Magellan Explorer: Ship Details and Overview

Magellan Explorer Ship

The Magellan Explorer is the latest expedition ship to hit Antarctic waters. The first of its kind to be purpose built for Antarctica in over 15 years, the Magellan Explorer accommodates just 73 passengers, giving it a true expedition feel.

Built with a Polar Class 6 ice-class (Lloyd’s Register PC6) and the latest in marine stabilizers, the Magellan Explorer is one of the safest and smoothest polar vessels on earth, making it perfect for people who suffer with sea sickness

Because the Magellan Explorer is purpose built for for expedition cruising, there is plenty of areas to watch wildlife. A glass enclosed observation lounge and forward-facing observation deck are just two examples of this. The Magellan Explorer is most commonly used the fly-cruise itineraries

Excluding porthole cabins, every cabin comes with a private balcony and 10 dedicated zodiacs allow every passenger to be out on the ice at one time without queues. 

The Magellan Explorer is also one of the eco-friendly ships on the water with its state of the art waste heat recovery system that repurposes the heat generated from the ship's engines to help power the onboard heating system and hot water. 

For the more adventurous traveler, there are plenty of activities including kayaking, snowshoeing and hiking. 

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Magellan Explorer Ship Overview


  • Ship Type: Expedition Ship
  • Crew : 60
  • Passengers: 73
  • Length : 298 ft.
  • Speed : 14
  • Beam : 53
  • Draft : 14 ft.
Magellan Explorer deck plan

Cabin Options

Triple Suite (Deck 4)

Single Veranda Cabin (Deck 3)

Porthole Cabin (Deck 3)

Veranda Cabin (Deck 3)

Deluxe Veranda Cabin (Deck 4)

Penthouse Suite (Deck 5)

Grand Suite (Deck 4)

On-Board Facilities

Public Area Facilities

Built exclusively for expedition cruising, the Magellan Explorer has been designed to the last detail. Purpose built mudroom and zodiac embarkation points make getting to and from shore a breeze. 

The large glass observation lounge is a real joy for wildlife watching and you won't run out of things to do with a dedicated polar library and good-sized gym. 

Cabin Facilities

When you compare cabin sizes against competitors in the expedition cruising industry, the Magellan Explorer offers exceptional space, even in the porthole cabins.

All cabins come with private en-suite, a sitting area, individually controlled heating system, and a wardrobe. Most of the cabins also come with private balconies which are perfect for relaxing and watching the wildlife.

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Activities Offered




$180 per person on average – camping info


$465 per person on average

Adventure itineraries only

Selected itineraries only

Shore-based walking

Included in price

Hiking and snowshoeing

Included in price

Zodiac Trips

Included in price

Helicopter Ride

Price varies

Price varies

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