M/V Ocean Nova

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The M/V Ocean Nova is the ideal expedition vessel for a discovery journey to Antarctica, allowing guests to enjoy a combination of adventure and elegance.

Guests fly by BAE-146 plane from Punta Arenas to King George Island and in the process avoid the notoriously rough (and two day long) sail across Drake's Passage. Only one other operator offers this fly/sail service, for just one trip a year, whereas M/V Ocean Nova offers 17 set departure trips each season.

The M/V Ocean Nova herself was built in Denmark in 1992 and was designed to sail ice-choked waters off Greenland. She is modern and comfortable and has just 35 cabins with a capacity of 68 passengers, making it far smaller than many other boats that ply the Antarctic waters. All the cabins (choose from singles, doubles and triples) have private facilities.

In addition the vessel has a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. The bar and library offer guests views of the Antarctic wilderness.

The on-board restaurant serves a variety international cuisines accompanied by a fine selection of Chilean wines.

As for activities, the ship has zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching. Guests also have the option of going on kayaking or snow shoe programmes every day, but these must be booked in advance at an extra cost. After an active day, guests can soak up the Antarctic views on board, with expert Polar guides always on hand to answer questions.

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As M/V Ocean Nova is smaller than most vessels in these waters, she can reach the bays other bigger ships can't

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