Things to Consider

The Northwest Passage ships vary considerably in terms of size, comfort level and style, so choosing the right ship is a key decision when planning your trip.

  • Ice is a major factor in these waters and a ship with a high ice-class can make a big difference to your experience
  • Distances are vast in this part of the world - choosing a ship with a good average speed reduces overall sailing time
  • Generous outer decks ensure everyone has ample space, while decent viewing platforms are important too
  • For those with an interest in the educational side, the size of the expedition team of experts is worth considering
  • With wildlife generally being fairly skittish in the Arctic, a quieter ship can help achieve closer sightings

Comfort and adventure

Ocean Endeavour

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  • Capacity 198 passengers
  • Refurbished in 2016
  • On board spa, sauna, gym and pool
  • Can cruise at 15 knotts
  • Large 34 person expedition team
  • Mountain biking & kayaking offered on selected sailings
  • Wide range of cabin categories (13) Ice class 1B

Ocean Adventurer

  • Capacity 132 passengers
  • Built in 1975, refurbished in 2016
  • 8 different cabin types, over 5 decks
  • Polar library, bar/lounge
  • Ice-strengthened hull (Ice class 1A) 
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Expeditions on board these vessels

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Authentic expeditionary vessels

Akademik Vavilov

  • Capacity 92 passengers
  • Built in 1989 in Finland
  • Still used as an active research vessel
  • Top Deck for 360 degree views 6 different cabin types
  • Bar, Lounge, Library and Presentation Room
  • Fitness Room and Wellness Spa (sauna, spa, massage)
  • Kayaking programs available
  • Ice-strengthened hull (Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B)
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Akademik Ioffe

  • Capacity 96 passengers
  • Built in 1989 in Finland
  • Still used as an active research vessel
  • Top Deck for 360 degree views
  • 6 different cabin types Bar, Lounge, Library and Presentation Room
  • Fitness Room and Wellness Spa (sauna, spa, massage)
  • Kayaking programs available
  • Ice-strengthened hull (Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B)
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Expeditions on board these vessels

Luxury and fine dining

Le Boreal, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal, L'Austral

  • Capacity 200 passengers
  • Built in France in 2014
  • 9 different cabin types
  • Gastronomic restaurant
  • Lounge with live music and cocktail bar, library, internet desk and panoramic terrace
  • 1C ice class + advanced stabilizing system
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Silver Cloud Expedition

  • Capacity 254 passengers
  • Built in 1993 refurbished in 2017
  • 4 restaurants including a Relais & Chateaux option 8 different cabin types, all with butler service
  • Fully inclusive voyages (including drink and tips)
  • Bar, Lounge, Library and Presentation Room
  • Fitness Room and Wellness Spa and Pool
  • ce-strengthened hull (Lloyds Register 1C)
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