An incomparable trip into the wilds of Antarctica. Receive a vivid insight into the early days of Antarctic Exploration, visiting two British Overseas Territories in the South Atlantic. See some of the most incredible wildlife and stand in awe of the frozen continent before celebrating as you cross the Antarctic Circle.

Highlights

  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac boat and on foot;
  • Learn indepth about Antarctica’s incredible geology, history and wildlife with an expert team of lecturers;
  • See the incredible wildlife of South Georgia, often referred to as “the Galapagos of the South.” This includes more than 30 species of breeding birds, including four species of penguin;
  • Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyage on South Georgia and pause for a moment at his graveside;
  • Explore the quaint, British town of Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands;
  • Crossing of the Antarctic Circle; and
  • On board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar specialists.

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 2 — Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation

Day 3 — At Sea

Days 4 and 5 — Falkland Islands

Days 6 and 7 — At Sea

Days 8 to 11 — South Georgia

Days 12 and 13 — At Sea

Days 14 to 16 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula       

Days 17 and 18 — The Antarctic Circle 

Days 19 and 20 — Northbound Along the Peninsula 

Days 21 and 22 — Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 23 — Disembark in Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, fondly known as ‘el Fin del Mundo’ or the End of the World Fuego, is the southernmost city in the world and the gateway to Antarctica. You will spend the night before your cruise in the group hotel. Make sure to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park and Penguin beach where you can get your first sight of Magellanic penguins, which you won’t get the chance to see in Antarctic.

Day 2 — Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation

From Ushuaia

Day 3 — At Sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while we’re at sea. You can take advantage of the library of books available on your ship, chat with your shipmates at the bar, or spend time out on deck, admiring the sea.

Days 4 and 5 — Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

The Falkland Islands have been a British territory since 1833, the capital Port Stanley has a quant port town feel to it, complete with the familiar sight of red post boxes and telephone boxes.

One of the highlights of the Falklands is the elephant seals and penguins of which the islands are home to 5 species, there are a further 63 breeding species of bird on the islands and 23 annual migrants.

Days 6 and 7 — At Sea

As you cross from the Falklands to South Georgia you will cross the Atlantic Convergence these rich upwelling waters are a fertile breeding ground for krill and are the best chance for you to spot whales.

Days 8 to 11 — South Georgia

Arriving at South Georgia you will have the chance to visit Earnest Shackleton’s grave and see some of the largest penguin colonies in the world. The old whaling stations are a keen highlight, the whaling activity here completely decimated the populations of whales, but the numbers have now had the chance to recover after the stations closed in the 1960s. The derelict buildings have since been taken over by the wildlife.

Days 12 and 13 — At Sea

Your voyage from South Georgia to the Antarctic will be a chance for you to attend lectures and briefings about the Antarctic peninsula, learning about everything from the geology, to history and wildlife of Antarctica.

Days 14 to 16 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula         

You will catch your first glimpse of the frozen continent on the horizon, a truly majestic sight that you won’t be quick to forget, you will be following in the footsteps of some of the greatest polar explorers as you explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

You will have the chance to explore Antarctica by zodiac, on foot and by ship. The experience of being here is hard to describe, but it’s like being in a dream, you are surrounded be complete silence in one of the planet’s last remaining wildernesses.

Days 17 and 18 — The Antarctic Circle

Most trips to Antarctica don’t make it as far South as the Antarctic circle, but this voyage takes you all the way, crossing the parallel at 66° 33′ South. As you cross the line you will have a celebratory glass of champagne

Days 19 and 20 — Northbound Along the Peninsula

As you wind your way North, you will have a chance to keep an eye out for any of the wildlife that may have eluded you on the way down.

Days 21 and 22 — Crossing the Drake Passage

After more than a dozen days of memorable wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, putting a final stamp of approval on your Antarctic adventure.

Day 23 — Disembark in Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

You will say your goodbyes to the new friends you have made on this incredible voyage, before flying back to Buenos Aires and home. 

Ocean Diamond

Rating
3
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
189

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.

Ocean Diamond from 18th December 2019 to 9th January 2020

Triple: £11,199.00
Twin Window: £16,799.00
Suite: £18,299.00
Balcony Suite: £18,699.00
Single Porthole: £19,899.00

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