GAP Adventures is running its Antarctica programme with a replacement ship two months after its own ship Explorer sank after hitting an iceberg.

The Canadian-based adventure specialist has taken on another expedition ship, Polaris, to continue running cruises in Antarctica following Explorer’s sinking in November last year.

GAP Adventures director of sales and marketing John Warner said the 84-passenger Polaris will be covering the exact sailings that Explorer had been due to embark on.

He said: “We had passengers booked on the trip of a lifetime so we found a replacement ship. We chose Polaris because we needed to make sure we had a small vessel.

“We are also looking to buy another vessel of our own.”