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G Expedition

A bright splash of red against a frozen background, the G Expedition is a charming 345ft expedition vessel renowned for its service and small-ship cruising experience.

Originally conceived for polar navigation with 1B Ice Classification, the ship was completely refurbished in 2009 and combines spacious communal areas and panoramic 360 degree observation decks with the latest safety features specific to Antarctic travel.

The ship accommodates up to 134 passengers across 3 decks and offers 5 categories of private cabins, all with views (window or porthole) and furnished with a clean and modern nautical look. For families, there are quadruple and triple cabins with either one or two upper berths while for couples, you can opt for twin cabins (category 3 with windows rather than portholes) or double or king bed accommodation with large picture windows to drink in the views.

Unlike many expedition ships, where space is at a premium, the M/S Expedition has several large public areas, all providing sweeping views especially from the ship's 360-degree upper decks. On good days, passengers flock to the raised observation platform, an excellent vantage point to spot wildlife or even enjoy an outdoor barbecue. Other areas include the Discovery Lounge and Polar Bear Pub where you can mingle with the polar experts and the Lonely Planet Library, where you can kick back with a wide range of guide books.

The G Expeditions offers a range of 11-22 day itineraries led by highly experienced staff and geared towards spending as much time away from the vessel as possible. The vessel may not have the highest ice-classification but is excellent value for money and is true to its exploration roots.