Announcing Magellan Discoverer: Antarctica21’s Latest Addition to its Fleet

Magellan Discoverer, a sister vessel to Magellan Explorer, will join the Antarctica21 fleet for the 2026-27 Antarctic season.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

We’re thrilled to announce the newest addition to our fleet, Magellan Discoverer, joining the Antarctica21 fleet for the 2026-27 Antarctic season.

Magellan Discoverer isn’t just another ship; it’s a symbol of our innovative spirit, our dedication to environmental consciousness, and our unwavering commitment to offering unparalleled small ship, boutique-style expeditions.

3D Artistic Rendering of Magellan Discoverer

3D Artistic Rendering of Magellan Discoverer

Designed as a sister ship to our beloved Magellan Explorer, Magellan Discoverer mirrors the elegant style of its sibling and brings its own unique flair with exciting enhancements. Adhering to the rigorous PC6 ice class specifications, this vessel is tailored for our signature Antarctic fly-and-sail operations, hosting up to 76 guests in 40 cabins spread over three passenger decks.

Continuing our legacy of environmental responsibility, Magellan Discoverer boasts advanced heat recovery systems and meets the rigorous Tier III emission standards. Onboard, guests will find a spacious dining area, versatile meeting rooms, an elegant observation lounge and bar, a state-of-the-art gym, and a charming gift shop. The ship’s accessible bow offers an intimate connection with the breathtaking Antarctic waters.

The creation of Magellan Discoverer is a response to the growing popularity of our unique fly-and-cruise Antarctic expeditions, a concept we pioneered back in 2003. Jaime Vásquez, our esteemed President, notes, “This ship is born out of our unwavering commitment to meeting the rising expectations of our guests. Equipped with the latest technology, Magellan Discoverer strengthens our dedication to sustainability while offering seamless comfort for our travelers. With its modern elegance and advanced technical features, it supports our ongoing effort to provide unparalleled experiences in the spectacular Antarctic region.”

The ship’s accommodations seamlessly blend adventure and comfort. Each cabin, including eight Grand Veranda Suites, two Family Suites, two Triple Veranda Cabins, twenty-two Deluxe Veranda Cabins, and six Single Veranda Cabins, offers a choice of either a king-size bed or two twin beds, comfortable sitting areas, and private balconies. The ship introduces a unique wet science lab and an expansive top deck for 360-degree views of the stunning surroundings. Guests can unwind in the sauna with panoramic windows after a day of exploration. The added convenience of an elevator serving five decks enhances the onboard comfort.

Magellan Discoverer Deck Plan For Air-Cruises

Magellan Discoverer Deck Plan For Air-Cruises

Claudio Bobadilla, our Fleet Director, shares his excitement: “Leveraging our experience with Magellan Explorer and our fruitful collaboration with ASENAV, I am thrilled to embark on Magellan Discoverer project. We are committed to innovating and setting new standards in expedition cruising. Several design enhancements have been developed, reflecting what we learned from building Magellan Explorer together. Our goal is to exceed the high standards expected by our guests. Magellan Discoverer will become a point of reference in the Antarctic tourism industry and a point of pride for our team.”

Magellan Discoverer is set to revolutionize the journey with a state-of-the-art hybrid-electric propulsion system featuring powerful MAN main engines, and ABB’s innovative Azipod® propulsion units and Energy Storage System with Battery Bank from Corvus. This ensures a smoother and quieter voyage through the icy realms.

Like its predecessor, Magellan Discoverer will be constructed at the ASENAV shipyard in Valdivia, Chile, reinforcing our fruitful collaboration. We eagerly anticipate welcoming guests aboard in December 2026 for an unforgettable Antarctic adventure aboard Magellan Discoverer.

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