Those larger, unwieldy ships can’t navigate. Smaller polar vessels can take you to remote, tiny villages and settlements, often through narrow fjords and channels. This ability to get off-the-beaten path and avoid overcrowded shore landings means you have a much more authentic polar experience. Most indigenous settlements, for example, simply cannot accommodate huge numbers of visitors from those larger expedition vessels. Because of our relatively smaller numbers of guests, there’s no endless waiting to embark and disembark. (Who wants to do that while on their dream polar trip?) Our smaller ships are much more intimate and friendly, enabling guests to quickly get on first-name basis with the expedition crew, onboard staff and fellow passengers. Small polar vessels resonate with the explorer in all of us!
When it comes to polar expeditions, you’re only as good as where your ships can take you. And our diverse fleet of small polar vessels, which includes icebreakers and expedition ships, can take you to places larger ships can’t navigate. Equally key is our fleet of Zodiac boats, which let us make landfall where others are not able. Trust us: when you travel all the way to the edge of the world, you’ll want to reach out and touch it too.
Our small expedition ships can take us places
Our vessels offer you a wide range of choice in terms of capacity (135 to 199); price points ($8,000 to $40,000); cabins (solo, couple or group) and even style of ship. For instance, you may be attracted to the classic wooden touches of Ocean Adventurer, the world-class spa on World Explorer, or the sturdiness of 50 Years of Victory. Then, of course, there’s our game-changing new ship Ultramarine
Ultramarine: Unrivalled base for polar exploration
Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, 20-quick launching Zodiacs, superb onboard amenities (including a sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows), advanced sustainability systems, and the largest portfolio of off-ship adventure options in the industry, the technologically-advanced Ultramarine has forever changed the way we explore the Arctic and Antarctic.