Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Cruise

Amy Sonbuchner
Hiking to the summit.
Claudio Suter
Sea Kayaking
Claudio Suter
Antarctic Sunrise
Eric Lindberg
All voyages include a photography specialist
An ocean of icebergs.
Ocean Diamond's dining room.
Enjoy a book in the library aboard the Ocean Diamond.
This Antarctic expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. Be delighted by penguins, seals and whales along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight - explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments.

Day 1

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. 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 arriving early, spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafes before departing for Antarctica.

    Day 2

    Embarkation Day

    Embarkation occurs in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement upon departure - the next time seeing land will be in the world’s most southern continent!

    Day 3

    Cape Horn

    Weather permitting, land on Cape Horn. The Cape Horn National Park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. View the monument dedicated to the thousands of sailors lost on more than 800 ships that were wrecked sailing around this iconic landmark.

    Days 4-5

    Crossing the Drake Passage

    Prepare for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. Spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while ship captains provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

    Days 6-8

    South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

    When the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. Begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time your ship has visited Antarctica something new or unexpected has been witnessed, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other - creating a unique, personal experience.

    Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of your mind, 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 enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here 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 feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

    Amidst the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor. Make a bit of noise yourself too by listening to the echo of voices bounce off a giant glacier.

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

    Days 9-10

    Drake Passage to Ushuaia

    The journey back across the Drake Passage provides 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

    • Breakfast

    Disembarkation in Ushuaia

    Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning to continue your adventure on land or catch your flight home.
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    Kayaking and Camping Option Package: $1050
    Kayaking and Camping Option Package: $1050
    Please note that camping is NOT available on the February 15th and February 24th departures. Kayaking is still offered on these two departures for $950
    - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
    -Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
    -Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person is included. Contact us for details on arranging additional travel insurance.
    Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

    Rates include:
    - One pre-expedition hotel night accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia as indicated in the itinerary.
    - Group transfers in Ushuaia from the airport to any local hotel.
    - Group transfers from a designated location in Ushuaia to the ship on embarkation day.
    - Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
    - All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
    - All shore landings per the daily program.
    - Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
    - All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
    - Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
    - Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
    - A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
    - An official parka to keep.
    - Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions on designated voyages.
    - Headsets available on loan for listening to staff presentations and commentary.
    - Access to the world’s largest floating collection of polar books and DVDs in many languages.
    - Yoga classes and onboard wellness program.
    - A comprehensive photography program that includes the services of a resident photography instructor, a program of lectures on photography and digital image manipulation, photography focused excursions at landing sites.
    - Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
    - Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
    - Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
    - A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
    - All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
    - All luggage handling aboard ship.
    - Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.