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Top Antarctica Cruise Ships

If you are planning an Antarctic tour as part of your Argentina holiday, you have probably found that accommodation will be on a cruise ships. Choosing a ship can be difficult, so we have narrowed down the choices and described their main features below. The first choice is between adventure ships which are best for adventure travelers and the more comfortable expedition ships.

The adventure ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov was built in the 1980s for research purposes of the Russian Academy of Science and today’s crew, number just over 50, continues to explore the most remote passages and channels in the Antarctic seas. The ship’s design allows it to make quick and adroit maneuvers in the icy, polar waters. The ship was refurbished in 2003. It boasts an elegant dining room large enough to accommodate all 110 passengers in one seating. Among the ship’s common areas are a bar, lounge, television rooms, gym, and sauna. Inquisitive passengers have access to the on-board naturalists and scholars. Cabins on the ships come in twin, triple, or suite categories and feature views to the exterior and independent temperature controls.

Ocean Nova is an expedition ship with a capacity for 73 passengers and 38 crew members. Built in Denmark in 1992, this elegant and highly maneuverable ship features a reinforced hull that can easily plow through icy waters. Common areas include an observation lounge, dining room, bar, library, and a presentation room for lectures from the resident academic scholars specializing in the Antarctic region. The 38 cabins are quite comfortable, with wardrobes, desks, and a full complement of bathroom amenities. The ship includes zodiac boats which take passengers on shore for land exploration tours.

The Clipper Adventurer is older – built in 1975 – but presently quite elegant and very comfortable thanks to a $13 million renovation in 1998. The ship’s common areas are all supremely comfortable, and guests are sure to find maximum relaxation whether in the dining room, observation deck, cabins, or presentation room; the dining room in particular boasts spectacular panoramic views. Guests will also benefit from the presence of naturalist and historians whose knowledge will add to your appreciation of this amazing part of the world. The ship can accommodate up to 122 passengers and its cabins provide all the creature comforts expected on land.

Refurbished in 2010, the Sea Spirit is a luxurious option among Antarctic cruise ships. Passengers will enjoy internet access, private balconies, hot tubs, and a range of other cozy comforts that contrast beautifully with the harsh outdoor Antarctic environment. The ship features stabilizers that guarantee smooth sailing on the sometimes bumpy icy seas. 120 passengers are attended by a crew of 94. Cabins, among the most spacious of any cruise ship, are equipped with satellite phone, television, storage space, and other amenities.