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Max Passengers: 100
Ship Type: Expedition Cruise Ship
Operated by: Antarctica 21

Custom-built for Antarctic air-cruises, Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel that meets the latest Polar Code criteria.

Magellan Explorer expeditions are unlike any other. From Punta Arenas, you'll take a two-hour flight directly to Antarctica instead of joining your cruise ship and spending days at sea through the Drake Passage. You'll save time and be able to get right to the excitement in Antarctica with this flight. The Magellan Explorer is a pioneering air cruiser built for exploration while also providing a high level of comfort.

The Antarctic Treaty restricts the number of visitors to a maximum of 100 at a time to minimize the environmental effects. Everyone on a Magellan Explorer air cruise can disembark at the same time because there are only 73 passengers on board. This means that you will be able to spend more time ashore rather than waiting in line to get off the ship.

Plug/ Voltage type Onboard: European or Type F

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Available Itineraries


Triple Suite
480 ft2 – 44 m2
-Suite with two bedrooms, balcony, and sitting area
Porthole Cabin
Porthole Cabins 200 ft2 – 18 m²
-Cabin with sitting area and porthole
Veranda Cabin
210 ft2 – 19 m2
-Cabin with sitting area and balcony
Deluxe Veranda Cabin
240 ft2 – 22 m2
-Cabin with sitting area and balcony
Penthouse Suite
360 ft2 – 33 m2
-Suite with sitting room, balcony, and bedroom area
Grand Suite
480 ft2 – 44 m2
-Two-room suite with sitting room, balcony, and bedroom
Single Veranda Cabin
210 ft2 – 19 m2
- Cabin with sitting area and balcony


Magellan Explorer Deck Plan

Magellan Explorer Cabins, Staterooms & Suites

Cabins on the Magellan Explorer are divided into seven distinct groups. Magellan Explorer can accommodate 73 passengers on our air cruises, with seven different types of cabins available, including one for a single traveler. Except for Porthole cabins, every cabin has a private balcony. Except for the Porthole cabins, all accommodations have their own private balcony. All double cabins, save two have two twin beds that may be converted into a king-size bed. Most cabins contain two twin beds that can be made into single queen-size beds. There is a private bathroom with a shower and heated flooring in each of the cabins and an individual closet.

There is a sitting area and a private bathroom in each cabin. At least one desk and chair, a safe, a telephone, a hairdryer, a private bathroom with a shower, bathroom amenities, a bathrobe, and slippers. The Triple Suite, Deluxe Veranda Cabins, Penthouse Suites, and Grand Suites feature larger bathrooms with premium amenities.


Breakfast, lunch, and supper are served buffet style in the main dining room. Barbecues can be enjoyed on the deck. Lunch and dinner are paired with fine Chilean wines. Welcoming and parting parties often include food and drink to be shared by all attendees. In addition, there are 24-hour coffee, tea, and water services. The bar serves a variety of domestic and imported beverages and the restaurant's signature dishes.

Onboard Amenities

With a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a large dining area, a bar, library, conference room, and gym facilities, a sauna, and medical clinic onboard, the Magellan Explorer ship provides a wide range of amenities for its guests. Guests can get close to marine life from the ship's bow observation deck, which faces forward. Ten Zodiac boats are available for disembarking and spotting wildlife.

Anytime Fitness, the only fitness firm with boutique gyms on all seven continents, has developed and built the fitness center on board Magellan Explorer.


The MV Magellan Explorer's carbon impact has been reduced to an absolute minimum. These ships fulfill MARPOL's Tier III emission regulations, which are the industry's most stringent. A waste heat recovery system recycles engine heat to power the ship's heating and warms the ship's water, reducing fuel consumption. All garbage is compressed and stored until disposal. Every day, the ship's desalination unit produces 24 tons of fresh water.

Magellan Explorer Ship Specifications

Flag: Bahamas
Ice Class: LR PC6
Builder: ASENAV Shipyard (Valdivia, Chile)
Cost: USD 50 million (EUR 44 million)
Length: 298 feet
Beam: 53 feet
Draft: 14 feet
Cruising Speed: 14 knots
Gross Tonnage: 4900 gt
Crew: 60

Magellan Explorer Itineraries

The Magellan Explorer air cruise is the most up-to-date way to see Antarctica. This air-cruise rethinks arctic adventure for those with a short travel time because it is convenient, comfortable, and intimate.

Magellan Explorer offers Fly & Cruise Antarctic expeditions as well as voyages to Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), South Georgia, and Antarctica.

BAE 146-200, RJ 85, and 100 are three planes used for Antarctica flights, all of which are very similar in design. British Aerospace was the company that built these planes in the United Kingdom (which later became part of BAE Systems). Their minimal runway needs make them ideal for our locations because they are high-wing aircraft.

On December 16, 2021, Antarctica21 resumed operations with Magellan Explorer after a pause of about 20 months due to the Coronavirus crisis. Itineraries for the Magellan Explorer Antarctica program (from December to March 2022) include a total of 12 trips.

About Antarctica21 

Magellan Explorer joins the Ocean Nova on expeditions to Antarctica and the rest of the world. These small-group, custom-tailored vacations experience the intimacy of a small ship and the freedom to spend more time exploring remote destinations.

Antarctica21 was founded in Punta Arenas, Chile's historic gateway to Antarctica. It operates the world's most comprehensive program of Antarctic flying cruises. As the premier boutique tour operator for Antarctica adventures, they are continually looking for ways to innovate and improve its environmentally friendly expeditions to the White Continent. 

Magellan Explorer Reviews

Passengers were quick to praise that this was the best adventure ship they have ever experienced. Although it was crowded, they found it to be comfortable, well-equipped, and well-thought-out. The zodiac deck's approach to boarding and disembarking was great.

Contact Adventure Life Antarctica experts to help compare the Magellan Explorer polar ship to other purpose-built, activity-oriented, ice-class Antarctica ships.


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