M/V Magellan Explorer

Antarctica

At a Glance

  • The world’s first custom-built ship designed for Antarctic air-cruise trips

  • An air-cruise saves two days crossing the stormy Drakes Passage allowing passengers to board the Magellan Explorer directly in Antarctica
  • Contemporary boutique style accommodation
  • Dedicated single cabins available
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Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F. Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.

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Description

An exciting and beautiful new addition to Antarctica21's fly-cruise operation, the M/V Magellan Explorer means that guests can fly over the infamous Drake Passage, cutting four days at sea to now sail the Antarctic peninsula in ultimate comfort and style.

The latest edition to the Antarctica21 fleet, the Magellan Explorer, is the company’s first custom-built vessel for their air-cruise operation to the White Continent. Traditionally, visitors to Antarctica spend two days making the crossing from South America to the Antarctic Peninsula by boat, sailing across the stormy and seasick-inducing Drake Passage. Antarctica21 offers an alternative, involving a two-hour flight and direct boarding in Antarctica. Not only does this save passengers from a rough crossing, but it also saves them an extra two-days, either to press further south, perhaps crossing the Antarctic Circle or to spend in Chile before or after their trip.
 
Full of contemporary boutique style and warm hospitality, the Magellan Explorer carries a maximum of 69 passengers, meaning it is small enough to comply with the latest environmental regulations that limit the number of visitors in one Antarctic location to 100. This means that larger boats need to rotate passengers visiting the many attractions of the Antarctic, while the Magellan Explorer is free to explore unhindered. Built in Chile to the latest Polar Class 6 ice-class specifications, this strong and agile boat includes ice-detecting radar equipment, a high quality stabilising system and an environmentally-friendly heat recovery system that recycles the engine heat to warm the ship and water supply.
 
There is a wide range of cabin options including dedicated single cabins. The décor is contemporary, comfortable and stylish with standard amenities that include en-suite bathroom with shower, storage closet, individually-controlled heating system and seating areas. Many of the cabins include a private balcony. The spacious dining room serves a buffet-style breakfast and lunch with table service dinner. There is also a barbeque deck for outdoor dining if the weather permits, a well-stocked bar and 24-hour complimentary beverages. The ship has 10 Zodiac boats for excursions and wildlife viewing and polar activities including sea kayaking and snowshoeing are also available.
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Accommodation

M/V Magellan is the first small-ship (it only accommodates 70 passengers) built specifically for Antarctic expeditions since 2003, Antarctic exploration doesn't get much more personal than this. Please click here to see a deck plan.

Grand Suite

The Grand Suites are located on deck 4 and are 440 square foot/ 40 square metres.  They have 2 twin beds or 1 king size bed and two private balconies with sitting area.  All cabins on board the Magellan Explorer feature a wardrobe, comfortable sitting area, individually controlled heating and a private bathroom with shower.

Deluxe Veranda Cabin

The Deluxe Veranda Cabins are located on deck 4 and are 220 square foot/ 20 square metres.  They have 2 twin beds or 1 king size bed and a private balcony with sitting area.  All cabins on board the Magellan Explorer feature a wardrobe, comfortable sitting area, individually controlled heating and a private bathroom with shower.

Triple Suite

The Triple Suites are located on deck 4 and are 440 square foot/ 40 square metres.  They have 2 twin beds and 1 queen size sofa bed and 2 private balconies and sitting area.  All cabins on board the Magellan Explorer feature a wardrobe, comfortable sitting area, individually controlled heating and a private bathroom with shower.

Porthole Cabin

The Porthole cabins are located on deck 3 and are 220 square foot/ 20 square metres.  They have 2 twin beds or 1 king size bed.  All cabins on board the Magellan Explorer feature a wardrobe, comfortable sitting area, individually controlled heating and a private bathroom with shower.

Veranda Cabin

The Veranda Cabins are located on deck 4 and are 220 square foot/ 20 square metres.  They have 2 twin beds or 1 king size bed and a private balcony with sitting area.  All cabins on board the Magellan Explorer feature a wardrobe, comfortable sitting area, individually controlled heating and a private bathroom with shower.

Penthouse Suite

The Penthouse Suites are located on deck 5 and are 330 square foot/ 30 square metres.  They have 2 twin beds or 1 king size bed and a private balcony with sitting area.  All cabins on board the Magellan Explorer feature a wardrobe, comfortable sitting area, individually controlled heating and a private bathroom with shower.

Single Cabin

The Single Cabins are located on deck 3 and are 220 square foot/ 20 square metres.  They have 1 king size bed and a private balcony with sitting area.  All cabins on board the Magellan Explorer feature a wardrobe, comfortable sitting area, individually controlled heating and a private bathroom with shower.

Facilities

 

Dining

There is a spacious and stylish dining room, modern bar as well as a library, meeting room, gym, sauna and medical clinic.

Observation Lounge

Guests on board the Magellan Explorer can enjoy views from the glass-enclosed observation lounge and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment in the presentation room.

Activities

 

Zodiac Excursions

Expedition staff on board will aim for the maximum amount of disembarkations permitted per day, including shore landings and zodiac excursions. The Magellan Explorer has a fleet of 10 zodiacs that are perfectly suited to navigating amongst glaciers and watching wildlife.

Sea Kayaking

For those with some prior experience of sea or open-water kayaking, there is the opportunity to explore Antarctica in a double kayak for an additional cost. Taken out in small groups, this offers guests the chance to enjoy the immense silence of Antarctica, explore its more secluded corners and more intimate experiences with wildlife away from motors.

Snowshoeing

Sign up in advance and don your snowshoes to make fresh prints in the snow and literally head off the beaten track! Snowshoeing in Antarctica is slightly more strenuous than your average walk but also offers spectacular views.

Polar Plunge

Whilst not for the faint hearted, the polar plunge is truly a once in a lifetime experience! Don your swimming gear and prepare to jump into Antarctica's icy waters. One of Antarctica21's resident photographers will be waiting to catch the moment and the crew will have a hot drink ready for your return back on board.

Floorplans

Deckplan - M/V Magellan Explorer

Deckplan - M/V Magellan Explorer

Offers

Save USD500 per person - Antarctica Express Fly Cruise

Short on time? Soar above the Drake Passage and experience Antarctica in less than a week on the Antarctic Express Fly Cruise. Book to travel on the M/S Hebridean Sky or M/V Magellan Explorer by 30th September 2019 and save $500 per person.
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.  Please ask to speak to one of our Antarctica specialists. 
Book from 03 May 2019 to 30 September 2019
Travel from 20 November 2020 to 16 January 2021
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Experiences

  • Exploring the Lemaire Channel

    Boasting some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and icebergs, the Lemaire Channel is a truly beautiful part of the Antarctic Peninsula to explore, both on your ship and on Zodiac excursions.

  • Visiting Port Lockroy

    Port Lockroy is a British-built research station situated on Goudier Island and restored into a museum about the early explorers in 1996. A fascinating place to explore, and plenty of gentoo penguins outside to entertain you, too.

  • Whales & Seals

    Whilst most visitors find the penguins the primary draw in terms of Antarctic wildlife, the marine life includes numerous species of seal and whale. Species include humpback whales, orcas, elephant and leopard seals, and Antarctic fur seals.

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