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about the Ocean Nova

about the Ocean Nova

The Ocean Nova is a sister ship to the Sea Endurance (formerly M/S Quest) and was originally built in Denmark in 1992 to serve the west coast of Greenland. Successfully refurbished between 1994 and 1995 and again in 2006, the Ocean Nova now cruises around Svalbard and Antarctica. By taking a trip to the latter, you'll be able to sail through the stark yet beautiful seas of the Great White Continent, spot gigantic floating icebergs and keep your eyes peeled for penguins, seals and more!

OCEAN NOVA details


The converted ship is comfortable, with lots of space, viewing deck and a window in every cabin for spectacular views of the ocean and the ever changing icy landscape!


Arriving in Antarctic waters during the spring and summer months, the deck of your ship offers the perfect viewing platform for sightings of breaching humpback whales, multiple penguin species and spectacular scenery.

Accommodation & Facilities

The Ocean Nova can accommodate up to 73 guests at a time, in either single, double or triple cabins. The triples and some of the twins are double berth and all of the guest accommodation has windows for an ever-changing ocean view. As well as beds, each room comes with a desk with a chair, lots of storage space and private facilities.

The shared areas of the boat consist of a dining room, panorama lounge and a library with a selection of polar books and DVDs for guests to enjoy. All of the shared spaces have windows, and there is always something to see…

Guests are welcome on the bridge, where the ship is commanded, at any time and there are plenty of spacious observation decks.


Delicious meals are served aboard and the panorama lounge is a perfect spot to sip a drink and admire the views.


Although subject to the whims of the weather from time to time, a cruise aboard the Ocean Nova through Antarctica's shifting pack ice is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here at the bottom of the world you'll be able to sail through the famous Drake Passage, observing a landscape bedecked in more ice than anywhere else. Keep a watchful eye out for the massing birdlife of the South Shetland Islands including albatrosses and petrels, as well as adorable fur seals and gigantic whales that breach in the icy waters.

Child Policy

Mature children are generally allowed, however it is up to the parent to decide whether you child is ready for the requirements of group travel, will enjoy the experience and not compromise it for others. We suggest you speak to your Natural World Safaris destination specialist to discuss the specific trip requirements so you can decide on what is best.

Want to stay aboard this ship?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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