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MV Ushuaia Small Antarctic Cruise Ship

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A penguin colony hanging out on the ice.
$6,080
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Classic Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • Explore vast penguin rookeries
  • Sail into Deception Island
  • View minke, orca, & humpback whales
  • Navigate narrow passages
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history provides you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. This amazing 11-day Antarctic cruise on the MV Ushuaia allows plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and …
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Guests on the deck of the Ushuaia viewing the arctic landscape.
$5,200
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Classic Antarctica

10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • View vast penguin rookeries
  • Explore the pristine wilderness
  • Navigate narrow passages
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the 7th Continent - Antarctica. The remarkable history of the Antarctic Peninsula provides you with remarkable excitement as you cross the Drake Passsage. Icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that you have reached the South Shetland Islands, a haven …
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Travelers enjoying a zodiac cruise during an Antartctic cruise
$5,820
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Classic Antarctica

Antarctic Taster - 9 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Visit vast penguin rookeries
  • Discover the Peninsula┬┤s history
  • Cruise through icebergs & glaciers
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Join this 9-day Classic Antarctica cruise aboard the MV Ushuaia, and take advantage of the amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery of the 7th continent. Land at penguin colonies and research stations, and observe various different species of whales, seals, penguins, and sea birds. Experience your …
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A seal sits on snow.
$5,780
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Classic Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • Sail the Drake Passage
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Navigate beautiful waterways
  • Visit an Antarctic station
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Arrive in Ushuaia and meet your vessel the MV Ushuaia for your 11-day polar adventure. Begin your crossing of the Drake Passage, named after Sir Frances Drake who sailed these waters in 1578. Be sure to keep your eyes open for wildlife such as sea birds, whales, and seals. Icebergs and snow-capped …
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Colony of black-browed albratross on the Falklands
$8,490
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Classic South Georgia

20 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • Visit the Western Falkland Islands
  • Search for wildlife and seabirds
  • Explore the Eastern Falklands
  • Discover icy South Georgia
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Join this amazing 20-day expedition cruise aboard the MV Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands. Throughout the voyage, watch for wildlife such as rockhopper penguins, elephant seals, black-browed albatrosses and many more!
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An ocean of icebergs.
$7,990
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Polar Circle Quest

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • Discover the Antarctic peninsula
  • Spot varied wildlife
  • Enjoy a full program of lectures
  • Explore south for the Polar Circle
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on this exciting expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, and endeavor to cross the Polar Circle on this 12-day polar voyage. Board the MV Ushuaia and voyage roundtrip from Ushuaia, Argentina across the Drake Passage and into the great southern region.
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Guests on the deck of the Ushuaia viewing the arctic landscape.
$7,990
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Weddell Sea Quest

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • View the icy South Shetlands
  • Spot varied Antarctic wildlife
  • Enjoy a full program of lectures
  • Visit enigmatic Elephant Island
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on a 12-day expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, and the Weddell Sea aboard the MV Ushuaia. The Weddell Sea will always be remembered as the polar region that still echoes the ill-fated expedition of the great British polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. …
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2016
EmbarksDays 
Dec 2111Classic Antarctica
Dec 3111Classic Antarctica
2017
EmbarksDays 
Jan 2110Classic Antarctica
Feb 079Classic Antarctica
Feb 1512Polar Circle Quest
Feb 2611Classic Antarctica
Mar 0810Classic Antarctica
Mar 1710Classic Antarctica
Mar 2610Classic Antarctica
Oct 1320Classic South Georgia
Nov 0120Classic South Georgia
Dec 2210Classic Antarctica
Dec 3111Classic Antarctica
2018
EmbarksDays 
Jan 1012Weddell Sea Quest
Jan 2110Classic Antarctica
Jan 2112Weddell Sea Quest
Jan 3011Classic Antarctica
Feb 1812Polar Circle Quest
Mar 0111Classic Antarctica
Mar 0112Polar Circle Quest
Mar 1111Classic Antarctica
Mar 2111Classic Antarctica
Passengers: 88
Ship Type: Research Ship

Originally built for NOAA oceanic research, the ice-strengthened Ushuaia is now exclusively a passenger vessel with an 84-guest occupancy. It is not a luxurious ship, but it definitely offers a comfortable and engaging way to explore the Antarctic waters at a great value. Exquisite local cuisine and delicious cocktails and spirits help to round out the experience.

Just like when it was a research vessel, the main aim of these itineraries is to maximize time onshore learning about the fascinating polar region, home to penguins, seals, and whales. Inflatable watercraft will give you exclusive access to the otherwise inaccesible coastline of the rugged "white continent." 

Back onboard, you will appreciate the warmth of the comfortable cabins, and with four decks of varying classes of cabins, you can choose which one best suits your needs. And if you want to see the Antarctic from the eyes of the captain, you are welcome to join the friendly crew on the bridge at any time. 
Standard Plus Triple Cabin
Standard Plus Triple
2 Standard Plus triple outside cabins with portholes or windows on Deck E, private facilities, 3 lower berths.
Standard Twin cabin on the Ushuaia
Standard Cabin
12 Standard twin outside cabins with portholes on deck E with semi-private facilities, 2 berths (upper/lower).
Standard Plus Twin on Ushuaia (#640)
Standard Plus
11 Standard Plus twin outside cabins with portholes or windows on deck E, private facilities, 2 lower berths. Cabin 640: 1 double bed.
Ushuaia's Category A Cabin.
Premier Twin
6 Premier twin outside cabins with windows on upper deck G, private facilities, 2 lower berths.
Premier Single Cabin
Premier Single
2 outside Premier single cabins with portholes (view obstructed by lifeboat) on upper Deck G, private facilities, 1 single bed.
Ushuaia's Superior Cabin.
Superior
9 Superior twin outside cabins with windows on upper deck G, private facilities, 2 lower berths. Cabin 301: 1 double & 1 single bed.
Ushuaia's Suite.
Suite
4 Suite outside cabins with windows on upper deck G, private facilities, 2 lower berths, lounge, TV, DVD player & fridge. Suite 201: 2 double beds. Suite 202: 1 double bed & sofa bed. Suite 204 & 207: 3 lower single beds.
MY Ushuaia deck plan - updated 2016
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