M/V Ushuaia

M/V Ushuaia is a comfortable & intimate ship that has been redesigned & ice-strengthened to explore Antarctica.

About the M/V Ushuaia

Initially built for the NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), it has now been wonderfully refurbished to accommodate up to 84 passengers in 41 comfortable twin cabins.

The open bridge policy enables to you experience the operations of the ship whilst on-board if you choose, and the inflatable landing craft ensure amazing landings and spectacular wildlife viewings that would otherwise be impossible on this inaccessible coastline.


M/V Ushuaia Details


A comfortable and intimate expedition ship with space for just 84 guests.


Exploring the vast ice-scapes of Antarctica, itineraries can include the Antarctic peninsula, South Georgia, the Weddell Sea and the Shetland Islands.

Accommodation & Facilities

All cabins have ample storage space and an ‘open door policy' – so if you wish for something to be stored under lock and key you need to have a chat with the staff. Cabins are all equipped with individual temperature controls.

There is a large dining room, an observation lounge and bar, a conference room, well-stocked library, changing room and small infirmary for first aid. There is also a gift shop stocked with men’s and women’s clothing, as well as film and souvenirs.

Staff are all well trained and experienced in Antarctic navigation with a strong love of nature.


Cuisine is delicious, prepared on-board by excellent chefs and including local specialties. You will usually enjoy a continental and American breakfast buffet, a buffet or seated served lunch, then afternoon tea and a three-course dinner. Coffee and tea is offered throughout the day and the bar is well stocked.


Each evening your activities for the next day will be presented by your expedition leader. You must be aware that flexibility is the key here and your activities will depend on weather and wildlife at the time.

Activities will include going ashore on zodiacs to walk with penguins, explore the pristine icy wilderness on foot and see myriad sea birds. Look out for minke, killer and humpback whales at close range and mammals such as elephant, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals. Cross the infamous Drakes Passage, the Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

The aim is for about two excursions per day and the options are endless!

Child Policy

Children are welcome; however please note that we do not recommend expeditions to Antarctica to very young children. Parents are responsible for the safety and behaviour of their child at all times. There are no special facilities on-board for children. Please be aware that you are responsible to for ensuring that your child is of appropriate age as to not ruin the expedition for your fellow passengers, and will enjoy it themselves.

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