The company was founded in 1893 and has been operating ever since. Initially established by the Norwegian government to improve communications along Norway’s coastline, the shipping company quickly changed and extended its routes to across the world. Their fleet are MS class, which means they are bigger and offer a wider range of facilities than many other cruise ships. The company has recently opened expedition cruises to Greenland, Canada, South America, Iceland, Svalbard and Antarctica.

MS Spitsbergen

Rating
3
Standard
Simple
Capacity
335

MS Spitsbergen is named after the Arctic crown of Norway, after a complete reconstruction in 2016, the ship spends part of the year sailing the Norwegian Coast and part of the year as part of the expedition programme, to destinations further afield. 

Ms Nordstjernen

Rating
2
Standard
Simple
Capacity
290

Ms Nordstjernen was originally built in 1956 as a ferry serving the coast of Norway and was extensively modernised  in 2000 for exclusive Arctic explorer sailings. She offers great value cruises to Spitsbergen / Svalbard and retains the character of an old Atlantic ship, restored to her former splendor with new brass, classic wooden interiors and all her original artwork. 

Roald Amundsen

Rating
500
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
1

Named after the Norwegian polar explorer, Roald Amundsen who was the first person to reach the South Pole. Like its namesake, the MS Roald Amundson is a pioneer in Polar expedition voyages. The ship is one of the first to feature a hybrid propulsion system that will not only reduce its fuel consumption but will show that large hybrid ships are possible. The Roald Amundsen will be joined by its sister ship the MS Fridtjof Nansen in 2019. 

Midnatsol

Rating
1
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
500

One of the larger ships in the polar region, MS Midnastol (Midnight Sun) is one of the best-equipped vessels available with many amenities rarely found on other expedition cruise ships including a dedicated science centre.

MS Fram

Rating
3
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
200

The MS Fram is a purpose built 11,600- ton vessel that incorporates all the best of both practical and traditional design. Her 127 cabins carry passengers to the most remote locations on Earth in comfort and style. Because the ship is slightly larger than other expedition ships, it offers more in the way of on-board facilities and comfort.

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  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

  • Never pay more! Our prices are amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.

  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know the destinations, ships and operators inside out

  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.

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Why book with Polar Routes?

CHOICE
  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
SPECIALISTS
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Travel Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Never pay more! Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.