Polar Expedition Cruise Ships Past and Present with Delivery in 2019

This is an adapted version of the table on Pages 170-174 of Penguins and Polar Bears. It has revised passenger and crew numbers with an added column for staff, where known.

 

Name Previous Name Built Pax[1] Crew

 

Staff

(*)

SR Ice Notes
Akademik Ioffe   1989 92/

110

42 22 48 1A Withdrawn May 2019
Akademik Sergey Vavilov   1988 92/

110

42 21 48 1A Withdrawn May 2019
Akademik Boris Petrov   1984 42 32     Y  
Akademik Shokalskiy   1982 48/

54

22 10 24 1D  
Aleksey Maryshev   1990 46 22 6 23 1D Laid up 2010
Alexander von Humboldt[2] Minerva 1996 350 155 15     Currently laid up
Antarctic Dream Piloto Pardo 1959 80 43     1A Laid up 2012
Bremen Frontier Spirit 1990 164 94 11 82 E4  
Caledonian Sky Renaissance VI 1991 114 74   57 Y  
Clipper Adventurer Alla Tarasova 1975 122 72 9 61 1A  
Corinthian[3] Clelia II 1990 98 65 7   1D  
Europa   1911 40 14 3     3 mast Barque
Expedition Ålandsfärjan 1972 134 56 14 67 1B Built as a ferry
Explorer Lindblad Explorer 1969 104 54     1A Sank 2007

Antarctic

Fram   2006 318 75 15 124 1B  
Fridjof Nansen   2019 530 151   265 PC6  
Greg Mortimer   2019 120 56   60 1A  
Grigoriy Mikheev   1990 46 22 5 23 1D  
Hamburg cColumbus 1997 400 163 17 197 No Great Lakes Fitted

Pax=Passengers, lower berth: SR.= Staterooms; Ice, Y=Yes, but degree not known;

E3, E4= Germanischer Lloyd, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, Lloyds Class; L3, UL Russian Register; IB=Ice Breaker. N=No Ice Class

 

(*) Staff numbers are those seen most frequently for the ship on Antarctic cruises, or as advised by the operator. However, the numbers can vary considerably depending on the nature of the cruise.

 

 

Name Previous Name Built Pax Crew Staff SR Ice Notes
HANSEATIC Inspiration   2019 199/

230

170 In

crew

120 PC6 Great Lakes Fitted
HANSEATIC Nature   2019 199/

230

170 In crew 120 PC6  
Hebridean Sky[4] Sea Explorer 1991 120 70 15 59 1C  
Hondius   2019 176 72   83 PC6  
Illiria   1962 209         Scrapped ?
Island Sky[5]   1992 120 70 15 59 1C  
Kapitan Dranitsyn   1980 106 75 13 53 I/B  
Kapitan Khlebnikov[6]   1981 108 70 11 54 I/B  
L’Austral   2009 264 146 13 132 1C  
Le Boreal   2009 264 146 13 132 1C  
Le Bougainville   2019 184 110   92 1C  
Le Champlain   2018 184 110   92 1C  
Le Dumont d’Urville   2019 184 110   92 1C  
Le Laperouse   2018 184 110   92 1C  
Le Levant   1998 90 60   45 N Now Clio
Le Lyrial   2015 264 146 13 132 1C  
Le Soleal   2013 264 146 13 132 1C  
Lindblad Explorer   1969 104 63 13   1A Sank 2007
Livonia Arnold Veymer 1984 52 23   26 Y Now HSwNS Trosso
Lyubov Orlova[7]   1976 110 60 13 53 L3 Sank 2013
Magellan Explorer   2019 70/

100

60     PC6  
Marco Polo Aleksandr Pushkin 1965 848 300 12   1C See text for history
Maria Yermalova   1973 122 56 12 61 1A scrapped
Midnatsol   2003 500 115 17 278 1C  
Minerva   1996 350 155 15   1D Laid up
Ntl Geo Endeavour       60 12      
Ntl. Geo. Explorer Midnatsol II 1982 154 67 15 81 1A  
Ntl Geo. Orion Orion 2003 102 64 11 53 E3  
Noorderlicht Falkgrund 1910 20     10 Bow 2 mast Schooner
Ocean Atlantic Konstantin Chernenko 1985 198 140   99 1B  
Ocean Adventurer[8] Clipper Adventurer 1975 132 75 18 61 1A  
Name Previous Name Built Pax Crew Staff SR Ice Notes
Ocean Diamond Le Diamant 1974 366 100 29 189 1D  
Ocean Endeavour[9] Kristina Katerina 1982 199 124 33 100 1B  
Ocean Nova Sarpik Ittuk 1992 96 34 12 38 1A  
Orion   2003 106 75   53 E3  
Ortelius Marina Svetaeva 1980 100/

116

41 10 53 LI  
Plancius HNLMS

Tydeman

1976 116 37 10 53 1D  
Polar Circle   1990 95     35 IB Scrap 2016
Polar Pioneer Akademik Shuleykin 1982 54 25 8 26 1D  
Polar Prince[10] Humphrey Gilbert 1958         1B Now charter research
Polar Star Njord 1969 96 35 11 46 1B Possibly scrap
Polaris[11] Shearwater 1968 76 36   38 1A Now internal Russian service
Prince Albert II World Discoverer[12] 1989 132 111   66 1A  
Professor Multanovskiy   1983 48/

52

30   24 1D  
Professor Molchanov   1982 48/

52

30   24 1D  
Quest Sea Endurance 1992 53     26 1B  
RCGS Resolute Hanseatic 1993 184 111 23 92 E4  
Rembrandt van Rijn Enno Doedens Star 1924 33 12     ? 3 Mast Schooner
Roald Amundsen   2019 530 151   265 PC6  
Scenic Eclipse   2019 228 182   114 PC6  
Sea Adventurer Ocean Adventurer 1975 132 70 15 61 1A  
Sea Endurance Saqqit Ittuk 1992 53     26 1B  
Sea Spirit Spirit of Oceanus 1991 120 70   59 1C Built as Renaissance V
Seabourn Quest   2011 450 355 19 225 No  
Shearwater Disko 1968 76 36   38 1A  
Silver Cloud[13]   1994 260 201 25 148 1C  
 

 

               
Name Previous Name Built Pax Crew Staff SR Ice Notes
Silver Explorer Prince Albert II 1989 144 107 12 66 1A  
Society Explorer Lindblad Explorer 1969 104 63 13   1A Sank 2007
Spirit of Enderby[14] Professor Khromov 1983 48 30   24 1D  
Spitsbergen[15] Atlantida 2009 280/

290

70   106 1C  
The World[16]   2002 200 280 16 165 1C  
Ushuaia Malcolm Baldridge 1970 84 36 5 46 Y  
World Discoverer   1975 137 93 13 76 1A Wrecked 2000, Solomon Isl.
World Explorer   2019 176 125     1B  

 

 

[1] Passenger numbers for Polar Cruising, particularly Antarctica, may be limited to 200 persons

[2] There is a sail training vessel of the same name. From 2003 chartered to Abercrombie and Kent Dec-Apr. as Explorer II and sailed with 198 passengers. During May-Nov chartered to Phoenix Reisen as Alexander von Humboldt.

[3]Launched as Renaissance IV The first four Renaissance small cruise ships were slightly different dimensions and capacity than the second group of four ships.

[4] Built as Renaissance VII

[5] Built as Renaissance VIII

[6] Initially reported retired from passenger service in 2012 and returned to Icebreaker escort duty on the NSR. However, in expedition cruise service in 2016.

[7] Arrested in St John’s NL in 2010, the ship was eventually presumed sunk off the coast of Eire in 2013 during a scrap tow. Crew numbers on board in St. John’s reported to be 51. This number may have excluded officers.

 

[9] Delivered as Konstantin Simonov. Refits 1988,2001,2010,2014

[10] A single trip in 2017 with a special purpose passenger ship certificate for Canada’s C3.Passengers were invited guests for specific voyage legs.

[11] Charter to G.A.P. Adventures in 2007

[12] Note this a different cruise ship to the one given in this table as having cruised the Canadian Arctic, and being wrecked Solomon Islands.

[13] Ice strengthened 2017

[14] To be replaced by Greg Mortimer from the 2019/20 Antarctic season

[15] Doubler plates added to hull.

[16] The World is owned by its residents. It is not a cruise ship per se and does not take cruise bookings.