Why we like the MV Ushuaia
- With only 88 passengers aboard, everyone can disembark at the same time, which allows for longer landings
- Very friendly, experienced largely Argentinean staff
- Consistently high customer feedback of 9.3 out of 10 last season
- En-suite bathrooms in all cabins apart from Twin Standards which share a bathroom between two cabins. Usefully, each cabin also has its own wash basin
- Spacious outer deck areas which are excellent for wildlife watching
- Very competitively priced
- Important: all departures are bi-lingual, conducted in both English and Spanish
Photos of MV Ushuaia
What our customers think
We were so pleasantly surprised by this cruise. None of us knew what to expect... but we were blown away! We had a triple cabin and it did not have bunk beds, which made us sooooo happy. We also had a private bathroom and space, so we were really pleased with the room.
Barbara California March 2017
I loved that the Ushuaia was small/intimate. The staff were great and it had a good vibe to it - definitely the right ship for us. I would recommend this ship to those who want to do an "expedition", truly wanting to experience Antarctica.
Linda Illinois February 2017
Everything about the trip to the Peninsula aboard MV Ushuaia was wonderful. The ship, crew, staff, and especially the expedition leaders were great. They really took care of us well and ensured that we all had the journey of a lifetime.
Ken Florida November 2016
The team on the boat were excellent, helpful and resourceful. Read the full review
Tim Duffy United States Of America December 2018
The ship was very basic but had all the amenities to make it a great experience. Read the full review
Kaitlyn Rye United States Of America November 2018
The Ushuaia is small, elderly and with next-to-no luxuries. If people are expecting a cruise, with all that implies, think again. We were happy with it as Antarctica is a destination that has no luxuries and somehow it would be wrong to be on a 5-star ship.
Pete & Moira UK January 2017
VERY satisfied. I loved the size of the ship - not huge so that it makes it feel impersonal. Perfect! Food was very good. Staff were tremendous.
Ruth UK January 2016
Every single member of staff enriched my stay and it far exceeded any expectations, I can’t speak highly enough of the whole trip.
Jennifer UK January 2016
Voyages aboard Ushuaia
Antarctic Peninsula Expedition
Combining great value and consistently high customer feedback, this popular 10-day voyage is a perennial favourite, and justly so. You’ll spend 4 full days exploring Antarctica, sailing aboard a small 90-passenger vessel renowned for its friendly Latino staff and delicious…
- 10 Days
Polar Circle Crossing
Offering 6 full days in Antarctica, this good value February 12-day departure is timed to coincide with the most favourable conditions for achieving the Polar Circle when channels are mostly ice…
- 12 Days
Journey to Antarctica's Weddell Sea
With 5 full days in Antarctica, experience the towering tabular icebergs and Adelie penguin rookeries of the remote Weddell Sea, alongside some of the Peninsula’s most popular landing sites further south. Departs once a year, at the height of the…
- 11 Days
Interesting fellow passengers and an expedition team who were hugely knowledgeable and great company - I thoroughly enjoyed my voyage aboard The Ushuaia. The consistently high feedback which we've received from Swoop customers further endorses just what a great ship she is.
Luke Errington Founder, Swoop Antarctica
Premier Cabins (6 twins, 2 singles)
- All 6 Premier Twins are on the Upper Deck
- Private bathrooms, twin beds and windows
- Both Single Premier cabins are also on the Upper Deck
- Private bathrooms, single beds and portholes
- The view from the single cabins is obstructed by the lifeboats outside their porthole.
MV Ushuaia Deck Plan
Onboard Communications & Facilities
If you wish to stay in touch, even in Antarctica, you can choose from the options below:
- Internet: $10/30min
- Satellite phone card: $4/min
Please note that this is only for light data traffic and that the above prices are only approximate. You can check your personal emails using the onboard computers to connect to Internet, there is no WiFi. The ship is reachable via e-mail or phone.
Other facilities include:
- Plugs: International multi-type 110V/60Hz sockets in all cabins. Some Argentine 220-240V sockets with two flat V-shaped pins available in public spaces
- Towels, toiletries and hair dryers
- Laundry service