Fly the Drake — Ocean Nova


Short on time? Don't want to experience the potentially rough seas of the Drake Passage? Then this adventure may be the one for you.

Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, we invite you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.

In less than 2 hours of flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island, the largest Island of the South Shetland Archipielago, you will be at the gates of the white continent.

From King George Island we will navigate along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting the most wonderful places and enjoying the best wildlife sites of Antarctica. During the whole journey you will receive lectures to introduce and inform you about this wonderful Continent. We are sure this will be the trip of your lifetime.

Veteran Antarctic aircraft pilots, experienced sea captains, an international team of polar guides and academics, and a team of seasoned travel professionals come together to create the Fly and Cruise experience.

These trips offer high staff/traveller ratio. Travel with at least twelve polar guides. Professional, experienced, and passionate. They are a well-staffed team of extraordinary leaders and experts. Charming and engaging, they will make your trip memorable.

Explorers House is an exclusive facility in Punta Arenas where our team helps you prepare for your expedition. You can attend briefings, try on expedition gear, practice wearing a life jacket, and learn how to board a Zodiac. At Explorers House you can interact with our team, review checklists, and get answers to any questions you may have about your trip, so you will be ready and confident when you arrive in Antarctica.

Explorers House also functions as our own private club. It provides a modern environment where you can relax with a cup of coffee, review a wonderful collection of Antarctic books, and get to know your travel companions as excitement over the upcoming adventure builds. Explorers House was designed by renowned architects and was built using green building practices. It features a commercial solar panel system for the production of electricity and heat.

The Airplanes:

We use three similar aircraft for flight operations: the BAE 146-200, the AVRO RJ 85, and the AVRO RJ 100. These aircraft were manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). They are high-wing aircraft with short runway requirements, which means they are particularly suited for this kind of destination. They are operated by Aerovías DAP, which have more than 25 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

Model: BAE 146-200
Engines: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
Length: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m)
Wingspan: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
Cruise speed: 465 mph (750 km/h)
Service ceiling: 31,200 ft (9.500 m)
Capacity: 75 passengers

Ocean Nova

Built in 1992 at the Ørskov Shipyard in Frederikshavn, Denmark, the Ocean Nova was designed to navigate the ice-choked waters off Western Greenland. The Ocean Nova is a perfect expedition ship for discovering Antarctica.

The expedition ship was upgraded in 2000 and fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.

Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins. The ship offers three categories of accommodation: dedicated Single cabins, Twin cabins, and Triple cabins. Single cabins have one lower single bed. Twin cabins have two lower beds. Triple cabins have two lower beds and one upper bed. All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom.

In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of 7 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.


Expedition staff & crew: 38
Passengers: 68
Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 90
Length: 73.0 m 
Breadth: 11.0 m 
Draft: 3.7 m 
GRT: 2,118 tons 
Propulsion: diesel engines ^ 2,000 hp 
Ice Class: Ice 1B, E0 (Hull Ice 1A) 
Cruising Speed: 12 knots

Included In The Rate

• For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1.
• For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, one overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.
• 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica.
• For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, exclusive access to Explorers House.
• Group transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and group transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise.
• Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Ship cruise as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
• Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
• Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
• Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.
• Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
• All guided shore excursions.
• Lectures and entertainment on board.
• Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
• Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
• Contingency Plan.
• IAATO passenger fee.

Specifically Not Included In The Rate

• Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.
• Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
• Internet connection on board the ship.
• Personal travel insurance.
• Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
• Gratuities.
• Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.

Please note: there is no passenger elevator between decks.

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Triple Cabins are available ONLY for 3 people booking together - NOT for single travelers wanting to share.

Kayaking Option - $895 - 10 total kayak spots. Book and pay prior to departure.
Snowshoeing/Hiking Option - $85/excursion - limited to 12 participants. Book and pay onboard.

A minimum of $50,000 USD worth of emergency evacuation insurance is mandatory for these voyage.

Rates are per person, double occupancy. If no single cabins are available, single supplement is 1.85 x shared cost.

Single travelers who book a Twin Cabin on a shared basis will be accommodated in single rooms at the hotel at single supplement rates.

Preferred seating is available on the Antarctica flight ($495 R/T). Preferred seating is at the front of the aircraft in either a window or aisle seat with an empty middle seat between.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.


2 lower berths, 1 upper berth, private facilities - 150 sq ft.
2 lower berths, private facilities - 106 sq ft
1 lower berth, private facilities - 87 sq ft