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M/V Ocean Nova

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Cruise Overview

Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.

In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of seven Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

All guests aboard Ocean Nova are accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, with three cabin categories: dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with shower.

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Cabin Types
Triple Cabin
Twin Cabin
Single Cabin

Antarctica Express

Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
(Cruise/Fly)

Day 1 Ushuaia - Cape Horn

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Board Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Cape Horn.

Due to port operations, boarding in Ushuaia is exclusively between 15:00 hr and 16:00 hr.

At 16:00 hr. boarding will close. Please be on time. Keep your passport at hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel.

Dinner
Day 2 Nassau Bay

After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, you awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Back on board, set sail towards Antarctica and cross the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula

As you sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island, in 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 from 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 Antarctic

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 South Shetland Islands

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 first sight of Antarctic land. Reaching the South Shetland Islands, sail in ice-filled bays, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Board a Zodiac for your first memorable shore visit to a penguin colony. Taking advantage of the endless Antarctic daylight, exploration will continue well into the evening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 King George Island

Upon reaching King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area, such as the Chilean Base Frei and the Russian Base Bellingshausen. Bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.).

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Punta Arenas

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast

Classic Antarctica

Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas
(Fly/Cruise/Fly)

Arrival to Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by a representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.

N.B. Passengers should plan to be in Punta Arenas at 15:00 hours, at the latest.

Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travellers arriving later than 15:00 hours.

Flight to King George Island and board the Ocean Nova

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, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Dinner
Days 3 to 6: Cruising around the Antarctic Peninsula

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 and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and 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 spots 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: King George Island

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica 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.)

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Punta Arenas

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Polar Circle Air -Cruise

Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas
Fly/Cruise/Fly

Day 1 Punta Arenas – Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.

• Passengers should plan to be in Punta Arenas at 15:00 hours, at the latest. Pick-up at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed for travellers arriving later than 15:00 hours.

 

Dinner
Day 2 King George Island

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, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 3-8 Antarctic Peninsula

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 and explore the landscape with your expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and 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 itinerary will change with each expedition, you will explore several spots 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.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 King George Island

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica 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).

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Punta Arenas

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

  • Transfers airport/hotel on the first and last day of the voyage, as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
  • Overnight stays in Punta Arenasas indicated in program corresponding to each voyage
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
  • Zodiac excursions and landings (guided hikes/walks) with expert expedition team
  • Accommodation aboard
  • All meals aboard ship, afternoon teas
  • Educational programme on board
  • Emergency Room trained English-speaking doctor
  • Access to multimedia room and download stations
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours

Tour Exclusions

  • Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Any items not mentioned as included

Tour Pricing

Itinerary (USD)
Code
Departure Date
Voyage Type
Days
Start-End
Triple Cabin
Twin Cabin
Single Cabin
Antarctica Express
OCN03-AE
Nov 29, 2019
CRUISE/ FLY
6
Ushuaia - Punta Arenas
$4,695
$5,695
$6,995
Classic Antarctica
OCN04-CA
Dec 02, 2019
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$11,395
$12,995
$17,395
Classic Antarctica
OCN05-CA
Dec 07, 2019
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$11,395
$12,995
$17,395
Classic Antarctica
OCN06-CA
Dec 12, 2019
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$11,395
$12,995
$17,395
Classic Antarctica
OCN07-CA
Dec 17, 2019
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$11,395
$12,995
$17,395
Classic Antarctica
OCN08-CA
Dec 22, 2019
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$12,995
$14,995
$21,495
Classic Antarctica
OCN09-CA
Dec 27, 2019
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$12,995
$14,995
$21,495
Polar Circle
OCN10-PC
Jan 01, 2020
FLY/ FLY
10
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$15,495
$17,995
$24,995
Antarctica Express
OCN11-AE
Jan 14, 2020
CRUISE/ FLY
6
Ushuaia - Punta Arenas
$4,695
$5,695
$6,995
Classic Antarctica
OCN12-CA
Jan 17, 2020
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$12,995
$14,995
$21,495
Classic Antarctica
OCN13-CA
Jan 22, 2020
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$12,995
$14,995
$21,495
Classic Antarctica
OCN14-CA
Jan 27, 2020
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$12,995
$14,995
$21,495
Classic Antarctica
OCN15-CA
Feb 01, 2020
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$12,995
$14,995
$21,495
Antarctica Express
OCN16-CA
Feb 06, 2020
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$12,995
$14,995
$21,495
Antarctica Express
OCN17-CA
Feb 11, 2020
FLY/ FLY
8
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$12,995
$14,995
$21,495
Polar Circle
OCN18-PC
Feb 16, 2020
FLY/ FLY
10
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$15,495
$17,995
$24,995

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