Ocean Nova

Cruise Ship

Ocean Nova

Set sail on the Ocean Nova and embark on a remarkable journey to Antarctica. This sturdy and nimble expedition vessel was built in Denmark in 1992 and has a strengthened hull, perfectly suited for the icy waters of Antarctica. The ship was fully refurbished in 2006, and since then, it has undergone annual upgrades and improvements.

Accommodating up to 67 passengers, the Ocean Nova offers comfortable outside cabins in three categories: dedicated Single Cabins, Twin Cabins, and Triple Cabins. Each cabin features a picture window, writing desk, wardrobe, heating system, and private bathroom.

Relax in the glass-enclosed observation lounge or presentation room, dine in the spacious dining room, or unwind in the bar, library, small gym, or infirmary. The ship’s fleet of seven Zodiac boats is ideal for wildlife watching and disembarking. Join us on the Ocean Nova for a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to Antarctica.

 
 
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Port of Ushuaia

Port of Ushuaia

Embark on a journey of a lifetime from the pier in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the stunning Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Take in the breathtaking surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.


Day 2 - Cape Horn - Drake Passage

Cape Horn

As you cross Nassau Bay, wake up to the view of the legendary Cape Horn, and weather permitting, board a Zodiac to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Be one of the few privileged adventurers to experience this unforgettable moment. Continue your journey towards Antarctica, crossing the famous and challenging passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th-century British explorer.

Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is the rough expansive waters between the tip of South America and the Antarctic continent.


Day 3 - Drake Passage

Drake Passage

Sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Take part in an engaging program of lectures and presentations exploring the history, wildlife, and geology of the region with expert guides. Keep a lookout for magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.


Day 4 - Drake Passage - Antarctica

Drake Passage

As you cross the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes dramatically. Anticipation builds as you watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Sail in ice-filled bays while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Board a Zodiac for a memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Exploration will continue into the evening, taking advantage of the long Antarctic daylight.

Antarctica

Antarctica Island


Day 5 - Antarctica

Antarctica

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay. Take a 2 km walk through Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to the aircraft. Bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).


Day 6 - Punta Arenas Airport

Punta Arenas Airport

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. Reflect on an unforgettable adventure, filled with unique experiences and spectacular landscapes, as you make your way home.


Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Punta Arenas Airport

Punta Arenas Airport

As you arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM, you will be welcomed by Antarctica21 staff and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, head over to Explorers House for a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your air-cruise and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner where you can meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.


Day 2 - Antarctica

Antarctica

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, take in the clear Antarctic air that fills your lungs for the first time. You will then embark on a 2-km (1.25-miles) walk, passing Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to reach the shore. From there, you will board a Zodiac that will take you to your boutique expedition vessel.


Day 3 to 6 - Antarctic Experience

Antarctic Experience

You will 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 seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of educational presentations and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. No journey is the same, and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience every time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several sites that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache Strait, and the Penola Strait.


Day 7 - Antarctica

Antarctica

As your Antarctic adventure comes to an end, you will return to King George Island and bid farewell to this unique and extraordinary landscape before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).


Day 8 - Punta Arenas Airport

Punta Arenas Airport

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. Your once-in-a-lifetime trip to the white continent may have come to an end, but the memories will last forever.


Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Punta Arenas Port

Punta Arenas Port

Begin your Antarctic adventure in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you will be welcomed by the Antarctica21 staff. After settling in, explore Explorers House and attend a mandatory briefing that will provide you with important information about your air-cruise and the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Then, enjoy a welcome dinner and get to know your fellow adventurers from around the world.


Day 2 - King George Island

King George Island

Take a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Feel the crisp Antarctic air fill your lungs for the first time as you exit the airplane. Then, walk two kilometers to the shore and board a Zodiac that will take you to your boutique expedition vessel.


Day 3 to 8 - South Shetland Islands - Antarctica Peninsula - Polar Circle

South Shetland Islands

Close to the northwestern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait, the South Shetland Islands are a highlight of most Antarctic cruises.



Antarctica Peninsula

Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most travelers spend all their time on the continent and is the highlight of most Antarctica trips.

Polar Circle

Sail through ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, and observe seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales in their natural habitat. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Our expert polar guides will share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history, and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. Enjoy spectacular views from the glass-enclosed lounge, while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The Expedition Team will plan the specific voyage route based on local conditions and take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature. Your voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache and Penola Straits, and the Crystal Sound.Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most travelers spend all their time on the continent and is the highlight of most Antarctica trips.


Day 9 - King George Island

King George Island

Return to King George Island and board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.


Day 10 - Punta Arenas Airport

Punta Arenas Airport

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. End your Antarctic adventure in Punta Arenas, Chile, with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and wonders of the Antarctic environment. Enjoy the last of your time in Punta Arenas before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.


Day to Day Itinerary

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Port of Ushuaia

Port of Ushuaia

Embark on a journey of a lifetime from the pier in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the stunning Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Take in the breathtaking surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.


Day 2 - Cape Horn - Drake Passage

Cape Horn

As you cross Nassau Bay, wake up to the view of the legendary Cape Horn, and weather permitting, board a Zodiac to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Be one of the few privileged adventurers to experience this unforgettable moment. Continue your journey towards Antarctica, crossing the famous and challenging passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th-century British explorer.

Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is the rough expansive waters between the tip of South America and the Antarctic continent.


Day 3 - Drake Passage

Drake Passage

Sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Take part in an engaging program of lectures and presentations exploring the history, wildlife, and geology of the region with expert guides. Keep a lookout for magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.


Day 4 - Drake Passage - Antarctica

Drake Passage

As you cross the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes dramatically. Anticipation builds as you watch for the first icebergs and the first sight of Antarctic land. Sail in ice-filled bays while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Board a Zodiac for a memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Exploration will continue into the evening, taking advantage of the long Antarctic daylight.

Antarctica

Antarctica Island


Day 5 - Antarctica

Antarctica

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay. Take a 2 km walk through Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to the aircraft. Bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).


Day 6 - Punta Arenas Airport

Punta Arenas Airport

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. Reflect on an unforgettable adventure, filled with unique experiences and spectacular landscapes, as you make your way home.


Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Punta Arenas Airport

Punta Arenas Airport

As you arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM, you will be welcomed by Antarctica21 staff and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, head over to Explorers House for a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your air-cruise and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner where you can meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.


Day 2 - Antarctica

Antarctica

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, take in the clear Antarctic air that fills your lungs for the first time. You will then embark on a 2-km (1.25-miles) walk, passing Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to reach the shore. From there, you will board a Zodiac that will take you to your boutique expedition vessel.


Day 3 to 6 - Antarctic Experience

Antarctic Experience

You will 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 seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of educational presentations and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. No journey is the same, and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience every time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several sites that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache Strait, and the Penola Strait.


Day 7 - Antarctica

Antarctica

As your Antarctic adventure comes to an end, you will return to King George Island and bid farewell to this unique and extraordinary landscape before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).


Day 8 - Punta Arenas Airport

Punta Arenas Airport

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. Your once-in-a-lifetime trip to the white continent may have come to an end, but the memories will last forever.


Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Punta Arenas Port

Punta Arenas Port

Begin your Antarctic adventure in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you will be welcomed by the Antarctica21 staff. After settling in, explore Explorers House and attend a mandatory briefing that will provide you with important information about your air-cruise and the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Then, enjoy a welcome dinner and get to know your fellow adventurers from around the world.


Day 2 - King George Island

King George Island

Take a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Feel the crisp Antarctic air fill your lungs for the first time as you exit the airplane. Then, walk two kilometers to the shore and board a Zodiac that will take you to your boutique expedition vessel.


Day 3 to 8 - South Shetland Islands - Antarctica Peninsula - Polar Circle

South Shetland Islands

Close to the northwestern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait, the South Shetland Islands are a highlight of most Antarctic cruises.



Antarctica Peninsula

Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most travelers spend all their time on the continent and is the highlight of most Antarctica trips.

Polar Circle

Sail through ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, and observe seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales in their natural habitat. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Our expert polar guides will share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history, and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. Enjoy spectacular views from the glass-enclosed lounge, while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The Expedition Team will plan the specific voyage route based on local conditions and take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature. Your voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache and Penola Straits, and the Crystal Sound.Stretching up from the heart of the world’s southernmost continent, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most travelers spend all their time on the continent and is the highlight of most Antarctica trips.


Day 9 - King George Island

King George Island

Return to King George Island and board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.


Day 10 - Punta Arenas Airport

Punta Arenas Airport

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. End your Antarctic adventure in Punta Arenas, Chile, with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and wonders of the Antarctic environment. Enjoy the last of your time in Punta Arenas before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.


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