MV Magellan Explorer

MV Magellan Explorer Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Magellan Explorer

Year built2019 new ship
BuilderASENAV Shipyard (Valdivia, Chile)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 50 million
OwnerMinke Shipping Company
OperatorAntarctica21 Air-Cruises
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)91 m / 299 ft
Beam (width)16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage4900 gt
Christened bytba

Review of MV Magellan Explorer

Magellan Explorer cruise ship is a polar-class expedition vessel owned and operated by the Chilean Antarctica Air Cruise company Antarctica21 (fka Antarctica XXI).

Currently, Antarctica21 operates a fleet of 2 chartered cruise ships (Ocean Nova and Hebridean Sky) plus the UK-built BAE-146 aircraft. The high-wing aircraft was manufactured by BAE Systems. It has capacity 71 passengers (16 reserved seats) and is operated by Aerovias DAP - Chilean airline operating domestic flights (charter and scheduled) from Punta Arenas.

MV Magellan Explorer cruise ship (Antarctica XXI Air-Cruises)


The Magellan Explorer ship has a total of 50 staterooms (cabins and suites) in all 5 categories. The ship also offers single-occupancy cabins. All passenger accommodations are spacious, with sizes ranging between 20-40 m2 (220-440 ft2).

Double cabins are fitted with 2 lower / twin beds (convertible to 1 queen-size bed). A total of 42 cabins are with a large Picture Window and a private balcony. Of all staterooms, only 8 are with a Porthole Window (non-opening). Each cabin has en-suite bathroom (WC, shower, single vanity) and a sitting area.

Shipboard dining and entertainment options

The ship's public areas include a forward-facing Observation Lounge, Observation Deck (outdoor area), Sun Deck (aft location, with a BBQ / bar area), single-seating capacity dining room restaurant, 2 meeting rooms, gift shop, gym room, sauna room. The bow section is accessible to passengers and used for wildlife viewing during the voyage. Adventure activities (sea kayaking, snowshoeing) are optional (available at extra cost).

MV Magellan Explorer cruise ship (Antarctica XXI Air-Cruises)

On top deck are located the ship's 2 tender boats and also the fleet of all 12 Zodiacs (large-capacity inflatable boats) used for landings and also to tender passenger ashore.


The Antarctica XXI company operates on regularly scheduled roundtrips to Antarctica leaving from Punta Arenas (Chile).. On wildlife viewing excursions can be seen penguins (Gentoo, Macaroni, Adelie, Chinstrap), whales, seals, various seabirds. Antarctica XXI cruise itineraries destinations include Aitcho Island, Cuverville Island, Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Livingston Island, Petermann Island, Lemaire Channel (aka Kodak Gap), Paradise Bay (minke whales), Wiencke Island (Port Lockroy).

MV Magellan Explorer cruise ship (Antarctica XXI Air-Cruises)

The seasonallly chartered by Antarctica XXI airplane is used for fly cruises as its short runway requirements make it perfect for Antarctic landings.

Flying to Antarctica with Aerovías DAP includes roundtrip flights from Punta Arenas to Chile's largest Antarctic base "Eduardo Frei Montalva" on King George Island. The first flight was on February 12, 1989. In 2007, Aerovias DAP leased one BAE 146 airliner from the UK company Flightline. Antarctica flights started in early 2008. Currently, Aerovias DAP carries out around 3/4 of all air traffic between South America and Antarctica, using two BAE 146-200 planes (model 1981, cost GBP 11 million) plus one smaller plane (Beechcraft "Super King Air" / model 300).

Note: In case of poor AIS coverage, tracking the vessel's current location will be impossible. You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all icebreakers and ice-breaking research ships in the "itinerary" section of our Icebreakers hub. All states and their fleets are listed there.

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The cruise vessel is equipped with modern marine disel engines that meet IMO's Tier III (emission standards / marine engine regulations). To lower fuel consumption and minimize its carbon footprint, the ship's waste heat recovery system recycles the engines-produced heat to power the vessel's heating system and also to warm the onboard water.

The ship is powered by two MAN marine diesel engines with total power output 3440 MW. The ice-strengthened hull is ice class PC6 (Lloyd's Register's Polar Class 6).

The shipowner Minke Shipping Company Ltd (Chile) charters the Bahamas-flagged vessel to ANTARCTICA 21 on long-term charter. Ship's interiors were designed by the Santiago-based Enrique Concha Company (Chile).

In November 2018, the shipowner contracted V-Ships Leisure Ltd (part of V-Group - vessel management and support services provider, and industry's first with a dedicated cruiseship division). V-Ships Leisure is responsible for newbuild's technical management.

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