Ships That Sail The Northwest Passage

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ships that sail the Northwest Passage

The fabled Northwest Passage is one of the most epic cruises on earth. However, there are numerous ships that sail the Northwest Passage. So how do you decide which ship will suit you the most?

Luckily, we've put together this guide for just that reason. We discuss each ship option below to give you a stronger sense of what you'll experience. 

No matter which sip you choose though, you'll have the cruise of your life. The Passage is home to spectacular wildlife such as polar bears, musk ox, and plenty of marine species. Not only this, but you'll visit Inuit communities and discover the fascinating history of the Thule people. Just remember to pack some warm gear!

Below we have provided details on all of the cruise ships that sail the Northwest Passage. 

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Ships That Sail The Northwest Passage

MS Fram

Fram ship

The MS Fram is the flagship of the Hurtigruten fleet and sails across the globe from Antarctica to Greenland. Built in 2007, she was purposefully constructed for expedition cruising an can cater to 317 guests. 

A full panoramic lounge with large windows and installed binoculars is especially useful for wildlife watching, as is access to the front-of-ship deck. The Fram is ice-strengthend with iceberg search lights and an autonomous tracking system for safety. You'll find a lovely restaurant, sea-facing gym, sauna, and several hot tubs. A nice touch are the original artefacts on display from the original explorer ship - the Fram. 

The Fram is a great option for people who want a little more luxury during their journey. Keep in mind though that the Fram will be getting a full refurbishment in 2020. The Fram offers the Northwest Passage itinerary several times a year. Price start from $11,000 per person for two weeks. 

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MS Roald Amundsen

MS Roald Amundsen

The MS Roald Amundsen is the newest member of the Hurtigruten family and is still currently being built. She'll be ready to sail by late 2019 and people lucky enough to be onboard will experience the latest expedition ship on earth.

Named after Norway's most famous explorer, the MS Roald Amundsen will be able to take over 500 guests to any corner of the earth, including the Northwest Passage. The ship uses state of the art environmentally sustainable hybrid technology. Hurtigruten hope to demonstrate that hybrid propulsion is perfectly possible on large cruise ships. 

Onboard you'll funs three restaurants, a magnificent science centre and a wrap-around two-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck for wildlife watching. The MS Roald Amundsen will be making two Northwest Passage crossings in 2019. Prices start from $20,000 per person for 24 days. 

Akademik Ioffe

Akademik-Ioffe

The Academic Ioffe is a favourite of many travellers who want to visit places like Antarctica and the Arctic on a budget. A class 1A ice-strengthened vessel, the Ioffe is stabilised and hosts just under 100 passengers. 

Her small size means there is no queuing to go ashore and you'll get plenty of time in the zodiacs. Although the Ioffe is classed as a research-level cruise, she packs quite a punch with a mud room, plunge pool, sauna, and yoga program. Each cabin has an outward-facing windows and the cabins are clean, modern, and bright. 

The Ioffe makes several trips a year to the Passage. Prices start from $6,500 for 10 days. 

Ocean Adventurer 

Sea-Adventurer

The Ocean Adventurer (formerly the Sea Adventurer) underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2017. The expedition ship feels completely fresh and modern thanks to a complete re-development of the public spaces. The two new Rolls-Royce engines are also much more eco-friendly. 

Unlike many expedition vessels, every single comes with an en-suite bathroom and outward facing window or porthole. The observation area is large and there is a  nice polar library onboard. You'll also find a gym, bar and lecture theatre. 

The Ocean Adventurer makes several trips a year to the Canadian Arctic and prices start from $9,000 per person for 17 days. 

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RCGS Resolute

rcgs resolute

Launched into action in 2018, the RCGS Resolute is one of the newest expedition ship on the seas today. Purpose built for the job, she boasts an ice-strengthened hull, theater-style presentation room, steam room, fitness centre, salt water pool, and a polar library. 

The RCGS Resolute can accommodate 146 passengers, making her an ideal size to explore smaller passageways and inlets. Each cabin onboard features a sitting area, small private library, bathroom, sea window and a wildlife guide. 

The RCGS Resolute makes several trips each year to Greenland and the Northwest Passage. Prices start from $11,600 for 13 days. 

Silver Cloud

Silver-cloud

Carrying 240 passengers, the Silver Cloud is a luxury expedition ship designed to give people all the comforts of hime whilst visiting some of the most remote regions on earth. 

The ship has just undergone a $40 million dollar renovation, making her a standout choice for luxury lovers. World class accommodation onboard includes suites with verandas, butler service, and multiple dining options. 

The panorama lounge is ideal for wildlife viewing and the fitness centre, salon and spa, heated pool, jacuzzis and steam rooms make relaxing super easy. The Silver cloud makes at least one Northwest Passage crossing each year. Prices start from a cool $38,000 for 25 days.  

L'Austral

L'Austral ship

Like the Silver cloud, the L'Austral is a lovely luxury expedition cruise ship. Ice-strengthened and stabilised, the ship offers lovely decor throughout and comes fully equipped with a panoramic lounge, well-stocked library, theatre, fitness centre, pool, steam room, and spa. 

The L'Austral can carry up to 264 passengers and offers 132 outward facing cabins. All cabins are en-suite and come with wifi access, t.v, iPod dock and mini bar. For people staying in level 6 suites a butler service is included. 

The ship makes at least one Northwest Passage journey each year and prices start from $25,000 for 24 days. 

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If you have any queries or questions regarding ships that sail the Northwest Passage, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below. For a full list of ships that sail the Polar region, please click here

Thank you and happy travels!

Expedition Cruise Team

About the Author Burnham Arlidge

Burnham started his career as a professional tennis player before retiring due to injury. Since then Burnham has thrown himself into adventure travel. He has cruised to some of the most iconic and obscure parts of the planet.

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