Why We Like This Ship

  • The first small-ship (under 100 passengers) built specifically for Antarctic expedition travel since 2003
  • Designed and operated by the original pioneers of the Antarctic Fly & Cruise concept
  • Limited to a maximum of only 76 passengers per fly-cruise departure, Antarctic exploration doesn't get much more personal.
  • Spacious, well appointed suites, many with floor to ceiling windows and outside balconies
  • Adventure activities, such as kayaking and snowshoeing are available to guests
  • Built to the latest Polar Code specifications she carries a Polar Class 6 ice-class (Lloyd’s Register PC6)
  • For passenger comfort the ship features state-of-the-art stabilizers
  • To minimize fuel consumption, a waste heat recovery system recycles the heat produced by the ship’s engines and repurposes it to power the ship’s heating system and to warm the water used on board

The Magellan Explorer

Voyages Aboard Magellan Explorer

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Alex says

I was thrilled to sail on and thoroughly inspect the Magellan Explorer in December 2021. The eye-catching design looks stunning amidst the ice and the small passenger capacity meant my experience of Antarctica was incredibly intimate, maximising my time exploring off the ship.

Alex Mudd Polar Specialist

Cabin Categories

All double cabins have two twin beds that can be configured as one bed. All cabins feature a private bathroom and a sitting area.

When operating sea voyages, the ship's capacity is 96 passengers.

*Grand Suites will be known simply as "Suites" for trips from November 2024 onwards.

Please note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary.

Grand Suites

  • 44 m2 / 480 sqft - located on deck 4
  • 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed
  • Separate living area with queen-size sofabed and coffee table
  • Desk and chair sets in both living and bedroom areas
  • 2 armchairs with side tables
  • 2 private balconies with sitting areas
  • 2 larger private bathrooms with separate shower
  • Grand Suites will be known simply as "Suites" for trips from November 2024 onwards.

Penthouse Suite

  • 33 m2 / 360 sqft - located on deck 5 
  • 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed 
  • Separate sitting area with sofa and coffee table 
  • Desk and chair 
  • 2 armchairs 
  • Private balcony with sitting area 
  • Larger private bathroom with separate shower 

Deluxe Veranda Cabin

  • 22 m2 / 240 sqft - located on deck 4
  • 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed
  • Desk and chair
  • 1 armchair with side table
  • Private balcony with sitting area
  • Larger private bathroom with separate shower

Veranda Cabin

  • 19 m2 / 210 sqft - located on deck 3
  • 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed
  • Desk and chair
  • 1 armchair with side table
  • Private balcony with sitting area
  • Private bathroom with separate shower

Porthole Cabin

  • 18 m2 / 200 sqft - located on deck 3
  • 2 twin beds or 1 king-size bed
  • Desk and chair
  • 2 armchairs with side table
  • Private bathroom with separate shower

Triple Suite

  • 44 m2 / 480 sqft - Located on Deck 4
  • 2 twin beds (can be merged into a king size bed for couples) and 1 queen-size sofa bed (max. occupancy 3 people) 
  • The sofa bed for the third guest is located in a separate additional bedroom area for increased privacy
  • Desks and chair sets in both living and bedroom areas
  • 2 armchairs with side tables
  • 2 private balconies with sitting areas
  • 2 private bathrooms with shower

Single Veranda Cabin

  • 19 m2 / 210 sqft - located on deck 3
  • 1 king-size bed
  • Desk and chair
  • 1 armchair with side table
  • Private balcony with sitting area
  • Private bathroom with separate shower
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What our customers think of Magellan Explorer

Select this boat for their first class, small ship experience. The small ship has access to locations other ships can not get to, and the staff to guest ratio is excellent. This is a brand new luxury adventure ship. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Kenneth Bych - USA

Cabin size was efficient and very comfortable. The choices at meal time were amazing and the chef provided top quality meals. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Kenneth Bych - USA

Everyone on the ship were inclusive, friendly, and professional, and they made me feel more than welcome to be with them. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Mary Buchino Johnson - USA

This boat was wow. I've never been on a cruise before and now I suspect I'll never be satisfied on a lesser cruise. It was nice having only 60 or so passengers. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Tyler Steffenson - USA

10/10 - Excellent, pristine ship, very stable. Outstanding crew, waitstaff and guides….absolutely top notch. So friendly and professional. Stabilizers really helped it in the rougher seas. We were very surprised at the spaciousness of the room; all the finishes in the ship were so well designed and top quality. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Joe Brubaker - USA

From David, the leader who had an ever changing set of challenges due to weather and seas. We felt entirely safe with him and knew he was sincerely trying to give us the best experience he could. All the expedition team were outstanding, informative, warm, really really great. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Joe Brubaker - USA

Excellent ship. Well appointed and comfortable. Cabin was fine. Excellent staff on ship. Pleased with housekeeping and waiter staff. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Larry Pass - USA

Expedition team members were uniformly friendly, approachable, helpful, and full of knowledge related to what we were seeing or could see. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2022

Fred Delcomyn - USA

I have been on (much larger) cruise ships before, so I did have some general idea of how being onboard would be. My experience with Magellan Explorer was a step up from my previous experiences. Partly this was due to the small size of the ship, but even taking this into account, I found staff extremely friendly and helpful throughout the voyage. In addition, I found the food excellent, with great variety and ample portions. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2022

Fred Delcomyn - USA

Beautiful new boat. Very comfy and nice. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2022

Todd Mackey - USA

Awesome team!!! Very knowledgeable and accessible. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2022

Todd Mackey - USA

Cabin was perfect. Food was unbelievable and staff fabulous. I’d definitely choose the Magellan again. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Chris Dixon - UK

I can't say enough good things about the the expedition team. That were genuinely excited to be on the cruise with us and it showed. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Jeannette Shull - USA

The observation lounge was especially pleasant to spend time in. The dining room was very stable during meals. The food was well prepared. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Jeannette Shull - USA

The epitome of a vessel to ply the waters in Antarctica. Unmatched staff. The food service, world class. The lectures onboard, fantastic. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Ray Applebaum - USA

The size of our ship enabled us to take two excursions each day. Larger ships can only let 100 passengers off at a time and ships larger than 500 cannot let the passengers off at all. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Jeannette Shull - USA

The staff was excellent and very skilled. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Randy Smith - USA

5 star plus treatment - the ship is great. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Randy Smith - USA

Everything went very smoothly from check in to check out. There was always staff available to help. The personnel on the trip were all terrific from the hospitality workers to the guides. They were very friendly and knowledgeable. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2020

Carol Clarke - United States Of America

Particular kudos go to the ship's crew of the Magellan Explorer. Our leader there was Ben and he was just astonishing. He is a world traveller, an athlete, and just one hell of a nice guy. We really felt like somebody had your back and truly wanted you to have the experience of a lifetime. And it was. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2019

Donald Emeigh - United States Of America

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Onboard Communications & Facilities

There are satellite telephone and internet services on board, available at an additional charge to guests. Please note that due to the nature of our expedition and the locations we travel to, services may slow or delayed services compared to those you might expect at home.

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