Ocean Adventurer

128 guests
year built
crew members
87 crew members
332 feet
53 feet
15 feet
cruising speed
12 knots
ice class

A handsome expedition ship, the Ocean Adventurer, formerly named Sea Adventurer, combines travel to the polar regions with superior onboard comfort for her 128 passengers. An extensive 2017 refurbishment, including significant technical upgrades and two new engines, enhanced the public areas, gym, bathrooms and added a new cabin category of an Owner’s Suite. Find more details and deck plan below.

Ocean Adventurer Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Ocean Adventurer review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our Antarctica experts have been aboard the Ocean Adventurer firsthand. Please read our review below then contact our polar cruise experts to compare the Ocean Adventurer with other Antarctica ships and small cruise ships sailing Antarctica cruises, including Antarctica air cruise itineraries plus Arctic cruises and Greenland small ship cruises.

The Ocean Adventurer, formerly named Sea Adventurer, is a polar expedition vessel built in Yugoslavia in 1976. She underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998 and a complete refurbishment of her cabin interiors in 2014. In 2017, another refurbishment upgraded her technical specs to include two new engines, generators, gear boxes, drive systems and re-bladed propellers, resulting in fuel efficiency and a minimized carbon footprint. The multimillion dollar investment also included interior improvements such as bathrooms in every cabin, upgrades to the lounge and dining room, and the addition of new Deluxe cabins and Owner’s Suites. 

This ship’s proud reputation has always been complemented by her well-appointed elegance. She is a traveler favorite because of her intimate feel with ample public space. With a 1A ice-class rating and her operational range, the Ocean Adventurer is well-equipped to navigate some of the world’s more ice-laden regions. Ocean Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for those who enjoy soft adventure and creature comforts.

Sustainability Aboard Ocean Adventurer

The Ocean Adventurer burns Marine Gas Oil (MGO)—a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor that conforms to all international regulations and policies governing disposal of waste at sea. The small polar expedition ship serves only sustainable seafood and uses eco-friendly laundry chemicals and cabin amenities. Every passenger is provided with a reusable water bottle and only recycled, acid-free paper is used on board.

Common Areas Aboard Ocean Adventurer

A theater-style lounge accommodates everyone on board and serves as the main briefing and lecture hall with presentations, films and slideshows for education and enjoyment. Seating here is varied to offer booths, comfortable swivel chairs and stools at the bar. Enjoy a library with books and games, as well as a small onboard gym and staffed medical clinic. Shop for souvenirs in the Polar Boutique or spend time on the observation decks to view wildlife and enjoy the open ocean. Be sure to take advantage of the multi-leveled viewing on the bow when the captain opens up this sometimes-off-limits space. An open bridge policy allows you to sail with a captain’s-eye view and see the operations of the captain and his crew; a few binoculars are available to use in this space for spotting wildlife and landing sites. Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email and wireless Internet access are available for purchase. Free intranet is available to access daily schedules and expedition staff bios on board.

Dining Aboard Ocean Adventurer

Ocean Adventurer’s window-lined dining room has unreserved seating so you can sit with and make new friends throughout the voyage. Tables can accommodate groups of four up to eight. The staff and crew, numbering in the eighties for a high crew-to-passenger ratio, provide gracious hospitality throughout each voyage. There is a 24-hour beverage station in the lounge as well as two bars, one adjacent to the dining room and one in the lounge. If weather allows, a barbecue buffet can be served alfresco on the Captain’s Deck for a unique polar dining experience.

Activities Aboard Ocean Adventurer

An onboard fleet of Zodiac landing crafts allow all passengers easy exploration and landings anywhere nature or curiosity dictates, accompanied by destination experts hand-chosen for their intimate knowledge of each locale. Kayaks are carried aboard, with special guides present as well for this optional (added-cost) adventure activity. Snowshoes are available on select departures when needed. Walking sticks are provided for shore landings to assist travelers in navigating rocky, uneven polar terrain. And for the more adventurous, a polar plunge is offered when conditions permit.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Ocean Adventurer

The 65 staterooms aboard Ocean Adventurer each feature lower beds; private bathrooms with a shower (cabin 403 has a bathtub), toilet and wash basin, shampoo and shower gel, bathrobes, hairdryer; 220v/50Hz electrical outlets; daily housekeeping service; laundry service (additional fee); in-room music; individual temperature controls and outside views of the passing polar landscapes via either portholes or windows.