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  Antarctic Dream (Antarctic Shipping)

Antarctic Dream | Antarctic Shipping
the Antarctic Dream with a zodiac in foreground, 2007
Photograph by Christian Stocker. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Antarctic Dream | Antarctic Shipping
Antarctic Dream returning to Ushuaia after 9 day antarctic cruise.
Photograph by Christian Stocker. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


The Antarctic Dream is a single-hull Antarctic passenger vessel. The vessel is 83 metres in length with a breadth of 11.9 metres, and is equipped with a sickbay and also has a heliport. The hull is reinforced for travelling through ice, and the propeller is also protected for sailing in ice. Although the ship is not classed as an icebreaker it can sail through loose ice of up to 500mm thick. She carries up to 80 passengers and a crew of 43 who speak Spanish and English.

Antarctic Dream sails to Antarctica from the port of Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. There are fly and sail expeditions available with options to fly from Punta Arenas, Chile and returns by sea to Ushuaia, Argentina, or to depart by sea from Ushuaia, Argentina and fly back to Punta Arenas, Chile. These cruises offer fantastic opportunities to see the Antarctic landscape and icescape, some of the southern islands, and the amazing wildlife of the region.

The ship was built for the Chilean Navy at Harleem shipyards in the Netherlands in 1957. She was originally named Piloto Pardo, after a Chilean captain who rescued Ernest Shackleton's crew from their ship stranded on Elephant Island. The ship was bought by Antarctic Shipping SA who commenced a refit in 2003. The ship was renamed MV Antarctic Dream.

The dining room has capacity for 100 people.

Recreation facilities include bar, library, auditorium, fitness Room, sauna. There is a souvenir shop onboard.

The Antarctic Dream has 40 cabins on four decks: 19 cabins on the Amundsen deck; 17 superior cabins on the Shackleton deck, 2 suites on the Piloto Pardo deck, another 2 suites on the Cape Horn deck. All cabins have outside view.

Ship Summary
Operator:Antarctic Shipping
Built by:Harleem shipyards, Holland
Date Completed:1957
Gross Tonnage:2180
Length:83 m
Width:11.9 m