Getting to know and contemplate this yet unexplored continent has been the goal and dream of many adventurers that are not satisfied with simply imagining what it would feel like to traverse its ice caps. The Antarctic Continent keeps many hidden surprises for those who visit it. This fascinating territory contains more than 90% of the earth’s land ice, which transforms it into the largest fresh water reserve on earth. Antarctica has the singularity of being the continent of remaining hidden from man for the longest period of time, its first visitors only arrived at these virgin frozen lands only two hundred years ago. Its matchless beauty contrasts with extreme climate conditions, all of which makes it an exotic destination, truly hypnotizing for those few that reach this far away corner of the universe. Among the main species that make up marine Antarctic fauna are Whales, Elephant Seals, Weddell Seals, Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, in addition to the variety of birds, such as Albatrosses, Petrels and Snowy Sheathbills. In this enchanting adventure not only will you have the opportunity of coming into contact with highly unique animals, but will also enjoy the awesome scenery made of glaciers, mountains and roaming icebergs.
The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and 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 for expedition travel in Antarctica. Guests on the M/V Ocean Nova can be accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar and library, she also has an infirmary and an exercise room. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
The Hebridean Sky (formerly the Sea Explorer) underwent a 6.5 million dollar refurbishment. Always known for its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie, the Hebridean Sky continues that tradition adding a host of new amenities as well as state of the art stabilization, fuel efficiency, and upgraded communications systems. Its all-suite accommodations and increased adventure options make the Hebridean Sky the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration. Is it a luxury ship? An adventure ship? It’s both!