M/V Ushuaia

M/V Ushuaia was originally built in the United States for NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration). Carrying just 89 passengers, she is one of the smallest ice strengthened expedition ships now exploring Antarctica and the ideal choice for those wanting an unpretentious, but insightful polar experience - which offers value for money. 

The low onboard capacity means all passengers can alight together and make the most of exploring off ship. 

Please click on any side photo to view ships gallery.


84.73 metres / 278.3 feet

Ice Class:

INSB Ice Class C


14 knots



Staff & Crew:



Standard Twin Semi-Private Porthole Cabins (12)
- bunked

Twin Private Porthole Cabins (11)
- 2 x lower berths

Triple Porthole Cabins (2)
- 3 x lower berths

Single Window Cabins (2)
- 1 x single berth

Twin Window Cabins (6)
- 2 x lower berths

Superior Cabins (9)
- 2 x lower berths (#301 has 1 x sgl & 1 x dbl bed)

Suites (4)
- 2 x lower berths or 1 x double bed & sitting area


She has a full complement of Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs), which are ideal for making onshore landings and for cruising around icebergs and accessing otherwise inaccessible areas of coastline.  M/V Ushuaia has a freedom of the ship policy and provides ample deck space from which to survey the surrounding landscapes and maintains an open bridge.

Public areas comprise a large dining room, an observation lounge, bar, library and small infirmary.  Chefs prepare fresh meals each day using many local specialities; meanwhile the bar is well stocked with a range of carefully selected wines and spirits.  There is also a conference room, with modern multimedia equipment, perfect for evening presentations and group discussions.

The expert captain and crew are highly experienced in Antarctic navigation, with a great passion for nature.  Meanwhile, the specialist team of expedition leaders and lecturers possess a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and love of Antarctica and of its wildlife and marine life inhabitants.

Client feedback:

"Thanks for all your efforts on our behalf.

The expedition was excellent - the highlights were the close sighting of a pod of Orca attacking a Humpbacked Whale and penguins - awesome!  Bird watching from the ship and onshore visits twice a day gave many photographic opportunities for sea birds and whales. 

Visiting the mainland at Neko Harbour and other sites was great.  The ideal size of the ship and friendliness of the other passengers and crew was much appreciated - we grew very attached to the ship.

Thanks again for your help and attention to detail."

R & J Labbett 

  • M/V Ushuaia
  • Ushuaia Bridge
  • Ushuaia Explorer's Lounge
  • Ushuaia Premier Single Cabin
  • Ushuaia Premier Twin Cabin
  • Ushuaia Suite Sitting Area
  • Ushuaia Standard Cabin Bunk
  • Ushuaia Superior Cabin
  • Ushuaia Standard Plus Cabin
  • Ushuaia Deck Plan


  • Ushuaia Front Deck
  • Zodiac Boarding, Ushuaia
  • Ushuaia Dining Room
  • Ushuaia Triple Cabin
  • Ushuaia Standard Cabin
  • Ushuaia Suite
  • Ushuaia Explorer's Lounge
  • Ushuaia Superior Cabin
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