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Antarctica21 Unveils Plans For New Vessel

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Antarctica21 has announced the construction of its latest vessel, Magellan Discoverer, set to join its fleet for the 2026-27 Antarctic season.

The new vessel reflects the company’s commitment to excellence in small ship and specialist expeditions while strengthening its position in the premium segment of the Antarctic travel market.

Antarctica21’s decision to build a sister ship to its Magellan Explorer is a result of the “increasing demand for their unique fly and cruise Antarctic expeditions” said the company in a statement.

With Antarctica21, travellers have the opportunity to skip over the notoriously rough seas of the Drake Passage to join their ship directly at the White Continent.

According to the company, Magellan Discoverer has an innovative design built to high environmental standards to meet the stringent PC6 ice class specifications

The ship is enhanced with larger guest cabins, private balconies, and a wraparound walking deck offering 360-degree views of the polar landscapes.

It can accommodate up to a maximum of 76 guests on each Antarctic air-cruise, and the perfect platform for Antarctica21’s small ship, fly-and-sail operations.

Magellan Discoverer supports environmental responsibility, is equipped with a Heat Recovery System, and complies with Tier III emission control standards.

The vessel features a spacious dining area, versatile meeting rooms, an observation lounge and bar, a well-equipped gym, a wet science lab to support Antarctic research programs, a gift shop, and a sauna with wide panoramic windows.

Jaime Vásquez, President of Antarctica21, said, “This ship is borne out of our unwavering commitment to meeting the rising expectations of our guests.

“Equipped with the latest technology, Magellan Discoverer supports our dedication to sustainability while offering seamless comfort for our travellers.

“With its modern elegance and advanced technical features, it provides an unparalleled travel experience in the spectacular Antarctic region.”

The ship features twelve Suites, including two Family Suites for four guests each and two Triple Deluxe Veranda Suites, twenty-two Deluxe Veranda Cabins, and six dedicated Single Veranda Cabins with king-size beds, comfortable sitting areas, and private balconies, ensuring personal vistas of the Antarctic expanse.

Magellan Discoverer will have a cutting-edge hybrid-electric propulsion system, boasting two powerful MAN main engines, ABB’s innovative Azipod® propulsion units and Energy Storage System with Battery Bank from Corvus.

Like its predecessor, it will be constructed at the ASENAV shipyard in Valdivia, Chile, strengthening the already successful relationship between Antarctica21 and the shipyard.

For more information please visit: https://www.antarctica21.com/

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