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
03 February 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
Prices starting
from $8072
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04 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
05 Feb - 06 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
07 Feb        Half Moon Island, Antarctica
08 Feb        King George Island, Antarctica
08 Feb        Livingston Island, Antarctica
09 Feb        Deception Island, Antarctica
10 Feb        Paradise Harbor, Antarctica
11 Feb - 12 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
13 Feb        Ushuaia, Argentina
13 Feb        Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina
12 February 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to 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, Argentina
21 February 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to 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, Argentina
02 March 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
Prices starting
from $11072
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03 Mar        Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina
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, Argentina
03 June 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Iceland's Natural Wonders
Prices starting
from $5692
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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
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, Argentina
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
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, Argentina
17 January 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to 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, Argentina
22 February 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to 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, Argentina
03 March 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
Prices starting
from $9802
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04 Mar        Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina
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, Argentina
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
Prices starting
from $15456
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19 Dec        Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina
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, Argentina