There are luxury adventure yachts, and then there is the Legend super yacht, equipped with a 2-person submarine, snow scooters and a helipad. If you want to go all out on the adventure of a lifetime to meet orcas and penguins at close proximity, spot diving leopard seals from a submarine and marvel at glowing icebergs from your bed, then the Legend will exceed every expectation.
With every big-kids adventure toy imaginable, from paddle boards and jet skis to snow scooters and a submarine as well as dining and spa facilities more in keeping with a 5* boutique hotel than an expedition vessel, the Legend is an utterly exclusive way to explore Antarctica. An added bonus is you don’t need to take the infamously rough Drake Passage to get there, as she is permanently moored in Antarctica. You will fly directly from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island.
Built as a Class 1 icebreaker for use in the Baltic Sea during the Cold War, Dutch owners bought her in 2013 and put her through the most extreme of refurbs to add something totally new to the luxury expedition cruise market – including extending the stern to equip her with a swim platform and a swimming pool (and a Balinese Spa, beauty salon, gym-with-a-polar-view and mini-cinema). Sleeping quarters are infinitely more luxurious than any marine would have seen – each is named after a different world city and all are fabulous. Food and drink add to the wow factor with an open-air kitchen, grill, Teppanyaki station and unique aperitivo opportunities including bottles of champagne chilled in the Antarctic snow.
Due to her small size she falls easily in even the strictest passenger limits set by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, which regulates where groups can go on the White Continent. In other words – you’ll have more access to penguins and scientific stations than almost anyone else.