Zodiac exploration of Antarctica

Antarctica Cruise from Ushuaia: Ocean Nova

Antarctic Peninsula

Discover the Antarctic Peninsula on this intimate Antarctica cruise from Ushuaia! You’ll be surrounded by scenery that will astound you, with majestic snow-capped peaks soaring overhead and glaciers tumbling to the water's edge. Find out what’s going on in Antarctica as you access some of its hidden gems, and witness Antarctica’s abundant wildlife with millions of penguins and other animals gathering for the breeding season

Highlights of this Antarctic Expedition
  • The ship’s small size allows access to Antarctica’s hidden gems
  • All travellers able to step ashore quickly and at once
  • One of the best cruises to see penguins, seals, whales and Antarctica’s natural beauty
  • Just 68 passengers makes for an intimate experience for Antarctic explorers
  • Expert guides and a modern, comfortable, ice-class Antarctic cruise ship
  • Outstanding value for the Antarctic voyage experience of a lifetime!

What some of our previous Antarctic explorers had to say:

The Antarctica expedition on Ocean Nova exceeded our expectations.  We were very, very satisfied.

The expedition program was well planned, with various wildlife sightings, breath-taking scenery and informative, interesting presentations.  The expedition team are knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and the best of all, their passion about Antarctica is contagious.  A wonderful professional team.

The operation team on board offered excellent service.  The food was superb - kudos to the chef, his team and the dining service crew.

The captain and his crew provided us safe passage.  Great job.

It was a fabulous trip.  I'd love to return to the Antarctic, i.e., after first visiting the Arctic some time!

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Dec 20 2017
The experience is great,wish I can go again with flight and cruise with the same staff teams.
Dec 15 2017
We went to Nov.20-29 trip on board Ocean Nova by Antarctica XXI. It was a fantastic expedition and I highly recommend it.
Dec 14 2017
The trip: 5 stars. See the previous comments about the customer experience.

The overall expedition: 5 stars. Wow! Just a great week!

The boat: 4 stars. I'm impressed that every cabin had a window! On the larger ships that simply isn't the case. They need at least one more grab bar in the tiny shower area to make it safer to shower when you're out at sea. Also, when the outer decks are closed due to weather and/or sea conditions, it becomes very evident how few public spaces there are (panorama lounge, library, mess hall, and gym) if you want to leave your cabin. Also, the "gym" is really just a small room with a couple of fitness items.

The BBQ on Deck 5 is a novel idea and I'm guessing it's lots of fun during the Antarctic summer. It was freezing cold with a strong wind on our BBQ evening...not conditions that make the event fun by any stretch.

Overall, a very good experience. And I certainly would travel with Ocean Nova again in the future!
Dec 12 2017
Sehr gutes Preis /Leitungsverhältnis
Aug 14 2017
All meals were very nice and had many option. Between meals,
homemade snacks or sweets were provided. Various classes were provided during sailing to avoid getting bored. Cruise are well educated.
Jul 22 2017
Couldn't have been better

Stewart's Take

One of our Antarctica cruise specials and one of the cheapest Antarctica cruises you will find - yet on a modern, high-quality expedition ship. Unbeatable value and one of the cheapest ways to visit Antarctica!


Discover the Antarctic Peninsula on this intimate Antarctica cruise from Ushuaia! You’ll be surrounded by scenery that will astound you, with majestic snow-capped peaks soaring overhead and glaciers tumbling to the water's edge.

Find out what’s going on in Antarctica as you access some of its hidden gems, and witness Antarctica’s abundant wildlife with millions of penguins and other animals gathering for the breeding season.
Antarctica Cruise Itinerary: Small Ship Expedition An intimate cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula! Travel on the modern and comfortable expedition ship Ocean Nova with just 68 passengers, meaning everyone gets ashore at the same time, uncrushed and uncrowded. Set sail from Ushuaia, Argentina, through the scenic Beagle Channel and across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, one of the most spectacular places on earth. Antarctica Will Amaze You! Antarctica’s wildlife is in full bloom. See millions of penguins and other wildlife gathering for the breeding season on this Antarctic cruise, surrounded by scenery that will astound you. The majestic snow-capped peaks soaring overhead and glaciers tumbling to the water's edge will live long in your memory. Why not extend your Antarctic adventure trip with kayaking and snow-shoeing options?! Day 1 – Ushuaia (Argentina to Chile, Chile to Antarctica) Your Antarctic voyage begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile - the southernmost town in the world - where you can explore the surroundings before setting sail from Chile to Antarctica. N.B. 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 – Drake Passage Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. As you sail towards the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, where, in the company of expert guides, you can also watch for Antarctica’s wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. Spot magnificent albatrosses and petrels flying overhead, as well as different species of whales swimming 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 the stunning Antarctic land. Day 4 to 7 – Antarctic Peninsula Antarctica’s wildlife, ice-filled fjords and spectacular icebergs 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 Antarctica’s wildlife such as; seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. Our Antarctic expedition cruise will be very active and engaging, with lectures, several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats. Become Antarctic explorers! Each day, disembark in one of the Zodiac boats and explore the landscape, accompanied by expert guides - the best way to find out what’s going on in Antarctica, and like true Antarctic explorers. No journey is the same - as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica due to changing weather conditions - 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. Your Antarctic voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, and many other magnificent places. Day 8 & 9 – Drake Passage 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 – Ushuaia Arrive back in Ushuaia and disembark. NOTE Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realized that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and unpredictable weather. We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason the vessel operator reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond control without consulting the participants.

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Expedition Vessel: M/V Ocean Nova

MV Ocean Nova expedition ship

The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in the polar regions. The M/V Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

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  • Comprehensive pre‐expedition information material
  • Daily shore excursions and Zodiac cruises (based on local conditions)
  • Loan of waterproof boots for every passenger for wet landings
  • Briefings and recaps pre-and post-excursions given by expedition staff
  • All guided shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Lectures, presentations and briefings by expedition staff and Antarctic specialists
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard the MV Ocean Nova (with a selection of wines, beers, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner).
  • Water, coffee, tea and snacks (including chocolate!) throughout the expedition
  • Post-expedition information file including a gallery of images from the trip
  • Excluded
    • Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Extra expenses (excess baggage charges, bar and beverage charges, meals ashore, communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc).
    • Tips (suggested USD 10 per person per day).
    • Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
    Deposits - Reservations require a deposit of $1500 per person at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card alternatively bank transfer. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments - Balances are due 120 days prior to departure. Final payment can be made by calling us (final payment cannot be made online) and may be paid by major credit card (however subject to a 2% surcharge) or bank transfer. Cancellations - All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellation received up to 180 days prior to departure: there will be a full refund of the program cost less US$500 administration fee. Cancellation received between 179 days prior to departure and departure date: there will be no refund whatsoever. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms - Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Antarctica XXI and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking. Single travellers Single travellers can choose between:
    • Booking a dedicated single cabin. No supplement is applied for single use of dedicated single cabins.
    • Booking a twin cabin for single use. An 85% supplement will be added to the rate per person in twin cabin.
    • Sharing a twin cabin with another passenger (male or female). No supplement is applied, and the shipping company will take care of finding the matching companion.
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