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Quark Expeditions

4.3 | Great
  • 82% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Local Specialist
Established
  • 1991
Headquarters
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
Trips
  • 14

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Quark Expeditions Reviews & Ratings 82% Recommend

4.3 out of 5
Excellent 14 Great 0 Average 0 Disappointing 0 Terrible 3
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4.3

Tour Reviews

J

Recommends

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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J

Recommends

exceeded our expectations March 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our trip to Antarctica in January 2020 with Quark Expeditions far exceeded our expectations. The expedition staff were incredible not only with their knowledge in their areas of expertise, but also in the professionalism of presentations and their helpfulness & willingness to ensure we saw as much wild life & terrain as possible. We had 9 zodiac experiences, which allowed us to see humpback whales, orcas, 4 different breeds of penguins, 4 species of seals & countless majestic Icebergs. We kayaked in the Gerlache Strait under the guidance of Jess. We slept one night on the Continent, under the leadership of Alan & Gregori. It was so picturesque, silent and peaceful until you heard the thunder of crashing ice from the glaciers movements. The sunset was spectacular, despite the extensive daylight hours. We had many life changing landings on Antartica leaving behind only our footprints. The captain & crew were always friendly & helpful & would often call us by name. The chefs & hotel staff provided us with Ala Carte meals, BBQs, smorgasbords, cocktail events and Hi Teas with the food & wine always varied and plentiful. For our wedding anniversary they surprised us with serenading waiters serving us a special desert. When we returned to our room it had been decorated beautifully & there was a cold bottle of champagne waiting for us. We have made many lifetime friendships with other guests onboard. Our gratitude goes out to Solan our Expedition leader and all the staff and crew for making this incredible adventure a once in a lifetime experience. Janet and Ian - Adelaide, Australia
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P

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leader for polar expedition February 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
leader for polar expedition

J

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Great Experience February 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Went to Antarctic Circle (66th parallel) on Ocean Diamond Jan 9-21 with Nikki as our expedition leader. Great experience, excellent crew! Looking to go to Arctic Circle now!

J

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it was absolutely amazing February 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just travelled with Quark Expeditions in January 2020 on a 13 night 'Crossing the Circle' trip. it was absolutely amazing and a highlight of my life. Everything from the spectacular scenery, the voyage on the boat with first class food and staff, the expedition crew, the lectures, the zodiac cruises and many landings on the 7 Continent and of course the beautiful wildlife made my trip a once in a lifetime dream come true. I can not thank Quark enough for their professionalism, genuine passion for adventure and love of our environment. Thanks to Laurie our Expedition leader and our Captain for an amazing trip.
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C

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Fabulous Trip January 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fabulous trip December/January. Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Expedition team superb led by Solan. Food and service on board excellent and way better than expected. Wildlife encounters - amazing!
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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 

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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20 days
Small Ship Cruise
Luxury (5*)
Physical :
From: $ 13,795

Highlights

  • Explore the world’s seventh continent on the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and on foot.
  • Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with an expert team of lecturers.
  • See the incredible wildlife of South Georgia, often referred to as “the Galapagos of the South.” This includes more than 30 species of breeding birds, including four species of Penguin.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyages on South Georgia and pause for a moment at his graveside.
  • Explore the quaint, British town of Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.
  • On board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar Specialists.
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