Registered Owner: Minke Shipping Co Ltd. - Bahamas - Operator: Antarctica XXI - Chili
Entered service: 2019 – Gross tonnage: 4.820 - Pass. lower beds: 73 (in polar conditions) - All berths: 100 - Passenger decks: 4 - Length: 90,7 m. - Beam: !6,2 m. - Draft: 4 m. - Propulsion: 2 MAN Tier III diesel engines - Total installed power: 3440 kW. - 2 Kamewa controllable pitch propellers - Service speed: 14 knots - Max.speed: ? knots - Built: Astilleros y Servicios Navales (ASENAV) at Valdivia - Chili - Yard no.? - Flag: Bahamas - Classification: Lloyd Register - Ice class PC6.
Passenger space ratio all berths: 48.2
Passenger space ratio lower beds: 66.02
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“With the introduction of Magellan Explorer, we now have a modern vessel custom-designed for our unique Antarctic fly and cruise operations,” said Jaime Vasquez, Antarctica21’s Chairman of the Board. “We have operated air-cruise travel to Antarctica since 2003 and this new ship is the culmination of our extensive experience in this field.” In 2020-2021 season, the 73-passenger Magellan Explorer will sail to Antarctica 18 times with four different itineraries.
Fourteen voyages on the new ship will feature the eight-day, seven-night Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise, one voyage will feature the ten-day, nine-night Polar Circle Air-Cruise, which crosses the Antarctic Circle, and one itinerary is a six-day, five-night Antarctica Express Air-Cruise. The season will also include a new 16-day, 15-night South Georgia circuit.
All guests are flown from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island in Antarctica on a private BAE 146/AVRO RJ jet, which accommodates 75 passengers and is specially designed to land on short runways. The flight takes two hours.Our fly-cruise model avoids the tempestuous Drake Passage and provides a fast and comfortable travel option,”
MV Magellan Explorer features 50 passenger suites and cabins in five categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. The cabins are very spacious, ranging in size from 40 m2 (440 sq. ft.) to 20 m2 (220 sq. ft.). All double cabins have two twin beds that can be configured as one queen-size bed, offering great flexibility to our guests. 42 cabins feature a large window and a private balcony, while 8 cabins feature a porthole. All cabins feature a private bathroom and a sitting area.
Public areas include a large, forward-facing observation lounge, an observation deck, a dining room that accommodates all guests and expedition staff in a single sitting, two meeting rooms, a gift shop, a protected outdoor barbecue area, a gym, and a sauna. The bow of the ship is accessible to guests to offer expansive views during exploration. Optional adventure activities, such as kayaking and snowshoeing, are available.
Specific measures have been taken to minimize MV Magellan Explorer’s carbon footprint, including state-of-the-art engines that meet MARPOL’s stringent Tier III emission standards. To minimize fuel consumption, a waste heat recovery system recycles the heat produced by the ship’s engines and repurposes it to power the ship’s heating system and to warm the water used on board.
Built to the latest Polar Code specifications ( Ice class PC6), the ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, dining room, bar, library, meeting room, gym, sauna and medical clinic.
The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, allowing passengers a closer view of marine wildlife.
The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiacs for quick passenger disembarkation for wildlife experiences.
The ship has been built for expedition operations, with a 60-day operational capacity, meaning large amounts of cold storage space and 60-plus days of tank space for fuel.
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