Ocean Nova

Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

Length: 240 ft.

Passengers: 72

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Built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the icy fjords of Greenland, the Ocean Nova is an expeditionary vessel built for comfort and adventure. Over the past 25 years, she has benefited from a host of upgrades, including 2,000-horsepower engines and a strengthened hull specially outfitted for pack-ice travel in Antarctica. The Ocean Nova offers a perfect platform for whale watching, penguin spotting, and other polar activities. With her comfortable cabins and plentiful deck space, passengers can enjoy the stunning beauty of one of the planet’s remotest landscapes. And when the time comes to go ashore, a fleet of seven Zodiac boats brings them up close to the exotic wildlife of this frozen frontier.


The Ocean Nova features single, double, and triple cabins, all with outside-facing portholes and picture windows. A variety of double- and bunk-bed configurations are available, and all rooms feature private toilets and showers, individually controlled heating, writing desks, and wardrobes for personal storage.

Common Areas

When you travel on the Ocean Nova, you’ll have access to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, where you’ll hear talks by the crew’s resident naturalists. You’ll also mingle with other explorers in the spacious dining room and bar, and enjoy researching Antarctic wildlife in the on-board library. There’s also a small gym for exercising, and a full-time medic in the infirmary.

Ocean Nova Cruises

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Deck Plan and Technical Specifications

Ocean Nova Deck Plan

Technical Specifications

Year Built 1992, Refurbished 2006
Passengers 72
Crew Members 38
Type of Vessel Expedition Cruise Ship
Length 240 Feet / 73 Meters
Beam 36 Feet / 11 Meters
Draft 12 Feet / 3.7 Meters
Cruising Speed 12 knots in open water
Lifeboats 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 90
Propulsion Engines – 2,000 horsepower
Ice Class 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)

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