Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

Ocean Diamond Cruise Ship
Ocean Diamond
189 Passengers
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Not only does this expedition include the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, but it also offers the opportunity to venture farther south across the Antarctic Circle. As you head toward a milestone that few travelers reach, you’ll feel as if you’re in a world without borders, sailing across an endless stretch of sea dotted with ice.

Dramatic ice formations will ignite your imagination as you search the landscape for the wildlife that calls it home. Whether it’s humpback whales alongside the ship, a leopard seal diving beneath your Zodiac, penguins sliding off an iceberg into crystal waters, or a giant petrel soaring above cracking sea ice, you’ll experience a sensory overload in Antarctica like you’ve never felt before.

Expedition in Brief
• Be one of the few travelers to venture to 66°33 ́ S
• Visit historic research stations in Marguerite Bay
• Witness abundant Antarctic wildlife, including penguins, seals, whales and more
• Experience western Peninsula highlights and visit iconic landing sites
• Learn about Antarctica’s geology and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 Embarkation Day
Days 3 & 4 Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5 to 7 Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Days 8 & 9 The Antarctic Circle
Days 10 & 11 Northbound Along the Peninsula
Days 12 & 13 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 14 Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Includes one pre-expedition hotel night accommodation in Ushuaia.

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day

As the ship sets sail in the late afternoon, you will begin your Antarctic journey, passing through the Beagle Channel. The channel opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities to capture seabirds hovering overhead.

Days 3 & 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage

The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your expedition team.

You will spend this time preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures presented by your expedition team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

Days 5 to 7 — The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make our approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready as the continent’s coastline makes its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic. You’ll see plentiful floating icebergs and be fixated on the ocean surface as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.

As exciting as it can be from on board the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the White Continent. There are several potential landing sites that we may visit, including Neko Harbor, Orne Harbor or Paradise Harbor. Although weather dictates which specific landing sites we can visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions.

Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and polar camping are optional activities available on select voyages (at an extra cost).

Days 8 & 9 — The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach this far south, which is officially noted at 66°33 ́ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne! Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people.

Days 10 & 11 — Northbound Along the Peninsula

By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur or Weddell seal. Terms like bergy bits and pancake ice will seem normal, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your expedition team will continue offering presentations while giving you time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced.

Days 12 & 13 — Crossing the Drake Passage

As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your expedition team will round up its series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage.

Day 14 — Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Today you’ll say goodbye to your expedition team and fellow travelers, disembarking in the morning to catch your homeward flights.

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

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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).