polartours header c
Ocean Adventurer

Mid-Sized Ships Antarctica & Arctic Cruises

Our selection of the best polar expeditions on board mid-sized ships

Why choose a midsize ship for your cruise to Antarctica or the Arctic?

Our midsize ships accommodate 121 to 150 guests. They combine the best of the other two size groups. With a midsize ship, you still get the personal experience of a small ship, but there are usually more common areas to enjoy. Following the IAATO regulations, midsize vessels cannot offer a landing excursion to all of their guests at once. Guests are usually divided into groups and go ashore in groups of 30 to 48 at a time. This means you don’t necessarily have to wait on the ship. You can either go ashore or enjoy a zodiac cruise.

How to choose the right ship?

How to choose the right ship?

Choosing the right ship for a cruise to Antarctica or the Arctic seems difficult, but it doesn't have to be. With more than 30 vessels, there is one that is perfect for you. Learn more about how to choose the right ship.

Aurora Expeditions Silver Earle _ Across the Antarctic Circle

Still have questions?

Contact our Polar specialists for personalized advice

Sustainable Tourism in the Polar Regions

Svalbard Odyssey

With over 30 dedicated expedition cruise vessels regularly sailing their waters, the polar regions have become an increasingly popular destination for Arctic and Antarctic exploration cruise ships. However, these pristine and far-flung regions are far from being tourist hotspots, and expedition vessel owners and operators are united in keeping the places they visit unspoiled. We only recommend Arctic and Antarctic cruise operators who are members of IAATO - the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. Their code of conduct and practices ensure that every care is taken to ensure the pristine landscapes you will encounter remain that way.

Our promises to you

icon polartours

Polar Expedition Specialists

We are Polar Specialists and love to share our knowledge.

icon polartours

Travel for good

Each booking contributes to Ventura’s Conservation Project.

Best Price Guarantee Icon SVG Polartours

Best Price Guarantee

Let us know if you find a better deal anywhere. We will match it.

Certified Polar Specialists

rating 4.7-3

Customer Satisfaction

Based on more than 25,000 customer feedbacks of our mother brand, ventura TRAVEL.


TourCert - Sustainability Certification

As a sustainable tour operator we are certified by TourCert.

Adventure Travel Trade Association logo

Adventure Travel Trade Association

We are part of the world's leading adventure travel professionals.

2024 Polartours, a Ventura TRAVEL GmbH brand

All rights reserved

Polar Specialist

Your contact


Book a video consultation

15min face to face consultation

Polar Specialist