MV Ushuaia: Ship Details and Overview


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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​Ushuaia Ship Overview


  • 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

Cabin Options

​Standard Plus triple

​Standard Plus


​Premiere Single



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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Ship Photos

Activities Offered





$180 per person on average – camping info


$465 per person on average


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


Price varies

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Dr. Dottie Hayden says November 20, 2019

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

    Burnham Arlidge says November 20, 2019

    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

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