Antarctic Circle Quest

A comprehensive reach deep into less-explored southern polar regions
Overview

overview

On this exciting itinerary, you will have time to explore the Antarctic Peninsula in depth, to search out its bays and islands, to marvel at its wildlife, and to wonder at the remarkable scenery. Travel farther than most trips venture into the polar regions, as far as the Antarctic Circle at 66° 33.7' south, although, as with all things in this area, this will be dependent on suitable weather and ice conditions. There will also be opportunities to kayak among icebergs or, on certain departures, to spend a night ashore camping.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

    Arrive at our hotel in scenic Ushuaia and spend the rest of the day exploring this colorful port town.

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  • Day 2: Embarkation Day

    You will be transferred to the quay to join other adventurers on deck as we sail in the late afternoon through the scenic Beagle Channel.

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  • Days 3-4: The Drake Passage

    To sailors, the Drake is legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, but you may be lucky and get calm weather. When the winds are strong, look out for seabirds that will accompany the ship. Regardless of the conditions, we’ll keep you busy on deck, on the Bridge and in the presentation room. We prepare you for boarding Zodiacs, shore landings, and, if you dare, polar dips.

    En route to Antarctica, you may find that delicious three-course meals are made even more interesting by the occasional shout of “Whales off the port side!” Will you continue eating or dash on deck with your camera?

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  • Days 5-8: Exploring the Great White

    The Expedition Team lowers the Zodiacs for exploration at least twice a day. That means that the bow of your Zodiac will be riding high as the driver opens the throttle so we can give you as much time on shore as possible. Once on land, explore the Great White, or just sit on a rock and watch penguins invest considerable energy in survival. Wildlife in the Antarctic is refreshingly unafraid of humans, making each visit feel like a trip to another planet. The jagged polar terrain is magnificent, and awe-inspiring. Perhaps you'll take a polar dip in a thermal hot spring!

    Kayakers, campers and hikers seek that one perfect moment they will relive for the rest of their lives. Perhaps you’ll find that moment in Antarctica. Optional adventures are available on a first come, first served basis. (See the dates and rates for details.) You could drift past an azure iceberg after a hard paddle. You could descend an ice slope after an exhilarating climb. While camping, you could be compelled to reach for the sky, because the stars appear to be only an arm’s length away.

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  • Days 9-10: The Antarctic Circle

    Crossing the Antarctic Circle is still a rare and impressive achievement. Celebrate with a well-earned glass of champagne, raising your glass to the intrepid explorers who have gone before.

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  • Days 11-12: Loubert Coast

    During the voyage, your expedition team will keep you informed about the fabled history of each area you visit. Every name on the map of the Antarctic has a story to tell. The Loubert Coast is no exception. The French names that appear are a legacy of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, physician, yachtsman, and explorer. He, like you, lived for adventure.

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  • Days 13-14: Whales, Birds & Memories

    While crossing the Drake once again, stay up late with new friends as the lingering twilight of the southern summer fades. Trade memories that will last forever while you puzzle over the mystery that is Antarctica.

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  • Day 15: Disembark in Ushuaia

    You disembark the ship this morning. Return to the airport for an onward flight, or stay and enjoy what Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego have to offer.

    (Note: Some departures will visit the Peninsula on the way back to Ushuaia in a reverse itinerary.)

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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Jan 7-21, 2015 Ocean Diamond
Feb 8-22, 2015 Sea Adventurer
Land Cost:
$9,995
- $18,995
Fuel surcharge may apply
Single Supplement:
$9097
twin cabin available for an additional 70% of the cabin cost; no supplement if willing to share
Need to Know

Need to Know

2015 Expedition Dates & Prices

All dates are per person in US dollars, based on shared occupancy.
Single occupancy of selected twin cabins is available for an additional 70% of the cabin cost.

Optional activities are indicated in chart.
 

Fuel Surchage may apply

 

Sea Adventurer

Date                          Cabins  
                                                   Triple     Lower Deck Twin

Main Deck Twin
Porthole

Main Deck Twin Window

Superior Cabin

Deluxe Suite 

Optional
Activities

Feb 8 - Feb 20, 2015 $9,295  $11,295  $12,295  $13,295  $14,295  $15,295  $17,295 kayaking

 

Ocean Diamond

Date                                  Cabin
   Triple  Twin
Obst
View
Twin

Suite

Single
Porthole
Balcony
Suite
Optional
Activities
Jan 7-21, 2015 $9,995 $12,995 $13,995 $16,995 17,995  $18,995

 camping,

 kayaking

 

SHIP INFORMATION

 

Ocean Diamond
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.

  • 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 prepare delicious meals, three times daily.
  • Remote headsets available for remote presentations.
  • Massage & Wellness Program, Photography Program
  • Optional camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing & mountaineering.
  • 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
  • We only use high quality camping equipment on the Ocean Diamond

 

Sea Adventurer
This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1975. Sea Adventurer underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. The 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.

  • Only 117 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.

 

Duration:
15 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
2
Group Size:
117-189
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
2

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Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

Tierra del Fuego & Ushuaia

Duration: 4 days

This exploration of the Southern Andes is a great addition to an Antarctic cruise or a trek in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.

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