• Photo by Ash Christopher

  • Luxury bedding and large view windows define Category 5 cabins. Photo by Ash Christopher

  • Living quarters in a Category 5 cabin aboard Expedition. Photo by Ash Christopher

  • Polar travelers gather in Expedition's lounge. Photo by Leo Tamburri


132 guests
Built: 1972
Renovated: 2009
55 crew members
Length: 345 feet
Beam: 61 feet
Draft: 15 feet
Cruising Speed: 15 knots
Ice Class: Swedish/ Finnish 1B

At a nimble 345 feet in length, with a capacity to hold 132 guests, the M/S Expedition is an ideal vessel to ply polar waters. Her large outside decks offer panoramic views and her cabins are some of the largest in the industry, all boasting an ocean-facing window or porthole and private en-suite facilities.

With a focus on top of the line safety, comfort and the unique demands of polar travel, the M/S Expedition is one of the world's leading polar expedition cruise ships. Unlike many expedition ships, where public space is at a premium, the M/S Expedition has multiple large public areas to enjoy during sea crossings and in between land excursions. A 2009 renovation resulted in a $13 million refurbishment.

Safety & Crew Aboard Expedition

Designed with your safety in mind, the MS Expedition is fully equipped to meet the demands of cruising in polar regions. Its forward-looking sonar reduces the risk of grounding on uncharted reefs and its design and construction complies with Finnish-Swedish ICE Class 1 standards. The ship is equipped with new and regularly serviced lifeboats and life-rafts. Its four partially enclosed lifeboats provide capacity for all passengers and crew while six life rafts boast a capacity of 150 persons. In addition the MS Expedition has full cold-weather immersion suits for all-designed to significantly increase the odds of survival in the event of immersion in freezing waters.

The ship's crew is dedicated to ensuring every journey exceeds travelers' expectations. From the Expedition captain who has successfully navigated over 100 ice cruises, to the ship's expedition leader with over 30 years experience in polar expeditions, they are amongst the most experienced and skilled in their field.

Common Areas Aboard Expedition

Large common areas and observation decks provide superior views. 360 sightlines from the ship's upper decks offer sweeping panoramas, while the raised Canada Goose Observation deck provides a great vantage point from which to spot the unique wildlife. Unlike many other ships, the MS Expedition also offers breathtaking views from its interior so passengers can relax in the warmth and comfort of the dining room or lounge without being cut off from the remarkable environment.

Other common area highlights include a Lonely Planet Library, a mud room, Discovery Lounge, Polar Bear Pub, gift shop, medical clinic, sauna, computer room with internet where available (additional cost) and a gym.

Cabins Aboard Expedition

Top-of-the-line cabins provide a variety of affordable doubles and triples, higher-end double cabins and luxurious suites. Singles are also available in all cabin categories. All rooms provide outside cabins with views (window or porthole), wardrobes, drawers, nightstands, writing desks and full private en-suite bathrooms. Daily cabin service makes sure your stateroom is clean, warm and inviting.

Category 1A Quad

2 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet

Category 1 Triple

1 upper and 2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet

Category 2

2 lower berths, porthole view, Deck 2, approx 160 square feet

Category 3

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 3, approx 160 square feet

Category 4

2 lower berths, window view, Deck 4, approx 160 square feet

Category 5

Four suites onboard feature floor-to-ceiling windows, separate entrances and living and sleeping areas. Each living area boasts a two-seater coach, armchair, coffee table and desk, while the bedroom contains a Queen bed and vanity area. Upgraded en-suite baths include full-body misting steam showers. Approx 320 square feet. Located on Deck 4.

Expedition Deck Plan