Zodiac exploration of Antarctica

Antarctica Small Ship Expedition: Ocean Nova

Antarctic Peninsula

Outstanding-value cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula on a small ship from Ushuaia. Sail the scenic Beagle Channel and across the legendary Drake Passage to Antarctica. The polar scenery will astound you, with majestic snow-capped peaks soaring overhead and glaciers tumbling to the water's edge. The huge advantage of this ship is that we have just 71 passengers (the smallest of any Antarctic ship) and everyone lands at the same time - without rush or crowds - and gives you more time ashore in Antarctica, to witness the abundant wildlife with penguins, whales, seals and seabirds

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 71 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!

Antarctica Will Amaze You!

This is an intimate cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula! Travel on the modern and comfortable expedition ship Ocean Nova - with just 71 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. We have four full days available to observe penguins and other wildlife gathered in the late summer sunshine. Whales are especially plentiful at this time of year. You will be surrounded by scenery that will literally astound you. Majestic snow-capped peaks soar overhead and the glaciers tumbling to the water's edge will live long in your memory.

Early-Bird Savings!

Early Booking Offer March 2026: Select special discount during the booking request process and save!!
Verified user reviews powered by
100 % of reviewers liked this tour.
Mar 22 2024
Good services and always reply to me shortly
Mar 21 2024
Amazing landings that let us get up close to penguins whales and seals!
Mar 20 2024
Absolutely amazing!
Everything was more than perfect! Everyone went out of their way to make this a memorable experience!
Friendly staff!
Mar 20 2024
Crew was friendly and thorough. The food and drink EXCEEDED expectations. The expeditions were great and we felt we really got to know the knowledgeable guides on a more personal level.
Mar 20 2024
I could not have better things to say about my experience with the Antarctica 21 expedition team and the Ocean Nova that we sailed on to Antarctica. The expedition team was passionate and knowledgeable, and most importantly ... So much fun!!! The team have also worked together for so long that they really give off a family vibe - in 10 days the ocean Nova became my home away from away home.
Mar 20 2024
Fue una experiencia increíble. El equipo y el ambiente de la expedición fue muy bueno
Mar 15 2024
Great! Loved it lots and lots.
Mar 15 2024
Great staff and expedition leaders
Mar 15 2024
A no frills ship that although small and cramped, she is mighty 💪🏻
May 17 2023
Expedition ship and staff were fantastic. The small ship experince was unbeatable.
Mar 19 2023
It was definitely a flexible
Plan but was always done well and kept my interest.
Mar 17 2023
Very professional.
Each and every member made excellent presentations.
Every day was well planned and the zodiac trips unforgettable
Mar 16 2023
Highly recommend as it was well organized and very interesting. They were accommodating to our needs at at times. The staff on all levels was excellent.
Mar 15 2023
Everything... Everything exceeded my high expectations. The landings, the safety guidelines from the staff. The alternative plans. The food and service from the hotel / restaurant. And finally the travel companions. :)
Mar 14 2023
An experience of a lifetime. Wonderful crew, knowledgeable expedition staff. Went out of their way to schedule plan B when initial plans did not work. Got to ride on a frozen ocean on a zodiac and see spyhopping whales from 5-10 feet away.
Mar 14 2023
The ship was rgeat and a true small ship experience!
Mar 14 2023
Led by a dedicated, knowledgeable, and friendly team of Antarctic experts from a wide range of specialties.
Nov 30 2022
Amazing cruise and staff, highly recommended
Apr 08 2020
工作人員細心服務專業, 販售商品建議可以多樣化些 .
Mar 27 2020
The expedition was beyond expectation, the best trip I ever had. The ship, crew, staff, and tour guides, very friendly, knowledgeable and made the trip so much fun and exciting. And or course Antarctica was beautiful

Stewart's Take

One of the best-value Antarctica cruises you can find - on a modern, small & high-quality expedition ship!


Outstanding-value cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula on a small ship from Ushuaia. Sail the scenic Beagle Channel and across the legendary Drake Passage to Antarctica. The polar scenery will astound you, with majestic snow-capped peaks soaring overhead and glaciers tumbling to the water's edge. The huge advantage of this ship is that we have just 71 passengers (the smallest of any Antarctic ship) and everyone lands at the same time - without rush or crowds - and gives you more time ashore in Antarctica, to witness the abundant wildlife with penguins, whales, seals and seabirds.
Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina Your Antarctic voyage begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Ocean Nova this afternoon* and sail along the spectacular Beagle Channel towards Antarctica. *Important note: Boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hrs. Please be on time. Keep your passport at hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel. We strongly recommend arriving Ushuaia the day prior (hotel and sightseeing packages in Ushuaia and Buenos Aires are available on request). Days 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. Days 4 to 7 – Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands Antarctica’s wildlife, ice-filled fjords and spectacular mountains characterise our time in Antarctica. Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula mainland, 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. Each day, you become like an Antarctic explorer and disembark in one of the Zodiac boats and explore the landscape, accompanied by expert guides. The optional kayaking program allows participants to see things from a different perspective. Extended hiking and snow-shoeing options are also presented according to conditions. No journey is the same - 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. Days 8 & 9 – Drake Passage Return to South America with a northbound crossing of the Drake Passage. Relax and take the time to watch for albatros and other wildlife from the outside decks. Day 10 – Ushuaia Arrive back in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast. 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.

Scrolling is disabled on map, please click to enable.

Expedition Vessel: M/V Ocean Nova

MV Ocean Nova expedition ship

The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel - one of the few remaining genuinely small ships in polar travel. 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 both Arctic and Antarctic. The M/V Ocean Nova has capacity for just 71 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.

For full information about this vessel click here:

  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
  • Ship cruise as indicated in the itinerary corresponding to each expedition.
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
  • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • IAATO passenger fee.
  • Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary corresponding to each voyage.
  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Gratuities.
  • Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
Payments Reservations require a non-refundable deposit of USD 1500 (or equivalent currency) 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 120 days of departure require full payment by bank transfer (balance payments may be made by credit card subject to a 2% surcharge). All prices shown are per person on a shared basis and based on USD. Payments may be made in other currencies on request and subject to exchange rate variations. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Since all payments are non- refundable, for cancellation received more than 120 days prior to departure = loss of deposit. After final payment there will be no refund whatsoever. We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance to protect you if you need to cancel. Insurance Emergency medical evacuation insurance is required for this expedition and must be obtained prior to departure. We strongly recommend that your insurance cover also has adequate trip cancellation insurance should you need to cancel your participation for any unforseen reasons. Sharing and Single Occupancy If you are travelling alone and wish to share, we can match you with someone of the same gender at the share rate. If a sole use cabin is desired, dedicated Single cabins are available - alternatively sole occupancy of a limited number of twin cabin costs 1.85 times the twin share rate. Children Children are admitted from the age of 12 years if accompanied by a fully responsible adult. There is no child discount available. Booking Terms Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Antarctica21 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.
Booking Request
Back To Top

Expeditions Online Newsletter

Sign up to be an Expeditions Online insider and receive info on exclusive deals, discounts and more!

* indicates required