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Our selected Antarctic cruise ships
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A spectacularly wild and pristine frontier land of dramatic topography, weather and wildlife, Antarctica is almost entirely covered in perpetual ice. During the long days of the austral summer, expedition cruises depart from the southern tip of South America, the shortest and probably most scenically impressive approach. Visitors to Antarctica generally must brave rough sea crossings aboard ice-strengthened vessels, but those who do so are rewarded with amazing scenery and tremendous and unique wildlife.

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    Hebridean Sky

    Cruise ship - ex Ushuaia (ex Punta Arenas for air cruises)
    Quick facts - Level: First class | Passengers: 114 (71 on air cruise) | Duration: 5-21 nights | Length: 296 feet | Cruising speed: 14.5 knots | Operator: Polar Latitudes and Antarctica 21

    A very comfortable expedition ship with spacious cabins, a library (with internet access), exercise room, bar, lounge, dining room and observation deck. An elevator serves all passenger decks. She operates Classic Antarctica itineraries to/from Ushuaia, and a longer one to include the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, plus shorter air cruises which include a flight from the South America mainland (Punta Arenas).
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    Hondius

    Cruise ship - ex Ushuaia
    Quick facts - Level: First Class | Passengers: 170 | Duration: 9-20 nights | Length: 353 feet | Cruising speed: 15 knots | Operator: Oceanwide Expeditions

    Built in 2019, Hondius is the world's first-registered Polar Class 6 cruise ship, and is also one of the most environmentally friendly vessels in Antarctica. She has an ice-strengthened hull, and was designed specifically for polar exploration. Hondius has a large observation lounge, a presentation room, library, dining room, bar and infirmary.
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    Island Sky

    Cruise ship - ex Ushuaia
    Quick facts - Level: First class | Passengers: 112 | Duration: 10-20 nights | Length: 296 feet | Cruising speed: 14.5 knots | Operator: Polar Latitudes

    A very comfortable expedition ship (sister to Hebridean Sky) with a couple of lounges, a library (with internet access), a bar, indoor dining room, Al fresco dining area (used when the weather allows) an observation deck, sun deck and infirmary. A lift serves all passenger decks and there is a zodiac boarding platform at the rear of the ship for easy access. The Promenade deck has a complete wrap around outer deck.
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    M/V Ortelius

    Cruise ship - ex Ushuaia
    Quick facts - Level: Standard | Passengers: 116 | Duration: 10-18 nights | Length: 302 feet | Cruising speed: 14.5 knots | Operator: Oceanwide Expeditions

    Built in Poland in 1989, Ortelius is a comfortable, stable ship with an ice-strengthened hull and is designed specifically for polar exploration. She is manoeuvrable, quiet and fast, with good outside deck space and a large accessible bridge. She also has two dining rooms, a bar/presentation room, sauna, library and infirmary.
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    M/V Plancius

    Cruise ship - ex Ushuaia
    Quick facts - Level: First class | Passengers: 114 | Duration: 9-20 nights | Length: 293 feet | Cruising speed: 10.5 knots | Operator: Oceanwide Expeditions

    Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. She was bought by Oceanwide Expeditions in 2006 and has been re-built as a comfortable ice-strengthened passenger ship with a restaurant/lecture room, a spacious observation lounge with panoramic views, large open deck spaces, a library, small gym, sauna and an infirmary.
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    Ocean Nova

    Cruise ship - ex Ushuaia (ex Punta Arenas for air cruises)
    Quick facts - Level: Standard | Passengers: 72 | Duration: 5-7 nights | Length: 240 feet | Cruising speed: 12 knots | Operator: Antarctica 21

    Ocean Nova is a comfortable small ship built in 1992 in Denmark, and was later refurbished to include a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room on the top deck. There is a window-lined dining room, library, exercise room, lounge, bar and clinic, and a limited amount of outdoor deck space. The ship is generally based in the Antarctic Peninsula and passengers fly there from Punta Arenas in Chile - a so-called 'air cruise'.
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    RCGS Resolute

    Cruise ship - ex Ushuaia, Santiago or Punta Arenas
    Quick facts - Level: First class | Passengers: 146 | Duration: 10-20 nights | Length: 403 feet | Cruising speed: 14 knots | Operator: One Ocean Expeditions

    A very comfortable expedition ship built in Finland in 1993. Designed specifically for polar exploration she has modern stabilisation, excellent manoeuvrability and the highest ice rating possible for passenger ships. She has spacious internal and external viewing platforms, including a 360 degree observation deck and, in addition to the four observation areas, the ship's bridge is open to passengers day and night. There is also a theatre-style presentation room, library, gym, wellness centre (including massage services, a steam room and sauna), hot tub and swimming pool, bar, dining room and bistro.
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    Ushuaia

    Cruise ship - ex Ushuaia
    Quick facts - Level: Standard | Passengers: 90 | Duration: 9-19 nights | Length: 278 feet | Cruising speed: 12 knots | Operator: Antarpply Expeditions

    A comfortable ice-strengthened polar vessel, originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration). She had an observation lounge, lecture theatre, dining room, bar and library and an outside viewing deck.

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