Dream” is a Dutch built ice-reinforced vessel and served under
the name Piloto Pardo for the Chilean Navy. The vessel was rebuilt
as an unrestricted, worldwide passenger vessel and was completely
refurbished in July 2005. M/v “Antarctic Dream” is registered
in Panama. The vessel features a spacious dining room / observation
lounge, bar, lecture room, fitness room plus sauna, boutique and
The vessel offers accommodation for 84 passengers in 42 twin cabins
with private toilet and shower, 4 suites, 6 superior cabins and
29 twin private cabins have portholes or windows and either two
separate lower beds or queen beds. 3 additional twin private cabins
have no portholes / windows (inside cabins). All cabins have furthermore
a desk, closed circuit TV, and inter-cabin phone service. Satellite
email and phone service is available in the library.
The vessel is manned by 18 well-trained Chilean crew members. The
on board staff consists of 1 expedition leader, 4 guides / lecturers,
1 hotel manager, 1 barman, 1 doctor, 3 chefs and 6 waitresses /
cabin cleaners. The Antarctic Dream's expeditions offer you the
ideal introduction to the Great White Continent. Departing from
and finishing in the port of Ushuaia, we take in the most exciting
sights of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Our program is orientated to the viewing of wildlife and the breathtaking
scenery of narrow waterways, glaciers, icebergs and the rugged mountains.
The Captain and the expedition leader will assess conditions daily
with the intention of maximizing your time ashore. This means taking
full advantage of opportunities to land passengers with our zodiacs
and making best use of the light of the long summer days. On board
lectures are offered by geologists, historians, naturalists, expedition
leaders, and the captain himself. Join the captain and the rest
of our 40 crew members for an awe-inspiring journey of discovery
5 - Deck Plans and Technical
Data courtesy of Oceanwide Expeditions
Restaurant & Lecture Room
Excellent cuisine, prepared by international chefs, is served in the
dining room, which also acts as the lecture room.
The M/V “Antarctic Dream” has a cosy bar where you can
read and relax and have a drink. There are plenty of interesting books
about the history, flora and fauna of the areas we visit.
The sauna is always warm and accessable for everybody. The hotelmanager
will organize ladies- and gents hours on request.
Age Range & Nationality
Passengers on a typical voyage range from their 30s to their 80s -
with a majority usually from 45 – 65. Our expeditions attract
independent-minded travellers from around the world. They are characterised
by a strong interest in exploring remote regions. The camaraderie
and spirit that develops aboard is an important part of the expedition
experience. Many departures have several nationalities on board.
You are nearly always welcome on the Passenger bridge, an excellent
place to watch ship operations and maintain a lookout for wildlife.
Please remember, however, that the Passenger bridge is a work place.
To enable our officers to navigate the ship, remain on the port side
of the Passenger bridge and please do not eat or drink. When in port,
during rough weather, and other times for reasons of safety, the Passenger
bridge may be closed to visitors. If you are in doubt, please ask
the officer on watch.
Combating sea sickness
Anticipate some rough water on the voyage. Should you be prone to
motion or sea sickness, please consult your physician which medication
is appropriate and its side effects. To avert motion sickness, avoid
alcohol, tobacco, excess liquids, and confined spaces. Most people
feel better sitting on deck looking at the horizon or prone with eyes
shut. Oddly, you will feel better with some food, such as crackers
or dry toast in your stomach. Many people eat to avoid feeling sick.
Remember, once you start to experience motion sickness, medications
are of little help.
In keeping with our expeditions atmosphere, dress on board is informal.
Bring casual and comfortable clothing for all activities. Keep in
mind that much of the spectacular scenery can be appreciated from
deck, which can be slippery. Bring sturdy shoes with no-slip soles
and make sure the parka is never far away in case of the call “Whales!”
comes over the loudspeaker and you have to dash outside. Wear layers
since it is comfortably warm aboard the ship - and often cold on deck.
The customary gratuity to the ship’s service personnel is made
as a blanket contribution at the end of the voyage which is divided
among the crew. You will receive detailed guidelines aboard. Tipping
is a very personal matter and the amount you wish to give is at your
discretion. As a generally accepted guideline, we suggest US$8 to
US$10 per person per day. It is better for the crew, if we can give
them cash US Dollar.
On board our vessels we have a non-smoking policy. It is prohibited
to smoke inside the ship. You can smoke on deck but do not throw your
cigarette filter overboard ! Do not smoke on the aft deck in the proximity
of zodiacs, engines and fuel. Please respect the wishes of non-smokers.
Your physical condition
You must be in good general health and you should be able to walk
several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically
not very demanding. Although we spend as much time as possible ashore,
you are welcome to remain aboard the ship if you like. To join most
excursions, you must be able to get up and down the steep gangway
from the ship to the water level to board the Zodiacs. Staff will
assist you in and out of the boats. This will become progressively
easier with practice. Ashore it can be slippery and rocky. You are
travelling in remote areas without access to sophisticated medical
facilities, so you must not join this expedition if you have a life-threatening
condition, or need daily medical treatment.
with large windows to two sides, bath (3 with queen
beds, 1 with two single beds)
with large window (6 with queen beds, 10 with two single
19 with small porthole
(11 with queen beds, 8 with two single beds)
Twin private inside:
3 no porthole or window
(2 with queen beds, 1 with two single beds)
All photographs courtesy of Oceanwide Expeditions