Antarctic small ship expedition
A high-end wilderness adventure, not just a cruise.
• Small ship access to Antarctica’s hidden gems
• All travelers ashore at once, quickly
• Penguins, seals, whales, and natural beauty
Small ship access to Antarctica’s hidden gems.
Reach remote areas that are inaccessible to larger ships. The hull’s excellent ice rating lets us park right in the ice!
Spend time ashore, not waiting to disembark.
Build for polar waters, the ship carries only 71 guests. Disembarkation is efficient so you can enjoy more time ashore.
HIGHLIGHT: A pod of whales is visiting? The ship carries seven Zodiacs. All guests can enjoy the whales at once!
Abundant wildlife, icebergs, and majestic landscapes.
See many colonies of penguins and various species of whales, seals, and sea birds. Amazing photography opportunities!
HIGHLIGHT: The leaders will show you how to capture underwater photos of penguins.
The Expedition Vessel
The voyage takes place aboard M/V Ocean Nova, a modern and comfortable vessel built in Denmark.
Her ice-strengthened hull and equipment are ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.
In keeping with our “boutique” style of operation, service on board is professional and informal. A varied menu of international dishes is paired with a selection of wonderful Chilean wines.
Leaving from Ushuaia, Argentina, the expedition takes you through the Beagle Channel and across the mythical waters of the Drake Passage. Explore one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent – Antarctica.
Day 1: Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Antarctic land.
Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hr. At 16:00 hr. boarding will close. Please be on time. Keep your passport at hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel.
Day 2 – 3: Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. As you sail en route to the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land.
Day 4 to 7: Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. From the ship enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.
No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.
Our adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board.
Day 8 to 9: Return to South America with a northbound crossing of the Drake Passage. Relax and take the time to watch for wildlife from the bridge or outside decks.
Day 10: The program ends upon arrival at the port in Ushuaia.