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Vessel Size
Length86.5 metres
Beam21.2 metres
Draft9.85 metres
Passengers100
Cabins/Staterooms48

Polar Star

Icebreaker
Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

 

The M/V Polar Star (ex-icebreaker) is a safe and comfortable ice class vessel – certified for worldwide international voyages and complying with all SOLAS, ISM, ISPS and MARPOL regulations for safety and environment. In 2000 the ship was completely retrofitted and upgraded specifically for expedition cruising. The ship has exceptional redundancy with 4 engines. What this means is that it is extremely unlikely that the ship would ever be unable to keep to schedule due to operational difficulties. Owned by Karlsen Shipping Norway and operated by Karlsen Shipping Company in Halifax, Canada, it draws from the experience gained from a company heritage of over 100 years of vessel operation in the Polar Regions.

TopVessel History

  • Registered in Barbados
  • Refurbished in 2000

TopVessel Specifications and Information

Tonnage (GRT) 4998 GRT
Number of Restaurants 1
Number of Bars and Lounges 3 (including library)
Nationality of Officers In general our Captain and Officers are Polish.
Nationality of cruise Staff In general, our stewards, stewardesses and crew are Filipino. Hotel Managers are European and American.
Language(s) Spoken on Board All of our staff are English speaking.
Dress Code On-board/at Dinner People dress casually onboard ship. Comfort is the prime factor. You may wish to include some slightly more dressy clothes for the Captain's parties at the beginning and end of your voyage, but that is strictly up to you.
Meal Seatings One seating, open
Types of Cuisine You will be treated to a varied and delicious international cuisine prepared by our talented chefs
Special Diets Vegetarian option available
Currency(ies) On-board US Dollars
Passengers Mainly From Our passengers are from all around the world, but most commonly, USA, UK, Australia/New Zealand, Canada and Europe.
Number of Passenger Decks 4
Tipping / Gratuities Tips are included in the price of the cruise based on $12 per person, per night

TopCabins / Staterooms

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Triple / Double Cabins (K1)

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Deck 3 

Double Cabins (K2 & K3)

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Deck 3 and Deck 4 

Superior Cabins (K4)

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Deck 3 and Deck 4 

Mini Suites (K6)

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Deck 3, Deck 4 and Deck 5 

Suite (K7)

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Deck 4 and Deck 5 

TopOnboard Facilities and Services

Internet Access / Internet Cafe E-mail
Doctor / Surgery / Infirmary Doctor and Treatment Room
Credit Cards Accepted Visa and Mastercard
Lounges / Bars Observation Lounge and Bar
Dining Rooms / Restaurants Dining Room
Library / Reading Room Library
Fitness Center / Exercise Room Gym
Gift & Souvenir Shop Onboard Shop
Reception Desk On Deck 3; Hours Posted on Board
Drycleaning / Laundry Service Laundry Service
Other Amenities Phone/Fax and Wet Room

TopList of Cruises for This Vessel

Antarctica & Polar Circle

Ushuaia to Ushuaia | January to February | 11 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

Just being in Antarctica is a personal triumph. All of our programs cross the Antarctic Convergence into the Southern Ocean via the fabled Drake Passage. This program also strives to go south of the Antarctic Polar Circle at 66˚ 33΄ that for many is the ultimate accomplishment. As the ship’s Captain navigates deep…

Grand Antarctic Odyssey

Ushuaia to Ushuaia | February to February | 18 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

This expedition odyssey takes us first to the Antarctic where fledgling penguins begin to assert their independence and all wildlife prepares for the coming winter. This is an extremely good time of year for whale sightings. From the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula we head for the little visited South Orkney…

Antarctica & Sub-Antarctic Islands

Ushuaia to Ushuaia | November to February | 18 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

An expedition cruise to the Antarctic is the trip of a lifetime for many travelers. Add to this, time in South Georgia and the Falklands and you have a truly extraordinary experience. Not only is the Falklands history fascinating, it is also home to up to five penguin species and at this time of year nesting albatross…

Antarctic Peninsula

Ushuaia to Ushuaia | December to December | 10 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

It can be a lifelong ambition – to reach the Seventh Continent. It is certainly one of the most unique places on earth – where nature rules and where mankind has collectively agreed to manage this vast continent through the Antarctic Treaty in pursuit of peace and science. The wildlife and astonishing landscapes…

The Antarctic Adventure Expedition - Exploratory

Ushuaia to Ushuaia | February to February | 13 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

For the early travelers, an expedition to the Antarctic was fraught with the unknown. Today this is seldom a factor as expedition cruise ships are well equipped to deal with the challenging environment. However, for many the idea of adventure is still the strongest appeal. This expedition is specifically designed to…

Macaronesia Islands

Praia to Ponta Delgada (Azores) | April to April | 17 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

Step out on the aft deck to greet another fine day exploring this remote and magical collection of Atlantic archipelagos. Absorb the sensations of island life, each grouping unique unto itself. Each day brings a new adventure as we visit protected natural reserves, boreal forests, volcanic sites, caldeiras, fajãs,…

Essence of the Azores

Ponta Delgada (Azores) to Ponta Delgada (Azores) | April to April | 7 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

Take a journey back through time to a quieter way of life where there is time to experience the culture and natural history of this unique area. Perched at the height of a mid ocean mountain range are the Azores. The Azores are both isolated and yet very worldly. Through history, it has been an important nautical…

The Enchanting Azores

Ponta Delgada (Azores) to Ponta Delgada (Azores) | April to April | 8 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

Island life is often described as more laid back and indeed time spent on these islands seems to take you back a little to the more simple days when there was time to just relax and enjoy. The Azorean archipelago has an intricate culture affected by many other parts of the world. This combined with its remote location…

Scottish Islands & Fjords

Oban to Dundee | May to May | 11 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

We continue our exploration of these remote coastlines with a further foray into the mystique of the Scottish highlands and islands. So many of these places are difficult or impossible to access from land. From Fingal’s Cave and St. Kilda’s blackhouses of the Hebrides area, we head eastward to the remote Shetland,…

Highlands & Islands - Scotland

Oban to Dundee | May to May | 12 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

Continue the exploration of the Hebrides and then cruise around the northern shores of Scotland to Orkney, Shetland and Fair Isle. So many of these places are difficult, if not impossible to reach by land. Spring in the Scottish islands and coastal regions is a fantastic time for birds. As well the rchaeological sites…

Islands on the Edge – UK, Eire & Hebrides

Dartmouth to Oban | May to May | 12 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

From the south of England to the Hebrides – this is a journey of culture and natural history delights. For the avid birder there are many opportunities to see large numbers of gannets, fulmars, kittiwakes, cormorants, guillemots and puffins. Almost daily are new archaeological experience from Bant’s Carn to…

UK & Eire: Islands on the Edge

Dartmouth to Oban | May to May | 11 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

Each day draws you to the fantastic history of this area and the incredible bird sightings that are possible – gannets, puffins, kittiwakes, razorbills and guillemots abound and perhaps you will spot the rare Corn Crake. The history is equally compelling - just imagine yourself back in these challenging days when…

Magic of Islands & Fjords - Norway

Dundee to Longyearbyen | May to May | 14 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

Experience significant variety during this expedition cruise as the ship follows spring northward. From the warm spring days off the coast of Scotland and fjords of Norway to the midnight sun of Svalbard – the light will astound. This time of year there is significant bird activity, both migrating and nesting.…

Viking Trail to the Americas

Reykjavik to Saint John, Newfoundland | September to September | 18 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

We set sail on this remarkable journey that follows in the footsteps of the early explorers to visit the southern part of Greenland and learn about the lives of the early explorers and the Inuit of yesterday and today – from Nanortalik to Brattahlid, Hvalsey and Qaqortoq. We then sail across “iceberg alley” for…

The Remote Coast of East Greenland

Longyearbyen to Reykjavik | August to August | 12 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

Throughout time, the Polar Regions have had a mystical allure. Today this attraction is perhaps even stronger after the recent International Polar Year and heightened concern about global warming. Witness firsthand the Arctic environment with its stunning scenery and elusive wildlife. The tales of the early explorers…

Steam to Ice – East Greenland

Reykjavik to Reykjavik | September to September | 11 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

From Iceland steam north to explore the incredible coastline of east Greenland – countless fjords, snow capped mountains, late summer icebergs, glaciers and the elusive Arctic wildlife. The first landfall in East Greenland is at the beginning of the high Arctic and from there the ship cruises south. Explore through…

Atlantic Canada Fall Colours

Halifax, Canada to Halifax, Canada | October to October | 9 Nights

On the Polar Star (Icebreaker) | Operated by Polar Star Expeditions

Atlantic Canada is well known for its spectacular autumn colours. Wrap yourself in this cloak of many colours and discover the sweeping beauty and fascinating history of the area. Our focus is on the islands – some home to wild horses, white-tailed deer, seabirds, seals, meteorological stations, fishing ports,…

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