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
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
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: "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
Antarctica “Best holiday we have ever had.”MR, West Malling
This was a trip of a lifetime. The scale of the natural beauty of Antarctica is overwhelming. The icebergs, penguins ,mountains and sunshine which reflected it all in the clear water was breathtaking. I feel privileged to have been able to experience it thank you.AW, Stanmore
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
Most Memorable Experience: “The Awesome Beauty of a Sunny Antarctica!”AW, Nottingham
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
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
Every bit was memorable from the rough sea crossings to the wonderful remoteness of the destination and the absolutely fantastic wildlife.HD, London
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Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
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Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
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Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
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After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.