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Ship information Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova was built in Denmark in 1992 and started her career as a ferry on Greenland’s west coast. In 2006 she was completely refurbished and is now a small and comfortable expedition ship with room for 78 passenger in comfortable cabins, all with ocean view and private facilities, ideal for this kind of expedition cruises.

Lenght: 73 Metres
Width: 11 Metres
Draft: 3,50 Metres
Gross Tonage: 2.183 GT
Zodiacs: 8
Passenger Capacity: 78
Crew: 34, led by an experienced Captain



The Panorama Lounge is a beautiful glass enclosed public area located on deck 5 that can easily accommodate the entire complement of passengers. It is open at all times for guests’ enjoyment. Lectures, presentations and movies will be offered in this lounge throughout the voyage. The Panorama Lounge houses Ocean Nova’s bar. Here you can also find coffee and tea around the clock!


The Library located on deck 4 aft you will find a comprehensive collection of Antarctic and other polar literature. The Library is reserved as a “Quiet Area” and it is open 24 hours a day.


The Bridge is an important working area on the ship. During your voyage you are welcome to visit the Bridge to watch the Captain and the officers sailing the ship. The Bridge may be closed at arrival and departure from ports and during times of complicated navigation. For safety reasons, please always keep your voice down and beware of not standing in the way of the officers. Bridge etiquette also includes “no eating and no drinking”.


Tipping is highly personal and voluntary for those who want to give something for good service on board, approximately USD 18 per passenger per day is just a general guideline.


The electrical supply aboard the ship is 220 volts using Scandinavian two-prong plugs. We recommend that you bring an international adapter if you have devices that need to charge. There are outlets in every cabin.


On deck 4 you will find a small gym available. No appointment is needed. It is available on a first-come, firstserved basis. Please do not bring any glass bottles or drinking glasses into the gym and remember always to sanitize your hands.


All cabins on board are all outside cabins with windows and all have private WC and shower. Each cabin has a fitted wardrobe with hangers, a mirror, desk and chair, hairdryer, electrical socket and bin. Your cabin will be cleaned daily and new towels are available upon request. You will find shower gel and shampoo, soap, shower cap, slippers and a bathrobe will be available for your comfort. Safe boxes are available at the Hotel Manager’s office. NOTE! A cabin card will be required to access your cabin and will be issued upon embarkation.


Since we are embarking on an expedition, the dress code on board is informal. We recommend that you bring comfortable, casual clothes that can be layered according to the temperature. The average temperature on board are about 20°- 22°C. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes with rubber or other non-slip soles when moving around both inside the ship and on deck.


The vessel is equipped with a satellite system allowing communication by telephone, webmail and internet with the rest of the world. You can surf the Expedition Internet with your personal device via the on board WiFi. There you will find a variety of resources related with your voyage, such as the daily program, the ship’s position, the daily menu and more. 

The Internet system provided on board runs via a satellite-connected service with a limited bandwidth. Please be prepared for a much lower speed than you may be used to when browsing at home.

We strongly suggest to limit Internet usage to basic functions and avoid browsing heavy pages or applications. It can get very expensive!


There is a physician and a first aid station on board the Ocean Nova. Passengers who are under regular treatment or who use special medication must carry a sufficient amount for the entire journey. Also bring a written description of the medications you are taking.


The dining room is located on deck 3 seats and fit all passengers in one single sitting. Tables are unassigned and there is open seating at all meals. If you have special dietary needs, these must be clearly indicated prior to your departure. The following dining options will be served during the expedition cruise:

  • Early bird (tea, coffee and pastries)
  • Breakfast buffét 
  • Lunch buffét
  • Afternoon tea
  • Set menu dinner

The daily menu is posted in front of the Dining Room and a vegetarian option is always available.


“Ocean Nova” is a non-smoking ship. Inside the ship all passenger areas, including cabins, are designated as non-smoking. Smoking is permitted in designated areas on the exterior decks, where cigarette butt containers are located. Please be aware that smoking is not permitted during shore excursions in Antarctica.


A selection of souvenirs, such as Antarctica-related handicrafts, items of ladies’, men’ and children’s clothing, jewellery, postcards is available at the on board Gift-Shop located on deck 2. Opening times are announced in the daily program or through the PA system. Your purchases are recorded and can be paid for together with other shipboard accounts at the end of the cruise


The language on board are English and Swedish. The crew are English speaking.


In your cabin you will find a laundry bag and the laundry price list. Laundry is returned within 48 hours. Please note, that your selected clothes will be washed at 40 degrees and tumble dried. 


Services rendered on board the ship (communications, laundry, gratuities, etc.) and purchases are kept on record and totalled up at the end of your voyage. If you share a cabin with someone and want separate bills, it is important that you inform the hotel manager this immediately. Accounts can be settled before disembarkation in cash, both in U.S. Dollars and Euros, or by credit card (Visa and Mastercard). Credit cards are charged by international companies that may be located outside Chile or Argentina. Please check with your bank that geographical restrictions are not applied.  


You can drink the tap water on board.