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Ocean Nova


ex Ushuaia (ex Punta Arenas for air cruises) (Antarctic cruises, Antarctica)


Quick facts - Level: Standard | Passengers: 72 (67 on air cruise) | Duration: 5-7 nights | Length: 240 feet | Cruising speed: 12 knots | Operator: Antarctica 21

Ocean Nova is a comfortable small ship built in 1992 in Denmark, and was later refurbished to include a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room on the top deck. There is a window-lined dining room, library, exercise room, lounge, bar and clinic, and a limited amount of outdoor deck space. The ship is generally based in the Antarctic Peninsula and passengers fly there from Punta Arenas in Chile - a so-called 'air cruise'.


72 passengers (67 on air cruise)


International expedition staff lead shore excursions and give daily lectures on board. Hiking and showshoeing are offered free of charge. Sea kayaking and camping are available on selected voyages at an additional cost, and must be pre-booked.


Cabins are on 2 decks - Bridge Deck and Upper Deck. All cabins have twin beds, private bathrooms and a picture window.

When to go

Mid November to mid March.

Client comments and reviews

Open QuoteThe Ocean Nova was a lovely ship, just the right size with a fantastic crew. All the lecturers were first class and so enthusiastic about their subjects. There were so many amazing sights and such wonderful wildlife throughout the cruise, this was the best part of the holiday and exceeded our expectations. Quark were a very organised company, nothing was left to chance.Close Quote - IT (February 2008)
Open QuoteAntarctica was the absolute highlight and both the scenery and wildlife were incredible, it really was a trip of a lifetime. The ship comfortable and the guides very knowledgeable so we were able to see and learn so much about the wildlife. Close Quote - MH (November 2007)
Open QuoteVery comfortable ship, first rate staff and exceptionally clean. Adequate bathroom (all you can expect on this type of expedition ship) and cabins a bit hot at times.Close Quote - K&ST (January 2007)

The itineraries either follow or are close variants of our standard Antarctica itineraries (

Almost all cruises start and end in Punta Arenas (Chile) and include a flight to/from King George Island (Antarctica) where the ship is based. The exception is the Express Air cruise which starts in Punta Arenas and ends in Ushuaia (Argentina) or vice-versa and involves the crossing of the Drake Passage in one direction.

A pre and post voyage hotel night is included in the price. All included hotel nights are reflected in the number of total nights.

Twin Cabin

There are 28 Twin Cabins (10 square metres), located on both the Bridge Deck and the Upper Deck, with two single lower berths.

Single Cabin

The 5 Single Cabins (8 square metres) each have 1 single lower berth, and are all located on the Upper Deck.

Triple Cabin

The 4 Triple Cabins (14 square metres) have 2 lower berths and 1 upper berth and are all located on the Upper Deck.

Prices per person. Where entries are not shown for all cabin/room types we have chosen an entry level example, so please just ask us for other types. See below for more price notes.
From To Nights Room type Price
Ocean Nova: Antarctica Express Air Cruise
29 Nov 2024 4 Dec 2024 5 Twin Cabin $5,995
Ocean Nova: Classic Antarctica Air Cruise
2 Dec 2024 9 Dec 2024 7 Twin Cabin $13,795
Single Cabin $17,795
Triple Cabin $11,495
12 Dec 2024 19 Dec 2024 7 Twin Cabin $13,795
17 Dec 2024 24 Dec 2024 7 Twin Cabin $13,795
22 Dec 2024 29 Dec 2024 7 Twin Cabin $15,795
27 Dec 2024 3 Jan 2025 7 Twin Cabin $15,795
Ocean Nova: Polar Circle Air Cruise
1 Jan 2025 10 Jan 2025 9 Twin Cabin $18,795
Single Cabin $26,395
Triple Cabin $15,995
Ocean Nova: Antarctica Express Air Cruise
14 Jan 2025 19 Jan 2025 5 Twin Cabin $5,995
Single Cabin $6,995
Triple Cabin $4,995
Ocean Nova: Classic Antarctica Air Cruise
17 Jan 2025 24 Jan 2025 7 Twin Cabin $15,795
22 Jan 2025 29 Jan 2025 7 Twin Cabin $15,795
1 Feb 2025 8 Feb 2025 7 Twin Cabin $15,795
6 Feb 2025 13 Feb 2025 7 Twin Cabin $15,795
11 Feb 2025 18 Feb 2025 7 Twin Cabin $15,795
Ocean Nova: Polar Circle Air Cruise
16 Feb 2025 25 Feb 2025 9 Twin Cabin $18,795

Dedicated single cabins are available. Single travellers can also, if they wish, book a twin cabin with an 85% single supplement for single occupancy, or they can share with another passenger at no extra cost. Antarctica21 will find the matching companion.

A 5% discount is offered on all children under the age of 12 travelling onboard.

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