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Tour Overview

Modern throughout with 101 elegantly designed staterooms, the Ocean Diamond is truly a gem. In addition to two stabilisers and ice strengthened hull, this magnificent vessel is also one of the fastest and most Eco-friendly ship to cruise the Antarctic waters . Take comfort in the expansive common spaces this ship has to offer including a lounge, library and a restaurant. Relax and enjoy the sun in the stunning polar scenery from the panoramic observation deck.

Optional adventure activities such as kayaking, paddling mountaineering, camping and stand up paddle boarding are available on selected itineraries and are subject to space, ice and weather conditions.

*Number of days depends on itinerary

Highlights
Triple
Twin Obstructed View
Suite
Balcony Suite

Penguin Safari: South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

Ushuaia
Day 1

Upon arrival in Ushuaia, group transfer to your hotel from the airport.

Ushuaia - Embark the Ocean Diamond
Day 2

Late in the afternoon embark the Ocean Diamond. During the night you will sail down the Beagle Channel.

Breakfast, Dinner
At sea
Day 3-6

Immerse yourself in the lectures and presentations by the Expedition Team. Here you will learn about safety procedures for upcoming Zodiac cruises and shore landings. Head to the panoramic deck for the first sightings of icebergs, whales and identify seabirds that glide along the Ocean Diamond.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Georgia
Day 7-8

You can expect varied shore landings (weather dependant) on South Georgia in terms of historical significance as well as a flourishing sub-Antarctic wildlife.

South Georgia is a birder’s paradise as seabirds, albatross and petrels are abundant in numbers and not to mention the penguins that are blanketed over the beaches. Visit Grytviken which hosts the first whaling station in Antarctica as well the final resting place of the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton.

Consider going kayaking (extra cost) for an authentic experience in the water.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At sea
Day 9-10

Days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures to prepare you for your upcoming excursions.

You may have your first official stop in Antarctica on the South Orkney Islands depending on weather and sea conditions.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Antarctica Peninsula
Days 11-13

Be awestruck by the sites of carving glaciers in brilliant shades of blue while being up close to the many penguin species that call the Antarctic Peninsula home.

The chinstrap, Adelie and gentoo penguins are curious creatures that inhabit this area, along with Weddell seals and leopard seals can be found throughout the banks of the Antarctic Peninsula. While on a zodiac cruise, keep a lookout for minke and humpback whales.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 14-15

The journey towards home begins today. Take this time for your final chance to spot whales and seabirds from the deck and reflect on this incredible journey.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Disembark in Ushuaia
Day 16

Disembark the Ocean Diamond in Ushuaia in the morning.

Breakfast

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Ushuaia
Day 1

Begin your journey in Ushuaia, upon arrival transfer from airport to your hotel. Spend the rest of this day exploring this bustling port city.

Ushuaia - Embark the Ocean Diamond
Day 2

Late in the afternoon embark the Ocean Diamond. Sail down the Beagle Channel during the night.

Breakfast, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 3-4

While at sea attend lectures and presentations lead by the Expedition Team, here you will learn about the wildlife, geology and the history of upcoming sites and landings. Head to the deck to sight wildlife or enjoy a drink at the bar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Peninsula
Day 5-8

Be captivated by the unique and untouched landscape often leaving travellers speechless when they first arrive Antarctica. Days are spent on Zodiacs to explore local bays, channels and sites rich in history. There’s also an abundance of wildlife to observe and photograph.

There are colonies of different penguin species such as the chinstrap, Adelie and gentoo penguins that waddle along curiously. Watch the Weddell seals, fur and leopard seals that lay lazily on the banks of nearby waters. While on Zodiac’s, keep your eyes open for humpback and minke whales.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 9-10

Nearing the end of your journey as you head back across the Drake Passage. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of your trip as well as the final chance to spot seabirds and whales from the deck. In the meantime, enjoy presentations by the Expedition team celebrating your experiences during your final days at sea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Disembark in Ushuaia
Day 11

Upon arrival in Ushuaia take a group transfer to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia

Ushuaia
Day 1

Your journey begins in the bustling port city of Ushuaia. Upon arrival at the airport you will take a group transfer to your hotel. Spend the day exploring this wonderful city or get some supplies for your onward voyage.

Ushuaia - Embark the Ocean Diamond
Day 2

From the hotel you will take a group transfer to embark the Ocean Diamond. Get acquainted with the layout of the ship and prepare your sea legs!

Breakfast, Dinner
At sea
Day 3

While at sea days are filled with lectures and presentations lead by the Expedition Team to prepare for excursions, landings and identifying wildlife.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Falkland Islands
Day 4-5

Spend the next couple of days exploring the rugged landscape of the Falkland Islands. The areas throughout the islands are abundant in wildlife offering plenty of photographic opportunities and close up observations of the unique wildlife. Seabirds such as the black-browed albatross, Magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguins are local residents as well as the handsome king penguin.

Visit Stanley, the islands capital, explore the streets to see bright coloured buildings of British style architecture.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At sea
Day 6-7

Sail towards South Georgia. Keep a lookout for whales, seals and seabirds when crossing the Antarctic Convergence where the Antarctic waters mix with the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Georgia
Days 8-11

South Georgia is flourished with wildlife offering plenty of historical sites to explore. Visit the remnants of whaling stations as well as abandoned outposts. It is the home of Grytviken a whaling station and the final resting place of the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton.

Wildlife can vary from rookeries, king penguins to fur or elephant seals.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At sea
Day 12-13

Days at sea filled are with historical and biological presentations lead by the Expedition Team preparing you for your upcoming excursions.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Shetland Islands &Antarctic Peninsula
Day 14-16

The striking beauty and distance away from civilisation can leave you feeling awestruck or speechless when you first reach the ‘White Continent’. You’ll spend the next couple of days (weather permitting) Zodiac cruising to visit historical sites as well as getting close to the abundant wildlife raging from leopard seals, a variety of penguin species and witnessing the magnificent minke or humpback whales.

Consider going kayaking (extra cost) for an authentic water experience or an Antarctic plunge if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Antarctic Circle
Day 17-18

As you cross the Antarctic Circle you’ll be one of few travellers who have ever reached this far south.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Northbound along the Antarctic Peninsula
Day 19-20

Spend the next few days going on Zodiacs to visit sites and observing wildlife (weather dependant).

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 21-22

Nearing the end of your journey as you head back across the Drake Passage. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of your trip as well as the final chance to spot seabirds and whales from the deck. In the meantime, enjoy presentations by the Expedition team celebrating your experiences during your final days at sea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Disembark in Ushuaia
Day 23

Enjoy your last breakfast on board and say your last farewells to other guests and the Expedition Team. On arrival you will take a group transfer to the airport or to town.

Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

  • Group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast
  • Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage
  • Beer and wine during dinner and coffee; tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person

Tour Exclusions

  • Any international airfares
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals ashore unless specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, massage services and other personal charges, unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure options on expeditions (all weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage (sea kayaking, camping etc)

Tour Pricing

Itinerary (USD)
Departure Date
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Triple
Single Porthole
Single Obst. View
Twin Obst. View
Twin Window
Suite
Balcony Suite
South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari
Nov 16, 2019
Cruise
16
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$10,495
$18,595
$18,595
$15,795
$15,795
$17,195
$17,495
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Dec 08, 2019
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,095
$14,395
$14,395
$11,695
$12,195
$13,195
$13,295
Epic Antarctica : Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia
Dec 18, 2019
Cruise
23
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$16,195
$28,695
$28,695
$23,595
$24,295
$26,495
$26,995
Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
Jan 08, 2020
Cruise
14
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,895
$15,795
$15,795
$12,895
$13,495
$14,995
$15,295
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Feb 07, 2020
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,295
$12,995
$12,995
$10,495
$10,995
$11,895
$11,995
Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
Feb 16, 2020
Cruise
14
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,895
$15,795
$15,795
$13,895
$13,495
$14,995
$15,295
Sea Kayaking
$995
Paddling Excursion
$295
Camping (on specific itineraries only)
$295
Itinerary (USD)
Departure Date
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Triple
Single Porthole
Single Obst. View
Twin Obst. View
Twin Window
Suite
Balcony Suite
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Early Bird 10% Savings Apllicable
Nov 04, 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,495
$12,995
$12,995
$10,495
$10,995
$11,995
$12,495
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Early Bird 10% Savings Apllicable
Nov 13, 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,495
$12,995
$12,995
$10,495
$10,995
$11,995
$12,495
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Early Bird 10% Savings Apllicable
Nov 30, 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,495
$12,995
$12,995
$10,495
$10,995
$11,995
$12,495
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Early Bird 10% Savings Apllicable
Dec 09, 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,495
$12,995
$12,995
$10,495
$10,995
$11,995
$12,495
Epic Antarctica : Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia Early Bird Full payment 10% Savings Apllicable
Dec 18, 2020
Cruise
23
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$16,495
$29,995
$29,995
$23,995
$25,495
$26,995
$28,495
Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition Early Bird 10% Savings Apllicable
Jan 08, 2021
Cruise
14
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,995
$15,995
$15,995
$12,995
$13,995
$14,995
$15,495
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings Early Bird 10% Savings Apllicable
Jan 20, 2021
Cruise
20
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$13,495
$23,995
$23,995
$19,495
$20,495
$21,995
$22,995
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Early Bird 10% Savings Apllicable
Feb 16, 2021
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,495
$12,995
$12,995
$10,495
$10,995
$11,995
$12,495
Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition Early Bird 10% Savings Apllicable
Feb 25, 2021
Cruise
14
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,995
$15,495
$15,495
$12,495
$13,495
$14,495
$14,995
Sea Kayaking
$995
Paddling Excursion
$295
Camping (on specific itineraries only)
$295

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