The M/V Ushuaia started out in the service of the United States National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Agency. It was then transformed into an ice-strengthened Polar vessel, having undergone a complete refurbishment. With accommodation for up to 88 passengers in 46 comfortable cabins and suites, the ship also boasts a large dining room, observation lounge and bar, ample deck space, conference room with multi-media equipment, library, infirmary and an open bridge policy. Superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities are possible due to the fleet of Zodiacs carried on board. The team of expedition leaders and lecturers are all extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic and dedicated to the protection of the environment, whilst the captain and crew are highly experienced in Antarctic navigation.
Why we like it
"A true expedition ship, built with research in mind! It has all the quirks of a scientific ship but rebuilt a decade ago to carry passengers. The ships unique history makes any trip on her a true ‘living’ expedition. The Ushuaia has a fabulous expedition team and ample outside deck viewing areas. Accommodation is comfortable, and she is our biggest-selling budget Antarctica vessel – and has been for many years."
Greg Carter, Co-Founder of Chimu Adventures
Length: 84.73 m / 278.3 feet
Breadth: 15.41 m / 51 feet
Draught: 5.48 m / 18.08 feet
Speed: 14 knots
CRUISE SPEED: 12 knots
Passengers: 88 passengers and 38 staff
Zodiac & RIBs: 7
Electrical Outlets: 110 V, 60 Hz
Classification: INSB Ice class C
Ice Class: 4 Flag Panama Engine 2 ALCO 1600 HP each
Forward-looking sonar reduces the risk of grounding on uncharted reefs or rocks. Designed to Ice Class C specifications for service in sea ice. Vessel meets all international requirements. Within 24 hours of embarkation there will be an emergency drill which all guests are required to participate in.There are large “heavy duty” life jackets in each cabin, to be used in case of ship emergency.