Magellan Explorer

year built
crew members
298 feet
53 feet
14 feet
cruising speed
14 knots
ice class

Named after the famed explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, the MV Magellan Explorer is the first small passenger ship purpose-built for Antarctica fly cruises. She boasts technical solutions designed to enhance the expedition experience while offering a stylish and comfortable feel. Although the ship’s capacity is for 96 passengers, guests are limited to only 76, ensuring the ultimate small ship polar air cruise experience. She offers a variety of comfortable accommodations including the elusive single cabin. The Magellan Explorer was constructed in Valdivia, Chile, by ASENAV shipyard.

Magellan Explorer Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Magellan Explorer review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our small ship cruise experts have been aboard nearly every first-class vessel in Antarctica. Please read our Magellan Explorer review below then contact our experts to compare the Magellan Explorer with other Antarctica ships and ice-class expedition ships offering Patagonia cruises, and Antarctica cruise and Antarctica air cruise itineraries.

Choose the strong and agile Magellan Explorer for a stylish base for adventures, combining excellence in expedition and boutique hospitality. The Magellan Explorer’s dedication to keeping it small fits perfectly with AdventureSmith Explorations’ philosophy of small, sustainable cruises. As other Antarctica operators continue to push the boundaries of what constitutes a small ship (many reaching above 150 guests), it is refreshing to see a polar vessel focused on preserving the guests’ experience as well as the environment. Limiting capacity to only 76 guests allows for ample space on board for ultimate comfort and off-board passenger expedition experience. This limited passenger count also allows for all travelers arriving to embark on a single flight to Antarctica, translating into less waiting. For these, and many other reasons, the Magellan Explorer is among our top choices for passengers seeking Antarctica luxury cruises and longer Falkland Islands and South Georgia cruise routes.

Operations Aboard Magellan Explorer

Because the Magellan Explorer has been planned and built specifically for the operation of Antarctic air cruises, many of her technical features are designed to support long periods of time away from port. Extended fuel range, comfortable crew quarters, spacious storage areas for provisions and supplies, and a well-equipped workshop for equipment maintenance are just some of the features that make the Magellan Explorer the perfect platform for a fly-and-cruise operation.

The vessel is built to the latest Polar Code specifications and carries a Polar Class 6 ice-class (Lloyd’s Register PC6), with its ice-detecting radar, state-of-the-art navigation and double hull construction. She features stabilizers for comfortable navigation and bow and stern thrusters for excellent maneuverability.

Sustainability Aboard Magellan Explorer

Specific measures have been taken to minimize MV Magellan Explorer’s carbon footprint. The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art efficient engines and meets MARPOL’s stringent Tier III emission standards, the most rigorous standard in the industry. To minimize fuel consumption, a waste heat recovery system recycles the heat produced by the ship’s engines and repurposes it to power the ship’s heating system and to warm the water used on board. All waste is compacted and stored to be safely disposed. The ship’s desalination plant produces at least 24 tons of fresh water each day.

Common Areas Aboard Magellan Explorer

The interior spaces of the MV Magellan Explorer, designed to enhance travelers’ experiences and connection to Antarctica, were designed by renowned Chilean studio Enrique Concha & Co. The modern environment provides a comfortable, stylish and efficient feel at every turn in the ship. The public spaces include a large forward-facing observation lounge that hosts briefings and educational presentations, accessible bow, and an outdoor observation deck, each providing expansive views and close contact with the natural environment. The dining room accommodates all guests and expedition staff in a single sitting. Also on board is a meeting room with an interactive science lab, gift shop, protected outdoor barbecue area, library stocked with Antarctica literature and books in multiple languages, gym with panoramic windows and sauna. The ship offers local intranet with international news, daily programs and a medical clinic. Wireless internet is at an additional cost and available throughout the ship.

Dining Aboard Magellan Explorer

The main dining room serves buffet breakfasts and lunches, and table service dinner. When weather permits, outdoor BBQs are enjoyed on the deck. Premium Chilean wines are served with lunch and dinner. Snacks and drinks are shared during welcome and farewell celebrations. Express lunches and 24-hour coffee, tea and water are also available. In addition to the cuisine, the bar offers a selection of Chilean domestic drinks, along with international favorites.

Activities Aboard Magellan Explorer

Zodiac cruises start in the specific Zodiac embarkation area equipped with hangers, lockers and sitting facilities to prepare for exploration. Then guests are routed to the two mid-ship gangways for quick and safe Zodiac operations with 10 Zodiacs for exploration and shore excursions. The Magellan Explorer also offers a variety of polar activities, including kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing, at additional cost.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Magellan Explorer

The Magellan Explorer features cabins in seven categories of accommodation. With most cabins featuring a large window and private balcony, and flexibility to offer dedicated single cabins, or interconnecting cabins (on sea voyages, #401-408 & #410-413), various passengers are accommodated. The spacious cabins range in size from 440 square feet (Triple Suite & Grand Suites), to 330 square feet (Penthouse Suites) and 220 square feet (Porthole Cabins, Veranda Cabins, Deluxe Veranda Cabins and Single Veranda Cabins).

All cabins feature a private bathroom and a sitting area. Each contains at least one desk and chair, combo Euro-American electrical outlets with USB port, safe, telephone, hair dryer, private bathroom with shower, bathroom amenities, bathrobe and slippers. Cabins with larger private bathrooms stocked with premium amenities include: the Triple Suite, Deluxe Veranda Cabins, Penthouse Suites and Grand Suites.