We know the ships and trips from personal experience. We travel to Antarctica every year to review Antarctica cruises and tours for you – it’s our job to evaluate the quality of the ships, operations, programs and companies and then pass that information on to you.

Find out why the LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast magazine and others consistently call us the Antarctica Travel Experts.
Click a link below for more information about a ship category. Click on a picture to locate detailed information about the ship, destinations, itineraries, pricing and deck plans.  You can also use our Trip Search and Destinations pages to learn more about the different destinations in the Antarctica Region or narrow your search.

The best way to reach Antarctica is by small-passenger cruise ship. Many tour companies run Antarctic cruises and expedition programs, providing a wide range of Antarctica travel options, ships, itineraries, dates and prices.

We only represent ships and programs operated by companies that are full members of IAATO, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. 

Here is a link to an article in Marketwatch.

Select Your Antarctica Cruise
Polar Cruises offers a wide variety of ships - from the rustic to absolute luxury to accomodate travelers taste and budget. Each type of ship offers its own unique travel experience, amenities and advantages.

Pick a few Antarctica vacations that appeal to you. Then call us at 888-484-2244 or 541-330-2454. We take the time to learn your travel style and preferences, and then we help you book the best Antarctic cruise for you. The goal is to match you with the ship and trip that best meets your travel needs and vacation expectations.

About Your Antarctica Vacation 

  • Popular travel destinations include: the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea and the Ross Sea region. 
  • Trip prices include ship travel to Antarctica but not flights to departure destinations. 
  • Antarctic Peninsula trips usually start from Ushuaia, Argentina. 
  • Longer Antarctica trips can include the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Shetland Islands. 
  • Ross Sea and Eastern Antarctica trips usually begin and end in either Australia or New Zealand.
  • Ships are typically small, comfortable, and offer varying degrees of luxury and adventure. 
  • Many ships are converted research vessels with ice-strengthened hulls for polar travel and touring. 
  • Zodiacs shuttle passengers from ship to shore and provide scenic tours. 
  • A few select Antarctic trips include helicopter shuttles and flight-seeing. 
  • On-board experts and naturalists offer lectures on wildlife, geology, oceanography, glaciology, and history.
  • Antarctica tours, plans and itineraries can change, depending on weather and ice.  

Antarctica Ships