Quark Expeditions is uncompromisingly polar, specializing in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic and has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for over 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, we offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. The spirit of exploration runs deep in our polar pedigree and we are passionate about creating transformational experiences for fellow adventurers visiting these regions.
Country of Headquarters: Seattle, USA
Category: Small Ship Expedition
Fleet Size: 6 Expedition Vessels of various size
Year Built: 2019
Maximum Guests: 199
Staff & Crew: 140
Dining Options: 2 + Lounge
Panorama Lounge and Bar
Spa, Sauna and Fitness Center
2 Helicopters on Vessel
The newest ship in the fleet, Ultramarine, is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and to immerse you in the best the region has to offer.
Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards.
Propulsion: 2 Nuclear Reactors, 74,000 Horsepower
Maximum Guests: 128
Staff & Crew: 140
DINING OPTIONS: 1
Twenty years in the making, 50 Years of Victory is the first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow. Your ship, designed with a stainless-steel ice belt 18 feet (5 meters) wide, breaks through ice up to 9.2 feet (2.5 meters) thick! This is the world’s largest, most-powerful icebreaker.
Complete with a helicopter for shore excursions, Victory is a ship unlike any other, with the ability to go where other ships cannot. Enjoy your time on board by chatting over cocktails at the bar, swimming in the pool or checking out the gym, library and saunas. All cabins have exterior views and private facilities.
The Kapitan Khlebnikov is a polar-class icebreaker combing power and technology with comfort. No passenger ship has transited the Northwest Passage more often than the renowned Kapitan Khlebnikov. Originally designed to take on the rigors of northern Siberia, the 24,000 horsepower engine takes you places no other ship can.
This newly renovated vessel, formerly the Sea Adventurer, offers guests a new look and feel throughout, a forward lounge and observation deck to enjoy mesmerizing views, and technical enhancements – including two new engines – to improve fuel efficiency and minimize carbon footprint.
The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht, and one of the largest of our small expedition ships. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions.
Quark Expeditions’ newest addition to their fleet: an all-balcony, all-suites hybrid ship maximizing both off-ship exploration and the onboard experience with exceptional service and comfortable, modern accommodations. A remarkable home base for Antarctic travelers of all kinds (176 passengers).
Experience the thrill of the most powerful nuclear icebreaker on the planet crushing through thick, multi-year pack ice as it pushes toward 90° North. Enjoy a riveting helicopter tour over the icy Arctic Ocean; discover the remarkable sights of Franz Josef Land; observe the majestic creatures who make their home in this breathtaking yet fragile land; and experience a dreamlike hot air balloon ride over the surreal Arctic landscape, an activity offered by no other polar operator. Join us on this exhilarating journey, venture to a part of the globe few have ever seen, and come to understand why the North Pole has, for centuries, stirred the minds and hearts of explorers and adventurers alike.
There will be only 2 sailings of this adventure in 2021, 2022 dates have not been announced.
Jun 16 – 29, 2021
Jun 27 – Jul 10, 2021
On the Select Virtuoso Voyages offerings, make your booking through me and get:
$250 Polar Boutique Credit per-person onboard all voyages. Credit will be applied to your shipboard account. Restrictions apply, please see Terms & Conditions for details.
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page updated: September 2020