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New Expedition and Adventure Ships On Order
Le Bellot (Photo: Ponant)

New Expedition and Adventure Ships On Order

New Expedition and Adventure Ships On Order
Le Bellot (Photo: Ponant)
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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.

But if you are more of a mainstream cruise fan then we've got that covered: New Cruise Ships on Order. Or perhaps Luxury floats your boat? If so, check out New Luxury Cruise Ships on Order article.

Want to learn more about what it takes to make an older ship feel like new? Peruse our comprehensive list of cruise ship refurbishments for information about upcoming overhauls.

New Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ships Launching in 2020

National Geographic Endurance

Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Endurance

Launch Date: January 2020

Tonnage: 12,300

Berths: 126

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.

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Hurtigruten's Fridtjof Nansen

Launch Date: March 7, 2020

Tonnage: 21,000

Berths: 530

Fridtjof Nansen will be the second of two 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.

Le Bellot (Photo: Ponant)

Ponant Le Bellot

Launch Date: March 22, 2020

Tonnage: 10,000

Berths: 180

The fifth of six new expedition ships ordered by Ponant, Le Bellot 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.

Le Jacques Cartier (Photo: Ponant)

Ponant Le Jacques Cartier

Launch Date: 2020

Tonnage: 10,000

Berths: 180

The final vessel in the six-strong series of expedition ships ordered by Ponant, Le Jacques Cartier 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.

Crystal Endeavor

Crystal Cruises' Crystal Endeavor

Launch Date: August 2020

Tonnage: 25,000

Berths: 200

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

Launch Date: 2020

Tonnage: 16,500

Berths: 228

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.

Quark’s Polar Ship

Launch Date: 2020

Tonnage: 13,000

Berths: 200

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.

Silver Origin (Photo: Silversea Cruises)

Silversea Cruises' Silver Origin

Launch Date: Summer 2020

Tonnage: TBD

Berths: 100

The 100-passenger Silver Origin is being purpose built to sail the Galapagos Islands. She will replace the line’s existing Silver Galapagos when she enters service. Equipped with eight zodiac rafts for on-shore exploration, Silver Origin will be Silversea’s first-ever newbuild in the Galapagos Islands, equipped with suites featuring Horizon balconies, butler service for all, and an innovative space known as Base Camp: an area for socializing and learning.

SunStone Ocean Victory

Launch Date: October 2020

Tonnage: 8,500

Berths: 160

The third Infinity-class expedition ship from SunStone, Ocean Victory will be built to cruise the world’s polar regions thanks to its Polar Code 6 / Ice Class 1A strengthened hull. It will feature the distinctive X-bow design present in other expedition newbuilds and will contain a trio of dining options, an observation lounge, lecture room, spa and sports facilities, a pool bar, hot tubs and a fleet of 20 motorized zodiac rafts. In its inaugural season, it will be chartered by Victory Cruise Lines to sail Alaska itineraries.

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New Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ships Launching in 2021

Coral Expeditions' Coral Geographer

Launch Date: January 2021

Tonnage: 5,536

Berths: 120

The Australian company will launch a sister ship to Coral Adventurer, which launched in April 2019. Similar in design, it will feature all outside-facing cabins with the majority having private balconies, but Coral Geographer will have four additional bridge deck suites. The new ship will also have an elevator, shipwide Wi-Fi, indoor and outdoor bars, an observation lounge in the bridge, a library, six Zodiacs and two Xplorer expedition tenders -- open safari-style boats that can hold up to 60 people.

Ponant's Icebreaker

Launch Date: 2021

Tonnage: 30,000

Berths: 270

Ponant Icebreaker 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.

Ocean Explorer (Image: Vantage Deluxe World Travel)

Vantage Deluxe World Travel Ocean Explorer

Launch Date: April 2021

Tonnage: 8,500

Berths: 160

The fourth Infinity-class expedition ship commissioned by SunStone, Ocean Explorer will enter service for Vantage Deluxe World Travel. The ship is built to cruise the world’s polar regions thanks to its Polar Code 6 / Ice Class 1A strengthened hull. It will feature the distinctive X-bow design present in other expedition newbuilds and will contain a trio of dining options, an observation lounge, lecture room, spa and sports facilities, a pool bar, hot tubs and a fleet of 20 motorized zodiac rafts.

Seabourn Venture

Launch Date: June 2021

Tonnage: 23,000

Berths: 264

Debuting a new design for Seabourn, Seabourn Venture will feature double sea kayaks, mountain bikes, e-bikes and a fleet of 24 Zodiac rafts that will be able to accommodate all passengers onboard at once, as well as two custom-built submarines. The ship will also include all beverages and gratuities in its fare.

SunStone Ocean Discoverer

Launch Date: September 2021

Tonnage: 8,500

Berths: 160

The fifth Infinity-class expedition ship, Ocean Discoverer will be built to cruise the world’s polar regions thanks to its Polar Code 6 / Ice Class 1A strengthened hull. It will feature the distinctive X-bow design present in other expedition newbuilds and will contain a trio of dining options, an observation lounge, lecture room, spa and sports facilities, a pool bar, hot tubs and a fleet of 20 motorized zodiac rafts.

Oceanwide Expeditions' Janssonius

Launch Date: October 2021

Tonnage: 5,590

Berths: 176

The ice-rated Polar Class 6 vessel will be a sister ship to Hondius. It 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.

Crystal Cruises' (unnamed)

Launch Date: 2021

Tonnage: 19,800

Berths: 200

A sister to Crystal's first mega-yacht will debut in 2021. Further details have yet to be announced.

Hanseatic Spirit (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Hanseatic Spirit

Launch Date: Q2 2021

Tonnage: 15,650

Berths: 230 (199 in Antarctica and Spitsbergen)

Hapag-Lloyd’s third purpose-built expedition ship after Hanseatic Inspiration and Hanseatic Nature, Hanseatic Spirit distinguishes itself by being the line’s first adults-only cruise ship. You’ll need to brush up on your German though: Unlike Hanseatic Inspiration, Hanseatic Spirit will offer sailings exclusively for German-speaking guests when it debuts in 2021.

Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Resolution

Launch Date: Q3 2021

Tonnage: 12,000

Berths: 126

A sister to National Geographic Endurance, Lindblad's first polar-specific expedition ship, will debut in the third quarter of 2021. National Geographic Resolution will be similar in size, style and appearance to National Geographic Endurance, though firm details are still being finalized.

Mystic Cruises’ World Navigator

Launch Date: 2021

Tonnage: 9,431

Berths: 200

The latest newbuild for Mystic Cruises, World Navigator is part of a six-ship order by Mystic Crusies, which charters its expedition vessels out to companies like Quark Expeditions and Germany’s Nicko Cruises. The company recently announced an expanded presence in the U.S., with four vessels dedicated to the North American market.

Aurora Expeditions's Sylvia Earle

Launch Date: Spring 2021

Tonnage: 8,000

Berths: 160

Sylvia Earle will be similar in design to sister ship Greg Mortimer, which launched in 2019 debuting the world's first inverted bow, called the X-Bow, allowing for gentler sea crossings and reduced emissions. It will be built to the latest polar code specifications and features a platform for kayakers and divers, a sea-level Zodiac loading platform for easy boarding, plus a mud room. Other features will include cabin balconies, gym, sauna and spa, a 180-degree indoor observation deck and plenty of outdoor viewing areas including a platform that unfolds from the bow.

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New Expedition and Adventure Cruise Ships Launching in 2022

Viking Expeditions' Viking Octantis

Launch Date: January 2022

Tonnage: TBD

Berths: 189

Viking Cruises will enter the expedition market in January 2022 with the debut of the first of two newbuilds sailing as Viking Expeditions. Both ships -- Viking Polaris debuts in August 2022 -- will carry 378 passengers in 189 staterooms and will include a working lab staffed by research scientists; two submarines with rides included in the fare; a fleet of kayaks and complimentary use of skis. They will also include an indoor-outdoor faux firepit, cabins that create an outdoor "balcony" space with a push of a button; and an indoor/outdoor pool complex. snowshoes and trekking poles. The ships will sail in Antarctica, the Arctic and the Great Lakes.

Seabourn's (unnamed)

Launch Date: May 2022

Tonnage: 23,000

Berths: 264

A sister ship to Seabourn Venture, the second Seabourn expedition ship will have double sea kayaks, mountain bikes, e-bikes and a fleet of 24 Zodiac rafts that will be able to accommodate all passengers onboard at once, as well as two custom-built submarines. All beverages and gratuities will be included in the fare.

Crystal Cruises' (unnamed)

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: 19,800

Berths: 200

The third sister to Crystal's first mega-yacht debuts in 2022. Further details have yet to be announced.

Mystic Cruises' (unnamed)

Launch Date: 2022

Tonnage: 9,431

Berths: 200

The latest newbuild for Mystic Cruises, this as-yet-unnamed vessel is part of a six-ship order by Mystic Crusies and will be operated by its U.S.-based subdivision Atlas Ocean Voyages.

Ocean Odyssey (Image: Vantage Deluxe World Travel)

Vantage Deluxe World Travel Ocean Odyssey

Launch Date: March 2022

Tonnage: 8,500

Berths: 160

The sixth Infinity-class expedition ship from SunStone, Ocean Odyssey will be built to cruise the world’s polar regions thanks to its Polar Code 6 / Ice Class 1A strengthened hull. It will feature the distinctive X-bow design present in other expedition newbuilds and will contain a trio of dining options, an observation lounge, lecture room, spa and sports facilities, a pool bar, hot tubs and a fleet of 20 motorized zodiac rafts.

Viking Expeditions' Viking Polaris

Launch Date: January 2022

Tonnage: TBD

Berths: 189

Viking's second expedition ship will launchh August 2022, carrying 378 passengers in 189 cabins and will include a working lab staffed by research scientists; two submarines with rides included in the fare; a fleet of kayaks and complimentary use of skis. It will also have an indoor-outdoor faux firepit, cabins that create an outdoor "balcony" space with a push of a button; and an indoor/outdoor pool complex. snowshoes and trekking poles. The ship will sail in Antarctica, the Arctic and the Great Lakes.

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Updated January 23, 2020

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