Why we like the MS Expedition

  • Owner operated
  • Typically a mixed clientele of UK, North American & Australian travellers
  • 360 degree observation deck for excellent wildlife sightings
  • Amazing client feedback
  • Very spacious public areas ensures everyone on board has plenty of room
  • Complimentary waterproof jacket and Wellington boot loan
  • Good choice of cabin types, all pretty generous in size and with en suite bathroom
  • Large heated mudroom & popular sauna after chilly landings
  • Friendly, attentive staff

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What our customers think of MS Expedition

Wonderful ship. Lots of deck areas, nice stateroom, great public areas. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2024

Bayard Ewing - USA

Very comfortable ship, excellent captain and crew, easy access to outdoors, mudroom was great as a staging area. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2024

Terri Elkin - USA

The entire expedition team were amazing in knowledge and skills, and so willing to share whether in a lecture or in an individual discussion while hiking or around the dinner table. Their love for the Antarctic region and what they do was so very evident. Not only could you tell the team were a family, but they made us feel a part of their family. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2024

Amy Viltrakis - USA

The expedition team are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and friendly. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Vybhavi Balasundharam - USA

Staff excellent. Cabins comfortable - totally fine with me. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Steve Shaw - UK

Although an older ship it was well suited to my needs and I liked the size of the accomodation, cabins etc. Read the full review

Travelled: October 2023

Alistair Campbell - UK

MS Expedition was a fantastic boat to travel on: the food was delicious and varied, the cabins comfortable and very clean, the experts on board were just mind-blowingly knowledgeable and the passengers all well-travelled and so interesting to speak to. The atmosphere on board was incredibly friendly. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Isabella Kornas - UK

It was so clean, great decks for viewing animals and Antarctic scenery, and the FOOD! Even on the last day the fruit was very fresh, and the food choices were varied. We never got bored of the food, of which there was so much! We would 100% choose this ship again. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Isabella Kornas - UK

The ship is perfect size for expedition landings and number of guests. Very comfortable beds and cabin service. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Manish Daulat - USA

I would choose the ship again. The staff were attentive and remember our special needs. The food was excellent in its deliciousness and varieties. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2020

Kwan Kew Lai Fitzgibbon - United States Of America

The MS Expedition was way beyond our expectations. We give the total experience 10/10. The standards on the ship were exceptional - the cleaning staff, the variety and excellence of food, the ever smiling, genuine staff, and the comfort of the dining and entertainment bar. The zodiac team were very careful in all sorts of weather and planned our itinerary around extreme weather events beautifully. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2018

Ginny Woods - Australia

The cabin was comfortable and it was good to be on a lower deck in rough seas. The organisation of the landings and the care for safety were outstanding. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2018

Sally & Frank Somi - Australia

The ship was just the right size with 130 passengers, not too big, not too small, the 'expedition' element was certainly there, but the food was also amazing. The enthusiasm, knowledge and experience of the adventure staff was also incredibly high.

Travelled: February 2018

Sandra & Keith - UK

Expedition staff very professional and led by an extremely good leader. Professional, in all domains: safety, lectures, planning of trips. All zodiac cruises were excellent. The restaurant was top of the top. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2017

Raymond & Claire Floreancig - Belgium

So well educated and such great vibes and people on the boat. Really made the trip special. It was the most incredible trip of my life. Everything was amazing. Antarctica is the most unfathomable, incredible place that I can ever imagine visiting. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2017

Deirdre Clute - United States Of America

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"A ship not too big, not too small", and that is exactly that. Big enough to have your own space to read or chill in front of the sea. Small enough to meet and share with the staff and travelers who become new friends.

Travelled: March 2017

Adrien - France


Voyages aboard MS Expedition

Special Offers:Swoop has access to the widest range of offers and can help you find the right trip, cabin, & price.

Classic Peninsula Voyage

Travelling aboard this modern 134-passenger ship with its 200-degree observation lounge and spacious cabins, spend 4 full days exploring Antarctica’s extraordinary icebergs and wildlife. Optional camping and kayaking, while Ushuaia hotel accommodation and a parka jacket are included in the…

  • 11 Days
  • $10,199
Antarctica Classic in Depth

Few other voyages offer 6 full days on the Peninsula. You'll have time to really absorb the incredible glacial landscapes, unique wildlife & the history; whilst options for kayaking & camping offer another perspective. The large & stable vessel softens…

  • 13 Days
  • $10,799
Quest for the Antarctic Circle

Aboard a very capable and spacious 134-passenger vessel, spend 7 days exploring the Peninsula with the planned highlight being reaching the Polar Circle. This 14-day trip benefits from spacious cabins and outer decks, and the option to camp out or…

  • 14 Days
  • $10,199
Springtime in South Georgia, Falklands and Antarctica

Setting sail from Montevideo, Uruguay in late October, be aboard the first ship south for the season. It's a special time in South Georgia with the beaches packed with breeding Elephant Seals, while Antarctica lies pristine and untouched, awaiting the…

  • 22 Days
  • $13,999
Destination Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

Join this classic Southern Ocean voyage, with a choice of two 21-day departures in the season. Travel aboard a generously proportioned 134-passenger expeditionary ship, undertake daily landings, with camping and kayaking for the…

  • 21 Days
  • $18,199
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Alex says

I really like this ship's style. Its bright red colouring looks fantastic amongst Antarctica's icebergs, it's one of the most spacious ships in the polar fleet and the expedition staff really know their stuff. A proper expedition vessel with all the kit and caboodle that goes with that.

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

Cabin Categories

*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary

The MS Expedition's cabins are located on five different decks, all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window. There are five types of cabin to choose from:  quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites. Note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have 1 queen bed.

Category 5 Double

  • All four suites are on Deck 4
  • Cabin size 320ft² / 30m²
  • Living area offers a comfortable couch, armchair, coffee table and desk.
  • The separate sleeping area boasts a queen bed
  • Private en suite facilities including steam shower, toilet and washbasin
  • Large windows for superior views

Category 4 Twin

  • All 8 premier twins are located on Deck 4
  • Cabin size 160ft² / 15m²
  • Two lower berths
  • Private en suite facilities (shower, toilet, washbasin)
  • Larger windows for great views
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Category 3 Twin

  • Located on Deck 3
  • Cabin size 160ft² / 15m²
  • Two lower berths
  • Private en suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin.
  • Cabins feature a mid-sized window
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Category 2 Twin

  • Located on Deck 2
  • Cabin size 160ft² / 15m²
  • Two lower berths
  • Private en suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin.
  • Porthole view
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Category 1 Triple

  • Located on Deck 2
  • Cabin size 160ft² / 15m²
  • Two lower berths, one upper berth
  • Private en suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin.
  • Porthole view
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Category 1A Quad

  • Located on Deck 2
  • Cabin size 160ft² / 15m²
  • Two lower berthstwo upper berths
  • Private en suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin.
  • Porthole view
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Onboard Communications & Facilities

If you wish to stay in touch, even in Antarctica, you can choose from the options below:

  • Internet: $20/10mb; $50/30mb; $130/100mb
  • VoIP Telephone card: starting at $22 per 20-30min (depending on where you are calling)
  • Ship-based email: starting at $35

Please note that this is only for light data traffic and that the above prices are only approximate. The prices for these services vary from season to season due to our provider's pricing strategy. VoIP requires internet connection. 

Other facilities include:

  • Plugs: European 220V two-round-pinned sockets
  • Towels, toiletries and hair dryers
  • Laundry service (additional cost)

Find Your Antarctic Ship

Choosing the right ship is crucial, given the amount of time you'll spend on board. Swoop is experienced at helping match our customers to exactly the right ship.

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We'll spend some time listening to your aspirations, then discuss the kind of experience that might suit you.



Next we'll discuss the options, shortlist the best trips for you and present you our impartial recommendations.



We'll place a 24 hour hold on your preferred option - without obligation - whilst we talk through the details.

With over 100 years of Antarctic experience between us, we can help guide you to exactly the right trip for you.