Cruise Operators

Aurora Expeditions

This small company from Australia has made some big waves in the expedition cruise market. Their brand-new ship 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 though and be sensitise 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. 

Today they have one of the largest expedition fleets and have a range of ships and cruises to suit almost all criteria. Quark pride themselves above all else on their experienced expedition team, who have been sailing into the polar regions longer and into harder to reach places than many of their competitors. Despite their years of polar experience, the team retains the boundless enthusiasm of their first visits. With backgrounds ranging from biology, history, geology and more, they will help you get the most out of your expedition cruise.



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.


Silversea Expeditions

Silversea offer 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 Earnest 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.


One Ocean Expeditions

One Ocean is one of the most expedition orientated operators in the Polar Regions. Their ships have traditionally been small, with an exceptional focus on exploration, people and mitigating environmental impacts. The small size of ship means the voyage is much more adventurous as the expedition team are able to be more responsive and get the passengers off the ship quickly.


Poseidon Expeditons

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. 

Poseidon provides the curious and discerning traveller with a comfortable and personalised service, balanced with adventurous outdoor activities and adventures in some of the most breathtaking land and snowscapes on the planet. The exceptional Expedition team are on hand to help you learn more about the Polar regions and observe the spectacular wildlife and landscapes up close.



The company 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.


Lindblad and National Geographic Expeditions

National Geographic has been inspiring travellers for more than 125 years. In 2004 they partnered with Lindblad expeditions to pool their resources and offer people the chance to cruise to some of the world’s most remote places.

Lindblad has been a pioneer in eco-tourism since the 1960s and undertook the first tourist expedition to Antarctica in 1966. Founder Lars-Eric believed that educated people who saw things with their own eyes would be a potent force for the preservation of the places they visited, he made his notions a powerful force for the good of conservation and restoration projects worldwide. In line with this philosophy the company maintains a global stewardship fund that goes towards preserving the remote places It operates.

All the ships feature comfortable accommodation, a lounge, a library and a wellness service so guest can relax after a long day of excursions. The ships chefs create delicious meals that reflect the regions they visit. Guests will spend the days exploring on foot and by Zodiac, Sea kayak and stand up paddle board.

National Geographic takes great pride in its guides, subject matter experts, who are essential to help you gain a deeper understanding of the areas you visit. Specially certified National Geographic photo instructors are aboard each expedition cruise which will help you get the most out of your camera whether it’s a DSLR or a mobile phone. They have a fleet of eight expedition ships of which their flagship is the National Geographic Explorer.


Hapag Lloyd

Halpag 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.

Their international voyages ensure that English-speaking passengers are in a comfortable environment from the moment they get on the ships and all documentation is provided for this unforgettable experience. The expeditions give adventurers the opportunity to experience the fascinating polar regions with comfortable and spacious facilities.

You will explore untouched regions and come face-to-face with natural and cultural wonders on innovative, award-winning routes.



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.

The expedition team will take you to the most spectacular places to admire remarkable wildlife and amazing scenery in the Great White Continent, the Falklands & South Georgia Island. A friendly and small crew that has been working hard for the past 12 years to satisfy guests expectations and made their dream finally come true.

As members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), they are committed to appropriate, safe and environmentally sound private-sector travel to the Antarctic. Antarpply operates all expeditions in accordance with IAATO guidelines and complies with all the relevant international regulations during navigation and shore visits.


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.

The expedition team takes you to the most fascinating places where you will receive a full insight into the surroundings as well as knowledge about the fauna and flora.
Seabourn has partnered with UNESCO to promote sustainable tourism at World Heritage properties. They aim to engender a wider understanding and commitment for the UNESCO World Heritage Convention’s mission to identify, safeguard and promote unique cultural and natural heritage around the world.



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.

Founded 25 years ago, the operator has contributed greatly to the region's visitor experience by funding the museum at Wulaia Bay and the eco-friendly boardwalks at Cape Horn and Ainsworth Bay.

Fully owned and operated by Chileans, their objective is providing Australis passengers from around the world with an unforgettable cruise experience that includes extraordinary contact with nature, amazing cuisine and the best onboard service in South America.

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