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Antarctica Travel

Antarctica: Discover The 7th Continent

On The Ocean Diamond

from $6,295
11 days

Ship Name

M/V Ocean Diamond

Trip Type

Sea

Antarctic Peninsula

When To Go

Dec - Feb

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We really had a wonderful time. The weather was great while in Antarctica... The expedition crew were great: spirited, well informed and always willing to help. We felt they went to great effort to get us off the boat, in zodiacs and on land as much as possible.  Thanks for all your help. You have been wonderful to work with.

Dianne Finklestein
New York, NY

Trip Summary

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 Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal. Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice 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, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime. 

A pioneering and experienced polar operator with high quality expedition staff lend their expertise to your discovery of "the 7th continent" and all of its wonders. On this trip there are the most number of adventure activities possible, and depending on the date you can snowshoe, camp, kayak, or enjoy a photography program or a combined camping and kayaking excursion. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal. 

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Kayaking
Camping
Photography
Snow Shoeing
Skiing
Paddle Boarding
Mountaineering

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Ushuaia

Arrive to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.  Transfer to your included hotel and enjoy your free time. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica..  

Day 2

Embarkation

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Day 3 - 4

Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing.

Day 5 - 8

South Shetland Islands & The Antarctic Peninsula

When 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 can 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, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience. We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. 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 the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you’ll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! Amidst the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes now become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.

Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Day 9 -10

Drake Passage to Ushuaia

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

Day 11

Ushuaia

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

Dates & Rates

Please click on a column header to view cabin photos and descriptions.

Departure DateTripleTwin Obstructed ViewTwin WindowSuiteBalcony SuiteSingle PortholeSingle Obstructed View
 Nov 14 - Nov 2462959295979510795122951179511795
 Feb 2 - Feb 126995105951129512595142951359513595
 Feb 11 - Feb 216995105951129512595142951359513595
 Feb 20 - Mar 26995105951359512595142951129513595
 Dec 8 - Dec 18offer59959195979511695122951429514295
 Jan 7 - Jan 17offer7395111951189513295151951429514295

View Rate Notes

The above rates are in U.S. dollars and per person, double occupancy, unless indicated otherwise. Rates above do not reflect special offer pricing, please inquire for final discounted rates as applicable.

Deposit: 20% of fare (minimum $1000 per person), payable by credit card.

Final Payment: Due 120 days prior to departure. Payment is due by check, wire transfer or money order.

Departure Note: Dec 9 - 20, 2016 trip is 12 days and spends one more day in Antarctica

Additional Costs and Discounts:

  • Solo travelers can be matched to share a standard cabin at the triple or double rate (excludes suite categories)
  • Camping Option: $295 per person (Available Specific Departures: Inquire)
  • Sea Kayaking: $995 (Available all departures)
  • Cross Country Skiing: $575 per person (Available Specific Departures: Inquire)
  • Mountaineering: $575 per person (Available Specific Departures: Inquire)
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding: $225 per person (Available Specific Departures: Inquire)
  • Snow Shoeing: Complimentary (Available Specific Departures: Inquire)
  • Photography Program: Complimentary  (Available Specific Departures: Inquire)
  • Child policy: Children ages 8 and up are accepted as long as they meet the height and weight requirements (64lbs and 48")

Included: Group transfer from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on day 1 of the itinerary (or 1 day prior); one night pre-cruise hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport only for passengers with departing flights before noon; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board ship; shore landings per the daily program; Zodiac cruising per the daily program; photographic Journal on DVD; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included: Any airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation; supplements for adventure options; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage, massage and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; fuel surcharge may apply.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Deposits are non-refundable. This may vary at the discretion of the tour operator. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 180 days or more, refund of deposit less a $1,000 per person fee
  • 170 - 120 days deposit is forfeited
  • 120 or less prior to departure, all payments forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. 

Mandatory Medical evacuation insurance up to $100,000 is included in the cost of this program, however full Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised. 

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Ship Information

M/V Ocean Diamond - 189 Passengers

A contemporary large expedition ship that feels more like a "super-yacht", the Ocean Diamond carries a maximum of 189 passengers and has 2 stabilizers, an ice-strengthened hull and a fast engine making it ideal for polar expeditions. There are 101 cabins and suites, all with exterior views, and expansive common spaces, a club bar and lounge, medical clinic, theater style auditorium, and a spacious restaurant. The ship offers numerous adventure options including snowshoeing, kayaking, hiking, and optional kayaking or mountaineering.  After a full day of exploration, passengers can relax with massage or yoga, browse books or DVDs in the well-stocked polar library, visit the gym, or enjoy stunning polar scenery from the sun-lit, panoramic observation lounge. The Ocean Diamond is the first ship in Antarctica to offer certified "carbon neutral" voyages.

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Group transfer from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on day 1 of the itinerary (or 1 day prior); one night pre-cruise hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport only for passengers with departing flights before noon; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board ship; shore landings per the daily program; Zodiac cruising per the daily program; photographic Journal on DVD; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included: Any airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation; supplements for adventure options; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage, massage and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; fuel surcharge may apply.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Deposits are non-refundable. This may vary at the discretion of the tour operator. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 180 days or more, refund of deposit less a $1,000 per person fee
  • 170 - 120 days deposit is forfeited
  • 120 or less prior to departure, all payments forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. 

Mandatory Medical evacuation insurance up to $100,000 is included in the cost of this program, however full Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised. 

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Causes

Global Warming

Science Initiatives

Union of Concerned Scientists

Science Initiatives

Union of Concerned Scientists

We can reduce global warming emissions and ensure communities have the resources they need to withstand the effects of climate change. The Union for Concenrned Scientists develop science-based solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

Plastics in Water

Oceanic Science Solutions

5 Gyres

Oceanic Science Solutions

5 Gyres

5 Gyres has been a global leader in researching the extent of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.  They have vision of a planet free of plastic pollution and they undertake a range of initiatives towards this aim.  They conduct field research, publish data, educate youth and consumers as well as business and government leaders about ocean plastics, and advocate for solutions. 

Water and Sanitation

Clean Water for All

Water1st International

Clean Water for All

Water1st International

A non-profit that supports high-quality water and sanitation projects that provide permanent solutions for the world’s poorest communities, improving health, education and women's lives in the process.

Trip Testimonials

Dianne Finklestein

February 2016 | New York, NY

We really had a wonderful time. The weather was great while in Antarctica... The expedition crew were great: spirited, well informed and always willing to help. We felt they went to great effort to get us off the boat, in zodiacs and on land as much as possible.  Thanks for all your help. You have been wonderful to work with.

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