MV Ushuaia: Ship Details and Overview


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Built origianlly for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) for oceanographic research, the MV Ushuaia has recently been refurbished and now accommodates 88 passengers in 46 comfortable cabins and suites.

The vessel’s small size, ice-strengthened hull and fleet of zodiacs makes her perfect for numerous shore landing and wildlife watching opportunities. You’ll never miss a photo opportunity aboard the Ushuaia! The ship itself is very well appointed and you’ll have plenty of deck space in which to walk around and view the amazing landscape. The captain also offer an open bridge policy which is ideal for people wanting to get up high and capture those amazing shots.

The public areas are large and light and the cabins reflect this with ample storage space and outward facing windows or portholes. Lectures on board are high class and you’ll find the food exceptionally tasty.

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MV Ushuaia Ship Overview

Specifications

Ship Type: Research Ship

Crew : 38

Passengers: 88

Cabins : 46

Length : 278 ft

Speed : 12 knots

Beam : 51 ft

Draft : 18 ft

Voltage : 110 V / 60 Hz

Route Map of the MV Ushuaia

Facilities

Dining Room, Observation Lounge/Lecture Room, Panorama Deck, Bar, Library, Gift Shop, Infirmary

Equipment

Zodiacs

Cabin Options

Standard Plus triple
Deck E – Outside twin/triple cabin with portholes. Cabin comes with two berths (upper and lower), wash basin, shared bathroom facilities (2 cabins share 1 bathroom).
​Standard Plus
Deck E – Outside twin cabin with portholes or windows. Cabin comes with private en suiite facilities and two lower twin berths.
Premiere
Upper Deck G – Outside twin cabin with windows. Cabin comes with private en suite facilities and two lower twin berths.
Premiere Single
Upper Deck G – Single cabin with portholes and private en suite facilities.
Superior
Upper Deck G – Outside cabin with windows. Cabin comes with private en suite facilities, two lower twin berths. Cabin 301 comes with one double and one single bed.
​Suite
Upper Deck G – Outside cabin with windows. Suite comes with private en suite facilities, separate lounge, TV with DVD player and mini-fridge.

On-Board Facilities

Public Area Facilities

The Ushuaia is a very comfortable ship for cruise goers looking to get the best bang for their buck.

Although not a luxury vessel by any means, the ship still offers a large open-plan observation lounge/lecture room, dining room, Bar, Polar Library, Panoramic Deck, Gift Shop, small Infirmary and Changing Room.

There is excellent deck space around the ship and the captain operates an open bridge policy in which passengers can join him up high to get the best views and vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Cabin Facilities

Like the public areas, the cabins are simple, spacious, light and comfortable.

The vessel comprises of double and twin cabins that come with either private en suits or shared bathrooms. 

All cabins come with ample storage, temperature control, international plug points, outward facing windows or portholes and hair dryers.

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Activities Offered

Activity Details Offered?
Camping

$180 per person on average – camping info

Kayaking

$465 per person on average

Skiing

Adventure itineraries only

Photography Workshop

Selected itineraries only

Shore-based walking

Included in price

Hiking and snowshoeing

Included in price

Polar Plunge and Zodiac Trip

Included in price

Helicopter Ride

Price varies

Scuba-diving

Price varies

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2 Comments:

  • Dr. Dottie Hayden says

    1 year ago

    I need some guidance and advice. I am scheduled with Go Ahead Tours for the January 8th, 2020 trip on the M/VUSHUAIA. Could you please give me detailed information of the physical demands during this trip. For example: how difficult are the land experiences - steep climbs or moderate hikes? How do you get from the ship into the zodiac -- ladder? How rugged are the land landings? What are the most physically challenging parts of this trip? I will be 76 years old in 2020 and right now I am in reasonably good shape. Is it possible to give me some guide lines or expectations of the physical demands I should be able to meet to be certain I am "trip ready" in January 2020. Many thanks Dottie

    • Burnham Arlidge says

      1 year ago

      Hi Dottie, Thanks for getting in touch. Generally speaking, you can be as active or inactive as you like. You do not need to make any steep hikes to get to the view points if you do not wish - you can simply stay near the shore line. Some hikes are longer and steeper than others, so it's best to just gauge the situation on the spot. Getting in and out of the zodiacs is not particularly hard, and you will have the help of a guide. Your actually best off asking Go Ahead Tours or Antarpply (who operate the vessel) how difficult the itinerary is. Rest assured people of all ages visit Antarctica. Make sure you just go at your own pace. There will be differing levels of fitness among everyone onboard. Hope that helps, Burnham - Antarctica Guide Team