Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent - 11 day

Ocean Diamond Cruise Ship
Ocean Diamond
189 Passengers
Adventure Options

Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and this expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where Mother Nature creates the rules—her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal.

Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through sea ice that crackles like shattered glass, witnessing penguins building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, experience exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.

Expedition in Brief:
• Perfect for first-time visitors to Antarctica
• Explore highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
• Travel safely and comfortably aboard any a small, ice-strengthened expedition vessel
• Learn about the environment and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists
• Experience abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more!

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 Embarkation Day
Days 3 & 4 Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5 to 8 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9 & 10 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 11 Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Includes one pre-expedition hotel night accommodation in Ushuaia.

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Although the city has grown during the past few years, it retains an easygoing and accessible feel. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend time in nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

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 to 8 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, affords us the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between mountain hiking or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor.

Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your expedition team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 9 & 10 — Crossing the Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your expedition team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 11 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a polar expedition.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

Only show rates under
$ X
Please note that availability is updated about once a week.
Per Person USD
Rates 2016-2017
Triple
Twin Obstructed View
Single Port Hole
Twin Window
Single Obstructed View
Suite
Balcony Suite
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
Save 20% Premium & 10% Standard
Plus: Free Buenos Aires Extension &
Transfer/Flight Packages $1,300 value
(Prices in Red) Expires Jul 31st 2016
$6,295Full$9,595$8,636Full$12,295$11,066$10,295$9,266$12,295$11,066$11,295$9,036Full$12,995$10,396Full
Kayak, Snowshoe
Save 20% Premium & 10% Standard
Plus: Free Buenos Aires Extension &
Transfer/Flight Packages $1,300 value
(Prices in Red) Expires Jul 31st 2016
$13,795Full$19,595$17,636Full$24,595$22,136$20,995$18,896$24,595$22,136$22,995$18,396Full$25,995$20,796Full
Kayak
Save 20% Premium & 10% Standard
Plus: Free Buenos Aires Extension &
Transfer/Flight Packages $1,300 value
(Prices in Red) Expires Jul 31st 2016
$6,995Full$10,595$9,536Full$13,595$12,236$11,295$10,166Full$13,595$12,236$12,595$10,076Full$14,295$11,436Full
Kayak
Save 20% Premium & 10% Standard
Plus: Free Buenos Aires Extension &
Transfer/Flight Packages $1,300 value
(Prices in Red) Expires Jul 31st 2016
$6,995Full$10,595$9,536$13,595$12,236Full$11,295$10,166$13,595$12,236Full$12,595$10,076Limited$14,295$11,436Limited
Kayak
Save 20% Premium & 10% Standard
Plus: Free Buenos Aires Extension &
Transfer/Flight Packages $1,300 value
(Prices in Red) Expires Jul 31st 2016
$6,995Full$10,595$9,536$13,595$12,236$11,295$10,166$13,595$12,236$12,595$10,076$14,295$11,436
No trips meet your criteria. Please increase the budget above to view more results.
Click on the tour dates in the left column to view a trip itinerary. Point MOUSE at Cabin Category to view DETAILED description.

Cruise Price does not include international airfare.  Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Single cabin prices are 1.7 times the cost of the appropriate twin-share prices listed above except for suites and balcony suites which are 2x the price listed above. If you are a solo traveler requesting to share a cabin note that suites and balcony suites can not be shared.

Adventure Options: Kayaking - $950, Camping - $250, Kayak + Camping Combined Package - $1,050 Snowshoe-Included. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Camping is limited to 60, Kayaking 16. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

Only show rates under
$ X
Please note that availability is updated about once a week.
Per Person USD
Rates 2017-2018
Triple
Twin Obstructed View
Single Port Hole
Twin Window
Single Obstructed View
Suite
Balcony Suite
Camp, Kayak
Save $3,000 (Std Cabins) & $3,400 (Suite)
(Prices in Red) Expires Sep 30th 2016
Excludes Triple & Balcony Suite
$5,995 $9,195$6,195$11,695$8,695$9,795$6,795$11,695$8,695$10,695$7,295$12,295 
Camp, Kayak
$13,995Full$20,695 $25,795 $21,595 $25,795 $23,995 $27,695 
Camp, Kayak
Save $3,000 (Std Cabins) & $3,400 (Suite)
(Prices in Red) Expires Sep 30th 2016
Excludes Triple & Balcony Suite
$7,395 $11,195$8,195$14,295$11,295$11,895$8,895$14,295$11,295$13,295$9,895$15,195 
Kayak
Save $5,600 (Std Cabins) & $6,000 (Suite)
(Prices in Red) Expires Sep 30th 2016
Excludes Triple & Balcony Suite
$14,495 $20,595$14,995$25,995$20,395$22,195$16,595$25,995$20,395$24,195$18,195$27,295 
Kayak
Save $3,000 (Std Cabins) & $3,400 (Suite)
(Prices in Red) Expires Sep 30th 2016
Excludes Triple & Balcony Suite
$7,395 $11,195$8,195$14,295$11,295$11,895$8,895$14,295$11,295$13,295$9,895$15,195 
Kayak
Save $3,000 (Std Cabins) & $3,400 (Suite)
(Prices in Red) Expires Sep 30th 2016
Excludes Triple & Balcony Suite
$8,495 $13,495$10,495$16,595$13,595$14,495$11,495$16,595$13,595$15,295$11,895$17,595 
No trips meet your criteria. Please increase the budget above to view more results.
Click on the tour dates in the left column to view a trip itinerary. Point MOUSE at Cabin Category to view DETAILED description.

Cruise Price does not include international airfare.  Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Single cabin prices are 1.7 times the cost of the appropriate twin-share prices listed above except for suites and balcony suites which are 2x the price listed above. If you are a solo traveler requesting to share a cabin note that suites and balcony suites can not be shared.

Adventure Options: Kayaking - $995, Camping - $295, Snowshoe-Included. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Camping is limited to 60, Kayaking 16. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

Ocean Diamond Deck Plan

   Balcony Suite
This suite has one double bed or two twin beds, and a full-size window with a sliding glass door that leads to a private deck with chairs. Located on the Observation Deck, this suite has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.
Approximately 325 sq. ft. (30 sq. m) including balcony.
   Suite
These suites have one double bed or two twin beds, and two picture windows. Located on the Main Deck, these suites have a separate sitting area with sofas, two easy chairs, a small table, and a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.
Approximately 400 sq. ft. (37 sq. m).
   Single Obstructed View
These cabins have one double bed, and a picture window (the view is obstructed by the lifeboats). Located on the Captain’s Deck these cabins have a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.
Approximately 200 sq. ft. (19 sq. m).
   Twin Window
These cabins have one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window. Located on the Upper, Main and Captain’s Decks, these cabins have a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.
Between 183 and 200 sq. ft. (17 and 19 sq. m).
   Single Porthole
These cabins have one double bed and two portholes. Located on the Lower Deck, these cabins have a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.
Approximately 200 sq. ft. (19 sq. m).
   Twin Obstructed View
These cabins have one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window (the view is obstructed). Located on the Captain’s Deck, these cabins have a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.
Approximately 200 sq. ft. (19 sq. m).
   Triple
This cabin has a two twin beds and an upper bed, and two portholes(Note: cabin 332 has three lower beds). Located on the Lower Deck, these cabins have a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.
Approximately 200 sq. ft. (19 sq. m).