An Antarctic Adventure Ship

Sail as far as the Antarctic Circle in comfortable accommodations.

Strong and Mighty

Built for the ice-choked waters of Greenland, this ship can go where most cannot.

An Ideal Base for Explorers

Enjoy a glass-enclosed observation lounge, a spacious dining room, and other welcoming features while on board.


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

Onboard 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.

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Triple Cabin, featuring bathroom, window, desk and chair, 2 lower twin beds and 1 upper bed.

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Twin Cabin, featuring bathroom, window, desk and chair, and 2 lower twin beds.

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

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Library aboard Ocean Nova.

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Observation lounge onboard Ocean Nova.

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


“The Classic Antarctica air-cruise was amazing, thanks in part to our experienced and friendly guides. I especially enjoyed exploring alongside a bird naturalist, a marine mammals biologist, and a polar historian and explorer (who skied to both poles!)”

Mary, Traveler from USA

TripAdvisor, December 2019


“Antarctica is breathtaking, and Antarctica21 provides an over the top travel experience.”

J.W., Traveler from USA

TripAdvisor, January 2020


“Antarctica is, without doubt, an amazing place. If you ever get a chance (or 5) to visit, do it. For our cruise, we went with Antarctica21 and it was a great experience.”

Michael, Traveler from USA

TripAdvisor, January 2020

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