Ocean Nova

Polar Tracks Expeditions

Ocean Nova

seasoned & refurbished

About the Ship

Ocean Nova is a sturdy and nimble expedition vessel that was built in Denmark in 1992 and fully refurbished in 2006.

For its air-cruises, Ocean Nova has a capacity for 67 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, which all feature a picture window, a writing desk with a chair, a wardrobe, an individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with a shower.

  • Passenger Capacity: 67
  • Fly Cruises (Skip the Drake)
  • Dedicated single cabins
  • Large fleet of Zodiacs
  • Expedition Parka to keep
  • Rubber boots to borrow
  • Glass-enclosed observation lounge
  • Gym & Bar
  • Ice Class: 1B with 1A Hull

Why We Like Ocean Nova

  • SIZE

    Ocean Nova is big enough that you can easily find a cozy corner to call your own or stand outside quietly enjoying the scenery, but also small enough to generate a wonderful sense of camaraderie between like-minded travellers.


    She has a slightly shallower draft than many other ships at 3.7 meters which means she can navigate places that other ships sometimes can’t.


    Designed and operated by the original pioneers of the Antarctic Fly & Cruise concept, the Magellan Explorer allows you to fly to the Peninsula and skip the oft-dreaded Drake Passage crossing.


    Ocean Nova is one of the older vessels in the fleet and while comfortable and well-maintained, she has none of the fancy frills of newer vessels with the expedition's focus squarely on what happens off the ship.

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