M/V Ocean Nova

The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition boat. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to navigate the icy waters of Greenland. She was completely renovated in 2006 and since then has benefited from annual updates and improvements. Her ice-reinforced hull is ideal for expedition trips in Antarctica.

M/V Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition boat. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to navigate the icy waters of Greenland. She was completely renovated in 2006 and since then has benefited from annual updates and improvements. Its ice-reinforced hull is ideal for expedition trips in Antarctica.

For our cruise ships, Ocean Nova has capacity for up to 67 passengers accommodated in three categories of accommodation. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation room and presentation room, Ocean Nova also features a spacious dining room, bar, library, small gym, and infirmary. The ship has a fleet of seven Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and observing wildlife.

All guests on board the Ocean Nova stay in comfortable exterior cabins, with three cabin categories: single, twin and triple cabins. All cabins have a panoramic window, a desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system and a private bathroom with a shower.

Description of M/V Ocean Nova


The Ocean Nova cruise ship has a capacity for 72 passengers distributed in 3 types of cabins: singles, doubles and triples. The M / V Ocean Nova has on the upper deck (Upper Deck) with the three classes of cabins with upper and lower berths and on the bridge deck (Bridge Deck) there are only double cabins, with two lower beds. The cabins are also found with a desk, chair and ample storage space for clothing and equipment. Also, in addition to a glass-enclosed observation room and presentation room, there is a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. In the dining room and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy a drink with a panoramic view of the surrounding polar landscape. Here the specialists on board will be able to carry out lectures on flora, fauna and history.

Triple Cabins: The triple cabins have two lower single beds and an upper bed, with an area of ​​14 m2. There are 4 cabins and they are located on the Upper Deck. The cabins are The cabins are 317, 319, 320 and 321.

Twin cabins: The double cabins have two lower single beds and a surface area of ​​10 m2. There are 28 cabins and they are located on the Upper Deck and the Bridge Deck. There are 11 cabins on the Upper Deck and they are 301, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314 and 315. The other 17 cabins are located on the Bridge Deck and are cabins 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415 and 416.

Single Cabins: The single cabins have a lower single bed and an area of ​​8 m2. There are 5 cabins and they are located on the Upper Deck. The cabins are 302, 303, 304, 305 and 316.

Description of the Cabins M/V Ocean Nova
Cabin Window Deck Bathroom Beds or Bunk Beds
4 triples With window Upper Deck Private 2 Lower Beds and 1 Upper Bed
28 doubles With window Upper Deck / Bridge Deck Private 2 Lower Beds
5 singles With window Upper Deck Private 1 Lower Bed

M/V Ocean Nova Deck and Cabin Plan

Top Deck

Top Deck Observation Deck

Bridge Deck

Bridge Deck Double Cabin Double Cabin Double Cabin Double Cabin Bridge

Upper Deck

Upper Deck Triple Cabin Triple Cabin Double Cabin Double Cabin Double Cabin Double Cabin Single Cabin Single Cabin Single Cabin Dining Room

Main Deck

Main Deck

Single Cabin Double Cabin Triple Cabin

Technical Data M/V Ocean Nova

The Ocean Nova has capacity for 72 passengers in 37 cabins with private bathroom and shower, of which there are 4 triple cabins with window, 28 double cabins with window and 5 single cabins with window, distributed between the upper decks and deck. All cabins offer low beds, except the triple ones where the third bed is superior. The crew and staff are approximately 35 to 40 people.

The ship is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system, which considerably reduces noise and vibrations from the engines. Diesel engines generate 2,000 HP (horsepower), which makes a speed of 12 knots possible. The ship is reinforced by ice, the hull is ICE 1A class and was specially built for oceanographic voyages to Antarctica. It has a length of 73 meters and a width of 11 meters, with a GRT (gross registered tons) of 2,118 tons, it is the way to measure the size of ships based on their volumetry.

Guest capacity72
Crew and Personnel38
Length73.00 meters / 239.50 feet
Width (Amplitude)11.00 meters / 36.08 feet
Project3.70 meters / 12.13 feet
GRT2118 tons
Diesel propulsion^ 2,000 horsepower
Ice classIce 1B, E0 (ice shell 1A)
Cruising speed12 knots
RegistryNassau, Bahamas

General Information of the M/V Ocean Nova

The boat is guided by a highly experienced team with experience in polar navigation. The ship has outside cabins only (all with private baths), a spacious dinette, and a comfortable library.

The Ocean Nova provides free inflight intranet access including movies on demand, daily shows and landing site information, voyage photos, live broadcasts, international news, a gift shop catalog and information about the vessel and equipment. Access to the intranet can be wireless with your tablet, laptop or smartphone from anywhere on the boat.

A magnificent lounge on the upper deck for observation plus a presentation room, a polar-themed book library, a clinic with a doctor and a gymnasium.

On board the atmosphere is friendly and informal and passengers are welcome on the bridge throughout the day. The trip on this small expedition ship offers an experience that cannot be achieved on a conventional ship.

Daily excursion program

Every afternoon a talk is organized where the Expedition Leader summarizes the experiences of the day and presents the program planned for the following day. Information on the next day's activities, events, landing times, meals and conferences will be included in the program. The daily program may change due to local sea, weather or ice conditions.
Also the Captain and the Expedition Team may decide to deviate from the program to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity such as the sighting of wildlife, advantageous maritime conditions. Any change in the daily program will be announced in advance.

Shore excursions

Leaving the Drake Pass behind, there is at least one landing every day. Once on land there are excursions that consist of a simple walk along the beach (for example, where there is a stable colony of penguins), such as a walk to the top of a hill or an extraordinary observation point. They are not complicated excursions, although the presence of snow makes some have a certain difficulty. All activities on land are guided and in case the main excursion has a certain difficulty, a guide will organize alternative excursions for other travelers.

Antarctic Adventures and Activities

Sea Kayak
Group activity limited to a maximum of ten people, and directed by a Kayak-Master, always subject to weather conditions. Experience and understanding of English is necessary.

Snowshoe hikes
Group activity, guided and limited to a maximum of twelve people. During the coastal navigation stages, a daily excursion lasting 60 to 90 minutes is planned, always subject to weather conditions. No previous experience is necessary, although a good physical state is recommended.

Check-in & Check-Out

For air cruises that begin in Punta Arenas, arrival on day 1 of the itinerary must be before 2 PM. Travelers who miss the arrival deadline will be considered "no-show". Remember that scheduling tight connections is never advisable when traveling to remote locations. Protect your travel investment by building some buffer into your travel plans in the event of baggage delivery issues, flight delays, etc. In the event that your flight to Punta Arenas is delayed for reasons beyond its control, Antarctica21 will make every effort to accommodate your late arrival. However, Antarctica21 cannot assume any responsibility for the resulting complications, including its inability to join the expedition. For Antarctica Express Air-Cruises, boarding in Ushuaia is between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Boarding will be closed at 4 PM.

Baggage allowance

The maximum weight allowed on flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg (44 lb) per passenger, including carry-on baggage. For air cruises through classic Antarctica and the polar circle. Excess luggage will be kept in custody in Punta Arenas and will be delivered to travelers upon their return from Antarctica. For Antarctica Express Air-Cruises, excess baggage will be disembarked at Port Williams and sent to Punta Arenas by air cargo at the expense of the traveler. It will be available to pick up in Punta Arenas when the traveler returns from Antarctica. The baggage weight limit is a technical requirement imposed by the flight operation. Unfortunately, it is not possible to purchase additional subsidy.

Participation form

Participants must complete and sign an online entry form and return it to Antarctica21 at least 120 days prior to departure.

Health insurance

Antarctica21 requires that participants be adequately covered by medical insurance or, including the aeronautical medical evacuation of Antarctica.

Cancellation insurance

Antarctrica21 urges participants to be adequately covered by trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

Language of expedition

The official language of expedition of our Air-Cruises is English.

Possible flight delays and contingency plan

Flights to and from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions. While historically only a minority of flights have experienced a delay, you need to be prepared for that possibility.

Services on board of M/V Ocean Nova

The official language is English, and announcements and talks are given in this language. As there are only 70 people in which the staff in relation to the passengers is from 1 to 6, with the particularity that the team of guides is of Chilean nationality (and speaks Spanish) which makes the language not a problem for Spanish speakers.

Included services

  • All meals on board during the trip, including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All guided excursions
  • Boarding fees and anchoring rights in ports
  • Conference program on board
  • Loan of wellies for landings
  • Large dining room with unreserved seating
  • Flat screen TV and DVD player
  • Polar library with a large collection of polar books and DVDs
  • Observation room with glass partition and presentation room
  • Bar staffed by a professional bartender
  • 24 hour beverage service
  • Polar Boutique
  • Clinic, with licensed on-board doctor
  • Exercises room
  • Zodiacs of the cruise
  • Optional kayak on certain trips (with additional charge)
  • Hiking and snowshoeing

Services not included

  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Intercontinental or domestic flights
  • Pre and post trip accommodation
  • Visas and entry fees to the country (if any)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips to the ship's staff and guides (suggested US $ 10 per day)