The MS Explorer which sank in 2007 in the Antarctic is to be replaced by the MS Expedition, owners GAP Adventures have anounced.
At the cost of £8 million to buy and refit the larger vessel, this is a significant investment for the company.
Sailing under the flag of Sweden the ship, has until now worked up and down the coast of Scandinavia. It will begin offering trips to the Antarctic in January 2009.
A brochure with full itineraries will be available from CruiseDirect, hopefully by the middle to end of August.
132 passengers can be accommodated but this will be restricted to 120 to allow for those who wish to take single cabins. The Expedition will undergo a four-month refit before it is available to carry passengers for GAP Adventures on January 4 2009.
The vessel is bigger than the Explorer at 345ft, some 70 ft longer.