The Ocean Nova (previously called Sarpik Ittuk) was built in 1992 at the Ørskov Shipyard in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to navigate the ice-choked waters off Western Greenland. The ship was upgraded in 2000 and significantly refurbished once again in 2006 to include a glass-enclosed forward observation lounge on the top deck – and to offer travelers on an Antarctica cruise an even more comfortable retreat after days of exploring ashore. Delivering clean, crisp Scandivian styling, the Ocean Nova carries up to 78 guests and is classified to operate in ice-filled waters, the 73-meter vessel is guided by Danish officers with deep experience in polar navigation. With outside cabins only (all with private facilities) and a spacious dining room, the Ocean Nova is a perfect expedition ship for discovering Antarctica.
The Ocean Nova offers unreserved seating, buffet-style breakfast with table service, table-service lunch and dinner with main course choices from a changing daily menu, and afternoon cakes. The lounge and bar are open all day with a wide selection of wines and spirits. The Ocean Nova also features a library with a collection of polar-themed books and DVDs, an exercise room, and a clinic with an onboard licensed doctor.
Cabins and Amenities
* 38 outside cabins with exterior views and en-suite facilities
* Flat-screen TVs and DVD players
* Chef-prepared means (all meals and daily snack included)
* Spacious dining room with unreserved seating
* Glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room
* Bar staffed by professional bartended, and 24-hour beverage service
* Polar Library with a large collection of polar books and DVDs
* Clinic with onboard licensed doctor.
* Exercise room
* Polar Boutique
Staff & Crew: 38
Length: 73.0 m
Breadth: 11.0 m
Draft: 3.7 m
Propulsion: Diesel engines – 2,000-horsepower
Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
Cruising Speed: 12 knots in open water