Ocean Nova

Polar Tracks Expeditions

Ocean Nova

Expedition Cruise Vessel

About the Ship

The Ocean Nova was built in Denmark in 1992 and fully refurbished in 2006. She was designed to navigate the ice-choked waters of Greenland and as such, is ideal for use in both polar regions, to get to places other ships aren’t able to. She has a fantastic glass-enclosed observation lounge and dedicated single cabins for solo travelers who prefer their own space.

  • Expedition staff & crew: 38
  • Passengers: 68
  • Length: 73.0 m
  • Ice Class: Ice 1B, E0 (Hull Ice 1A)
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots
  • Glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room
  • Gym, library and bars

Why We Like Her


    This is another of our favourite ships in terms of speed. Zodiac operations happen quick, wait times to get off the ship are minimal, and that means you get more time out on shore or on zodiac cruises and less time waiting around.


    Big ship feel on a small ship – while the Ocean Nova isn’t a big ship, she’s big enough to feel spacious and allow you to get “lost in the crowd” while at the same time, get to know enough people during your expedition to feel a sense of camaraderie.


    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.

Photos of the Ship

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.