The M / V Antarctic Dream was built in the Harleem shipyards in
Holland. It was originally commissioned in October 1957 by the Chilean navy, with the specific purpose of servicing the country’s scientific bases in Antarctica She was christened "Piloto Pardo", a name that dates back to the earliest times of Chilean explorations of the Antarctic.
In 1916, the Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton sought the help of a Chilean harbor tug in
Punta Arenas to rescue the 22 crewmembers from his ship, ¨the Endurance, who were stranded on
ElephantIsland after the failure of their expedition be the first to cross the Antarctic Continent. Three previous attempts to reach the men with larger ships had failed. The hero of that daring rescue was Luis Pardo Villalón Alberto, captain of the tug Yelcho.
It was Pardo’s intimate knowledge of working the ice that assured that his vessel could reach
ElephantIsland and return with all the crew safe and sound. Piloto Pardo became a national legend.
After being decommissioned from the Navy, the vessel was acquired by Antarctic Shipping SA, which began its total refitting in 2003, to combine its natural conditions of a bonafide Antarctic ice strengthened hull with the comforts of a modern luxury cruise ship.
The Antarctic Dream is a Dutch-built, ice-reinforced vessel which was completely remodeled in 2004. The ship accommodates 78 passengers in double occupancy with beautiful outside cabins with private bathrooms and ample storage space. Other amenities include two passenger observation decks, lecture and presentation room, open bridge, spa, sauna, gym, library, panoramic view dining room and clinic.
Yes - Laundry facilities
Yes - Small Gym
Yes - Hair dryers available
Yes - Medical Clinic
No - Internet available
Yes - Phone available
Yes - Camping available
Yes - Safes available at front desk
Yes- Boots/parka provided
All cabins feature: Queen or twin beds, private bathroom with shower or tub, TV, music, individual heat control, satellite telephone connection, closet.
PURPLE - 2 Suites on the Cape Horn Deck - Spacious suite with large view windows and plenty of privacy.
BLUE - 2 Suites on Piloto Pardo Deck - Large suite with view windows located on main observation deck.
PINK - 19 Superior Cabins on Shackleton Deck - Comfortable rooms with view windows.
YELLOW - 16 Standard Cabins on Amundsen Deck - Standard cabins have small port hole windows.
GREEN - Public areas aboard the Antarctic Dream include helicopter deck, observation deck, lobby, bar, dining room, auditorium, gym and sauna, sick bay (first aid), boutique and passengers bridge.