Ocean Nova

capacity
72 guests
year built
1992
remodeled
2006
crew members
1992
length
240 feet
beam
36 feet
draft
12 feet
cruising speed
12 knots
flag
Bahamas
ice class
1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)

Carrying only 72 passengers and classified to operate in ice-filled waters, Ocean Nova is guided by Danish officers with deep experience in polar navigation. With all outside cabins, each with private facilities, a spacious dining room and a comfortable library, the Ocean Nova is a perfect expedition ship for your cruise to Antarctica.

This version of Ocean Nova’s cabin configurations and amenities is for her charter by Antarctica21. The Ocean Nova also sails with a slightly altered configuration for other polar itineraries. To see this version of the vessel, visit Ocean Nova: Quark.

Ocean Nova Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Ocean Nova review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our polar experts have been aboard nearly every first-class vessel in Antarctica. Please read our Ocean Nova review below then contact our Antarctica cruise experts to compare the Ocean Nova with other Antarctica small ship cruises.

The Ocean Nova, formerly the Sarpik Ittuk, was built in 1992 in Denmark to navigate the ice-choked waters off Western Greenland. The ship was significantly refurbished in 2006 to include a glass-enclosed forward observation lounge on the top deck and to offer travelers an even more comfortable retreat after days of exploring ashore. She has since benefited from annual upgrades and improvements and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. Expert polar guides complement each cruise with daily shore landings and lectures on history and wildlife.

Common Areas Aboard Ocean Nova

In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, bar, library, small gym and infirmary. She has a fleet of seven Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Ocean Nova provides access to free onboard intranet and a number of resources, including on-demand movies, daily programs and landing site information, photos from the voyage, live camera feeds, international news, a full gift shop catalog and information about the ship and the team. Guests can access the intranet wirelessly with their tablet, laptop or smartphone from anywhere on the ship.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova accommodates 72 passengers in comfortable outside cabins in three cabin categories, all of which feature a picture window, writing desk with chair, wardrobe, individually controlled heating system and private bathroom with shower.