The most thorough exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, this voyage is one of the few that ventures South of the Antarctic Circle, a destination that few will reach in their lifetimes. This breath-taking cruise will take you through the highlights this icy wilderness, watching the diverse wildlife that calls the frozen continent its home.
Day 1 — Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 — Fly to Ushuaia and Embarkation
Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5 to 7 — South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
Days 8 and 9 — Antarctic Circle
Days 10 and 11 — Northbound Along the Peninsula
Days 12 and 13 — Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 14 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city, overlooking the beagle channel. This is Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia at it’s finest. You will spend one night here, with time to explore the national park and see the Magellanic penguin colonies at Penguin Beach, before heading to your group hotel.
The ship will embark in the late afternoon and you will sail through the Beagle Channel into the Drake Passage.
Days 3 and 4
As you cross the Antarctic convergence you will see increased wildlife activity. The cool upwelling waters bring with them nutrients which causes a surplus of phytoplankton sparking a veritable feeding frenzy. The waters are home to anything from, seals, penguins, multiple species of sea birds, like albatross and, and a variety of whales.
The Expedition Team will host a number of lectures and briefings which will aim to fully prepare you for the incredible experience ahead.
Days 5 to 7
You will catch your first sights of land, the South Shetland islands, your first sight of Antarctica on the horizon. As you arrive, depending on the conditions you may have the chance to visit Deception Island, so called because its shape conceals that it is in fact a flooded volcanic caldera, there may be the chance to experience the polar plunge in the protected waters.
As you explore further into the Antarctic you will be able to see more penguins, as you will be travelling quite late in the season, you will be likely to encounter the penguin chicks at their most inquisitive and playful.
Day 8 and 9
The highlight of the voyage is the crossing of the Antarctic circle, few travellers to Antarctica make it this far. As you celebrate crossing 66°33' S you will share a glass of champagne with your fellow travellers.
Days 10 and 11
As you sail Northwards along the peninsula you will enjoy the final few lectures 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 and 13
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.
Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travelers, disembarking in the morning to catch your homeward flights.
The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht designed for exploring the remote waters of Antarctica. She carries a maximum of 189 passengers, and cruises are run with a focus on exploration. On-board you will find expansive common spaces, a club lounge and an elegant restaurant serving a variety of delicious cuisine.
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