Polar Tracks Expeditions


seasoned & refurbished

About the Ship

Named after the city-port and gateway to Antarctica, the Ushuaia was originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) in 1970. The vessel is well appointed and provides ample deck space and an open bridge policy. The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities.

The Ushuaia has recently been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 90 passengers in 46 comfortable yet basic cabins and suites, making her one of the smallest vessels in the fleet.

  • Passenger Capacity: 90
  • Lecture/bar area
  • English/Spanish-speaking
  • Low-cost
  • Library
  • Gift Shop
  • Transfers not included
  • Hotel accommodation not included
  • Large open deck spaces
  • No expedition parka
  • Rubber boots to borrow
  • Ice Class: 1C

Why We Like the Ushuaia

  • SIZE

    With just 90 passengers, the Ushuaia is one of the smallest vessels in the fleet which means no time spent waiting for your turn and maximized time on shore and in Zodiacs.


    Lots of open-deck space – the best place to spot wildlife is out on deck, and the Ushuaia offers great outdoor space on different levels of the ship.


    Informal atmosphere – a comfortable ship with an easygoing atmosphere, you never have to worry about whether you’ve got the right dinner wear.


    The Ushuaia is a basic yet comfortable vessel, prioritising an intimate atmosphere over on board amenities.

Photos of the Ushuaia

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Insider Advice

We’re a different kind of agency. We work on the ships, with the teams, and are currently active in the polar regions. Our insider advice is truly that – straight from the field – and it’s updated in real time if things change.