Ocean Diamond

Ocean Diamond is a cruise ship operated by Quark Expeditions. She was previously named Song of Flower, Explorer Starship and Le Diamant.

Ocean Diamond in Djúpivogur harbor (Iceland)
Name: Ocean Diamond
Owner: Manager: International Shipping Partners[1]
Operator: Quark Expeditions
Port of registry: Nassau, Bahamas.
Builder: KMV, Kristiansand, Norway[2]
Yard number: 220
Completed: 1974, rebuilt 1986
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 8,282 GRT[2]
Displacement: 3,433 DWT[2]
Length: 124.19 m (407.4 ft)[2]
Beam: 16.03 m (52.6 ft)[2]
Decks: 5
Ice class: 1D
Installed power: 2 Wichmann Engines, 7375 horsepower
Speed: 15.5 knots

In late 2011, Compagnie du Ponant sold the ship to investors who transferred the ship to Quark Expeditions. Quark has operated the ship as the Ocean Diamond since November 2012.[3]


Ocean Diamond has one restaurant.[4] Other features on board include a Massage & Wellness Program, which include yoga classes, massage therapy and aromatherapy treatments, the Polar library, a bar and a lecture theatre. All cabins on the ship have exterior views.[5][6]

In addition to her lifeboats, Ocean Diamond can carry a tender on davits across her stern.

Expert in Residence program

Ocean Diamond features the Expert in Residence program, which will let scientists, polar researchers, historians and other experts to undertake field work from the ship. The experts include Jonathan Shackleton, Falcon Scott, and Sue Flood. Passengers are allowed to assist the experts in their work.[7]

Pictures of Ocean Diamond in her previous livery as Le Diamant.


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  2. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Begonia" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  3. Griffin, Kevin (12 December 2011). "Ocean Diamond Joins Quark Expeditions". Cybercruises.com. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  4. "Food review from an Ocean Diamond Antarctica Cruise". philip.greenspun.com. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  5. "Ocean Diamond | Quark Expeditions". Quark Expeditions. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  6. "Ocean Diamond Cruis Ship Description and Cruises". Choosing Cruising. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  7. "Antarctica : Ocean Diamond". Discover the World. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
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