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Built in Denmark in 1992, the Ocean Nova was completely refurbished in 2006 and now operates as a small, comfortable expedition ship, accommodating up to 84 passengers.
Cabins are spread over two decks and include cabins for the single traveller, double and triple cabins, all with sea-view and private facilities. The comfortable dining room located on the Upper deck seats all passengers in a single sitting and offers delicious meals with a mixture of table service and buffet. The informal dining arrangement adds to the friendly atmosphere onboard and meals are a great chance to discuss all you have seen with your fellow travellers, and for the expedition team to share their knowledge.
Cabins are spread over two decks and include cabins for the single traveller, double and triple cabins, all with sea-view and private facilities. The double cabins have either two lower beds or upper and lower beds. The triple cabins have upper and lower beds. In your cabin you will also find a desk with chair and ample storage space for clothes and equipment.
The Panorama lounge located on the Top deck affords excellent views and is the main meeting place. It is here that our Expedition Team will entertain and educate you with lectures on biology, history, geology, conservation briefings and daily briefings. There is also a library with panoramic views and a good selection of books on the area you are visiting. On board there is a satellite phone, small gym and medical doctor. Passengers are welcome on the Bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for from the spacious observation decks.
The comfortable dining room located on the Upper deck seats all passengers in a single sitting and offers delicious meals with a mixture of table service and buffet. It is comfortable and spacious enough to accommodate all passengers and expedition staff in one seating, and the portholes allow you to take in your surroundings as you dine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and dinner combines a starter and salad buffet with a served main course and dessert. Meals offer a choice of fish, meat and vegetarian options – all excellently prepared by the onboard chef. The informal dining arrangement adds to the friendly atmosphere onboard and meals are a great chance to discuss all you have seen with your fellow travellers, and for the expedition team to share their knowledge.
Adventure cruising is about exploration and therefore an itinerary aboard the Ocean Nova is never fixed. These cruises will appeal to the more adventurous, those keen to get off the beaten track and explore far-flung destinations, removed from civilisation. The atmosphere onboard is consequently informal and time onboard is often spent on the Panorama Deck keeping watch for wildlife sightings or admiring the spectacular view. The expedition team are always ready for an impromptu exploration by Zodiac.
There is ample space onboard to relax and take in your surroundings, but similarly communal areas will be alive following a lecture, a wildlife sighting, or taking part in an informal discussion with your Expedition Team who will give you insight into the remote islands you have called into that day.
Travelling with this small expedition ship offers an entirely different experience and perspective than you can get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship.
For your comfort
With one of the highest ice classes (1B) and a 2000 hp diesel engine, Ocean Nova is a small but sturdy expedition vessel just as at home in the icy waters of Svalbard as she is in a tranquil Scottish loch. The ship has a crew of 34, including North European officers, whose prime concern is your safety as well as ensuring wildlife sightings and weather conditions are maximised. For your safety there are two fully enclosed lifeboats and a medical clinic onboard.
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