Ships

Polar Routes works with only the best cruise operators to offer an exciting range of expedition cruises. All of the ships are specially designed or adapted for polar exploration and their aim is to bring you as close to the wildlife as you can get. Each cruise offers its own daily programme of shore landings, zodiac boat rides, wildlife observation and lectures from experts, to ensure you become completely immersed in this wonderful destination.

To read more about life on-board the ships click here.

To make it easier to decide which ship is right for you, we have given each ship an 'Expedition Rating' between 1 and 5. Read more about our Expedition Ratings below.

Expedition Rating 5: Adventurous

Adventurous cruises have a full focus on expedition and aim to maximise the amount of time exploring the landscapes and wildlife. There will be early mornings, late evenings and a lot of adventure!

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Rating
Adventurous
Standard
Simple
Capacity
92

An environmentally focused ship with innovative itineraries to offer more time exploring destinations.

From £4,579 pp

Akademik Ioffe

Rating
Adventurous
Standard
Simple
Capacity
96

The Akademik Ioffe was designed and built as a polar scientific research vessel and has features that few other ships in the polar regions can match.

From £4,579 pp

G Expedition

Rating
Adventurous
Standard
Simple
Capacity
136

With a maximum of 134 passengers, the G Expedition provides an intimate, small-ship cruising experience with a focus on exploration.

From £3,999 pp

MV Ortelius

Rating
Adventurous
Standard
Simple
Capacity
116

The MV Ortelius was purpose-built for the Russian Academy of Science before being converted into a polar explorer ship.

From £2,869 pp

MV Plancius

Rating
Adventurous
Standard
Simple
Capacity
116

The historic MV Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel and in 2009 was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger polar explorer ship.

From £2,869 pp

Expedition Ratings 3 & 4: Moderate

Moderate cruises have a mix of time enjoying the onboard facilities and time to explore the locations. They are ideal for people who want a balance of exploraration and 'down time'.

Ocean Endeavour

Rating
Moderate
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
199

The Ocean Endeavour is also the only polar adventure ship that is focused on health and wellness, including saunas, gym, hot tub and a wellness cafe.

From £4,200 pp

Ocean Diamond

Rating
Moderate
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
189

The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht designed for exploring the remote waters of Antarctica.

From £4,000 pp

Sea Adventurer

Rating
Moderate
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
117

The Sea Adventurer has been a very popular Antarctic exploration ship for many years and is perfectly designed for exploring the Arctic and Antarctic.

From £4,400 pp

Silver Explorer

Rating
Moderate
Standard
Luxury
Capacity
132

Silver Explorer is an all-suite ship and every category includes butler service. There is a fine dining restaurant, panorama lounge and outdoor grill.

From £5,450 pp

Silver Cloud

Rating
Moderate
Standard
Luxury
Capacity
200

The most comfortable polar ship with spacious all-suite accommodations with butler service, open bars and five dining options.

From £4,950 pp

MS Fram

Rating
Moderate
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
256

Enjoy the panoramic observation lounge, which has ample space for passengers to soak in the views and spot wildlife from the comfort of the ship.

From £4,562 pp

Hebridean Sky

Rating
Moderate
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
112

The Hebridean Sky underwent a ten- million-dollar refit in 2016 transforming her into the safest and most comfortable ship in her class.

From £6,079 pp

MV Ushuaia

Rating
Moderate
Standard
Simple
Capacity
84

Public areas feature a large dining room, an open-plan observation lounge / lecture room with modern multimedia equipment, bar and a well-stocked library.

From £4,799 pp

Ocean Nova

Rating
Moderate
Standard
Simple
Capacity
78

Clean, crisp Scandinavian styling with a reputation as an excellent ship in the polar regions. The MV Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel.

From £4,500 pp

Island Sky

Rating
Moderate
Standard
Comfort
Capactiy
114

The Island Sky is an all-inclusive, all-suite, luxury expedition ship. It was built in the same Italian Shipyard as its sister ship, the Hebridean Sky.

From £6,659 pp

World Explorer

World Explorer
Rating
Moderate
Standard
Luxury
Capacity
176

Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy—these attributes and more describe World Explorer. Not only will it be among the fastest expedition ships, it will also be one of the finest.

From £6,500 pp

Expedition Ratings 1 & 2: Leisurely

Our 'Leisurely' cruises (rated between 1 and 2) tend to move at a more relaxed pace and are for those who want plenty of time to unwind as well as see the locations. 

MS MIdnatsol

Rating
Rating
Leisurely
Leisurely
Capacity
500

One of the larger ships in the polar region, MS Midnastol is one of the best-equipped vessels available including a dedicated science centre.

From £4,764 pp
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Why book with Polar Routes?

PERSONAL
  • We have access to a wide selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From simple & great value to 5* luxury, choose the style of expedition cruise to suit you.
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your budget.
SPECIALISTS
  • We only cover the Arctic & Antarctica, which ensures we know our destinations inside out.
  • Our team of Travel Specialists has extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • Our team has personally seen most of the ships in our core programme.
VALUE
  • Prices the same or better than the operators direct, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As a team of passionate travellers, we really do care about you and your holiday.