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Antarctica21 Reveals Magellan Discoverer: A Revolutionary Vessel for Antarctic Exploration

May 7, 2024 | Press Release

Antarctica21, renowned for its pioneering fly-cruise expeditions to the pristine landscapes of Antarctica, proudly unveils its latest innovation, Magellan Discoverer. This cutting-edge vessel, set to debut in the 2026-27 season, represents a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences in the world’s most remote regions.

Magellan Discoverer has been crafted on the lines of its sister ship Magellan Explorer and promises to elevate the Antarctic adventure to new heights. Manufactured by Chile’s esteemed ASENAV, this vessel will seamlessly blend elegance with functionality, mirroring the exquisite aesthetics of its predecessor while introducing enhanced amenities and comforts for discerning guests.

Juan Cristóbal del Pedregal Bravo, Commercial Director, Antarctica21 expressed excitement about Magellan Discoverer, stating, “This vessel represents a new dawn in Antarctic exploration. With its cutting-edge technology, elegant interiors, and impeccable service, it will provide an unparalleled journey through one of the world’s last frontiers. This proud addition to our fleet was born out of our unwavering commitment to meeting the rising expectations of our guests.”

Generous Accommodations

With a capacity to accommodate up to 76 air-cruise guests across three passenger decks, Magellan Discoverer maintains the intimate ambiance that defines Antarctica21’s signature boutique, yacht-like experience. Among its luxurious offerings are forty meticulously planned cabins, including ten Grand Veranda Suites, two Family Suites, and a selection of Deluxe and Single Veranda Cabins—all thoughtfully designed to ensure maximum comfort and relaxation. Each cabin offers a choice between a king-size bed or twin beds, along with private balconies to soak in the breathtaking vistas of Antarctica.

Set Sail in Style

Beyond its accommodations, Magellan Discoverer is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities aimed at enriching the expedition experience. From an inviting observation lounge and bar to a fully equipped gym and sauna with panoramic views, every corner of the vessel is crafted to immerse guests in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Antarctic landscape.

Sustainability at Sea

Environmental stewardship lies at the heart of Antarctica21’s mission, and Magellan Discoverer is no exception. Engineered with heat recovery systems and designed to meet stringent Tier III emission standards, the vessel incorporates hybrid-electric propulsion to minimize its carbon footprint. Innovative features such as a waste heat recovery system and the use of biodegradable oils further demonstrate the company’s commitment to sustainable practices. Additionally, a dedicated wet science lab underscores Antarctica21’s commitment to supporting vital research programs in the region.

Gateway to Antarctica

In addition to its groundbreaking technology, Magellan Discoverer will offer passengers the opportunity to embark on their Antarctic journey in style with the opening of Explorers House. Nestled in Punta Arenas—a bustling port town at the gateway to Antarctica—this exclusive members club invites guests to indulge in pre-expedition luxury within a meticulously restored Patagonian wool warehouse.

Boasting elegant lounges, a curated library showcasing over 100 polar travel and nature books, and a garden oasis, Explorers House sets the stage for an immersive introduction to the wonders of Antarctica. The club’s presentation theatre, featuring talks on the history of polar exploration, along with the Antarctic Time Tunnel—an initiative supported by Antarctica21’s Foundation—further enrich the guest experience by fostering a deeper understanding of the region’s significance in science, art, conservation, and education.

With the unveiling of Magellan Discoverer and the opening of Explorers House, Antarctica21 reaffirms its position as a trailblazer in Antarctic tourism, offering discerning travellers unparalleled opportunities to explore and engage with the world’s last true wilderness.