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Antarctica Travel

Crossing The Circle: Southern Expedition

On The Ocean Diamond

from $8,495
14 days

Ship Name

M/V Ocean Diamond

Trip Type

Sea

Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica + Polar Circle

When To Go

March

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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

A comfortable, included charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia starts you off on an epic journey to 66 degrees south. Wonder at the sheer scale and scope of the icebergs, mountains and stretches of polar beaches, dotted with seals and penguins. This exploration will take you further south still to cross into the Antarctic Circle, a privileged achievement you’ll celebrate with your shipmates. Equal parts unpredictable, exciting and awe-inspiring, your Antarctic adventure will impart in your 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 camp, kayak, or give stand up paddleboarding a try. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal. 

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Kayaking
Birding
Walking Pack Ice
Whale Watching

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).  

Day 2

Ushuaia & Embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, we’ll take a short city tour of this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

Day 3 - 4

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. Time over these two days will be spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

Day 5 - 7

South Shetland Islands & The Antarctic Peninsula

With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make our approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready as the continent’s coastline will make its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic.

You’ll see plentiful icebergs floating by and be fixated on the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes. As exciting as it can be from onboard the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites we may visit, including Neko Harbour, Orne Harbour or Paradise Harbour.

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 camping in Antarctica are a couple of optional activities available on selected voyages (at an extra cost)

Day 8 - 9

The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the 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 still visited by very few people.

Day 10 - 11

Antarctic 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 too, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will continue to fill your days, while the Expedition team will continue to offer presentations, while giving you time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced.

Day 12 - 13

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 14

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

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Departure DateTripleTwin Obstructed ViewTwin WindowSuiteBalcony SuiteSingle PortholeSingle Obstructed View
 Mar 2 - Mar 15offer8495134951449515295175951659516595

View Rate Notes

The above rates are in U.S. dollars and per person, double occupancy, unless indicated otherwise.

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.

Additional Costs and Discounts:

  • Solo travelers can be matched to share a cabin at the triple or double rate in standard categories as available
  • Sea Kayaking: $995
  • 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, refunded of deposit less $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. 

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

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Global Warming

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Water and Sanitation

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