Experience Antarctica beyond the view from your ship’s deck. Each departure will test your endurance and engage your curiosity with an average of two off-ship activities per day while in the Antarctic peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Depending on the date and weather conditions, you’ll have opportunities for camping, kayaking, mountaineering, and cross-country skiing while appreciating the penguins, whales, and icy landscapes that are must-sees on this mysterious continent. The trip will also be enhanced by an onboard education program that covers everything from identifying the seabirds you’ll see to the future of the Antarctic. Whether you choose to strap on a harness for a polar plunge into Neko Harbor, get your heart pumping with a hike to the region’s snowy hilltops, or just take in the sights and sounds of the White Continent, this is one Antarctic adventure that you’ll never forget.
- Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia sits in a beautiful setting at the foot of the Andes. Relax at a sidewalk café and soak up that “end of the world feeling” of this frontier town before spending a night at the host hotel.
- Day 2: Embarkation DayYour Antarctic home
Board the ship in the late afternoon for the voyage through the Beagle Channel to the Drake Passage. Keep watch on deck for seabirds, penguins, and rainbows.
- Days 3-4: The Drake PassageSmall iceberg in the Drake Passage.
Anticipation mounts crossing the Drake Passage. Participate in briefings and presentations on the Antarctic ecosystem, then watch for seabirds and marine mammals from the bridge or deck while the majesty of the Southern Ocean surrounds you.
- Days 5-8: Antartic Peninsula/S. Shetland IslandsPenguins everywhere.
Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition's progress. You may leave the ship to explore a range of activities. Perhaps, you'll feel salt spray on your face as the Zodiac weaves in and around grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay. You could scramble to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view, near Port Lockroy. You could sit quietly on a pebbled beach to wait for a curious penguin chick to approach, or take a plunge into the icy waters of Neko Harbor.
Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula with adventurers who enjoy camping, kayaking, cross-country skiing, mountaineering and other active pursuits. Over the course of the austral spring and summer, the sun lingers longer, melting snow and ice. Wildlife abounds: chicks hatch and fledge, and pods of whales breach in a deep bay where a calving iceberg has churned up krill, the local delicacy.
The natural cycle of life ensures that every expedition is different, and every expedition is full of surprises! In Antarctica, silence is so complete that interruptions become indelible memories; noisy penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, the boom and crack of a calving glacier near Petermann Island. Then there is the sound of breathing as your arms pump and your legs power you up an incline on cross-country skis. As you sail from island to shore to bay during four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team provides opportunities for contemplation, to test your endurance, and to engage your curiosity.
- Days 9-10: Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Returning to Ushuaia across the Drake Passage, you know you are one of the people in the world that have visited Antarctica. The adventure will be with you forever. You may already be thinking of a return trip – as many have found before, the lure of Antarctica is a strong one.
Note: Please note that on twelve day expeditions, an extra day is spent in the Antarctic peninsula.
- Day 11: Ushuaia and Onward
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your trip home or onward.
Price and Date Details
Need to Know
2014-2015 Expedition Dates & Prices
All rates are per person in US dollars, based on shared occupancy (unless otherwise listed). Single occupancy of selected twin cabins is available for an additional 70% of the cabin cost
Options for sea kayaking and camping are offered on most all departures. Mountaineering and cross-country skiing are offered on select departure on the Ocean Diamond.
|Nov 7-Nov 18, 2014||Sea Spirit||12 days||$7,595-14,595|
|Nov 16-Nov 27,2014||Sea Adventurer||12 days||$5,995-10,995|
|Dec 2-Dec 12, 2014||Ocean Diamond||11 days||$5,995-14,595|
|Dec 5-Dec 16, 2014||Sea Spirit||12 days||$10,595-19,295|
|Dec 6-Dec 17, 2014||Sea Adventurer||12 days||$6,995-14,995|
|Dec 11-Dec 21, 2014||Ocean Diamond||11 days||$5,995-14,995|
|Dec 20-Dec 30, 2014||Ocean Diamond||11 days||$6,995-15,995|
|Dec 29-Jan 8, 2015||Ocean Diamond||11 days||$6,995-15,995|
|Jan 7-Jan 18, 2015||Sea Spirit||12 days||$10,595-19,295|
|Feb 4-Feb 15, 2015||Sea Spirit||12 days||$10,595-19,295|
|Mar 4-Mar 15, 2015||Sea Spirit||12 days||$7,595-14,595|
|Triple||Lower Deck Twin||Main Deck Twin Porthole||Main Deck Twin Window||Superior||Deluxe||Suite|
|Nov 16-27, 2014||12||$5,995||$7,995||$8,995||$9,995||$10,995||$11,995||$13,995|
|Nov 26-Dec 7, 2014||12||$6,995||$8,995||$9,995||$10,995||$11,995||$12,995||$14,995|
|Dec 6-Dec 17, 2014||12||$6,995||$8,995||$9,995||$10,995||$11,995||$12,995||$14,995|
|Triple||Main Deck||Classic||Superior||Deluxe||Suite||Owner's Suite|
|Nov 7-18, 2014||12||$7,595||$8,795||$9,295||$10,595||$11,595||$12,995||$14,595|
|Dec 5-Dec 16, 2014||12||$10,595||$12,295||$13,295||$14,295||$16,295||$17,595||$19,295|
|Jan 7--18, 2015||12||$10,995||$12,295||$13,295||$14,295||$16,295||$17,595||$19,295|
|Feb 4-15, 2014||12||$10,595||$12,295||$13,295||$14,295||$16,295||$17,595||$19,295|
|Mar 4-15, 2015||12||$7,595||$12,295||$9,295||$10,595||$11,595||$12,995||$14,595|
|Nov 4-15, 2014||12||$5,595||$8,395||$13,995||$10,395||$13,995||$11,795||$13,995|
|Dec 2-12, 2014||11||$5,995||$8,995||$14,295||$10,995||$14,295||$12,295||$14,995|
|Dec 11-21, 2014||11||$5,995||$8,995||$14,295||$10,995||$14,295||$12,295||$14,995|
|Dec 20-30, 2014||11||$6,995||$9,995||$15,295||$11,995||$15,295||$13,995||$15,995|
|Dec 29- Jan 8, 2015||11||$6,995||$9,995||$15,295||$11,995||$15,295||$13,995||$15,995|
Fuel Surcharge may apply
About the OCEAN DIAMOND
- Intimate viewing of Antarctic wildlife, icebergs and more
- All cabins have exterior views and facilities en suite.
- Flat Screen TVs and DVD players in every cabin
- Chefs pamper you with delicious meals, three times daily.
- Remote headsets available for remote presentations.
- Massage & Wellness Program, Photography Program
- Polar Library & Expert in Residence Program
- One-year enrollment in Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)
- All-inclusive beverage packages available
- Speed of vessel saves up to 12 hours on Drake crossing. Giving you more time to enjoy Antarctica
Sail aboard the Ocean Diamond, a modern, stable super-yacht and experience Quark's Antarctica. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, this outstanding vessel features numerous adventure options plus onboard amenities such as a massage and wellness program and a well-stocked polar library. The Ocean Diamond is staffed with Quark’s legendary captains, officers, expedition leaders, and guides.
About the SEA ADVENTURER
- Only 122 guests.
- 4 partially enclosed lifeboats.
- Fleet of Zodiacs for shore transfers.
- All cabins have exterior views and facilities en suite.
- One dining room with unreserved seating.
- Multi-purpose lounge and presentation room.
- Ice-strengthened hull.
- New for 2012-13: All-inclusive beverage packages
This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1975. Clipper underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegance. Clipper Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite.
Sea Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and facilities en suite.
About the SEA SPIRIT
- Quark's all-suite ship
- Smallest suite is a spacious 215 square feet.
- 15 suites have balconies.
- Owner's Suite is an outstanding 550 sq. feet.
- Flat Screen TVs and DVD players in every suite
- Open bar
- Every suite has an exterior view
- 10MB communications access card included in every voyage
Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience Quark's Antarctica in grand style with spacious suites. Carrying a maximum of 112 passengers this outstanding vessel, approved for polar waters, is equipped with rubber inflatable boats - called RIBs - for shore transfers and cruising.
Optional Adventure Activities
**Confirmed at booking on a first-come, first-served basis.**
KAYAKING: Exploring the Peninsula by kayak is an unforgettable experience: plying inlets and waterways, you encounter penguins at water level and glide past massive icebergs, raising your paddle to hear the intense silence. We provide ideal kayaks for this environment: 5 m (16 ft) rudder-equipped Prijon tandem models, which are stable, tough and surprisingly comfortable. Up to 10 travelers per voyage will enjoy at least four kayak excursions, each led by two highly qualified instructors - with a Zodiac safety boat in constant communication, ready to assist if necessary. Possible kayaking sites include Hannah Point/Aitcho Islands, Deception Island, Port Lockroy, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay and Lemaire Channel. On some voyages a combination of kayaking and ice camping is also available. (ask about pricing)
ICE CAMPING: Join the select few who’ve camped overnight on the pristine ice shelf of Antarctica. In keeping with our commitment to leave no trace, this is camping at its simplest: an expedition tent and sleeping bag; no fire or meals (you eat aboard the ship before we land); and around you the deepest silence imaginable, broken only by the call of a boastful penguin or the crack of ice breaking in the distance. Your Expedition Team handles all logistics for up to 20 campers on a single night ashore (as always, ice and weather permitting). We generally camp near Port Lockroy on the Neumayer Channel, carefully selecting the site to avoid disturbing wildlife or contaminating vegetation. (ask about pricing)
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Another unforgettable way for 10 passengers to experience the spectacular landscapes of Antarctica is on a pair of cross-country skis. Traveling quickly and quietly under your own power, you can explore deeper into the White Continent than you’d be able to reach on foot, while taking advantage of the long hours of daylight. We supply the equipment and expert guides, you provide the energy, enthusiasm and ideally a bit of previous experience - and together we break trail (subject to weather conditions) through an incredible pristine world of snow and ice. (ask about pricing)
MOUNTAINEERING: If gazing up at spectacular Antarctic icebergs isn't awe-inspiring enough, you can always put your mountaineering skills to work and try climbing one of the ice cliffs. Our expert guides provide detailed briefings and all the equipment you need, then offer helpful direction as you climb. Maximum 10 participants. (ask about pricing)