Yet another new and modern expedition vessel custom built for Antarctic air-cruises will make her debut in 2019.
The Magellan Explorer is currently being built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications to start service in 2019. Noticeably different in appearance to many Expedition ships, she has features that will appeal to their passengers. The new livery, while still preliminary according to the company, shows off a “dynamic blue hull with white highlights”
Antarctica 21, or A21 as the company is now known as, has a different operational model compared to most of its peers. Passengers are flown to King George Island, eliminating 50 hours of Drake Passage sailing.
It’s a competitive advantage, allowing for more time in Antarctica and less time in the potentially bumpy Drake. The Magellan Explorer will join two other vessels in the company’s unique deployment program. It is the first newbuild for the Chile-based cruise operator, as the other two ships, the Ocean Nova and Hebridean Sky are on charter agreements.
The vessel has capacity for 69 passengers accommodated in a range of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. Most cabins feature private balconies, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower.