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Embark on Ocean Nova

Your ideal base for small-ship exploration in Antarctica


72 max

Staff & crew



2, fully enclosed, capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, capacity of 100)


73 m


11 m




Diesel engines, 2,000 horsepower

Ice class

1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)

Cruising speed

12 knots in open water

About Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova is a great ship for Antarctica expeditions. It is a sturdy and nimble expedition vessel that was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. It has a strengthened hull that is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. The ship was fully refurbished in 2006 and since then has benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements.

For our air-cruises, Ocean Nova has a capacity for 67 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins. The ship offers three categories of accommodation: dedicated Single Cabins, Twin Cabins, and Triple Cabins. All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with a chair, a wardrobe, an individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with a shower.

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 7 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Ocean Nova Cabin Categories

Category Average size Details
Single cabins 87 ft2 – 8 m2 One lower single bed
Twin cabins 106 ft2 – 10 m2 Two lower beds
Triple cabins 150 ft2 – 14 m2 Two lower beds and one upper bed

On Board Ocean Nova

We offer three categories of accommodations on Ocean Nova in Antarctica. All offer you a peaceful spot to rest for the next day’s adventure.

Double cabin on Ocean Nova vessel. Photography by Tom Arban.

Double Cabin featuring a bathroom, window, desk, chair, and a queen bed against the bulkhead.

Triple cabin on board Ocean Nova, photography by Tom Arban

Triple Cabin featuring bathroom, window, desk and chair, two lower twin beds, and one upper bed.

Twin cabin on board Ocean Nova, photography by Tom Arban

Twin Cabin featuring bathroom, window, desk and chair, and two lower twin beds.

Single cabin on board Ocean Nova, photography by Tom Arban

Single Cabin, featuring bathroom, window, desk and chair, single lower bed.

Alt Text Lounge and library on Ocean Nova vessel. Photography by Tom Arban.

Library aboard Ocean Nova.

Observation lounge on Ocean Nova vessel. Photography by Tom Arban.

Observation lounge onboard Ocean Nova.

Dining area on Ocean Nova vessel. Photography by Tom Arban.

Dining area on Ocean Nova.

Dining table on Ocean Nova vessel. Photography by Tom Arban.
Bar on Ocean Nova vessel. Photography by Tom Arban.

Expeditions on Ocean Nova

Antarctica21 operates Fly & Cruise Expeditions to Antarctica. Our trips are boutique wilderness adventures taking you to Antarctica and beyond. Enjoy small ship experiences that allow you time to explore our remote destinations. Below are our itineraries that you can choose from sailing on Ocean Nova for a travel experience like no other.

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Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

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Polar Circle Air-Cruise

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Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

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‘’An outstanding experience made possible by everyone involved. Would and will recommend A21 to friends and family.’’

Kevin T. – Traveler from USA

Classic Antarctica Expedition, December 2021


‘’This was an exceptional travel experience throughout and so much better than we had expected. The expedition staff was the most passionate of any cruise I have been on and lectures of their personal experiences in the Antarctic were one of the highlights of our time on the ship.’’

Hilary S. – Traveler from USA

Antarctica & South Georgia Expedition, February 2022


‘’I had an unforgettable experience with Antarctica21!! The ship itself was beautiful and comfortable. I highly recommend trying snow shoeing and kayaking!  Antarctica21 is the only way to travel to Antartica – I felt safe and comfortable the whole time and the attention the staff paid to detail was great.’’

Anna M. - TripAdvisor

Polar Circle Expedition, January 2022

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