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Starts Construction On New Antarctic Vessel Antarctica21

Antarctica21, a leading provider of boutique Antarctic expeditions, is currently building its newest ship, the Magellan Discoverer, to join its fleet for the 2026-27 Antarctic season.

This move reflects the company’s commitment to excellence in boutique-style small ship expeditions and represents a significant further step in its efforts to serve the high-end segment of the Antarctic travel market.

Like her sister ship Magellan Explorer, Magellan Discoverer meets the strict PC6 ice class specifications and features a similar boutique yacht aesthetic. Built specifically for Antarctic flight and sailing operations, it allows guests to fly to Antarctica, cross the notoriously rough seas of the Drake Passage and arrive at their ship directly on the White Continent.

Magellan Discoverer

On Antarctic air cruises, Magellan Discoverer will welcome up to 76 guests in 40 cabins across three passenger decks. Like the Magellan Explorer, the Magellan Discoverer meets the strict Tier III emissions standard and is committed to the environment with its diesel-electric hybrid propulsion and heat recovery systems.

The ship features a spacious dining area, versatile meeting rooms, a stylish observation lounge and bar, a well-equipped gym and an inviting gift shop. The accessible bow brings guests closer to the impressive waters they sail on.

The onboard accommodations are designed to embody the essence of adventure and comfort on an Antarctic expedition. The ship has 12 suites, including two family suites for four guests each and two triple deluxe veranda suites, 22 deluxe veranda staterooms and six single deluxe veranda staterooms. Each cabin on board Magellan Discoverer features king-size beds, comfortable sitting areas and private balconies, ensuring a personalized view of the vastness of Antarctica.

Grow demand for fly and cruise

The ship features a wet science laboratory to support Antarctic research programs and a wraparound walking deck that offers 360-degree views of the stunning Antarctic landscape. For those looking for relaxation and reflection after a day of adventure, a sauna with large panoramic windows offers a tranquil escape. The convenience of an elevator serving five decks adds to the comfort.

Antarctica21’s decision to build a sister ship to the successful Magellan Explorer is in response to increasing demand for its unique air and cruise Antarctic expeditions, a travel model that the Chilean company pioneered in 2003.

The announcement of the new Magellan Discoverer follows the recent opening of the company’s private Explorers House lounge, the industry’s only Antarctic pre-departure lounge and exclusive to Antarctica21. Located in the historic center of Punta Arenas, it features a restaurant, bar, coffee station, library and presentation room where guests can relax and meet other travelers as well as attend pre-departure briefings.

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