Carbon-neutral Ocean Diamond offers an excellent balance of quality, comfort and value.
This gleaming ship is slightly larger than many expedition cruise vessels, and her facilities and ambience are more like those of a floating hotel: there is even a spa offering massage therapies and yoga classes.
However this does not detract from the emphasis on wildlife, with each voyage accompanied by well-informed and engaging experts: practising scientists or researchers who will be happy to share their expertise with guests on excursions or in the spacious, tiered lecture theatre.
The cabins accommodating up to 189 guests are very comfortable with more furniture and storage space than is usual on an expedition ship of this type; types vary from single to suite and a lift connects the four decks. There’s a glass-enclosed observation lounge, outside deck for barbecues (even in Antarctica!) and socialising, and a well-stocked library with in-cabin entertainment.
The first Antarctic ship to become carbon neutral, her swift operating speed means she can cross the Drake Passage more quickly than some similar vessels. She’s equipped with lifts and has a large fleet of Zodiacs. Optional camping, kayaking, skiing and mountaineering are available on selected departures.
What our clients say
The whole experience of sailing across Antarctica was amazing, but being able to visit Scott's at Cape Evans was probably the pinnacle of the trip.JW, Bedford
Highlights: “Setting foot on Antarctica and seeing the wildlife in its natural habitat. The first part had always been an ambition of mine”SM, Dennie
Most memorable experience: "The whales in Wilhelmina Bay. Our expedition leader said that this was the best he had seen in his 19 years of leading these trips."RW, Teddington
Most Memorable Experience: “The Awesome Beauty of a Sunny Antarctica!”AW, Nottingham
Highlights were South Georgia – amazing king penguin colony, bathing in thermal pool and cooling off in Whalers Bay on deception island, the open air party as we left Paradise Bay, walking f the frozen Weddell seaHG, Surbition
Most memorable experience: "A hard question to answer, but probably being able to walk on the continent, and not just strolling along the shore line, but fairly serious walking on snow and ice up onto the local ridges."HW, New Romney
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