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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.
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 — The 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
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 the Antarctic.
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 the deck, admiring the sea.
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.
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.
Arriving at South Georgia you will have the chance to visit Ernest 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.
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.
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 by complete silence in one of the planet’s last remaining wildernesses.
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
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.
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.
You will say your goodbyes to the new friends you have made on this incredible voyage, before flying back to Buenos Aires and home.
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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