This expedition offers you the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. Extended time in the region allows you to go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula and venture south of the Antarctic Circle, home to fantastic ice formations and wildlife including the Weddell seal. You’ll enjoy more time for communing with penguins and visits to less-frequented landing sites.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Extend your time in Antarctica and make landings in less frequented sites south of the Antarctic Circle;
- Visit historic research stations in the area of Marguerite Bay;
- Witness the quintessential Antarctic wildlife, including penguins, seals, whales and more;
- Experience the Western Peninsula highlights and visit iconic landing sites; and
- Learn about Antarctica’s geology and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists.
Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 — Embarkation Day
Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5 to 7 — The Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Days 8 and 9 — The Antarctic Circle
Days 10 and 11 — Northbound Along the Peninsula
Days 12 and 13 — Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 14 — Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Pre- and Post-Trip Options Extend Your Stay
Getting to the Antarctic can be just as much fun as being there. Quark offers multiple travel packages that enable you to see more of the world before and after your Antarctic adventure.
Introduction to Buenos Aires Package
Savour a spectacular bottle of Malbec with fine Argentine steak, explore street art in colourful San Telmo or experience the world-class shopping on Avenida Florida. Discover the elegant beauty of Buenos Aires, a city that melds European charm with the frenzied pace of Latin life. This package includes a guided tour of the city’s impressive highlights, from the quaint, cobbled plazas to its most sophisticated neighbourhoods. In the evening, you will enjoy a spectacular dinner and tango show with a live orchestra. Please contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser for pricing.
Daily Briefings and RecapsYou will have regular briefings throughout the voyage. These briefings allow your Expedition Leader and Team to provide you with information about upcoming landings and any itinerary changes that may occur. During your recap sessions you are encouraged to share your experience and wildlife sightings or ask questions about the places you have just visited.
Ship to Shore Communiction
When you are not busy exploring the natural beauty of Antarctica, you will have the ability to make phone calls, check emails and use the internet while aboard. Pre-Paid “Pin Cards” will be available for purchase from the hotel staff. Once purchased, your PIN Card will grant you access to WiFi spots found throughout the public spaces of the ship.
A complimentary benefit of booking an Ocean Diamond expedition is that you can enjoy a comprehensive on board photography program. Your program includes the services of a resident photography instructor, a program of lectures on photography and digital image manipulation and photography focused excursions at landing sites.