Scenic Eclipse

Crazy about adventure but still want all the creature comforts? An expedition cruise might just be the right fit to get your adrenalin pumping. Find out about all the new adventure cruise ships on the horizon in our chart below.

Upcoming Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ship Launches

2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022

New Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ships Launching in 2018

New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

National Geographic Venture

NA/
100
October 2018 A sister ship to Quest will launch in October 2018 with 50 cabins. The ship is being built by U.S.-based company Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Washington and is expected to ply itineraries in the Americas. Unique technology outfitted onboard will include remotely operated vehicles, a video microscope and a hydrophone and bow-cam designed to hear and film humpback whale vocalizations and see bow-riding dolphins.

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New Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ships Launching in 2019

New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

Scenic Eclipse

16,500/
228

January 2019 Long-time river veteran Scenic is making the leap to the luxury expedition ocean market in a big way. The company will launch its all-suite super yacht with some seriously impressive features, including a fleet of zodiacs, two helicopters and a seven-person submarine. The ship will also boast a 1:1 passenger-to-staff ratio as well as cabins that start at an impressive 344 square feet. But the most exciting feature might actually be the ship's itineraries, which include the deep Arctic and Antarctica, thanks to the vessel's ice-class rating and stabilizer. During polar expeditions, Scenic Eclipse will make several landings a day.

Le Bougainville

10,000/
184

2019

The third of six new expedition ships for Ponant, Le Bougainville will feature two restaurants, a 188-seat theater, lounge areas that open to the outside, an aft marina for Zodiac launching and easy access to kayaking and paddle boarding, and a pool with counter-current swim technology.

Coral Expeditions'
Coral Adventurer

N/A/120

April 2019

Coral Adventurer will be the fourth expedition ship in Coral Expeditions' fleet and will be designed for ocean voyages to remote areas. It will feature two "Xplorer" tenders mounted on hydraulic platforms for easy access without steps, all outside-facing cabins -- half of which will have private balconies, and public spaces that include a lecture lounge, dining room, observation lounge, gym and indoor and outdoor bars. Rooms will range in size from 183 square feet to 463 square feet.

Celebrity Cruises'
Celebrity Flora

5,739/100

May 2019

Celebrity Flora will be a 100-passegner, all-suite vessel designed specifically to sail the Galapagos archipelago. It will feature an abundance of floor-to-ceiling glass windows throughout, two dining areas, suites with either full balconies or Infinite Verandas, several lounges, a marina large enough to hold three Zodiacs at one time, and the latest in environmentally-friendly operating systems.

Hurtigruten's
MS Roald Amundsen

21,000/
530

May 2019

Roald Amundsen will be the first of three hybrid ships Hurtigruten is building, designed to cut emissions by sailing partially with electrical propulsion. The ship will have three restaurants. Though it is being designed specifically for polar waters, it will have a pool deck with an infinity pool, Jacuzzis and bars.

Oceanwide Expeditions' Hondius

5,590/
176

June, 2019

The ice-rated Polar Class 6 vessel will be one of the strongest ice-strengthened vessel in the polar regions and will have seven suites with balconies, eight cabins with French balconies and a variety of inside, outside, porthole and quadruple rooms. An entire deck has been given over to an observation lounge and a separate lecture room for simultaneous or multi-language lectures and presentations.

World Explorer

NA/
184
Summer 2019 Quark's new ship in the Antarctic will be an 86-cabin, 176-passenger, all-suite vessel with a glass-domed Observation Lounge, dedicated lecture theater, Explorer Lounge, library, shop, small gym (with changing rooms and sauna), outdoor running track and small spa. All cabins will have either a private walk-out balcony or a shallow Juliet balcony.

Aurora Expeditions
Greg Mortimer

8,000/
180

August, 2019

The 104-metre ice-class 1A Greg Mortimer will be built to the latest polar code specifications and feature a custom-designed platform for kayakers and divers, a dedicated sea-level Zodiac loading platform for easy boarding, plus a mud room. Other features will include cabin balconies, gymnasium, sauna and spa, a 180-degree indoor observation deck and plenty of outdoor viewing areas.


Le Dumont d'Urville

10,000/184

September 2019

The fourth of six new expedition ships ordered by Ponant, Le Dumont d'Urville will feature two restaurants, a 188-seat theater, lounge areas that open to the outside, an aft marina for Zodiac launching and easy access to kayaking and paddle-boarding, and a pool with counter-current swim technology.

Hapag-Lloyd's
Hanseatic Inspiration

15,540/230 (199 in Antarctica)

October 2019

The second of two new luxury expedition ships being built for Hapag-Lloyd, Hanseatic Inspiration will serve international cruisers. The ship will feature Ocean Academy, where cruisers can use a variety of technologies to learn more about the regions they're visiting, an expandable glass balcony that puts cruisers closer to the sea and the regions they visit and a variety of cabins across multiple categories, all with ocean views. An onboard specialty restaurant will offer a unique blend of Peruvian and Japanese cooking.

Antarctica XXI's
MV Magellan Explorer

4,900/
70
2019 The 50-cabin, Polar Class 6 ice-class ship will feature five cabin categories ranging in size from 220 to 440 square feet, including dedicated single cabins and 16 adjoining cabins. Forty-two of the cabins will have balconies. The ship will also feature a large forward-facing observation lounge, a main dining room, a protected outdoor barbecue area, a gym and sauna, gift shop and two meeting rooms. Adventure activities, such as kayaking and snowshoeing, will be available to passengers.

New Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ships Launching in 2020

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Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Endurance

12,300/
126
January 2020 National Geographic Endurance, Lindblad's first polar-specific expedition ship, will be built in Norway and have 69 cabins, 75 percent of which will have balconies. Twelve cabins will be designed for solo travelers. The ship will have one main dining room and an outdoor barbecue and bistro spot; it will also feature a spa and fitness area with treatment rooms, saunas, a fitness room, a relaxation area and yoga room. Plus, there will be two infinity Jacuzzis. The vessel will have a high ice class so it can go deeper into the polar regions that some other polar ships and will have expanded fuel and water tanks for extended operations in remote areas.

Silversea Cruises'
Silver Origin

TBD/
100
March 2020 The 100-passenger Silver Origin is being purpose built to sail the Galapagos Islands. No further details have been announced.

Crystal Cruises'
Crystal Endeavor

25,000/
200
2020 Crystal's first mega-yacht will be built to cruise polar regions, with state-of-the-art technology and toys such as a submarine and helicopters. The ship will be luxurious and spacious, with suites ranging from 300 to 1,130 square feet, plus a large spa, theater, multiple dining venues and a lounge with panoramic views.

Scenic's Scenic Eclipse II

16,500/
228
2020 Scenic's second ocean vessel is touted as a discovery yacht. Launching in the 2020, the all-suite, 228-passenger ship (200 in polar regions) will have an onboard marina equipped with two helicopters (with a helipad and hangars), a submarine, kayaks and a fleet of Zodiacs. Built to the highest passenger ship ice-class rating, it will be able to operate in the Arctic and Antarctica for three months of the year. The 10-deck ship will also have a spa, 10 dining options, eight bars, outdoor terraces, multiple pool areas, gym and fitness rooms, a theater, observatory and library. Other luxuries include an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, butler service, lavish interiors and an all-inclusive program with fares covering meals, drinks, Wi-Fi, tips, e-bikes and excursions.

Hurtigruten's
Fridtjof Nansen

21,000/
530

2020

Fridtjof Nansen will be the second of three hybrid ships Hurtigruten is building, designed to cut emissions by sailing partially with electrical propulsion. The ship will have three restaurants. Though it is being designed specifically for polar waters, it will have a pool deck with an infinity pool, Jacuzzis and bars.

Quark's polar ship

13,000/
200
2020 This polar expedition ship will carry two helicopters and a fleet of 20 Zodiacs, with four Zodiac embarkation points to speed up the ship-to-shore landing process. It will also have a modern spa and fitness facility and more than one restaurant. The ship will have a 40-day operational capacity thanks to a design that optimizes the use of fuel, water provisioning and waste handling.

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New Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ships Launching in 2021

New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

Ponant Le Commandant Charcot

30,000/
270
2021 Ponant's icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot, will a 136-stateroom electric hybrid cruise vessel with icebreaker characteristics and dual fuel propulsion, featuring high-capacity batteries and LNG fuel. It will carry two helicopters housed in an on-board hangar.

Hurtigruten
Hybrid

21,000/
530

Q2, 2021

This as-yet-unnamed hybrid expedition ship will be the third of a series Hurtigruten is building, designed to cut emissions by sailing partially with electrical propulsion. The ship will have three restaurants. Though it is being designed specifically for polar waters, it will have a pool deck with an infinity pool, Jacuzzis and bars.

Seabourn (unnamed)

23,000/
264
June 2021 Seabourn's first expedition ship will carry up to 264 passengers in 132 veranda suites. It will have two submarines, 24 Zodiac boats and a fleet of kayaks. It is scheduled to sail in the Arctic in late summer 2021, with a full winter season in Antarctica to follow.

Lindblad Expeditions (unnamed)

TBD
TBD
2021 This will be Lindblad's second polar ship built specifically for the cruise line.

New Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ships Launching in 2022

New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details

Seabourn (unnamed)

23,000/
264
May 2022 Seabourn's second expedition ship will carry up to 264 passengers in 132 veranda suites. It will have two submarines, 24 Zodiac boats and a fleet of kayaks.