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Quark Expeditions

4.0 | Great
  • 74% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Local Specialist
Established
  • 1991
Headquarters
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
Trips
  • 14

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Quark Expeditions Reviews & Ratings 74% Recommend

4.0 out of 5
Excellent 56 Great 2 Average 0 Disappointing 1 Terrible 18
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Tour Reviews

TW

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Lifetime Experience April 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was an epic personal voyage, but also a learning experience and unforgettable journey to meet wonderful people and a great team (both crew and Qaurk team members) who looked fabulously after each and everyone.

Thank you for all

Thomas
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ES

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Amazing company to travel with! March 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Quark Expeditions is a perfect company to travel to Antarctica with. You can truly see the experience and expertise in every step of the way. I wouldn't recommend anyone else. Visiting Antarctica I believe is the most unique and amazing place a person could visit. It's an opportunity of a lifetime.
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JH

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How lucky we were! March 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
An absolutely first class crew who never tired of our questions. Presentations were both informative but not too technical, we will treasure this experience for a long time! Congratulations to Shane and the team...they were motivating and reassuring during difficult times.
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J

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I can't recommend Quark Expeditions highly enough March 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have just arrived back after our trip on the Ocean Endeavour. I can't recommend Quark Expeditions highly enough. They say that you can tell how good a company and its staff are by how they react when things don't go to plan.Well, not being allowed to land back in port due to the Coronavirus Pandemic is not going to plan and Quark were simply amazing. I cannot recommend them highly enough. They and their staff went above and beyond at every opportunity. They never once left any of the passengers feeling that the were on their own, they could not have done more. As for the staff, they were exceptional. All concerned deserve so many good things to happen once this crisis is over. I urge you to book with them, you will not regret it for a moment. All that they did was massively appreciated by every single passenger I spoke to. Thank you.
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TC

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March 2020 Antarctica expedition March 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It’s great in general. It would be better if live TV news are provided and more fun games at sea days

JH

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Trip of a lifetime March 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The crew and expedition staff of the Ocean Diamond couldn't have done a better job. Screening by the ship's doctor and the efforts of the cleaning staff greatly reduced my covid19 worries. We were able to see the best of Antarctica. Thanks
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FAQ

What is the age range?
The majority of travelers on Quark Expedition cruises are between 45-65.
Is there a Single Supplement for Solo Travelers?
If you'd prefer your own cabin, Quark does require that you pay a single supplement. However no supplement is required when you share a room.

From Quark Expeditions

Since 1991, Quark Expeditions has specialized in expedition cruising to the Arctic and Antarctica, in ships with ice-strengthened hulls or in icebreakers. Polar travelers will enjoy unparalleled technical expertise, leadership and passion for expedition trips to the Arctic and Antarctica.

Our first voyage - The Transpolar Bridge Cruise - began July 27, 1991, in Murmansk, Russia. The ship was the nuclear powered icebreaker Sovetskiy Soyuz, an older sister of 50 Years of Victory. She sailed across the top of the world via Franz Josef Land, the North Pole, the New Siberian Islands, the Wrangel Island area and the Chukotka Peninsula. That first group of adventurers disembarked in Provideniya. Our second adventure began in that same city on August 18, 1991.

Our Ships: Polar Adventure Ships and Icebreakers

We have the largest and most diverse fleet of adventure ships in the Antarctic and Arctic. Travelers choose from more departures and a greater variety of itineraries than is available anywhere else. Within the fleet is the only nuclear-powered icebreaker - 50 Years of Victory - sailing to the North Pole. Every ship is equipped with Zodiacs - inflatable landing craft - for shore transfers and ocean-level cruising.

Our Polar Adventure Ships are platforms for optional sea-kayaking, camping, mountaineering and cross-country skiing. Their small size enables them to sail channels and bays through which our icebreakers cannot sail. The ability to get close to landscapes and wildlife make these vessels extraordinary base camps for photographers.

None of our vessels carries more than 199 travelers from around the world - Europe, Asia, Oceania, North America and Africa. All share a preference for travel to remote wilderness areas accompanied by Expedition Team members eager to share their knowledge and love for the Arctic and Antarctica.

Our People: Technical Expertise, Leadership and Passion

Our Expedition Team members understand ice conditions and the impact of weather on ships and helicopters. Some are experts in polar history, marine biology and glaciology. All are experienced and understand the rigors of expedition travel. They drive Zodiacs for ocean-level cruising. They lead hikes to unnamed ridges. They tell stories about polar research station assignments and wildlife encounters. The Captains and their officers and crews are skilled at navigating through pack ice under extreme conditions. The Hospitality Teams prepare meals and pour beverages during gale force winds. There isn’t a more capable team of professionals.

Our talented people behind the scenes in IT, Finance, Operations, Administration and Management are equally passionate about the polar regions. Our team of Sales and Client Service people are who you meet before you travel.

From inception, the people who are Quark Expeditions have combined a spirit of adventure with a deep sense of environmental responsibility and a strong desire to educate others about the wonders of the Arctic and Antarctica. Making these remote regions accessible to travelers is our pleasure and passion.

Associations:

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators

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Trips & Specials

Arctic 2017 & 2018 Deals

Save 20 - 25% on Arctic Cruises 2017 departures

Save up to $3500 per person on 2018 Arctic Cruises 

Highlights

  • Encounter unique arctic wildlife: polar bears, walrus, reindeer
  • Take advantage of continuous daylight
  • Hike the tundra
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Enjoy optional kayak adventure opportunities
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14 days
Small ship cruise
Comfort (4*)
Physical :
From: $ 8,395

Highlights

  • Experience Greenland’s vast landscapes
  • Explore the world’s largest fjord system
  • Visit the largest and most remote national park on the planet
  • Possibly catch sightings of muskoxen and whales
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Hike the tundra
  • Visit a local community
  • Take advantage of optional kayak adventure
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13 days
Small ship cruise
Comfort (4*)
Physical :
From: $ 6,495

Highlights

  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Sam Ford Fjord, one of the most beautiful and isolated places on the planet
  • View arctic wildlife, such as walrus and possibly polar bears
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Visit traditional settlements and meet Greenlandic and Inuit locals
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Highlights

  • View expansive Greenland landscapes and icescapes
  • Explore the world’s longest and largest fjord system
  • Hike through the arctic treasure of Greenland National Park, the world’s largest
  • Possible whale, musk ox, and polar bear sightings
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Inuit community visit
  • Take advantage of optional kayak adventure opportunities
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