Author archives: Corina Hitchcock

Quark Expeditions Announces 2014 - 2015 Antarctic Season

33 departures featuring two extended “Epic” voyages Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, today announced the company’s Antarctic 2014-2015 season. Highlights of the season include two extended voyages that will offer passengers Southern Ocean and Antarctica once-in-a-lifetime adventures in and around the 7th continent. With 33 departures starting November 5, 2014, Quark offers more Antarctic voyages than any other Polar operator.   New Expedition Added Antarctica’s Scotia Arc: The [...]

Quark Expeditions’ at the top of the World with 50 Years of Victory

Ship will carry Sochi Olympic Flame to the North Pole. [Waterbury, VT] – July 2, 2013 – Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, has just successfully reached the geographic North Pole for the 46th time as part of its first voyage of the 2013 Arctic season. It took only four days from Murmansk, Russia, to the North Pole. The 50 Years of Victory can take up to eight days to travel [...]

Polar bear snow bath

Although they are often placed together in cartoons and drawings, it is a common misconception that polar bears and penguins live in the same polar environments. Polar Bears can be found in five nations: U.S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway. Luckily for penguins, polar bears do not live in Antarctica. Our #IcePhoto today is from the passenger slideshow on our Spitsbergen Explorer voyage. Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated [...]

Romantic Antarctica

Did you know that we’ve had lots of proposals, and even a few weddings on our polar voyages? Antarctica, the North Pole, or the Arctic are all perfect settings for that special moment in your life…talk about making it unforgettable!   Photo from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow, Antarctic Explorer voyage, December 2012. Interested in making your voyage a little more special? Speak to one of our Polar Travel Advisers [...]

Chinstrap penguin ballet

We can’t help but smile at this photo of a rather elegant-looking chinstrap penguin taken at Half Moon Island, Antarctica.  Approximately 2000 pairs of chinstraps live at Half Moon Island, though whether or not they are all as graceful as this guy remains to be determined.   Photo credit:  Daniel and Femke, during our Antarctic Explorer voyage in January 2013.

Creating new Antarctic Ambassadors

A few of us Quark Expeditions recently had the pleasure of attending our first Google+ hangout with some grade one students from Quaker Ridge School  in Scarsdale, NY. Polar Travel Adviser Naomi Box, and Marketing Coordinator Courtenay Oswin were first to jump on board for this project and did a fabulous job chatting with the kids. Below you can see our set up for the afternoon, complete with Antarctic backdrop for [...]

Great Scott! Falcon Scott is joining Quark Expeditions on several 2013.14 Antarctic voyages

This just in: Falcon Scott, grandson of famed Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, will be reuniting with Sir Ernest Shackleton’s cousin, Jonathan Shackleton, on four Quark voyages this Antarctic season. Join Falcon and Jonathan on the Ocean Diamond as they regale passengers with tales of their ancestors’ battle to the South Pole. The pair will be on the November 14, 2013 voyage to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, [...]

Statement

Quark Expeditions is deeply saddened by a tragedy, which occurred on the Sea Spirit during an Arctic expedition on Monday morning, June 17.  Our thoughts are with the three passengers involved in this incident and with their families, all of whom have been contacted.   We thank you in advance for your support and patience during this difficult and sensitive time.   Our official statement on the incident follows below. Should you have [...]

Quark Expeditions Experts-in-Residence Announced

Top image copyright Sue Flood We are pleased to announce our Experts-in-Residence program for the 2013.14 Antarctic season! Renowned for the expedition team’s expertise in the Arctic and Antarctica, our Experts-in-Residence program adds an extra layer of interest and insight to polar expeditions with best-in-class guests from the fields of polar history, scientific research, and photography. This year we are thrilled to have the following polar experts join us: Polar History [...]

South Georgia in the sunshine

Pristine ice and snow from the Sea Spirit in Fortuna Bay, South Georgia – a perfect view for our ice photo today! Photo credit: Kyle Marquardt, taken during a South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula voyage, aboard our ship the Sea Spirit.   Got an ice photo of your own to share? Post it to twitter and tag with #IcePhoto! Follow Quark Expeditions on twitter @quarkexpedition where we share photos and [...]