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Choose to fly over the Drake Passage, either one way or both, and combine with a cruise around the remote wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula; a world of towering icebergs and huge penguin colonies. Built in Denmark in 1992 and refurbished regularly, the Ocean Nova is a comfortable specialist expedition vessel, limited to the 71 passenger capacity of the BAE airplane. This provides an intimate experience, with lower numbers of explorers. Enjoy regular zodiac boat outings and shore landings on a choice of itineraries, as shown below.

  • Cabins
  • Route
  • Ocean Nova Experience
  • Boat Specification
  • Airplane BAE-146
  • Deck Plan
Single Cabin

Single Cabin

One lower single bed

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Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin

Two lower beds

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Triple Cabin

Triple Cabin

Two lower beds and one upper bed

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Ocean Nova Deck Plan

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Express air-cruise

The quickest way to explore the Antarctic Peninsula, combining a cruise through Tierra del Fuego with time in Antarctica and a return flight over the Drake Passage.

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Classic air-cruise

The classic way to explore the Antarctic Peninsula without sailing through the Drake Passage, perfect for those concerned about seasickness.

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Polar circle air-cruise

Fly both ways over the Drake and enjoy an extensive Antarctica cruise, enjoying regular shore landings and attempting to cross into the Polar Circle.

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Ocean Nova Experience

Why chose an Ocean Nova Antarctica Adventure

  • Choose to fly over the Drake Passage, either one way or both
  • Once in Antarctica, enjoy an intimate cruise on an expedition vessel
  • Cruises limited to the 71 passenger capacity of the BAE Airplane
  • Stay in comfortable outside-facing cabins with picture windows
  • Regular zodiac outings, shore excursions and wildlife watching opportunities
  • Ice-strengthened hull for Antarctic exploration
  • Choice of itineraries, with express 5 night option

Boat Specification

PASSENGERS: 72 maximum
LIFEBOATS: 2 fully enclosed capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, capacity 100)
LENGTH: 73.0 m
BREADTH: 11.0 m
PROPULSION: Diesel engines 2,000 horsepower
ICE CLASS: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
DRAFT: 3.7 m
CRUISING SPEED: 12 knots in open wate

Airplane BAE-146

The aircraft BAE-146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which make it particularly suited for these kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

  • MODEL:

  • BAE 146-200


  • 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5


  • 70 passengers


  • 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m)


  • 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)


  • 465 mph (750 km/h)


  • 31,200 ft (9.500 m)

Deck Plan

Ocean Nova deck plan

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