Antarctica Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

11 days from From $11,000

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 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. Each trip unique, exciting and personal.

Antarctica Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Itinerary Snapshot

Highlights
• Discover why this trip is perfect for first-time visitors to Antarctica
• Explore highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
• Travel safely and comfortably aboard any of Quark Expeditions’ three small, ice-strengthened expedition vessels
• Learn about the environment and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists
• Experience abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more!

Day 1 — Ushuaia , Argentina
You may arrive in Ushuaia at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Ushuaia is one of Argentina’s top destinations, and for good reason. This beautiful city, perched dramatically between the Martial mountains, the bay and the Beagle Channel, is popular for its sheer beauty, spectacular marine wildlife, and for its acclaim as the the city at the End of the World.

Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Days 5 to 8 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Once 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 will 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, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.
Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. 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 southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!
Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.
Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 9 and 10 — Crossing the Drake Passage
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 11 — Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast. After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht, and one of the largest of our small expedition ships. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions.

As one of the fastest ships in Antarctica, it is also one of the most comfortable. There are 101 elegantly designed cabins and suites, all with exterior views, and expansive common spaces, a club lounge, and a spacious restaurant. The ship offers numerous adventure options, plus on-board features such as interactions with photography instructors. After a full day of exploration, passengers can relax, browse books or DVDs in the well-stocked polar library, or enjoy stunning polar scenery from the sun-lit, panoramic observation lounge.

Ship Specifications
• Staff and Crew 144
• Guests 189
• Length 124 meters
• Breadth (Beam) 16 meters
• Draft 4.9 meters
• Propulsion 2 Wichmann Engines, 7375 horsepower
• Ice Class 1D
• Cruising Speed 15.5 knots
• Registration Nassau, Bahamas
• Lifeboats 2 fully enclosed
Deck Plan

Twin Window
Between 183 and 200 sq. ft. (17 and 19 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window. Located on the Upper, Main and Captain’s Decks, these cabins have a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin

Suite
Approximately 400 sq. ft. (37 sq. m) in size, these suites have one double bed or two twin beds, and two picture windows. Located on the Main Deck, these suites have two private bathrooms, and a separate sitting area with a sofa, chair, and small table. Two refrigerators, TVs, and DVD players are included in each cabin.

Single Obstructed View
Approximately 200 sq. ft. (19 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double bed, and a picture window (the view is obstructed by the lifeboats). Located on the Captain’s Deck these cabins have a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.

Balcony Suite
Approximately 325 sq. ft. (30 sq. m) in size, including the balcony, this suite has one double bed or two twin beds, and a full-size window with a sliding glass door that leads to a private deck with chairs. Located on the Observation Deck, this suite has a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.

Trip Length: 11 days
Trip Price:

Voyage: Aboard: Embark: Disembark:
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Ocean Diamond
February 16, 2021 Ushuaia, Argentina
February 26, 2021 Ushuaia, Argentina

Twin Window 4 cabins available – $21,995 per cabin (2 berths per cabin)
Between 183 and 200 sq. ft. (17 and 19 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window. Located on the Upper, Main and Captain’s Decks, these cabins have a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin

Suite 3 cabins available – $23,990.00 per cabin (2 berths per cabin)
Approximately 400 sq. ft. (37 sq. m) in size, these suites have one double bed or two twin beds, and two picture windows. Located on the Main Deck, these suites have two private bathrooms, and a separate sitting area with a sofa, chair, and small table. Two refrigerators, TVs, and DVD players are included in each cabin.

Single Obstructed View 1 available – $12,995.00 per cabin (1 berth per cabin)
Approximately 200 sq. ft. (19 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double bed, and a picture window (the view is obstructed by the lifeboats). Located on the Captain’s Deck these cabins have a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.

Balcony Suite 7 Cabins available – $24,990.00 per cabin (2 berths per cabin)
Approximately 325 sq. ft. (30 sq. m) in size, including the balcony, this suite has one double bed or two twin beds, and a full-size window with a sliding glass door that leads to a private deck with chairs. Located on the Observation Deck, this suite has a private bathroom with shower. A refrigerator, TV, and DVD player are included in each cabin.

Adventure Activities available as of December 13 2019

All options subject to availability (Not held)
Sea Kayaking $995 per person
Day Paddling $295 per outing

Included:
• Arrival group transfer from Airport (USH) to Ushuaia Hotel (TBD) February 16, 2021
• Pre night Ushuaia Hotel (TBD) February 16, 2021in Ushuaia, Argentina w/ breakfast
• Embarkation group transfer from Ushuaia Hotel (TBD) to Ocean Diamond February 17, 2021
• Disembarkation transfer from Ocean Diamond to Airport (USH) February 26, 2021
• Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping.
• Premium bedding and linens
• Premium towels replaced daily in cabin
• Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as
possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals).
• General Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard.
• Shore landings included in daily program.
• Professional Expedition Leadership.
• Onboard Guest services
• Professional Adventure option guides (optional paid activities)
• Formal and informal educational presentations by the Quark Expeditions Inc Team.
• Online Photographic Journal.
• An official 3-in-1 Quark Expeditions Inc parka to keep
• The loan of a pair of waterproof boots for the duration of the voyage per passenger.
• Coffee, tea, cocoa, soft drinks and juices available around the clock.
• Domestic beer and wine with dinner.
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin.
• Comprehensive pre-departure package including the Quark Expeditions Inc Polar Reader.
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
• All shipboard luggage handling.
• Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of $500,000 USD per person.
• All Zodiac excursions and transfers included in the daily program.
• $150 Shipboard credit per person
• $150 Adventure option credit (Subject to availability. Adventure option credit has no cash value if options are
sold out or not requested.)
Not included:
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes.
• Alcoholic beverages outside of domestic beer and wine at dinner
• Polar Boutique store charges.
• Spa services
• Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
• Shipboard communication charges, laundry and other personal charges.
• Voyage-end gratuities for Crew, Hospitality and Expedition Team members. (Advised $15-20 per day)
• Adventure Options which may be operating on this departure
• Any requested on-board ship receptions not outlined above

$150 Shipboard credit per person

Deposit: $1500.00

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