Quark Expeditions

The Leader in Polar Adventures

Quark Expeditions

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.

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Quark Expeditions offers the highest passenger to guide ratio of 7:1, providing the highest level of education, photography and overall experience for passengers on board.

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Twenty years in the making, 50 Years of Victory is the first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow, capable of breaking through ice up to 9.2 feet thick! Complete with a helicopter for shore excursions, Victory is a ship unlike any other, with the ability to go where other ships cannot.

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.

The Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, and advanced navigation equipment.

Your expedition ship Ocean Nova: Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel carrying just 78 passengers on our Arctic Voyages. Quark is also pleased to offer certified CarbonNeutral® voyages on the Ocean Nova.

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).

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Chile and Antarctica Experience

By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 27 Apr 2017

Ship was very tired. Needs updating. Everything else about the ship was great.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino
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Fantastic Voyage

By: cab

Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2018

It was an unique experience because it was the smallest ship we have ever cruised on. I felt like a real sailor bucking the waves we encountered and being rocked to sleep every night. The cruise team were very friendly and accomadating and always very conscious of safety going ashore in the zodiacs. It was a new experience having armed guards escorting our every landing. Thankfully the guns were not a necessary tool. The food was very delicious and plentiful: the wait staff were very extremely friendly and helpful. The ship was clean and comfortable
Travel Advisor:  Kevin Lichty
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great program, great trip

By: thousandmiles

Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2018

this is the best trip we ever had. very well organized, good eductioanal programs, good service, beyond our expectation. Especially the members of experdition team, everyone of them is knowledgebale in his/her specialized filed, has high professional ethics. Enjoyed this trip very much. Will recommend Quark Expeditions.
Travel Advisor:  Tom Gehrels


By: .

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2018

Food is excellent, cabins adequate. Wifi terrible. staff all very attentive. Tours about what we expected.
Travel Advisor:  Kim Paterson

Quark’s In the Footsteps of Franklin Cruise

By: Ray

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2018

Excellent Cruise! Quark ran a professional, safe and highly informative Cruise. The ship itself is newly upgraded and our cabin was very nice. The hotel operation was very well run and the expedition staff were outstanding.
Travel Advisor:  Kim Paterson

Awesome experience!

By: Blake

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2019

The Ocean Adventurer, while a little on the old side is a sturdy old girl that gets to the ends of the earth smooth and secure. Don’t ever let her go!
Travel Advisor:  Carol Brant

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