Author archives: Lisa McLean

Iceberg Archway

Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes.  It is hard describe the feeling you get when you see an iceberg up close for the first time and see the beautiful blue colors reflecting back at you.  You will encounter many iceberg that have melted away to form uneven archways.  The fragile archway allowing you to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife or a zodiac of Quark passengers cruising by [...]

Taking it all in

During my recent voyage with Quark there were moments where I was left speechless.  There were many opportunities  to explore the rugged landscape and get up close with the wildlife in their natural setting.  The surroundings were so spectacular that I would have to remind myself to pause and take it all in.   Antarctica is unlike any other place in the world that I have traveled to.   Quark Passenger, [...]

Shackleton & Scott voyage to Antarctica with Quark

Jonathan Shackleton (cousin of Sir Ernest Shackleton) and Falcon Scott (grandson of Robert Falcon Scott) are currently on Quark’s 11-day Antarctic Explorer voyage, February 9, 2013,  Ocean Diamond Voyage to Antarctica. Their  first landing in Antarctica took place on Feb. 12th , 2013 and Scott and Shackleton were on the continent together for the first time.  A film crew from NBC’s Today Show caught them shaking hands and Scott said [...]

Best buddies

This is a pair of Gentoo penguins.  Their white cap, black & orange beak, long tail and pinkish toned feet stand out against the rocky shores of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Despite their awkward waddle on land, they are very quick in the water.  If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some swimming behind you during your Zodiac Cruise.  Photo taken in Dec. 2012, by a Quark Passenger.

Adventurous travelers explore Antarctica by paddle

Quark offers a wide variety of  Adventure Options for those travelers who want a bit more action during their expeditions.  Kayaking is a popular choice that offers an intimate way to explore the polar regions.  Paddle yourself through the clear waters and don’t be surprised if you are followed by curious wildlife along the way.    This photo is of Quark Passenger from the US  and our  Kayak Guide,  Scott [...]

No zoom lens required

Photographers at all skill level will be amazed at how up-close & personal you can get with the wildlife.  Just take a seat and let them come to you. Quark offers Photography Focused Cruises so you can travel with a pro who shares their secretes to taking great photos in this unique environment.

Sunset in Antarctica

This photos was taken from my cabin window during my recent Antarctic Explorer voyage in Dec. 2012 at about 11:00pm.  The night sky lights up with beautiful hues of pink, yellow  & orange and reflect beautifully off the calm water.