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Small ships expedition cruises

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Our backstory 

It all started in 1987 when Christian Kempf, visionary explorer and scientist, initiated the very first French expedition cruise in Antarctica with a little help from none other than the founder of the French Polar Expeditions (EPF), Paul-Emile Victor, an accomplished explorer himself.


Multiply awarded for his subsequent expeditions to the Poles, author of 26 authoritative books on the subject, and founder of the Arctic Ecology Research Group (GREA), Christian decided to create Grands Espaces in 1998. He believes profoundly that there is no better motivation to protect and preserve the Poles than the sense of wonder inspired by first-hand experience.

Why choose Grands Espaces ?

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Our boats from 12 to 75 passengers

Where other companies use sizable vessels, our 12-passenger yachts make for a more intimate experience and allow us to disembark in seldom-reached areas. When the itinerary calls for slightly larger ships, our 75-passenger vessel will still provide the same easy access to remote locations while assuring a cozy atmosphere, far from the hustle and bustle often experienced aboard giant liners.


We know that a journey with Grand Espaces is more than just a spur-of-the-moment vacation. It is the long-awaited adventure of a lifetime. You have dreamed of seeing the ends of the Earth, and we are ready to take you on this life-changing feat.

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The spirit of expedition cruise

Forget the usual dress-coded gala dinners and fancy floorshows, experiencing indescribable instants is our vision of luxury. When booking an expedition cruise with us, you are looking for an authentic, up close, and personal experience with nature—and nature thrives 24/7. Our seasoned crew and scientific guides are there to make sure that you get the full adventure you have hoped for. They keep their eyes peeled night and day—in the sky and across the horizon—so that you won’t miss a thing.




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