MV Ushuaia


Cruise line
Antarpply Expeditions (Small Cruise Lines)

Current cruise:
11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Polar Circle Quest
15 Feb, 2017 - 27 Feb, 2017

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MV Ushuaia Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Ushuaia

Flag state Comoros
Builder American Shipbuilding (Toledo, Ohio USA)
Year built 1970
Speed 12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA) 84 m / 276 ft
Beam (width) 15 m / 49 ft
Gross Tonnage 2923 gt
Passengers 46 - 88
Crew 38
Decks 4
Cabins 46
Decks with cabins 2
Former names Researcher, Malcolm Baldrige

Review of MV Ushuaia

MV Ushuaia cruise ship is an expedition vessel operated by the travel company Antarpply Expeditions, Argentina. The ship was built in 1970 for the USA's NOAA agency ( "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration"). It served the agency for 20 years under the names "Malcolm Baldrige" and "Researcher".

Ushuaia is an ice-strengthened expedition cruise ship which has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 84 passengers in comfortable cabins and suites. The ship offers cruise itineraries to Antarctic Peninsula leaving roundtrip from Ushuaia (Argentina). Occasionally, it offers itineraries to South Georgia Island (British Antarctica) and Weddell Sea (Southern Ocean).MV Ushuaia cruise ship, Antarctica

The shipowner Antarpply Expeditions company specializes in private charters (taking individual passengers and small groups) to some of the world's most remote and pristine destinations. The company aims to make at least 2 landings per day with duration around 3 hours each. Longer walk options are also available. Of these landings, one is scheduled to be continental, so cruise passengers to set foot on Antarctic continent proper. The ship also offers zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises and visit at least one of the scientific stations in order to get an inside look into the work taking place in Antarctica. Antarpply Expeditions cruises are operated within Antarctic Treaty System's parameters, including Antarctic Treaty and Protocol on Environment and Annexes and IAATO guidelines. The protection of wildlife is of major importance, as is the willingness to keep Antarctica pristine.

The polar ship Ushuaia is well appointed and provides open bridge policy and ample deck space. The inflatable landing craft ensures easy landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on inaccessible coastlines. All staterooms include ample storage space. Public areas feature single-sitting dining room, well-stocked library, observation lounge and bar, conference room (with contemporary multimedia equipment), small infirmary, changing room.

The expert expedition crew, officers and the Captain are experienced in Antarctic navigation. A specialist team of professional lecturers and tour leaders are all extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and fully dedicated to environment's protection. Chefs prepare delicious meals, including local cuisine specialties. The bar is well-stocked with specially selected spirits and wines.

On December 4, 2008, MV Ushuaia hit a rock in Wilhelmina Bay (Antarctica) and had to be evacuated with the assistance of the Chilean Navy ship AP-41 Aquiles to Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva. On December 6, all passengers and the ship's crew were flown to Ushuaia on an Argentinian Air Force craft Hercules C-130 TC-69.

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MV Ushuaia Itineraries 2017

The below listed MV Ushuaia cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Itinerary ports
10 January 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Weddell Sea Quest
Prices starting
from $9866
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11 Jan        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
12 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
13 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
14 Jan        Weddell Sea (Exploring)
15 Jan        Brown Bluff, Antarctica
15 Jan        Hope Bay, Antarctica
16 Jan        Paulet Island, Antarctica
16 Jan        Snow Hill Island, Antarctica
17 Jan        Cuverville Island, Antarctica
17 Jan        Paradise Harbor, Antarctica
18 Jan        Deception Island, Antarctica
18 Jan        Half Moon Island, Antarctica
19 Jan        Elephant Island, Antarctica
20 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
21 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
22 Jan        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
21 January 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Classic Antarctica
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22 Jan        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
23 Jan - 24 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
25 Jan        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
26 Jan        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
27 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
28 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
29 Jan - 30 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
31 Jan        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
15 February 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Polar Circle Quest
Prices starting
from $9866
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16 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
17 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
18 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
19 Feb        Neumayer Channel
20 Feb        Lemaire Channel, Antarctica
21 Feb        Cuverville Island, Antarctica
22 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
23 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
24 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
25 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
26 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
27 Feb        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
26 February 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Classic Antarctica
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27 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
28 Feb - 01 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
02 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
03 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
04 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
05 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
06 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
07 Mar - 08 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
09 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
08 March 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Classic Antarctica
Prices starting
from $6416
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09 Mar        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
10 Mar - 11 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
12 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
13 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
14 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
15 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
16 Mar - 17 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
18 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
17 March 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Classic Antarctica
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18 Mar        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
19 Mar - 20 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
21 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
22 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
23 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
24 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
25 Mar - 26 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
27 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
26 March 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Classic Antarctica
Prices starting
from $6416
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27 Mar        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
28 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        Drake Passage, Antarctica
30 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
31 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
01 Apr 01:00 - 01:00        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
02 Apr 01:00 - 01:00        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
03 Apr 01:00 - 01:00        Drake Passage, Antarctica
05 Apr        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina