Why we like the Ocean Explorer

  • The energy-efficient X-bow design cuts through waves and reduces noise, vibration and pitching to improve guest comfort at sea
  • With just 138 passengers on board, this vessel offers an intimate social atmosphere while benefiting from spacious social areas and deck space
  • A high ice-class PC6 rating allows for confident navigation in Antarctica’s waters
  • An impressive expedition team to guest ratio of 1:6 
  • 2 outdoor Jacuzzis and a sizzling sauna are perfect for warming up after a chilly landing
  • 95% of the generously sized cabins have balconies, so you never miss a spectacular view
  • Double height windows flood the library and lounge with Antarctic light
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Lizzie says

The Ocean Explorer is so delightfully quiet you sometimes don’t realise you are moving until you see the icebergs gliding past! I also love the heated bathroom floors – a thoughtful touch and perfect for drying off wet kit after a snowy day out exploring.

Lizzie Williams Polar Product & Partnerships Manager

Voyages aboard the Ocean Explorer

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

Antarctic Fly & Cruise Safari

If you’re keen to fly to Antarctica instead of sailing, this 8-day trip is ideal, with a choice of dates in December and January. Travel on outstanding modern expedition ships with a maximum of 140 passengers. Active adventurers can enjoy…

  • 8 Days
  • $11,995
Antarctic Explorer

The great strength of this trip is choice – a wide selection of departure dates and optional adventure activities available on a sleek purpose-built 138 passenger expedition ship. Spend four full days exploring Antarctica. Enjoy daily shore landings and zodiac…

  • 11 Days
  • $13,995
Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands In Style

Voyage south in Shackleton’s footsteps, exploring the Southern Ocean's highlights as part of this expansive 20-day adventure. A well-balanced itinerary gives plenty of time in each jaw-dropping location. Explore from the comfort of your sleek purpose-built expedition ship, accompanied by…

  • 20 Days
  • $25,495
Fly & Cruise Polar Circle

This impressive voyage combines all the comfort and speed of flying in both directions with extended time in Antarctica (7 full days) allowing you to head south towards the remote Antarctic Circle. Explore from the comfort of your outstanding purpose-built…

  • 10 Days
  • $14,995
Antarctic Circle Odyssey

Sail south to the iconic Polar Circle for 7 full days exploring the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula as part of an epic 14-day adventure. Pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia and a 3-in-1 parka jacket are included. An optional one-off…

  • 14 Days
  • $18,995

Cabin Categories

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

The ship has 70 spacious en-suite staterooms. All cabins have a small fridge, safe and widescreen television with a state of the art ‘infotainment system” that can live-stream lectures to your room. Bathrooms are equipped with heated floors, and bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer and toiletries are provided. Complimentary basic WiFi is available for one device per guest. 

Some cabins are equipped with a sofa bed, so please let us know if you are looking for triple occupancy options. Connecting cabin options are also available. For those travelling solo, the ship has two dedicated solo occupancy cabins. Alternatively, it is possible to book a same-sex twin berth share in some of the cabin categories. 

Owner’s Suite

  • Located on Deck 7
  • Total cabin size of 443ft² / 41m² with a huge 197ft² / 18m² balcony
  • 2 room suite with 2 bathrooms
  • Main bedroom with double bed, which can be configured into 2 singles
  • Main ensuite bathroom with bathtub, vanity and heated floor
  • Additional bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor 
  • Living area with sofa bed, chair and 4 seat dining table
  • Access to the triple balcony from both rooms 
Ocean Explorer Antarctic ship's Owner's Suite

Explorer Suite

  • Located on Deck 7
  • Cabin size of 269ft² / 25.0m² with large 122ft² / 11m² balcony
  • 2 room suite with double balcony 
  • Main bedroom with double bed, which can be configured into 2 singles
  • Sitting area with sofa bed and television
  • Main bathroom with shower, vanity and heated floor
  • Powder room with additional toilet in outside sitting area

Royal Veranda Stateroom

  • Located on Decks 4 and 6 
  • Cabins 415 and 416 are configured with an additional separate sitting area with club chairs and coffee table. Slightly smaller cabins 611 and 612 are specially configured with a window opposite to the bed’s head and a larger balcony
  • Double bed can be configured into 2 singles
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to generous balcony
  • Cabins 415 and 416 are configured with an additional separate sitting area with club chairs and coffee table. Alternatively, cabins 611 and 612 are specially configured with a window opposite to the bed’s head and larger balcony
  • Ensuite with shower, vanity and heated floor

Junior Suite

  • Located on Deck 6 
  • Cabin size of 296ft² / 27.5m² with a 105ft² / 9.7m² balcony
  • 2 room suite
  • Bedroom with double bed that can be configured into 2 singles 
  • Sitting room with sofa bed and double desk area
  • Ensuite with bathtub, vanity and heated floor
Ocean Explorer Antarctic ship's Junior Suite

Grand Veranda Stateroom

  • Located on Decks 6 and 7
  • Cabin size approximately 195ft² / 18m² with circa 50ft² / 4.7m² balcony (some small variations in sizing of room and balcony from cabin to cabin)
  • Double bed can be configured into 2 singles
  • Sitting area with either a sofa bed or 2 club chairs, coffee table and desk 
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening onto the balcony
  • Ensuite with shower, vanity and heated floor

Studio Veranda Stateroom

  • Located on Deck 6 
  • Cabin size of 173ft² / 16m² with a 51-70ft² / 4.5-6.5m² balcony
  • Double bed that can be configured into 2 singles
  • Desk and chair 
  • Floor to ceiling doors opening to balcony
  • Ensuite with shower, vanity and heated floor

Deluxe Veranda

  • Located on Deck 4 
  • Cabin size approximately 200ft² / 18.6m² with circa 42ft² / 4m² balcony (some small variations in sizing of room and balcony from cabin to cabin)
  • Double bed can be configured into 2 singles
  • Sitting area with sofa bed and desk 
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to balcony 
  • Ensuite with shower, vanity and heated floor

Deluxe Veranda Mid

  • Located on Deck 4
  • Cabin size of approximately 204ft² / 19m² with circa 42ft² / 4m² balcony (some variations in sizing of room and balcony from cabin to cabin. Cabins 422, 424 and 425 are larger but have an unusual shape)
  • Double bed that can be configured into 2 singles 
  • Sitting area furnished with either sofa bed or two club chairs and coffee table
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to balcony
  • En suite with shower, vanity and heated floor

Deluxe Veranda Fwd

  • Located on Deck 4
  • Cabin size of approximately 171ft² / 15.6m² with circa 38ft² / 3.5m² balcony (some variations of sizing of room and balcony from cabin to cabin)
  • Double bed can be configured into 2 singles
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to balcony
  • En suite with shower, vanity and heated floor

Studio Double

  • Located on Deck 3
  • Cabin size of 175ft² / 16m²
  • One double bed
  • Porthole view 
  • Desk and chair
  • En suite with shower, vanity and heated floor

Studio Veranda Single

  • Located on Deck 7
  • Cabin size of 162ft² / 15m² with 76ft² / 7m² balcony
  • One single twin bed
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to generous balcony
  • En suite with shower, vanity and heated floor

Studio Single

  • Located on Deck 3
  • Cabin size of 177ft² / 16.5m²
  • Double bed 
  • Porthole view
  • Desk and chair 
  • En suite with shower, vanity and heated floor

Why Swoop

Expert Impartial Advice At No Extra Cost

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Antarctic travel options are complicated. We help you choose the right ship, the right cabin, and at the right point in the season.

A Depth Of Knowledge On Board

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As a team of ex-guides, tour leaders, & polar adventurers our Antarctic knowledge is leagues ahead of the rest.

For The Ends Of The Earth

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Swoop is proud to be B Corp Certified as we know sustainability is more than our carbon footprint (but we’re reducing that too).

We’re With You At Every Step

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We’ll make sure you have the adventure of a lifetime.

Ocean Explorer's deck plan

Onboard Communications & Facilities

  • The ship offers a complimentary low data WiFi service for basic internet browsing and voice applications. Each guest can log on using one device at a time
  • Plugs: European 220V sockets with two round pins 
  • USB-A sockets 
  • 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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With over 150 years of Antarctic experience between us, we can help guide you to exactly the right trip for you.

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