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Classic Antarctica Air Cruise | Ocean Nova

8 Days
From USD 13,795


Small Ship Expedition Cruise



Start: Punta Arenas, Chile

Finish: Punta Arenas, Chile

SHIP: Ocean Nova



DestinationDeparture Date

02/12/2024, 12/12/2024, 17/12/2024, 22/12/2024, 27/12/2024, 17/01/2025, 22/01/2025, 01/02/2025, 06/02/2025, 11/02/2025, 07/12/2025, 12/12/2025, 17/12/2025, 22/12/2025, 27/12/2025, 22/01/2026, 27/01/2026, 08/02/2026, 18/02/2026


Welcome dinner in Punta Arenas, Breakfast at hotels, & all meals on board the ship, including wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cappuccino, water, & snacks


Group transfers throughout & return charter flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island


Hotel & Cabin on board a ship

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Included SightseeingIncluded Sightseeing

Daily Antarctica Excursions, Zodiac Cruising, Onboard Expert Lectures & Briefings by the Experienced Expedition Team


NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather & ice conditions 


AMAZING OFFER: AUD$3000pp Air Credit on Selected 25/26 Departures* 

Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, take a journey to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent – Antarctica. On board the Ocean Nova you will find a true expedition experience as you reach some of the most untouched places on Earth.


*Air Credit promotion is available on selected dates and cabins on the Classic Antarctica Air Cruise onboard Ocean Nova in the 25/26 Antarctica seasons subject to availability until 30 Sep 2024 unless withdrawn, sold out, or varied prior. Offer is capacity controlled and not combinable with other promotions. Please Contact Us for full terms and conditions and to check availability.


Arrive in Punta Arenas

Staff members will welcome you on arrival in Punta Arenas, Chile. Transfer to your hotel, then visit the Explorers House, and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your air-cruise, and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. At Explorers House, enjoy local gastronomy dinner as you meet your fellow adventurers.

Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Antarctica Exploration

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

Fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.)

Transfer to the airport for onward destination

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova

The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern, comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited to expedition travel in Antarctica. The M/V Ocean Nova has the capacity for 67 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with exterior views and private en-suite facilities. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, on board facilities include a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a polar boutique, an exercise room and an infirmary with doctor. The ship carries Zodiacs that are well suited for shore transfers and for exploring the icy waters of the Antarctica, looking for wildlife.

Why we like it: Modern, small and comfortable. Fewer passengers means that you get to know everyone on board by name, making great friendships with fellow passengers and the crew - you’ll be sad to say goodbye to Antarctica and your new mates! The cabins are huge, and a smaller ship means you’ll have shorter ship-to-shore excursions – which is a bonus on cooler days! Head out onto the bridge and hang with the captain, he’s been with the ship a long time, and knows it capabilities inside out - you’re in very safe hands!

Ice Class: Length: 73 metres
Breadth: 11 metresMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 12 knots
Electricity: N/A Passenger

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We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.


Optional Activities vary for each itinerary. Limited spaces available. Contact your Destination Specialist for pricing & availability.


Experience the unforgettable thrill and serenity of kayaking in Antarctica as part of a small, expertly guided paddling group.

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Pricing per person & date

Classic Antarctica Air Cruise | Ocean Nova from USD 13,795
Departing Ending Duration
02 Dec 2024 09 Dec 2024 8
12 Dec 2024 19 Dec 2024 8
17 Dec 2024 24 Dec 2024 8
22 Dec 2024 29 Dec 2024 8
27 Dec 2024 03 Jan 2025 8
17 Jan 2025 24 Jan 2025 8
22 Jan 2025 29 Jan 2025 8
01 Feb 2025 08 Feb 2025 8
06 Feb 2025 13 Feb 2025 8
11 Feb 2025 18 Feb 2025 8
07 Dec 2025 14 Dec 2025 8
12 Dec 2025 19 Dec 2025 8
17 Dec 2025 24 Dec 2025 8
22 Dec 2025 29 Dec 2025 8
27 Dec 2025 03 Jan 2026 8
22 Jan 2026 29 Jan 2026 8
27 Jan 2026 03 Feb 2026 8
08 Feb 2026 15 Feb 2026 8
18 Feb 2026 25 Feb 2026 8

Important Information


    Group transfers from the airport and hotel on day one for guests arriving in Punta Arenas and from the hotel to the airport on the last day of the air-cruise itinerary.
    Two nights stay with breakfast in Punta Arenas on day one and on the day of the scheduled return flight from Antarctica.
    Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
    Special access to Explorers House for guests in Punta Arenas.
    Welcome dinner on day one at the Explorers House in Punta Arenas.
    Return charter flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island.
    Accommodation on board during your voyage.
    Daily buffet breakfast, à la carte lunch and dinner, as well as wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cappuccino, water, and snacks on board the ship.
    Loan of waterproof boots for excursions in Antarctica, contingency plan, and IAATO passenger fee.
    All guided excursions, as well as lectures and entertainment on board.



    International or domestic flights, unless specified
    Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary 
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Airport arrival or departure taxes
    Vaccination charges
    Travel insurance
    Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
    Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
    Optional activity surcharges
    All items of a personal nature, including but not limited to gratuities, select drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, wi-fi, email or phone charges. 

  • Available upon request, contact us for more details. 

  • Prices are based on per person, and may be based off quad/triple/ or twin share cabins* (please contact us for more details) 

    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.  

    Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.

  • Departure Date, Fuel Surcharges, Cabin Category, Currency Fluctuations, Seasonality & Availability.


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