Category Archives: Quark Expeditions

50 Years of Victory to Continue Exploring the Top of the World

50 Years of Victory

50 Years of Victory

Expedition Cruises to the North Pole aboard 50 Years of Victory will continue!

Officials from the ship’s owner, Poseidon Expeditions and Quark Expeditions met in Moscow and agreed to terms that will allow use of the vessel for polar tourism expeditions through at least 2018.
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Quark Expeditions Polar Expedition Featured on Frozen Planet

When the BBC & Discovery Channel decided to explore Antarctica for their popular Frozen Planet series, they turned to Quark Expeditions.

This weekend, watch the North American premiere of the Discovery Channel and BBC co-production of Frozen Planet. The seven-part documentary series premieres March 18, 2012, at 8 p.m. ET/PM on Discovery Channel and highlights the Earth’s Polar Regions. BBC and Discovery Channel production crews traveled with Quark to capture the stunning scenery featured in the series.

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2011 Holidays Aboard Small Ships

Many people settle down with family during the holidays to catch up, and reconnect with loved ones. For a small group, the holidays are a perfect time to explore and experience the world.

Small ship cruises have been busy this holiday season, exploring diverse areas of our world, from the southern reaches of Antarctica and the South Pacific, up to the unique Galapagos Islands and Central America, and further to Europe and America’s southern Atlantic coast.

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Love Santa? Visit the North Pole in 2012

Visit the North Pole summer of 2012 with Quark Expeditions

Visit the North Pole summer of 2012 with Quark Expeditions

Just can’t get enough of the North Pole this holiday season? Be one of only 250 people to stand at the top of the world in 2012 by visiting the North Pole with Quark Expeditions aboard their latest nuclear icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory.

This one-of-a-kind, 14-day itinerary travels roundtrip from Helsinki, Finland (via mandatory chartered flight from/to Murmansk, Russia (additional)) to the actual North Pole. You’ll travel in style, sailing onboard 50 Years of Victory, one of the world’s most powerful icebreakers. You’ll transit the Arctic Ocean, crushing multi-year ice pack in the processes. A complimentary helicopter ride affords an aerial view of the progress being made.
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Quark Expeditions Obtains Ship for Speedier Antarctic Sailings

Ocean Diamond

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.
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Quark Expeditions Adds to its Fleet

Kapitan DranitsynQuark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventure, recently announced the addition of a new Russian icebreaker, Kapitan Dranitsyn, to the company’s fleet. Built in Finland in 1980 and upgraded in 1999, this vessel is a powerful icebreaker designed for reaching the most remote and raw Arctic landscapes. The Kapitan Dranitsyn is virtually identical to her sister ship, the famous Kapitan Khlebnikov, which will retire as a passenger vessel in March 2012.
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Hot Air Ballooning at the North Pole

Starting with the Arctic 2012 season, Quark Expeditions will be offering cruise guests opportunity to take part in hot air ballooning flights. Cruise guests will book this excursion at time of reservation. The cost is $250 per person. There are only 50 places available on each voyage so you’ll want to book early.