Ocean Nova


Cruise line
Quark Expeditions

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Ocean Nova Review and Specifications

Specifications of Ocean Nova

Year built 1992  /  Age : 26
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
Sister-ships Sarfaq Ittuk
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 (Quark Expeditions)

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.

MV Ocean Nova cruise ship (Quark Expeditions)

Ocean Nova is extremely quiet and highly maneuverable expedition vessel, which draft is only 12 ft (3,7 m) allowing access to remote islands and unique coastal destinations. The ship is powered by two MAN marine diesel engines (total power output 2000 HP). The hul is ice class 1B. The ship has all 2 lifeboats, which are fully enclosed. Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet).

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.

MV Ocean Nova cruise ship (Quark Expeditions)

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).

Quark cruise deals

Quark Expeditions cruise deals are inclusive of:

  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay, group transfers (airport-hotel on the day prior departure, and hotel-ship on embarkation day)
  • onboard accommodation (daily housekeeping service)
  • all onboard meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) - know that the ship's galley / kitchen can't prepare kosher meals
  • all Zodiac landings (daily, weather permitting) and Zodiac transfers and cruising (daily)
  • media presentations by Expedition Team members and special guest lecturers
  • waterproof expedition boots (on shore landings)
  • complimentary Quark Expeditions logoed parka
  • lifejackets and immersion suits
  • complimentary coffee, tea and cocoa (24 / 7)
  • hairdryer and bathrobe (in all cabins)
  • pre-departure materials (including maps)
  • all service taxes and port fees
  • all onboard luggage handling
  • emergency evacuation (medevac) insurance to a max benefit USD 100,000 pp
  • Fly-cruise deals are inclusive of complimentary house wines (by the glass), beers and spirits on the ship, also of all gratuities (staff and crew) and all domestic flights (prior to embarkation).
  • Shipboard laundry and Ironing services are available at additional cost.
  • Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet) and cost extra.

Photos of Ocean Nova