Ocean Nova

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Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard

Overview of the Ocean Nova

The Expedition Ship Ocean Nova was designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world; Ocean Nova was built in Denmark. This ship delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling with a reputation as an excellent ship in the Polar regions. Ocean Nova’s ice strengthened hull has enabled the ship to sail the ice-choked waters.

Chuck's Comments on the Ocean Nova

We have completely inspected and sailed on the Ocean Nova, and can attest to its suitability for Polar travel in Antarctica and the Arctic.

The ship is extremely quiet and with bow and stern thrusters, the ship is highly maneuverable. Her draft will allow her to go where other ships cannot, which is certainly a plus for polar explorations.

The Ocean Nova is, for all intent and purposes, a new ship with state-of-the-art safety features. The observation lounge is spectacular, with full view windows, the latest lecture and presentation equipment, and a complete bar. The aft library/lounge has wrap-around windows, comfortable chairs and a complete Polar library.

I like the Ocean Nova very much. It has lots of outside deck space and a great Zodiac platform for passengers. You cannot go to the bow, but there is a very nice viewing platform above the bridge, just outside the observation lounge, so everyone has easy forward outside access.

The cabins are similar and all have private facilities. Cabins on the Upper deck have nice-sized porthole windows, as do the Bridge Deck cabins. In addition, Bridge Deck cabins have a promenade outside the portholes. As with all modern vessels, the portholes/windows do not open.

History of the 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 the Arctic.

Upgrades and Specifications

The expedition ship was upgraded in 2000 and significantly refurbished again in 2006 to include a glass-enclosed forward observation lounge on the top deck – and to offer Expedition travelers an even more comfortable retreat after days of exploring ashore.

Carrying up to 78 passengers and classified to operate in ice-filled waters, the 73-meter vessel is guided by a highly-experienced crew with experience in polar navigation. The ship has outside cabins only (all with private facilities), a spacious dining room, and a comfortable library.

There is a magnificent top-deck observation lounge and presentation room, a library with large collection of polar-themed books, a clinic with a licensed doctor, and an exercise room. Ship-to-shore communications are available via Fleet 77 phone and mail/Internet.


Passengers: 78
Staff & Crew: 38
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
Registration: Nassau, Bahamas

Cabins & Amenities:

• 38 outside cabins with exterior views and en-suite facilities
• Flat-screen TVs and DVD players
• Chef-prepared meals (all meals and daily snack included)
• Spacious dining room with unreserved seating.
• Glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room
• Lounge and bar staffed by a professional bartender
• 24 hour beverage service
• Polar Library with a large collection of polar books and DVDs
• Ship-to-shore communications via Fleet 77 phone, e-mail
• Clinic with onboard licensed doctor
• Exercise room
• Polar Boutique

Please note: there is no passenger elevator between decks.

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Bridge Deck
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Gratuities & wine/beer with dinner included onboard.

Cruise Price does not include international airfare. Charter Flights are included. Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Single cabin prices are 1.7 times the cost of the appropriate twin-share prices listed above (excludes Quad and Triple).

Adventure Options: Kayaking - $695pp (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR kayaking - $195pp (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage). Kayaking options are limited to 10 participants and must be pre-booked & paid, subject to availability at the time requested.

Snowshoeing & Hiking – Included and no pre-booking required.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.


Quad Cabin is equipped with four twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
Averaging 157 square feet
Triple Cabin is equipped with three twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
Averaging 150 square feet
Upper Lower Berth Cabin is equipped with one upper berth and one lower berth bed. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
Averaging 88 square feet
  Upper Deck
An Upper Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
  Bridge Deck
Bridge Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on Bridge Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
Averaging 105 square feet