Antarctica Small Ship Expedition | Ocean Nova

From Ushuaia, Argentina to Ushuaia, Argentina
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Journey to Antarctica on a small expedition ship.

Explore the white continent of Antarctica onboard Ocean Nova, a sturdy and nimble ship. Departing from Ushuaia, sail the mighty Drake Passage to Antarctica. Over the next days explore this beautiful and awe inspiring continent with shore landings and zodiac cruises. See peaceful bays dotted with colossal icebergs; cruise along deep fjords and see massive glaciers.  Penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds congregate in the Southern Ocean during the austral summer. Present in large numbers, you will move along in their world, finding endless inspiration for photographs.

Sail onboard the Ocean Nova, in true small ship expeditions style the Ocean Nova takes a maximum of 71 guests and is built for these icy polar waters with an ice-strengthened hull. Enjoy your voyage in comfort with all cabins being outside cabins with picture windows. The Ocean Nova also feature a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, and a small gym. The ship has a fleet of 7 Zodiacs that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching. Perfect for your Antarctica expedition.

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Join a limited group of 71 guests for an intimate and personalized journey to Antarctica's untouched landscapes.

Sail through ice-filled fjords, marvel at stunning icebergs, and share the company of penguins, seals, and whales.

Daily zodiac explorations and shore landings with skilled polar guides accompanied by enriching lectures, ensuring an unforgettable adventure.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board your ship and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Antarctica. Important note: Boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00hrs and 16:00hrs.

Day 2
Crossing the 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 enroute to the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way 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 sight of Antarctic land.

Day 4
Exploring Antarctica

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 sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. From the ship enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. 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. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several locations that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places. Our adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board. Departure from Antarctica will be in the afternoon or evening of day 8, depending on weather conditions.

Day 8
Sailing back to South America

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
Disembarkation in Ushuaia

The program ends upon arrival at the port in

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 9 nights accommodation onboard
  • Included Copy 20 All meals onboard
  • Included Copy 20 Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner onboard
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks onboard
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All guided shore excursions and zodiac cruises
  • Included Copy 20 Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
  • Included Copy 20 Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
  • Included Copy 20 Landing fees and IAATO passenger fee
  • Included Copy 7 Domestic and International Airfares & Travel insurance. Personal expenses such as laundry onboard
  • Included Copy 31 Optional Activities: kayaking, snowshoeing

Ocean Nova

71 Passengers


  • Included Attend engaging lectures and presentations.
  • Included Shore landings in Antarctica and zodiac expeditions
  • Included Wildlife galore! Seals, whales, seabirds, penguins...
  • Included Sail across the Drake Passage, named after Sir Francis Drake.
  • Included Watch for diverse wildlife from the ship's lounge or decks.
  • Included Optional kayaking and snowshoeing
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10 days

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$6,595 USD

Per person, twin share

Based on a triple cabin

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