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Ocean ship cruising through icebergs, Antarctica

Carrying just over 100 passengers, the Sea Explorer offers superior comfort and allows you to maximise your time ashore in Antarctica. There’s no need to wait around for your turn on the Zodiacs, as is often the case on larger ships.

Along with her sister ships, the MS Island Sky and the MS Caledonian Sky, the Sea Explorer offers a stylish small ship experience. Refurbished in 2013, the Sea Explorer features just 53 truly spacious suites and is perfectly suited to Antarctic exploration.

Overview of Sea Explorer

Explore the wonders of Antarctica in complete luxury aboard the all-suite Sea Explorer.With a capacity of close to 100 guests, this amazing ice-strengthened vessel allows for unrivalled flexibility in tailoring your Antarctic expedition cruise experience so it's as rewarding as possible – each and every day.

Designed for Antarctica
The perfect vessel for Antarctic exploration, the Sea Explorer is outfitted with the latest navigational and communications technology, as well as retractable fin stabilisers for smooth sailing. Its ice-strengthened hull has been built specifically for Antarctic waters, while its boutique size means it can take you to places that are inaccessible to most.

Intimate & Flexible Cruise
Due to its boutique size, an expedition cruise aboard the Sea Explorer is unlike a standard cruise in that it allows greater freedom with a less defined itinerary. So while a general route is in place, you’ll follow a highly flexible course, as your day-to-day program is so dependant on weather, water and ice conditions, as well as polar wildlife sightings. In fact, it’s the unscheduled events that often become the highlight of the journey. Because APT's priority is your enjoyment – not large passenger numbers.

Members of the IAATO
The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and its members set the highest possible operating standards so that visitors can enjoy environmentally responsible, rewarding and safe Antarctic travel.

Easy Access to Adventure
With a fleet of Zodiac craft for impromptu forays ashore and wildlife encounters, cruising on the Sea Explorer allows you to make the most of your time in Antarctica. Shore landings are what make an Antarctica cruise a once-in-a-lifetime experience, yet because official protocol limits numbers ashore to 100 guests at any one time, guests on larger vessels often have to remain on board while others explore. APT's Sea Explorer, however, is one of only passenger ships of its kind that can still transport everyone to shore at once. So you'll go on every excursion, every time. Because we don't want you to miss a thing.

Unique Open-Bridge Policy
Thanks to the open-bridge policy maintained by the Sea Explorer's Captain, at most times during your cruise, you're welcome to visit the bridge. This presents a unique opportunity to talk with the person in command, take in the views, learn about the navigational equipment and check in on the day's course.

Sea Explorer Features

  • Only 53 suites
  • High crew-to-guest ratio - your individual needs will be given the very highest level of personalised attention.
  • All suites feature views to the ocean and the icebergs.
  • In your suite enjoy the convenience of a mini-fridge, sitting area, satellite television, telephone, wardrobe, safe and more.
  • Expert Expedition Team and fleet of Zodiac craft.

Ship and Suite Plans

Sea Explorer

Length: 90.6m, Width: 15.3m, Max. Cruising Speed: 12 knots, Tonnage: 4,200, Refurbished: 2013, Guest Capacity: 106, Crew: 70, Suites: 53 - sized from 225 to 400 sq. ft, Ice-strengthened, Retractable fin stabilizers. 

Spacious Accommodation
Measuring a minimum of 225 square feet, all 53 suites on the Sea Explorer offer views to the ocean and the icebergs. Elegantly designed, they feature: cosy beds; a sitting area with a satellite TV and a telephone; a marble-appointed ensuite bathroom with toiletries, a plush robe and slippers; a safe; a wardrobe; and a mini-fridge. Bottled water is provided daily, while several suites also feature private patio balconies with glass sliding doors.

See Sea Explorer Deck and Suite Plans here.

Sea Explorer Dining Experiences

With all meals included on board, breakfasts are typically served buffet-style; lunches offer a great choice of light meals; and dinners are delicious three-course á la carte affairs. What's more, a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included with lunch and dinner.

Dedicated Staff

On board, you’ll enjoy first-class service from the attentive crew, whilst onshore, your specialist team and expert local guides bring your destination to life.

Expedition Team - The members of APT's Expedition Team are among the region's most respected expedition leaders and specialists. They provide an astonishing insight into the wildlife, geology and history of Antarctica and they'll be with you for every excursion.

Insightful Presentations by Our Polar Specialists - During your cruise, a range of presentations are conducted by members of your Expedition Team. You'll learn about the geology of the icy landscapes from glaciologists and scientists. You'll come to understand the habits of the polar wildlife from marine biologists and naturalists. And historians will regale you with incredible tales of Antarctic explorers and researchers. Designed to complement and enhance your Antarctic discovery, these presentations are as fascinating as they are relevant – for they all offer vast insight into the regions you're visiting and the experiences you're having.

Stately Public Areas

During your cruise, recreational choice abounds. The ship's club and bar are elegant and peaceful areas. As is the library, which is stocked with a range of Antarctica-related reading material and two computer terminals for internet access. Up top, the sun deck offers fresh air and views to the icy landscapes. The dining room, meanwhile, is a refined area that accommodates all guests at a single sitting. And for those few that don't get enough exercise when they're off exploring – there's also a gym on board.

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