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Quark Expeditions Cruises

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Many travelers have asked us about health and safety protocols on upcoming expeditions. Fortunately, Quark Expeditions has been the leader in expedition safety since 1991. In response to Covid-19, we’ve assembled a multi-functional task force of physicians and polar experts to develop the most comprehensive health and safety plan in the Polar Regions. In fact, outbreak prevention has been incorporated into the design of our newest vessel Ultramarine. Guest safety is always our top priority.

Andrew White

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About Quark Expeditions Cruises

Think of Quark Expeditions as providing floating basecamps for exploring the most remote regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. The ships are small in size, allowing them to venture where other ships can't go.

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Who goes on Quark Expeditions cruise ships?

Quark attracts active adventure seekers from around the world (though all programs are delivered in English). All share a desire to discover the poles in an environment that's both exhilarating and educational. They're flexible and eagerly expect the unexpected. Passengers are evenly divided between men and women, with about 40 percent coming from North America; Australian and U.K. cruisers are also well represented. Ages, as well, are equally diverse, ranging from 25 to older than 80, with the two strongest age demographics between 35 and 44, and 55 and 64.

You will also find families onboard during school holidays.

Do I have to dress up on a Quark Expeditions cruise?

No. All sailings are informal, and you'll mostly just want to be dressed for the weather and the environment. Women and men are welcome to bring a dress shirt and slacks for the welcome and farewell cocktail parties on select sailings, but it's not required.

Is everything free on Quark Expeditions cruises?

No. Only meals, certain excursions (Zodiac cruising, hiking, snowshoeing, polar plunge), and water, coffee and tea are always included in the base fare for a Quark sailing. All cruisers also get a complimentary Quark Expeditions-branded polar parka to keep and free use of specialty boots during the voyage. Other shore excursions (kayaking, cross-country skiing, camping, etc.) cost extra.

On Antarctic sailings, soft drinks are also included, as well as wine and beer at dinner. Dinnertime wine and beer are only included in the cruise price on select Arctic sailings.

Gratuities are at passengers' discretion, though the line recommends $10 to $15 per person, per day. Laundry is available for an extra cost.

What are Quark Expeditions’s most popular activities?

People come on Quark Expedition cruises for two reasons: to see wildlife and the dramatic scenery the poles offer, and to get off the ship and be as active as possible. Zodiac cruising and shore landings are by far the most popular activities, with the many other shore excursion offerings (hiking, research station visits, snowshoeing, kayaking, mountaineering, etc.) almost as popular.

Onboard talks led by expert naturalists and hanging out on deck for views of icebergs, polar bears, penguins and whales are the top on-ship activities.

Why go with Quark Expeditions?

  • Experts in polar exploration since 1991.
  • Experience close encounters with wildlife in the Arctic and Antarctic.
  • Wide choice of ships and accommodations, including some with lots of modern comforts.

Best for: Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers who want an immersive expedition experience with multiple polar landings

Not for: Drive-by explorers seeking armchair travel activities or five-star onboard amenities

Quark Expeditions Cruises Cruiser Reviews

South Georgia Island and Patagonia

And the Drake passage was fine, take a pill, don't let it stop you from going to South Georgia Island, which is truly the highlight for wildlife.Amazing places, with hundreds of thousands of penguins and seals in South Georgia Island (a must) and Antarctica, with hundreds of whales along the away, among others.Read More
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First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

An amazing trip to Antarctica

This was my second trip with Quark - my first one was to the Artic - and again a great experience!The whole experience was great.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

"Fly the Drake" - a well-designed and nicely executed expedition to Antarctica

Quark's expedition includes one night before departure at Dreams Hotel and Casino, in Punta Arenas; and another night upon our return from King George Island at the end of the trip.I found the Fly the Drake package perfectly suited my needs: it was a shorter trip, and more time was spent exploring than could have been the case had I chosen an expedition that sailed over the Drake Passage.Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Trip of a lifetime!!

The educational sessions by the Quark Expedition team were so informative and helpful, I learnt so much.The Captain, the crew and the Expedition Team were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble.Read More
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Linda F 2023

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

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