Antarctica21’s new ship combines style and technical features to offer “unparalleled experiences” in the Antarctic

The Magellan Discoverer reflects Antarctica21’s commitment to excellence in small ship, boutique-style expeditions and marks an additional step in the company’s efforts to serve the high-end segment of the Antarctic travel market. The cutting-edge ship is set to join the Antarctica21 fleet for the 2026-27 Antarctic season.

For Antarctica21, a leader in boutique Antarctic expeditions, Magellan Discoverer is not just another vessel, but one that unites innovative design and environmental stewardship, like sister ship Magellan Explorer. While mirroring its sibling in elegance and style, Magellan Discoverer charts its own course with its own unique achievements.

Like Magellan Explorer, Magellan Discoverer meets stringent PC6 ice class specifications and boasts a similar yacht-like aesthetic. It is custom-built for Antarctic fly-and-sail operations, allowing guests to fly to Antarctica, skipping over the notoriously rough seas of the Drake Passage, to join their ship directly at the White Continent.

For Antarctic air-cruises, Magellan Discoverer will welcome up to 76 guests in 40 cabins across three passenger decks. Like Magellan Explorer, the new ship complies with the strict Tier III emission standard and champions environmental responsibility with its hybrid diesel-electric propulsion and heat recovery systems. The vessel features a spacious dining area, versatile meeting rooms, an observation lounge and bar, a well-equipped gym, and an inviting gift shop. The accessible bow draws guests closer to the awe-inspiring waters.

“This ship is born out of our unwavering commitment to meeting the rising expectations of our guests. With its modern elegance and advanced technical features, it supports our ongoing effort to provide unparalleled experiences in the spectacular Antarctic region,” says Jaime Vásquez, President of Antarctica21.


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