IAATO Member Vessels

The vast majority of Antarctic visitors travel there by ship, using the vessel or boat as their "hotel" during their stay on the White Continent.

IAATO Operator members offer a wide array of vessels to the prospective traveler, all authorized or permitted for such cruises by their Treaty Party authority, flag state and classification society. Vessels can be grouped into any of the following categories:

  • C1 – Traditional expedition ships that carry 13-200 passengers and are making landings.
  • C2 – Mid-size vessels that carry 201-500 passengers and are making landings.
  • CR – Vessels that carry more than 500 passengers and do not make landings (cruise only).
  • YA – Sailing or motor yachts that carry 12 or fewer passengers.

For additional details on the "IAATO fleet," please see the IAATO Member Vessels directory.

For access to the password-protected IAATO Ship Scheduler, please click here.