Ocean Nova

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Cruise line
Quark Expeditions (Small Cruise Lines)

Current cruise:
6 nights / 7 days, one-way from Portsmouth to Oban
21 May, 2017 - 28 May, 2017

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Ocean Nova Review and Specifications

Specifications of Ocean Nova

Year built 1992  /  Age : 25
Flag state Bahamas
Builder Orskov Yard AS (Frederikshavn, Denmark)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Owner Quark Expeditions
Operator Quark Expeditions
Speed 12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA) 73 m / 240 ft
Beam (width) 11 m / 36 ft
Gross Tonnage 2183 gt
Passengers 68 - 78
Crew 38
Passengers-to-space ratio 22
Decks 4
Cabins 38
Decks with cabins 2
Last Refurbishment 2006
Former names Sarpik Ittuk

Review of Ocean Nova

MV Ocean Nova cruise ship was specifically designed to navigate the ice-choked waters off Western Greenland. The vessel is a perfect choice for polar cruising in the Arctic and Antarctica. It was refitted and upgraded in 2000, and refurbished again in 2006. The ship carries up to 78 passengers and is classified to operate in ice-filled waters. It is guided by highly-experienced crew with polar navigation experience. Currently, Ocean Nova cruises in the Antarctica (leaving from King George Island, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia) and also in the European Arctic (leaving from Portsmouth, Oban, Longyearbyen).MV Ocean Nova cruise ship

The ship operator is the expedition travel company Quark Expeditions - established in 1991 by Mike McDowell and Lars Wikander. The company specializes in polar expedition cruises to the Antarctic and Arctic aboard purpose-built vessels. In 1998, Wikander became company's majority owner. Three years later he became Chairman of the Board, after Patrick Shaw joined as President and CEO. Quark Expeditions became part of the UK-based TUI Travel PLC Group of Companies on May 1, 2007.

Ocean Nova is extremely quiet and highly maneuverable expedition vessel with low draft (3,7 m / 12 ft) and equipped with bow and stern thrusters. All the cruise ship cabins are outside and with private facilities. Other onboard amenities include a cozy library (with rich collection of polar-themed books), spacious dining room, comfortable presentation room, gym (exercise room) and a clinic (with resident licensed doctor). During the drydock refit was added the top deck's glass-enclosed forward observation lounge.  Ship-to-shore communications are possible via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 satellite phone and Internet.

MV Ocean Nova has Zodiac boats, well suited for landings (disembarking) and wildlife watching. Triple occupancy staterooms and some of the twins on the upper deck are with lower and upper beds. All other cabins are with two twins (lower) beds. Each passenger room is also equipped with a chair and has ample storage space for all the expedition equipment and clothing. The panorama lounge is where passengers can enjoy a drink and the onboard specialists conduct lectures themed on history, flora and fauna. Travellers are welcome on the bridge at any time (open-bridge policy).

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Ocean Nova Itineraries 2017

The below listed Ocean Nova 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.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Portsmouth cruise port

01 May 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Portsmouth to Oban
Prices starting
from $4942
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02 May      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
03 May     Guernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands   
03 May     Alderney, St Anne, Channel Islands   
04 May     St Mary's Island, Scilly Isles, Wales   
05 May     Lundy Island, England   
06 May     Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales   
07 May     Londonderry, Northern Ireland   
08 May     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
09 May     St Kilda, Scotland   
10 May     Summer Islands, Scotland   
11 May     Lochmaddy, North Uist Island, Scotland   
11 May     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
12 May      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   
Isle of Skye cruise port

11 May 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Oban to Portsmouth
Prices starting
from $4942
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12 May      Departing from Oban, Scotland   
13 May     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
13 May     Lochmaddy, North Uist Island, Scotland   
14 May     Summer Islands, Scotland   
15 May     St Kilda, Scotland   
16 May     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
17 May     Londonderry, Northern Ireland   
18 May     Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales   
19 May     Lundy Island, England   
20 May     St Mary's Island, Scilly Isles, Wales   
21 May     Alderney, St Anne, Channel Islands   
21 May     Guernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands   
22 May      Arriving in Portsmouth, England   
Portsmouth cruise port

21 May 2017 6 nights / 7 days, one-way from Portsmouth to Oban
Prices starting
from $2842
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22 May      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
23 May     Guernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands   
24 May     Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, Wales   
25 May     Glenarm, Northern Ireland   
26 May     Galway, Ireland   
27 May     Tory Island, Ireland   
28 May      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   


05 June 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Spitsbergen Explorer
Prices starting
from $7494
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06 Jun      Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
07 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
08 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
09 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
10 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
11 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
12 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
13 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
14 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
15 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
16 Jun      Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   


25 June 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Spitsbergen Explorer
Prices starting
from $7494
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26 Jun      Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
27 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
28 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
29 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
30 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
01 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
02 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
03 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
04 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
05 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
06 Jul      Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   


03 July 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Spitsbergen Explorer
Prices starting
from $7494
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04 Jul      Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
05 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
06 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
07 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
08 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
09 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
10 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
11 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
12 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
13 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
14 Jul      Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   


14 July 2017 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Spitsbergen In Depth
Prices starting
from $9225
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15 Jul      Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
16 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
17 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
18 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
19 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
20 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
21 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
22 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
23 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
24 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
25 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
26 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
27 Jul      Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
Ittoqqortoormiit cruise port

26 August 2017 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik
Prices starting
from $10032
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27 Aug      Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
28 Aug     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
29 Aug     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
30 Aug     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
31 Aug     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
01 Sep - 02 Sep     At Sea   
03 Sep     Northeast Greenland (Exploring)   
04 Sep     Northeast Greenland (Exploring)   
05 Sep     Northeast Greenland (Exploring)   
06 Sep     Northeast Greenland (Exploring)   
07 Sep     Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland (Rode)   
07 Sep     Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland (Rypefjord)   
08 Sep     At Sea   
09 Sep      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland   
Akureyri cruise port

08 September 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Akureyri to Reykjavik
fly-cruise (Akureyri,Reykjavik)
Prices starting
from $9225
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09 Sep      Departing from Akureyri (flight)   
09 Sep      Departing from Akureyri, Iceland   
10 Sep - 11 Sep     At Sea   
12 Sep     Brogetdal, Greenland   
13 Sep     Blomster Bugt, Greenland   
14 Sep     Antarctic Sound, Greenland   
14 Sep     Ella Oya, Greenland   
15 Sep     Apelfjord, Greenland   
16 Sep     Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland (Enter)   
16 Sep     Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland   
17 Sep     Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland (Rode)   
17 Sep     Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland (Rypefjord)   
18 Sep     Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland (Sydkap)   
19 Sep     Constable Point, Greenland   
19 Sep      Arriving in Reykjavik (flight)   
Blomster Bugt cruise port

17 September 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Arctic Express: Greenland's Northern Lights
fly-cruise (Reykjavik)
Prices starting
from $6918
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18 Sep      Departing from Reykjavik (flight)   
18 Sep      Departing from Constable Point, Greenland   
19 Sep     Apelfjord, Greenland   
20 Sep     Brogetdal, Greenland   
21 Sep     Blomster Bugt, Greenland   
22 Sep     Antarctic Sound, Greenland   
23 Sep     Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland   
24 Sep     Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland (Sydkap)   
25 Sep     Constable Point, Greenland   
25 Sep      Arriving in Reykjavik (flight)