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UshuaiaTundra Travel

Polar expedition ship. Expeditions to Antarctica.

Originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the Ushuaia has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 84 passengers in 41 comfortable twin cabins and suites. The ice-strengthened polar vessel UshuaiaOriginally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the Ushuaia has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 84 passengers in 41 comfortable twin cabins and suites. The ice-strengthened polar vessel Ushuaia is very well appointed and provides ample deck space and an open bridge policy. The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline.

 

All cabins include ample storage space. Public areas feature a large dining room (one sitting), an observation lounge and bar, a conference room with modern multimedia equipment, a well-stocked library, a changing room and a small infirmary. Our expert captain, officers and crew are highly experienced in Antarctic navigation and have a great love of nature. We provide a specialist team of international expedition leaders and lecturers, all extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, helpful and dedicated to the protection of the environment. Our chefs prepare excellent cuisine including many local specialties and the bar is well-stocked with carefully selected wines and spirits.

 

 

 

Accommodation.

 

Suites.

5 Outside cabins with windows on the upper Deck (G), private facilities, two lower berths,

lounge, TV, DVD player and fridge.

Suite 201 features two double beds.

Suite 202 features one double bed and a sofa bed.

Suite 203 features two lower single beds.

Suite 204 and Suite 207 feature three lower single beds.

 

Superior.

8 Twin outside cabins with windows on the upper Deck (G), private facilities, two lower berths.

Cabin 301 features one double and one single bed.

 

A cabins.

6 Twin outside cabins with windows on the upper Deck (G), private facilities, two lower berths.

 

B cabins.

14 Twin outside cabins:

12 Twin outside cabins with portholes on Deck (E) and semi-private facilities, two berths (upper/lower).

2 twin outside cabins (214 and 215) with portholes on the upper Deck (G) feature private facilities and two berths (upper/lower).

(*) Semi-private facilities: Two cabins share one bathroom accessible from both cabins (shower and wc). Each cabin is also equipped with its own washbasin.

 

C cabins.

8 Twin inside cabins on the lower Deck (D), with semi-private facilities, two berths (upper/lower).

(*) Semi-private facilities: Two cabins share one bathroom accessible from both cabins (shower and wc). Each cabin is also equipped with its own washbasin.

 

 

 

Public areas.

 

Large Dining Room on the Main Deck F comfortably accommodates all guests at a single seating. There is an open seating for all meals and guest tables are unassigned.

 

Observation Lounge and Bar. The bar is well-stocked with carefully selected wines and spirits.

 

Gift shop on the Main Deck F is stocked with ladies and men´s clothing, film, sundry items, apparel, gift and souvenir items.

 

Lecture room with modern multimedia equipment, on Deck E. Both lectures and films are offered. Passengers are encouraged to participate in all the ship´s activities, including the stimulating and informative lectures.

 

Bridge. The Ushuaia encourages you to take advantage of our open bridge policy. During the days we are underway, the officers invite you to observe the navigational operations of the ship and will gladly answer any questions you may have. We kindly ask you to respect the bridge as the working area for the officers. Occasionally, for reasons of safety, the bridge may be closed to visitors.

 

 

 

Open decks.

 

During the time we are in areas where there is a possibility of sighting wildlife, the ships´ officers and staff are constantly on the lookout.

The ice-strengthened polar vessel Ushuaia is very well appointed and provides ample deck space and an open bridge policy, which allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view.

 

Our lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing and unique wildlife.

The full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline.

 

 

 

Technical Facts.

 

Length 84.73 m / 278.3 feet

Breadth 15.54 m / 51 feet

Draught 5.48 m / 18.08 feet

Gross Tonnage 2,923 tonnes

Speed (Max) 14 knots

Cruise Speed 12 knots

Passengers 84

Crew & staff 38

Zodiacs & RIBs 7

Electrical Outlets 110 V, 60 Hz

Yard American Shipbuilding Toledo, Ohio

Date of Build 1970

Classification INSB Ice class C

Flag Union of Comoros

Engine 2 ALCO 1600 HP each

Bow thrust 1x 500Kw

 

 

 

Zodiacs.

 

The most essential element to any expedition is the ability to make landfalls on remote shores and to navigate intricate waterways. To fulfill these requirements, the Ushuaia carries her own fleet of zodiacs and RIB´s. Zodiacs accommodate up to 12 guests and, in the hands of our skilled boatmen, are stable, safe and manoeuvrable. Constructed of high-performance plastimer fabrics, with several airtight compartments, they are easy to board and disembark.

 

The Zodiacs are designed for nature study and are used for both exploring and for shore access. Their versatility, their ability to open whole new worlds of exploration make zodiacs the key to expedition cruising enabling you to go ashore and investigate some of the world´s most unique regions, which would be impossible for a larger ship.

 

Following our practices to protect the wildlife and environment surrounding us, the Zodiacs are designed for minimal impact on the environment.

 

Given the fragility of the Antarctic flora and fauna, we has prepared the best way to visit the Antarctic gently and carefully. We carefully plan for as many Zodiac excursions as possible, dependent upon weather and prevailing conditions. This provides you with the opportunity to journey beyond the encroachments of civilization and to find yourself engaged in daily adventure, rather than merely being an observer of the passing landscape.

 

Instructions will be provided on how to properly embark and disembark these water craft and our staff will assist in all Zodiac landings allowing access to everyone with a desire to go ashore.

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