MV Ocean Diamond

MV Ocean Diamond Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Ocean Diamond

Flag state Bahamas
Builder KMV (Kristiansand Mekaniske Verksted) Kristiansand, Norway
Year built 1974
Owner Iceland ProCruises
Speed 15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA) 124 m / 407 ft
Beam (width) 16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage 8282 gt
Passengers 164 - 189
Crew 106
Passengers-to-space ratio 37
Decks 6
Cabins 101
Decks with cabins 5
Last Refurbishment 2012
Former names Begonia, Femhil, Explorer Starship, Song of Flower, Le Diamant

Review of MV Ocean Diamond

MV Ocean Diamond cruise ship is owned by the travel company Iceland ProCruises and operated under charter by Quark Expeditions'. This expedition vessel accommodates a maximum of 189 passengers and features an ice-strengthened hull and two stabilizers, making it ideal for polar travel vacations. Ocean Diamond cruises in Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula region). itineraries also visit the wildlife paradise of South Georgia Island and the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). Antarctica departures are out of Ushuaia (Argentina) and fly-cruise deals are offered from Buenos Aires. European itineraries (cruises in Iceland) are with roundtrip departures from Reykjavik.MV Ocean Diamond cruise ship, Antarctica

The ship's previous owner - Compagnie du Ponant - sold it in late 2011 to investors. In November 2012, it was contracted by Quark Expeditions for charter operations under the name "Ocean Diamond". The travel company Quark Expeditions (established 1991) specializes in polar expedition cruises to the Antarctica and Arctic aboard purpose-built vessels. Quark Expeditions became part of the UK-based TUI Travel PLC Group of Companies on May 1, 2007.

Being one of the most eco-friendly and fastest cruise ships in Antarctica, Ocean Diamond is also one of the most comfortable ones. Its 101 elegantly furnished cabins and suites all feature exterior views. There are also expansive common spaces,  a spacious restaurant and club lounge. The ship offers a wealth of adventure options, plus onboard interactions with photography instructors (dedicated photography enrichment program), yoga classes, aromatherapy treatments and massage therapy (wellness program). Zodiac cruising and landings, snowshoeing and hiking tours ashore are included in cruise fares, while kayaking is optional. After a day of exploration, guests can relax and browse DVDs or books in the well-stocked polar library.

In addition to the lifeboats, MS Ocean Diamond carries a tender on davits (crane-like device used for raising, and lowering the boats) located across the stern. The cruise ship also serves the "Expert in Residence" program, letting polar researchers, scientists, historians and other experts to undertake field work out of the ship. Passengers are allowed to assist. All landings include expedition jackets and rubber boots on loan.

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MV Ocean Diamond Itineraries 2017

The below listed MV Ocean Diamond cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
12 February 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8072
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13 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
14 Feb - 15 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
16 Feb     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
17 Feb     King George Island, Antarctica   
17 Feb     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
18 Feb     Deception Island, Antarctica   
19 Feb     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
20 Feb - 21 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
22 Feb     Ushuaia, Argentina   
22 Feb      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
21 February 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8072
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22 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
23 Feb - 24 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
25 Feb     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
26 Feb     King George Island, Antarctica   
26 Feb     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
27 Feb     Deception Island, Antarctica   
28 Feb     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
01 Mar - 02 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
03 Mar     Ushuaia, Argentina   
03 Mar      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
02 March 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $11072
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03 Mar      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
03 Mar      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
04 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
05 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
06 Mar     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
07 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
08 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
09 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
10 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
11 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
12 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
13 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
14 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
15 Mar     Ushuaia, Argentina   
15 Mar      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
03 June 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Iceland's Natural Wonders
Prices starting
from $5992
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04 Jun      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland   
05 Jun     Breidafjordur, Iceland   
06 Jun     Isafjordur, Iceland   
06 Jun     Vigur Island, Iceland   
06 Jun     Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, Iceland   
07 Jun     Siglufjordur, Iceland   
07 Jun     Grimsey Island, Arctic Circle, Iceland   
08 Jun     Akureyri, Iceland   
09 Jun     Husavik, Iceland   
10 Jun     Seydisfjordur, Iceland   
11 Jun     Hofn, Iceland   
12 Jun     Heimaey Island, Iceland   
13 Jun      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland   
09 December 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $6918
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10 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
11 Dec - 12 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
13 Dec     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
14 Dec     King George Island, Antarctica   
14 Dec     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
15 Dec     Deception Island, Antarctica   
16 Dec     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
17 Dec - 18 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
19 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
19 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
20 December 18 nights / 19 days, round-trip Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
Prices starting
from $15918
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21 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
22 Dec     At Sea   
23 Dec     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
24 Dec     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
25 Dec - 26 Dec     At Sea   
27 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
28 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
29 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
30 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
31 Dec - 01 Jan     At Sea   
02 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
03 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
04 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
05 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
06 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
07 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
08 Jan      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   
20 December 18 nights / 19 days, round-trip Explorers and Kings
Prices starting
from $15918
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21 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
22 Dec     At Sea   
23 Dec     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
24 Dec     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
25 Dec - 26 Dec     At Sea   
27 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
28 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
29 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
30 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
31 Dec - 01 Jan     At Sea   
02 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
03 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
04 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
05 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
06 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
07 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
08 Jan      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   

MV Ocean Diamond Itineraries 2018

The below listed MV Ocean Diamond cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
08 January 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8532
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09 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
10 Jan - 11 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
12 Jan     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
13 Jan     King George Island, Antarctica   
13 Jan     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
14 Jan     Deception Island, Antarctica   
15 Jan     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
16 Jan - 17 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
18 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
18 Jan      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
17 January 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8532
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18 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
19 Jan - 20 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
21 Jan     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
22 Jan     King George Island, Antarctica   
22 Jan     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
23 Jan     Deception Island, Antarctica   
24 Jan     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
25 Jan - 26 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
27 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
27 Jan      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
22 February 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8532
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23 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
24 Feb - 25 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
26 Feb     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
27 Feb     King George Island, Antarctica   
27 Feb     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
28 Feb     Deception Island, Antarctica   
01 Mar     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
02 Mar - 03 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
04 Mar     Ushuaia, Argentina   
04 Mar      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
03 March 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $9802
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04 Mar      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
04 Mar      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
05 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
06 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
07 Mar     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
08 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
09 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
10 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
11 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
12 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
13 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
14 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
15 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
16 Mar     Ushuaia, Argentina   
16 Mar      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
03 June 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Iceland's Natural Wonders
Prices starting
from $5992
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04 Jun      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland   
05 Jun     Breidafjordur, Iceland   
06 Jun     Isafjordur, Iceland   
06 Jun     Vigur Island, Iceland   
06 Jun     Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, Iceland   
07 Jun     Siglufjordur, Iceland   
07 Jun     Grimsey Island, Arctic Circle, Iceland   
08 Jun     Akureyri, Iceland   
09 Jun     Husavik, Iceland   
10 Jun     Seydisfjordur, Iceland   
11 Jun     Hofn, Iceland   
12 Jun     Heimaey Island, Iceland   
13 Jun      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland   
18 December 21 nights / 22 days, round-trip Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $15456
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19 Dec      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
19 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
20 Dec     At Sea   
21 Dec     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
22 Dec     Port Stanley, East Falkland Island   
23 Dec - 24 Dec     At Sea   
25 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
26 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
27 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
28 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
29 Dec - 30 Dec     At Sea   
31 Dec     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
01 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
02 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
03 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
04 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
05 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
06 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
07 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
08 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
09 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
09 Jan      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)