Small vs large ship

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Ship size makes
a big difference

Each size has its positives and negatives. The right choice depends on your priorities.

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Advantages of a
small and midsize ship
over a large one

Your guides

They will likely be more knowledgeable. And, they can spend more one-on-one time with you because the passenger-to-guide ratio will be lower.

Landings and
onboard activities

You get to make Zodiac rides and landings. And shipboard activities are less regimented.


If you want to be with shipmates who are sophisticated travelers keen on learning about Antarctica, you are more apt to find them on a small or midsize ship.


The onboard lecturers generally have better credentials and teaching skills.


You receive a more personalized service from the ship's staff.


Small and midsize ships can explore less visited areas because they can go in shallow waters where big ships cannot sail.

Special interests

Small and midsized ships can better cater to special interest adventure groups (such as kayakers).

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