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Magellan Explorer


Brand new vessel, the Magellan Explorer, is an elegant base from which to explore the polar regions, combining boutique hospitality with top class expedition facilities. It is the ideal platform for air-cruise operations and several international polar expedition experts were part of the design process. Working with engineers, naval architects and designers, the expedition experience of guests was always in mind. Built in Chile, the Magellan Explorer has a capacity of 73 passengers providing an intimate small ship cruising experience. 

The ship has a fleet of 10 zodiacs to ensure all guests can disembark the ship and enjoy time on the icy landscapes or drift through glacial waters in search of unique wildlife. The ship contains a glass observation lounge and presentation room that boasts state-of-the-art visual and audio equipment for presentations conduct by the expert expedition crew. The Magellan explorer is truly one of the most modern and advanced vessels to operate in Antarctica. 



Length: 90.7 m (298 ft.)

Breadth: 16.2 m (53 ft.)

Draught: 4.3 m (14 ft.)

Gross Tonnage: 4,900

Speed: 14 knots

Passengers: 100

Classification: Passenger Ship

Ice Class: LR PC6

Ship Region:Polar

Our ships comply with all safety regulations and are suitable for sailing in polar environments. For safety in navigation, there is an ice-detecting radar.



The health and safety of our guests, employees and the communities we visit are our highest priority. We have implemented the following measures to secure the highest degree of safety on board. Our policies and procedures may be subject to change due to as we monitor the evolving scientific and medical advice.

At home guest preparation: If you suffer from underlying medical conditions that increase your risk of severe illness, you should not travel with us at this time. You should follow the recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) and consult with your doctor who can assist you in your evaluation. It is also highly recommended that you purchase insurance to cover the risks associated with issues related to Covid-19. Those include, but are not limited to, denial of entry in the country or region of embarkation, medically advised denial of boarding, quarantine requirements either on land or on board the ship, medically advised isolation due to suspected or confirmed Covid-19 infection, and any other issue or risk related to pandemic events. In the absence of insurance coverage, you assume any financial costs associated with such events.

Pre-Departure Safeguards: You may be required to sign an affidavit upon your arrival in the destination country and to comply with other entry requirements. You may also be required to provide proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test. Applicable protocols will be informed closer to the time of travel. 

Before undergoing any departure on the Hebridean Sky you will be required to undergo a Covid-19 screening process no matter the departure city of your expedition. You should understand and accept that any infection or suspected infection detected during the screening process may result in denial of boarding for your trip

Onboard Safety: The ship offer spacious panoramic public areas, including our interior hallways, that allow for interpersonal distancing requirements. The use of personal protection equipment (PPE), such as face masks, may be required when interpersonal distancing cannot be maintained. All common areas are thoroughly and regularly sanitized, with specific focus on high-touch points. In addition to daily cleaning, all cabins and common areas undergo deep cleaning and sanitization before and after each departure.

Crew and Staff Safety Measures: All our shipboard teams are required to follow strict guidelines for working on board our ships. A Covid-19 screening takes place well before arrival to the vessel. While on board, our staff and crew follow industry mandated guidelines designed to maintain a healthy ship environment. Our staff and crew are selected according to strict sanitary and medical vetting. They must undergo a preventative isolation period and take a Covid-19 test before boarding.

During any voyage on board the Magellan Explorer there is always a medical doctor on board. In addition, extra crew members with nursing training may be on board to assist in various health and safety functions. On-call service from our medical contractor’s shore-based team is accessible 24/7 to support the ship’s doctor. Extra stock of PPE are available on board in case of need.

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