Medium – 264 Guests
Stars:
5* Luxury
Expeditions:
Medium Rating
Optional extras:
Some available

Le Lyrial

Ponant Expedition Ship
Size:
Medium – 264 Guests
Stars:
5* Luxury
Expeditions:
Medium Rating
Optional extras:
Some available

Le Commandant Charcot

Ponant Expedition Ship
Size:
Medium – 270 Guests
Stars:
5* Luxury
Expeditions:
Medium Rating
Optional extras:
Some available