As the first carbon-neutral ship in the polar region, Ocean Diamond offers a unique combination of adventure, fine dining, and eco-friendly practices. Its innovative design accommodates up to 189 guests in style and comfort while also utilizing advanced fuel economy to offset all ship's carbon emissions. This ship is well-suited for polar exploration because of its ice-resistant hull and two stabilizers.
Ocean Diamond is one of the most comfortable ships in Antarctica. Large communal areas, a club lounge, and a restaurant complete the nicely constructed 101 staterooms and suites. The ship has many adventure alternatives and onboard facilities like photography instructors. After a long day of exploring, travelers can unwind in the sun-lit polar library or the panoramic viewing lounge.
Ocean Diamond Cruise Ship Reviews
While the Ocean Diamond isn't the latest or most luxurious ship in Quark's fleet, passengers are delighted with plenty of comfy common areas and larger cabins than expected. Despite the fact that there is just one major dining room, passengers speak highly about the food, comparing it to that provided at the finest fine dining establishments.
There are now more ships cruising Antarctica than ever before, with vessels and itineraries to suit all tastes and budgets. Contact Adventure-life Antarctica specialists for expert advice.
Lower Deck, 200 sq feet. Two twin beds and an upper bed, two portholes, and private bath with shower.
Twin Obstructed View
Captains & Upper Decks, 200 sq feet, one double bed or two twin beds, picture window with a partially obstructed view, and private bathroom with shower.
Upper, Main & Captain´s Decks, 183-200 sq feet. One double bed or two twin beds, picture window, and private bathroom with shower.
Single with Porthole
Lower Deck, 200 sq feet, one double bed, two portholes, and private bathroom with shower.
Single Obstructed View
Captain's Deck, 200 sq feet, one double bed, picture window with obstructed view, and private bathroom with shower.
Main Deck, 400 sq feet, one double bed or two twin beds, two picture windows and separate sitting area with sofas, two easy chairs, small table and two private bathrooms with shower.
Observation Deck, 325 sq feet, one double bed or two twin beds, window and sliding glass door, private 96 sq ft deck, and private bathroom with shower.
Ocean Diamond Cabin, Staterooms, and Suites
The Ocean Diamond vessel has 82 rooms spread across five decks. It can accommodate up to 189 guests in a variety of triple, double, and single cabins and suites on the main deck and balcony suites on the top observation deck. Cabins face outward, and nearly all feature unobstructed views of the Antarctic's ice-covered waters. Ocean Diamond cabin and deck plans are shown below.
Each cabin features a sea view and an en suite bathroom. Additionally, each room includes a flat-screen television and a DVD player. Advanced climate control automatically regulates the temperature. Bathrooms are fully equipped, while in-room amenities include shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, robes, hairdryer, and 220V/50Hz electric current. All cabins have sprinkler systems, SOLAS life jackets, and fire safety instructions. Housekeeping and laundry services are available.
Breakfast, lunch, and supper are all provided in the ship's one dining area. The ship's hours of operation will be shown on board, as they are subject to vary dependent on the activities that are scheduled for your cruise each day. The dress code is casual.
Those who do not consume meat can choose from various vegetables, pasta, cereals, and fruits. Most unusual dietary demands can be accommodated by Quark Expeditions as long as the necessary documents are filled out when you book your cruise. Unfortunately, no kosher food can be cooked at this time.
Numerous social areas make Ocean Diamond an excellent choice for visiting Antarctica.
The Ocean Diamond has the world's most extensive floating library of polar books and DVDs! It comprises literature in many languages on animals, history, marine biology, ecology, and geology.
Program for Massage and Wellness
While in Antarctica, a yoga instructor teaches every day on the ship's deck. A masseuse is offered for massage. The wellness plan includes aromatherapy and protein shakes.
Expert on Board
All voyages include an "Expert on Board," a professional scientist, historian, or researcher from renowned institutions and polar research programs. Experts will share their knowledge and skills with guests and invite travelers to participate in their projects. They will also be available to socialize with guests during meals and evenings.
Clients may borrow headsets from the activity desk. Staff uses these to transmit live commentary throughout particular times of the day, like between landing spots. Wearing headphones allows travelers to follow the discourse freely across the ship and decks.
Ocean Diamond's Antarctica trips include Zodiac cruise, hiking, and snowshoeing, with optional kayaking, cross-country skiing, and mountaineering.
Ocean Diamond Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1974
Last Refurbished: 2019
Owner: SunStone Ships
Former Names: Le Diamant, Song of Flower, Explorer Starship, Femhil, Begonia
Built by: Kristiansand Mekaniske Verksted (KMV)
Built in: Kristiansand, Norway
Speed: 16 knots
Length: 124 meters (407 ft)
Beam: 16 meters (52 ft)
Gross Tonnage: 8,282 gt
Ocean Diamond Antarctica Itinerary
Ocean Diamond Antarctica 2022-2023 itineraries include expeditions to Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland and South Georgia,
Ocean Diamond prices start from $8,695 for an 11-day Antarctic expedition to as high as $21,995 for a 23-day cruise.
About Quark Expeditions
Ocean Diamond joins the fleet of Ultramarine, Ocean, Adventurer, and World Explorer, all equipped with ice-strengthened hulls for enhanced navigation in ice-covered polar seas and providing an unmatched luxury level.
For the past three decades, Quark Expeditions has been taking visitors on polar expeditions to remote areas of the Arctic and Antarctic region. Quark Expeditions was founded by Lars Wikander and Mike McDowell, who led the first commercial trip to the North Pole on the Sovetskiy Soyuz nuclear-powered icebreaker in 1991.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.