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Cruise Operators

Aurora Expeditions

This small company from Australia has made some big waves in the expedition cruise market. Their brand-new ship the Greg Mortimer is set to raise the bar in expedition cruising with some fantastic features for the small number of passengers it carries.

Focussed on making the most of the expedition, they will aim to get you up close to the action, inspire you about the incredible landscapes you are travelling through and be sensitised to the environmental issues they face.

The expeditions are led by remote area specialists, that provide entertaining lectures and expand people’s knowledge along the way.  


Quark Expeditions

Quark have developed into one of the expedition cruise market leaders. Created in 1991, they have over 27 years’ experience pioneering cruises to the polar regions. They have achieved an unprecedented series of firsts, including the World’s first North Pole voyage and have been making the Arctic and Antarctica accessible to travellers from more than 50 countries around the world. 



When you travel to Antarctica with Hurtigruten, you realise they are not your usual cruise operator. You won’t find waterslides or casinos on their ships, instead you place yourself on an expedition with like-minded adventurers whose focus is on personal growth rather than luxury amenities. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and casual, with great food, camaraderie and an array of quality equipment which you need when exploring remote destinations. 


Silversea Expeditions

Silversea offers the ultimate 5* expedition experience. They combine a superlative expedition experience with a luxury onboard lifestyle. Their close partnership with the Royal Geographical Society - the venerable British institution that supported expeditions by history’s famous polar explorers including Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and John Franklin- allows guests to really appreciate the true depth of the experience in these remote regions. Their team of onboard experts bringing all aspects of the landscape, its wildlife and history to life. 


G Adventures

G Adventures is well known as a small group tour specialist and the company believes that adventure travel is more than a vacation. Their ambitions led them to the Polar regions and they have been operating small ship, expedition cruises for a number of years. Expect an adventurous spirit and laid-back atmosphere, with a good focus on experiencing the destination. There is also a great ethos of supporting local communities and the environment with a number of projects they are involved in around the world.


Polar Latitudes

Polar Latitudes offers a wide range of trips to Antarctica and has a highly experienced and passionate team. The comfortable ships offer a touch of luxury and fantastic food with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The company is the first polar operator to adopt the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA) and support different communities such as UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and South Georgia Heritage Trust.


Oceanwide Expeditions

Oceanwide are one of the pioneers of ship-based expeditions to the polar regions. Their fleet of ice-strengthened vessels are designed to take you in deeper and offer a more adventurous experience in a relaxed environment. With the focus on the expedition, their cruises tend to offer more time on land and the maximum number of possibilities throughout your cruise. They are members of AECO and IAATO, and promote environmentally friendly travel.


Poseidon Expeditions

Poseidon Expeditions is one of the leading expedition cruise providers, founded in 1999, the company operates icebreaker cruises to the North Pole, Arctic and Antarctica. The 114 passenger Sea Spirit, sister ship to the Hebridean Sky and Island sky allowed the operator to expand the number of destinations it offers to include Svalbard, Greenland, Franz Josef Land and Iceland. 



Ponant was established in 1988 by Philippe Videau, Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy. Ponant has become a leader in a new style of luxury cruising and promotes the art of sea travel around the world.

It operates all around the world and design itineraries rich in encounters and discovery. Their fleet has 12 ships, each of them has its own personality in line with company philosophy. Their team offers exceptional expeditions into the most remote places on Earth in a five-star environment. The travel experience will be as authentic as sophisticated.


Hapag Lloyd

Hapag Lloyd Cruises takes travellers to explore far-away countries and continents in depth on luxurious ships. The expedition team provides full information on board and ashore with plenty of opportunities to experience exciting sights. The ships take you to spectacular and remote regions, far away from civilisation.



From humble beginnings offering coach tours throughout Australia, Scenic is renowned today for its world-class luxury touring and cruising itineraries. Scenic travellers want the most wondrous of experiences and exceptional 5-star service.

The company’s cruise ships are akin to luxury floating hotels, their unique approach is soon to be brought to expedition cruising with the much-awaited launch of the Scenic Eclipse – The World’s First Discovery Yacht. From the Arctic to Antarctica and everywhere in between, ocean cruising has never felt like this.


Antarpply Expeditions

Antarpply Expeditions is a leading operator specialised in small ship expedition cruises to Antarctica and sub-Antarctic islands. Based in Ushuaia, the company accommodates voyages for a maximum of 90 passengers in 46 cabins and suites. All the itineraries will embark and disembark from/to the town.


Seabourn Cruise Line

Seabourn has more than 30 years experience sailing around the world in refined luxury, supported by an award-winning crew. The company offers a wealth of amenities including a luxury bar, large spa and generous private verandas. The experience is spacious, intimate and luxurious. It's for people who enjoy travelling in a sumptuous environment and desire sincere, thoughtful and personalised service.


Australis Cruises

Australis specialise in cruises to Cape Horn and Patagonia. Sailing between Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia in Argentina it is the perfect way to explore the end of the world and pass between the two vibrant South American countries. The ships offer both 4 and 7-night voyages between April and September each year.


Antarctica 21

Antarctica 21 pioneered the innovative Antarctic Air-Cruise model in 2003.by a group of friends in Punta Arenas in Chile. While some travellers include the Drake Passage as part of their voyages, Antarctica 21 combines air-cruise itineraries to avoid the uncomfortable navigation across it, reducing the total duration of the trip and focusing on the unique experience of Antarctica’s pristine wilderness.


Polar Quest

Polar Quest is a small Swedish company established in 1999, it is the world leading operator in expedition cruises to Svalbard. While many others chose to invest in bigger ships, this company promotes cruises in a more intimate environment. Their fleet can take between 12 and 53 passengers. Therefore, the experience becomes more personal and you can reach the most remote areas and venture into narrow fjords, where more imposing ships will have difficulties to navigate through or simply couldn’t explore. 


Adventure Canada

In the summer of 1988, Adventure Canada ran its very first Arctic expedition—a camping trip to Baffin Island, Nunavut. Nowadays the company brings travellers to the Earth’s great wild spaces, including the high Arctic, the Northwest Passage, Newfoundland & Labrador.

But the company has also extended its operations as they are now travelling to places like Ireland or Scotland. They specialise in both cruise and land-based expedition travel and wil take you to communities, wildlife habitats, and natural wonders in safety and comfort.


UnCruise Adventures

With UnCruise Adventures you’ll have the opportunity to really get to the heart of a destination, exploring formidable landscapes, navigating through narrow rivers, meeting local communities and learning all about a region’s history. With over 20 years of exploring Alaska, the company is the trusted expert for travelling this part of the world.

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  • 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. 
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  • 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.
  • Our prices are the amongst the best you'll find, 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.