MV Ocean Diamond Antarctica Cruises

11 Days - from AUD$8798 / per person in Triple Share

Countries visited : antarctica, Argentina

TOTAL DAYS : 11 Days

STARTS IN : Ushuaia

ENDS IN : Ushuaia

Highlights : Antarctica , Melchior Is , Port Lockroy , Peterman and Pleneau Islands , Cuverville and Danco Islands

TRANSPORT : Ship

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Crossing the Circle via Falklands and South Georgia: Epic Antarctica; Jan 29 – Feb 20, 2015, Ocean Diamond

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Ending In Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings;Feb 19 – Mar 13, 2015, Sea Adventurer

Embark on your Antarctica journey aboard the Ocean Diamond, a modern, stable super-yacht and experienced Antarctica ship with a maximum of 189 passengers. This vessel, features on board amenities such as a massage and wellness program and a well-stocked polar library. The Ocean Diamond is staffed with outstanding captains, officers, expedition leaders, and guides

Ship Features
Remote headsets available for remote presentations.
Massage & Wellness Program, Photography Program
Optional camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing & mountaineering.
Polar Library & Expert in Residence Program
One-year enrollment in Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)

Ship Specifications
Staff & Crew: 144
Guests: 189
Length: 124 meters
Breadth: 16 meters
Draft: 4.9 meters
Propulsion: 2 Wichmann Engines, 7375 horsepower
Ice Class: 1D
Cruising speed: 15.5 knots
Lifeboats: 4 fully enclosed

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Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Tucked within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia is the gateway to this expedition. It has a small-town feel but full of modern shops, museums, cafes and restaurants to enjoy before your voyage. Perhaps if you have time and you’re a little feeling adventurous why not take up hiking or an outdoor activity within the National Park.

 

Day 2: Embarkation Day
As your embarkation commences, be ready for a cruise journey like no other, as you settle in, meet and greet your fellow travellers and get acquainted with your ship. Your Expedition Team will be on board to ensure your comfort and safety is met by assisting and answering any questions you may have.

 

Day 3: At Sea
Today will be a day of presentations that your Expedition team has prepared for you to learn to identify the different seabirds that glide alongside the ship and wildlife that you will encounter on this trip but also time will be given for safety instructions. You will also be prepped in procedures for your Zodiac cruises and shore landings and how to make the most of out of your upcoming kayaking opportunities.

 

Days 4 -5: Falkland Islands (Isla Malvinas)
Arrival at The Falkland archipelago which consist of two main islands – East and West – both we will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings therefore have your cameras ready as opportunities for some great photos is coming up.

 

In this archipelago region you will visit Port Stanley, a unique British outpost which has a ramshackle charm to it. The largest settlement in the Falklands, there you’ll be able spend your day by visiting churches, museums, wandering around town or perhaps mingling with locals at a typical British pub.

 

The Falkland Islands is home to a variety of penguin species, including Magellanic, Gentoo and Rockhopper and if we are lucky we may spot the King Penguins as well! Expect to see Black-browed Albatross and many other bird species around the islands, including an opportunity to see the two endemic species; Cobb’s Wren and the Falklands flightless steamer duck.

 

Days 6 – 7: At Sea
As we sail towards the south have your cameras ready as we enter the Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary unique to Antarctica – the Antarctic Convergence – where cold, northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating the abundance of krill and microscopic marine life that attracts whales and other species to this part of the world.

 

Days 8 – 10: South Georgia
South Georgia sometimes referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles because of the amazing wildlife it contains. On each landing you make on South Georgia, you will be amazed at the different type of wildlife found here. Your Expedition Team will be pleased to answer your questions during your excursions on this impressive and unique island.

 

Once a place known for Whale and Elephant seal hunting, this remote outpost is now a place where population has rebounded and whaling and sealing ceases to exist today. Here you will see many remnants of these past activities; including several whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

 

Here you will find a historic site that will be of interest; the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton located at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station and the research station of approximately 20 scientists and support personnel.

 

Days 11 – 12: At Sea
Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! The days to follow will be filled with seminars by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will be greeting you upon your arrival in Antarctica.

 

Days 13 – 16: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
As you discover more and more of this continent you become aware that there are only a few places that are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. It is a land of extremes where one moment you’ll be in complete desolation and silence and then the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.

 

Your Expedition Team will have you trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station, or consorting with penguin colonies and other wildlife sighting on each day and landing.

 

Days 17 – 18: Crossing the Drake
Enjoy the crossing through the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, which will complete your Antarctic adventure and after more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Enjoy some final moments with your fellow travellers and savour the silence of the sea as long as you can.

 

Day 19: Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
After breakfast it will time for disembarkation and to say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travellers. Arrangements will be made to take you to the airport for your homeward flight.
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Tucked within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia is the gateway to this expedition. It has a small-town feel but full of modern shops, museums, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy or if you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafes before for your expedition to Antarctica.

 

Day 2: Embarkation Day
After embarkation has begun, we commence sailing down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America.

 

Days 3 – 4: Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

 

Days 5 – 8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
As you discover more and more of this continent you become aware that there are only a few places that are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. It is a land of extremes where one moment you’ll be in complete desolation and silence and then the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.

 

Your Expedition Team will have you trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station, or consorting with penguin colonies and other wildlife sighting on each day and landing.

 

Days 9 – 10: Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Enjoy the crossing through the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, which will complete your Antarctic adventure and after more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Enjoy some final moments with your fellow travellers and savour the silence of the sea as long as you can.

 

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia
After breakfast it will time for disembarkation and to say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travellers. Arrangements will be made to take you to the airport for your homeward flight.

 

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition 1

Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina
Tucked within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia is the gateway to this expedition. It has a small-town feel but full of modern shops, museums, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy or if you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafes before for your expedition to Antarctica.

 

Day 2 – Embarkation Day
After embarkation has begun, we commence sailing down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America, it is there where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.

 

Days 3 to 4 – The Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

 

Days 5 to 8 – The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
As you discover more and more of this continent you become aware that there are only a few places that are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. It is a land of extremes where one moment you’ll be in complete desolation and silence and then the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.

 

Your Expedition Team will have you trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station, or consorting with penguin colonies and other wildlife sighting on each day and landing.

 

Days 9 to 10 – The Antarctic Circle
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66° 33′ S. Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.

 

Days 11 to 12 – Northbound Along the Peninsula
The knowledge you have gained regarding the Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be tested by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like ‘bergy bits’ and pancake ice will seem normal too, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head back towards the Drake, excursions will continue to fill your days, while the Expedition Team will there for any questions you may have.

 

Days 13 to 14 – Drake Passage to Ushuaia
As we return and cross the Drake again, Antarctica starts to fades away and you’ll be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. During these days your Expedition Team will give their last series of lectures, with slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited over the course of your voyage.

 

Day 15 – Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrive into Ushuaia in the morning and bid goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travellers.
Antarctic Explorer via Cape Horn

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is the gateway to this expedition. It has a small-town feel but full of modern shops, museums, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy or if you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafes before for your expedition to Antarctica.

 

Day 2: Embarkation Day
Embarkation will commence late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America.

 

Day 3: Cape Horn
Subject to current weather on the day, we will attempt to land on Cape Horn. The National Park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. We will visit the monument dedicated to the thousands of sailors who lost lives while sailing around this iconic landmark.

 

Day 4: Crossing the Drake Passage
Today we set off and sail across the Drake Passage where we will cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the Antarctic up welling zone where we may see wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Subject to weather conditions we may have the opportunity of landing at Aitcho Island or Penguin Island on day 3, these volcanic islands are windswept and often shrouded in mist and fog, but offer subtle pleasures for a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and southern Giant Petrels.

 

Days 5 – 8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
As you discover more and more of this continent you become aware that there are only a few places that are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. It is a land of extremes where one moment you’ll be in complete desolation and silence and then the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.

 

Your Expedition Team will have you trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station, or consorting with penguin colonies and other wildlife sighting on each day and landing.

 

Days 9 – 10: Drake Passage to Ushuaia
As we return and cross the Drake again, Antarctica starts to fades away and you’ll be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. During these days your Expedition Team will give their last series of lectures, exchange contact details with your fellow travellers or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

 

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Arrive into Ushuaia in the morning for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

 

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition 2

Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina
With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is the gateway to this expedition. It has a small-town feel but full of modern shops, museums, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy or if you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafes before for your expedition to Antarctica.

 

Day 2 – Embarkation Day
After embarkation has begun, we commence sailing down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America, it is there where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.

 

Days 3 to 4 – The Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

 

Days 5 to 8 – The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
As you discover more and more of this continent you become aware that there are only a few places that are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. It is a land of extremes where one moment you’ll be in complete desolation and silence and then the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.

 

Your Expedition Team will have you trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station, or consorting with penguin colonies and other wildlife sighting on each day and landing.

 

Days 9 to 10 – The Antarctic Circle
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66° 33′ S. Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.

 

Days 11 to 12 – Northbound Along the Peninsula
The knowledge you have gained regarding the Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be tested by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like ‘bergy bits’ and pancake ice will seem normal too, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head back towards the Drake, excursions will continue to fill your days, while the Expedition Team will there for any questions you may have.

 

Days 13 to 14 – Drake Passage to Ushuaia
As we return and cross the Drake again, Antarctica starts to fades away and you’ll be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. During these days your Expedition Team will give their last series of lectures, with slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited over the course of your voyage.

 

Day 15 – Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrive into Ushuaia in the morning and bid goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travellers.


PRICES

Antarctic Explorer, Discovering the 7th Continent 2-12 Dec 2014

Join in Category Single Porthole Twin Obst. View Triple Cabin
Ushuaia Cruise AUD$20979 AUD$13201 AUD$8798

Antarctic Explorer, Discovering the 7th Continent 11-21Dec 2014

Join in Category Single Porthole Twin Obst. View Triple Cabin
Ushuaia Cruise AUD$20979 AUD$13201 AUD$8798

Antarctic Explorer, Discovering the 7th Continent 20-30Dec14, 29Dec14-8Jan15

Join in Category Single Porthole Twin Obst. View Triple Cabin
Ushuaia Cruise AUD$22446 AUD$14668 AUD$10266

Crossing the Circle, Via Falklands and Sth Georgia29Jan - 20Feb 2015

Join in Category Single Porthole Twin Obst. View Triple Cabin
Ushuaia Cruise AUD$52373 AUD$32279 AUD$29344

Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition 7-21 Jan 2015

Join in Category Single Porthole Twin Obst. View Triple Cabin
Ushuaia Cruise AUD$26409 AUD$19071 AUD$14668

Prices per person in AU$. Not valid during local public holidays and special events. All prices are as a guide only, please check with us for the latest prices.

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Included:

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation  with breakfast.
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily  housekeeping.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board  throughout your voyage.
  • All shore landings per the daily program.
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our  experienced Expedition Leader.
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the  daily program.
  • Formal and informal presentations by  our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting  the voyage.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan  for shore landings.
  • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep.
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around  the clock.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials,  including a map and an informative
  • Antarctic Reader.
  • A group transfer upon disembarkation in  Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges  throughout the program.
  • All luggage handling aboard ship.

 

Not included:

  • Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified.
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
  • Telecommunications charges.
  • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.

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