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

Choosing the right Arctic cruise ship for you

Comfort and adventure

Ocean Endeavour

  • Capacity: 198 passengers
  • Refurbished in 2016
  • Fitness Centre, Spa, Sauna 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
Northwest Passage Ships

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) 
Ocean Adventurer, Arctic vessel

Your vessel

Expeditions on board the Ocean Adventurer & Ocean Endeavour

Northwest Passage, Ellesmere & West Greenland

Traversing west to east this voyage takes you to iconic sites such as Cambridge Bay, Lancaster and Smith Sounds and Ellesmere Island, before exploring the fjords and towns of West Greenland. Bears, narwhal, musk ox, beluga and northern lights are…

  • 17 Days
  • $11,995
Arctic Wildlife Safari: Northwest Passage

An all consuming introduction to the Arctic, with a strong focus on wildlife, this trip is hard to beat. Search for bears, narwhal, beluga, walrus and musk ox, marvel at Greenland's ‘big ice’ and learn about the early explorers as…

  • 12 Days
  • $7,595
Northwest Passage: In Franklin's Footsteps

The big ice and small towns of West Greenland provide a stunning start to this trip before you sail across the Davis Straight to Baffin Island and enter the Northwest Passage. Blend history, scenery and wildlife; pay your respects at…

  • 17 Days
  • $11,995
​Ultima Thule: Northwest Passage & West Greenland

Spending time exploring Canada’s historic Northwest Passage and West Greenland, we like this voyage’s balance and variety as much as exploring little visited spots such as Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world, and Smith Sound. Big ice,…

  • 20 Days
  • $14,845
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Swoop says

Kayaking and mountain biking are popular optional add-ons only offered by certain ships. If adventure options are your priority, double check your preferred ship offers them. 

Luxury and fine dining

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

  • Capacity: 200 passengers
  • Built in France in 2014 
  • Gastronomic restaurant
  • Library, Internet Desk, Terrace and Lounge, with live music
  • 9 different cabin types
  • 1C ice class and advanced stabilizing system
Northwest Passage Ships

Sailing through the Bellot Strait

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, Wellness Spa and Pool
  • Ice-strengthened hull (Lloyds Register 1C)
Northwest Passage Ships
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Alex says

Choosing a ship for the Northwest Passage is not a straightforward process, and the physical parts of the ship might not be the most important to you compared to the style of the team on board. We've sailed on as many ships as possible, so we can help with those crucial details.

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

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