Quark Expeditions recently announced an addition to its fleet. Currently the 189-passenger Le Diamant, the ship will undergo an extensive refurbishment and be renamed Ocean Diamond. The ship will begin service in November 2012 for the Antarctic 2012-2013 season.
The Ocean Diamond will be one of the fastest in the Quark Expeditions fleet. Able to cruise at 15.5 knots, she will reduce the ocean travel time, providing passengers an additional 12 hours to spend accessing all of the wildlife, rugged beauty, and adventure activities an Antarctic expedition has to offer.
Post-refurbishment, the Ocean Diamond will also feature more onboard amenities than any other ship in Quark’s fleet. Passengers can take advantage of a new massage and wellness program or peruse the world’s largest floating collection of polar books and DVDs. The lecture theater will host educational presentations throughout the voyage, and a new “Expert in Residence” program will offer a platform for polar researchers, scientists, and other experts to conduct field work from the ship and share with expedition participants.
Travelers can choose between seven different categories of accommodation, from balcony suites, to a range of twin and triple cabins. Prices vary from an accessible $3,995 per person for triple accommodation to $29,995 for balcony. In response to increased demand for solo travel, the ship will also feature special pricing for dedicated single cabins in two different categories of accommodation.
As a special offer, Quark is offering an early booking incentive, travelers who make a reservation by February 29, 2012 will receive a 25 percent discount on the following expeditions:
- Introduction to Antarctica: The White Continent (10 days)
- Antarctic Explorer: The Classic Adventure (11 days)
- Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica – Explorers and Kings (20 days)
For more information or to book your Antarctic expedition, contact Sunstone Tours & Cruises today toll-free at 1-888-815-5428.