ocean nova antarctica cruise

Classic Antarctica Cruise

  • Overview

    Cruise out of Ushuaia and through the mythical waters of the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage, our Classic Antarctica Cruises takes you to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent - Antarctica.

    Join the small ship, Ocean Nova with only 64 guests onboard on this exciting early summer voyage to Antarctica. At this time of year, Antarctica is rising from the depths of a polar winter. Snow and ice conditions are excellent, the landscapes are prestine, polar twilights are spectacular. 

    For anyone wanting a real Antarctic experience this is the perfect time. 

    Duration: 10 days
    Passengers: 64 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina | Embarkation Day

      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 3 PM. and 4 PM.
      At 4 PM. boarding will close. Please be on time.

      Keep your passport on hand and allow enough time to clear port security and to reach the vessel.

    • Day 2/3 - Crossing the Drake Passage

      Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honor of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer. As you sail en route 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 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 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 first glimpse of Antarctica.

    • Day 4/7 - 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 and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

    • Day 8/9 - 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, and take part in our program of
      presentations on Antarctic topics in the lounge.

    • Day 10 - Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembarkation Day

      The program ends upon arrival at the port in Ushuaia and you are free to fly out of Ushuaia from 1400.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities


    See Antarctica from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak. Join a small group of participants and paddle in Antarctica under the leadership of an experienced Kayak Master.

    AUD$ 1,315 per person


    Gain greater mobility and see more of the Antarctic landscape with our hiking and snowshoeing program.
    ***Please note the cost of Snowshoeing is USD$85 per person per excursion.

    AUD$ 124 per person

    Send a postcard home from Port Lockroy

    This British base, established in 1944, on arrival you will receive a warm accolade both by the volunteers of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and the colony of Gentoo penguins that nestles just by the old timber structure. Get small denomination US$ notes to buy a few postcards and send them home with Antarctic stamps from one of the southernmost Post Offices in the world.

    Pristine Antarctica

    Early season, is one of our favourite times in Antarctica. Its when the Antarctic landscape is at its most pristine, the sea ice is still abundant, the winters snow is still draped ever so delicately over the landscape and the twilight hues create the best photographs.

  • Inclusions
    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Comprehensive pre and post-voyage information
    - Expedition boots
    - Lectures and onboard entertainment
    - All shore excursions
    - Beverages served with dinner
    - All meals while on board
    - Hot beverages

    Not included in your Expedition

    - arrival and departure taxes
    - Passport and Visa fees
    - Gratuities
    - Laundry costs
    - Communication costs
    - Accommodation / meals / excursions & transfers as explicitly outlined in the itinerary
    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar
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  • Vessel


    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.

    Features & Facilities
    • Comfortable scandinavian style accommodation
    • Observation decks
    • Open Bridge
    • Dining/Lounge room
    • Bar
    • Library
    • Gym
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 3
    Guests #: 68
    Crew #: 46
    Ice Class: 1B, EO
    Speed: 12
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 73m
    Width: 11
    Tonnage: 2183
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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Ready to book your expedition?

We understand that the trip of a lifetime takes planning, so we make the financial commitments easy to manage.

  • Confirm your booking today with just AUD$ 1,000 per passenger.
  • Pay your 25% deposit 5 day later.
  • Final payment due 120 days prior to departure.


11 Nov 2022 - 20 Nov 2022
Triple cabin with private facilities
AUD$ 8,070pp
AUD$ 8,070pp
ocean nova antarctica twin cabin


11 Nov 2022 - 20 Nov 2022
Twin cabin with private facilities and a window.
AUD$ 9,547pp
AUD$ 9,547pp
ocean nova antarctica single cabin


11 Nov 2022 - 20 Nov 2022
Single cabin with private facilities and a window.
AUD$ 12,487pp
AUD$ 12,487pp