Why we like the Ocean Nova

  • A maximum of only 68 passengers ensures a very intimate polar experience and that everyone can get ashore together
  • Combines clean, comfortable Scandinavian styling, with a true expeditionary spirit
  • Ocean Nova's large expeditionary staff of 12 means the highest passenger to staff ratio of any Antarctic ship
  • A high ice class rating, outstanding manoeuvrability and a first rate captain allow Ocean Nova to access places other ships simply can't reach
  • Her Panoramic lounge with its 200 degree views is a popular place for wildlife viewing while keeping warm
  • Delicious hand picked Chilean Wine is complimentary with meals
  • One of the few small ships with dedicated Single cabins, as well as Twins and Triple cabins, all with a picture window and en-suite bathroom

Watch our Video Tour of Ocean Nova

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What Our Customers Think

The Ocean Nova ship was great, I would 10/10 do it again. Read the full review

Katie Salva United States Of America December 2019

The ship was very comfortable, food excellent with a variety of menus including a barbeque on deck. The crew and expedition staff were excellent and extremely knowledgeable.

John UK December 2016

The Ocean Nova was excellent and the perfect size. The ship’s crew and the expedition crew were both first class. Swoop did a terrific job in putting it all together.

Mark Australia February 2016

We had time of our lives! I would give the overall experience a 10/10.

Peace California January 2016

Voyages aboard Ocean Nova

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Alex says

I really like Ocean Nova and not just because she carried me across the Antarctic Circle. Hanging out in the panoramic lounge conveniently close to the killer coffee machine watching icebergs slip by, or a pod of orcas on the hunt one morning, was my idea of heaven.

Alex Mudd Polar Specialist

Cabin Categories

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

All of the Ocean Nova's 36 cabins are ocean-facing with windows, private bathroom facilities, individually controlled heating system and writing desk and chair.


  • All 5 cabins are on the Upper Deck
  • Single bed
  • The best single cabins are 303 & 305, as they have 2 windows, instead of just one, and a better room configuration. 

Twin Window

  • 12 cabins are on the Upper Deck and 16 on the Bridge Deck
  • 2 lower beds
  • All twins have the same floor space. However, they have beds further apart of each other on the Bridge Deck (Deck 4). The twins on the Upper Deck (Deck 3) are potentially better for couples. 
  • Cabins #413 and #414 have obstructed views.


  • The 4 cabins are at the stern of the Upper Deck
  • 1 bunk-bed and 1 lower berth
  • The largest triple is 317, which also has a pole in the middle

Deck Plan

Ocean Nova ship

Onboard Communications & Facilities

If you wish to stay in touch, even in Antarctica, you can choose from the options below:

  • Internet: $49/1GB card
  • VoIP telephone card: $23 per 60min to the USA (will be less to other countries)
  • Iridium card: $78/45min

Please note that this is only for light data traffic and that the above prices are only approximate. Satellite phone works at all times, VoIP requires internet connection. 

Other facilities include:

  • Plugs: European 220V two-round-pinned sockets
  • Towels, toiletries and hair dryers
  • Laundry service (additional cost)

Ready to plan your Antarctic adventure?



We'll spend some time listening to your aspirations, then discuss the kind of experience that might suit you.



Next we'll discuss the options, shortlist the best trips for you and present you our impartial recommendations.



We'll place a 24 hour hold on your preferred option - without obligation - whilst we talk through the details.

With over 50 years of Antarctic experience between us, we can help guide you to exactly the right trip for you.