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
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What our customers think of MV Ushuaia

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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.

Travelled: March 2017

Barbara - California

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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.

Travelled: February 2017

Linda - Illinois

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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.

Travelled: November 2016

Ken - Florida

The team on the boat were excellent, helpful and resourceful. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2018

Tim Duffy - United States Of America

The ship was very basic but had all the amenities to make it a great experience. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2018

Kaitlyn Rye - United States Of America

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.

Travelled: January 2017

Pete & Moira - UK

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.

Travelled: January 2016

Ruth - UK

Every single member of staff enriched my stay and it far exceeded any expectations, I can’t speak highly enough of the whole trip.

Travelled: January 2016

Jennifer - UK

Voyages aboard Ushuaia

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Luke says

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

Cabin Categories

*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary

The MV Ushuaia has just been refurbished, and offers clean and comfortable cabins for a range of tastes and budgets.

Suites (4)

  • All 4 Suites are on the Upper Deck
  • Windows, en-suite and small lounge with TV, DVD player and a fridge
  • Suite 201 features two double beds and Suite 202 features one double bed and a sofa bed. Suites 204 and 207 feature three lower single beds so are ideal for families.

Superior Cabins (9)

  • All 9 Superior cabins are on the Upper Deck
  • Windows, writing desk and chair, en-suite and twin beds
  • Cabin 301 features one double and one single bed.

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.

Standard Plus (11 twins, 2 triples)

  • 11 twin and 2 triple cabins - all on the Lower Deck (E)
  • This is a brand new category of cabin with private facilities and majority have portholes
  • Twin Standard Plus cabins 633, 635 and 637 have windows. Cabin 640 is the only one with a double bed.

Standard Twin (12)

  • All 12 Twin Standard cabins are on the Lower Deck (E)
  • Bunk beds, portholes and a washbasin, sharing a bathroom between 2 cabins

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

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