Ocean Nova

M/V Ocean Nova: from the moment we walk onboard this compact, cosy ship we are greeted with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. As with her sistership M/V Quest, Ocean Nova is one of the smallest expedition vessels still in operation, carrying just 78 passengers and giving her a strong advantage over many larger ships in Antarctica and the Arctic.  With the advantage of lower capacity she often plays host as exploration platform to the fly to Antarctica cruises, limited to just 68 guests

In true expedition spirit guests are invited off the ship for guided walks and and close encounters with wildlife. Zodiac cruising can be enjoyed on each voyage departure.  Optional kayaking can be booked as an additional activity on select voyages, meanwhile hiking and snowshoeing are included on select special interest departures.


73 metres

Ice Class:

1B (Casco 1A)


12 knots cruising speed


68 (78 in the Arctic)

Staff & Crew:



Quad Cabins
- 2 x upper & 2 x lower berths

Triple Cabins
- 1 x bunk & 1 x lower berth

Upper Deck (Lower Berth) Cabins
- 2 x lower berths

Bridge Deck Twin Cabins
- 2 x lower berths

Upper Deck Twin Cabins
2 x lower berths


Onboard there is a much-loved, glass enclosed observation lounge, a great location in which to take in the spectacular views or partake in some wildlife spotting.  Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for. 

You can unwind at the lounge bar or get some peace and quiet in the on board library. She hosts a dining/lecture room serving delectable meals in between landings and in the evenings there are opportunities to attend lectures and learn about the area’s fascinating flora, fauna, history and glaciology.

She offers 38 comfortable outside cabins, all enjoying private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins.  Triple cabins and some twin cabins on upper deck comprise upper and lower berths. All other cabins have two lower berths. All cabins provide a desk, chair, flat screen TV and DVD player and ample storage space.

Other amenities onboard include a polar library, stocked with a collection of polar books and DVDs, exercise room, polar boutique and 24 hour beverage service.

Client Review:

"It was truly a fantastic trip!! The expedition guides were a major highlight for me as well as seeing the several species of penguin which was incredible (even Emperor which was a shock!).  From those major factors down to other details like the polar plunge, seeing icebergs, and the food onboard - it was all just fantastic!!  We had such a wonderful time, it's hard to return home! haha Going on this expedition was one of my best decisions for sure. :) Thank you so much for all you did for us!"

Fly & Sail Antarctica

  • M/V Ocean Nova
  • Ocean Nova breaking through ice
  • Ocean Nova Top Deck
  • Ocean Nova Single Cabin
  • Ocean Nova Lounge
  • Ocean Nova Deck Plan
  • Ocean Nova Bridge
  • Ocean Nova - Zodiac Boarding
  • Ocean Nova Bow
  • Ocean Nova Triple Cabin
  • Ocean Nova Twin Cabin


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