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A rendering of ANTARCTICA XXI's new polar expedition vessel MV Magellan Explorer.
A rendering of ANTARCTICA XXI's new polar expedition vessel MV Magellan Explorer.

Antarctic air-cruise specialist ANTARCTICA XXI has announced the addition of the 100-passenger MV Magellan Explorer to its fleet of small expedition vessels. The custom built ship will be delivered for the 2019-2020 Antarctic season where it will operate the company’s fly and cruise Antarctic expeditions.

The ship features 50 spacious cabins in five categories of accommodations, including dedicated single cabins. Cabins range in size from 440 sq. ft. to 220 sq. ft. All double cabins have two twin beds that can be configured as one queen-size bed. Forty-two cabins feature a large window and a private balcony, while eight cabins feature a porthole.  Sixteen adjoining cabins can be configured as eight 2-room suites to offer guests the most spacious accommodation. All cabins feature a private bathroom and a sitting area.

Public areas include a large forward-facing observation lounge that will also host briefings and educational presentations; an observation deck; a dining room that accommodates all guests and expedition staff in a single sitting; two meeting rooms; a gift shop; a protected outdoor barbecue area; a gym; and a sauna. The bow of the ship will be accessible to guests, offering expansive views during exploration. Adventure activities, such as kayaking and snowshoeing will be available to guests. For more information, visit antarcticaxxi.com.