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Ocean Nova Antarctica Cruises

A small and sturdy Antarctica cruise ship, a match made in heaven for adventurous travelers

A polar cruise on board the Ocean Nova

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The Ocean Nova is a sturdy but nimble expedition vessel, originally built in Denmark to sail through the ice-packed waters off Greenland. With its ice-strengthened hull, and after a full refit in 2006, she was converted to become the perfect Antarctic cruise ship. Since then, she has been upgraded and improved every year to maintain her excellent reputation.

For our air-cruises, Ocean Nova has capacity for only 67 passengers who will find themselves in comfortable outside cabins. The ship offers three categories of accommodation for Antarctic cruises: dedicated Single Cabins, Twin Cabins, and Triple Cabins. All cabins feature picture windows, a writing desk and chair, a substantial wardrobe, individually controlled heating, and a private bathroom with a shower.

In addition to a panoramic glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a well-stocked library, a small fitness gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of 7 Zodiac boats that are well suited for shore excursions and for wildlife watching and getting up close to towering icebergs and glaciers.

Key features of Ocean Nova

Air-Cruise Experts, completing over 200 fly and cruise departures.

Company founded in Punta Arenas, Chile. Antarctica is their neighbor.

Ocean Nova uses the Explorer's House as a private base in Punta Arenas for its passengers.

Uses a single flight to carry all guests on an expedition to and from Antarctica.

On every journey, the team includes at least 12 expert polar guides and their number one priority is ensuring you have an unforgettable experience.

Pictures and Deck Plans of the Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova Deck Plan

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Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you, and you can confirm with a payment later. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, include taxes, and can be subject to fluctuation and change. The routes are fixed, but can be changed due to weather or breeding behavior of the animals. Could not find your preferred date?

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Cabin Categories on board the Ocean Nova

Single Cabin

Single Cabin, featuring bathroom, window, desk and chair, single lower bed.

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Triple Cabin

Triple Cabin, featuring bathroom, window, desk and chair, 2 lower twin beds, and 1 upper bed.

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Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin featuring bathroom, window, desk and chair, and 2 lower twin beds.

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All expedition cruises on board the Ocean Nova

Amenities on board the Ocean Nova


Observation Lounge

doctor's suitcase

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Fitness Center




Lecture Theater

zodiac fleet

Zodiac Fleet

Ocean Nova's take on sustainable traveling

Foremost among our sustainability goals are actively reducing the impact and emission of our vessels, investing in new technology, and continuously improving our existing resources. We have also installed a new low-emission engine in our veteran vessel, Ortelius. This engine complies with all the latest environmental legislation. Another of our important commitments to sustainability is our use of low-sulfur marine gas oil (LSMGO), which has a sulfur content of less than 0.1 percent.

We limit onboard waste production by recycling as often as we can as well as banning single-use plastics. This ship does not use straws, plastic cups, or any individually wrapped butter, yogurt, and jam. This vessel has a water treatment system and desalination system that uses reverse osmosis, allowing us to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles on board. Rather, guests receive a reusable water bottle they can refill on the vessel. Bathrooms are equipped with biodegradable shampoo and soap in recycled packing, further limiting our use of plastics.

More info about the Ocean Nova


Mid Range Ship


Small Ship (<121 Guests)


Ice Class 1B


73 m

Crew members


Gross tonnage

2183 gt

Cruising speed

12 knots





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Reviews of Ocean Nova

Katie Salvia


Ocean Nova was great, I would 10/10 do it again. Hopefully one day I can return as a crew member. It had all the accommodations I could ask for. The food was great and there was always plenty of options. The coffee machine was my favorite amenity. It was also nice that it had a small gym. (Copied from Swoop Antarctica)



The ship was very comfortable, food was excellent, with a variety of menus onboard, including a barbeque on deck. The crew and expedition staff were excellent and extremely knowledgeable. (Copied from Swoop Antarctica)

Peace- California


We had the time of our lives. I would give the whole experience a 10/10! (Copied from Swoop Antarctica)

Mark- Australia


The Ocean Nova was excellent and the perfect size. The ship's crew were both first class. (Copied from Swoop Antarctica)

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