Polar adventure specialist Quark Expeditions announced last week that its flagship Kapitan Khlebnikov will retire as an expedition vessel in March 2012.
The icebreaker, which cruises the Arctic and Antarctic, will include special itineraries and guests during its final seasons. Khlebnikov’s last voyage for Quark will be Dec. 6, 2011, to Jan. 5, 2012. Capt. Petr Golikov, the only master mariner to have circumnavigated Antarctica in an expedition vessel twice will be aboard.
The icebreaker will return to Tanquary Fjord in Canada’s High Arctic, northern Greenland and an Emperor Penguin rookery in the Weddell Sea. Kapitan Khlebnikov will circumnavigate the Arctic before sailing one last time to the Ross Sea.