12 Mar New Antarctic & Arctic Ships
New Antarctic & Arctic Ships
Alex Burridge – Managing Director – Antarctica Travel Centre
For many years the choice of ship in Antarctica & the High Arctic was largely limited to soviet owned expedition ships built in the 1970s and 80s. They worked well and offered access to the ends of the world with experienced captains and crew.
Approximately ten years ago several cruise ships were converted to enable them to travel to the Polar regions and not long after several more luxury cruise operators entered the market. In the last few years several purpose-built expedition ships have also launched.
With the growth in tourism to Antarctica, in particular, there has recently been a boom in the building of new ships, both luxury and expedition.
There are several benefits to these new builds:
-They are all purpose built for travel to Antarctica and the High Arctic
-They offer better and easier access to zodiacs
-They have purpose built mud rooms (where you can get ready for the elements)
-Comfortable cabins built for international travellers (not scientists or crew)
-More efficient engines using less fuel and producing lower emissions
-Better on-board waste management facilities
-Utilise up-to date technology
Here is a brief summary of the new ships that will start (or may have already commenced) operating cruises in Antarctica or the High Arctic over the next two seasons.
*Denotes the level of emphasis on Expedition or Luxury
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