Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

Arctic Travel: Exploring on your own or with Arctic Tour Group? Two Different Ways to Discover the North

Traveling to the Arctic is a once in a lifetime adventure for some, while others have made it a semi-annual or even annual tradition, exploring different areas or returning to favorite regions with each visit. Whether it’s your first trip to the Arctic Circle or your tenth, is it better to travel alone or accompanied by an Arctic tour group? There are a number of factors to consider, but it [...]

We Hope You Had The Time of Your Life

Below is a blog from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: The leopard seal darts around our zodiac with finesse and curiosity. It twists, turns and tosses about, keeping us guessing where, after each dive, it might surface again. There it is, at our stern, its large triangular head and thick muscular neck perched well above the water’s surface as [...]

Life is a Penguin Highway

Below is a blog from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: Looking out from the Sea Spirit towards landfall, the shorelines and slopes all around us look pristine and untouched. Everything is ice and snow-covered, the Transantarctic Mountains tower overhead, icebergs glisten in crystal clear water and silence hangs in the air. The Antarctic Peninsula appears spotless, deserted and empty. [...]

Myths of Traveling to Antarctica by Marybeth Bond

Our friends and colleagues plagued us with questions before we left. Won’t you be cold, bored, unsafe and sea sick? I admit, I too had some concerns but none of them proved true. Cold? I was never cold and we were exposed to the ferocious winds and weather when we climbed a volcano in the snow, rode zodiacs around icebergs and kayaked through thin ice.  We also had sunny, calm [...]

Stepping Back into Polar History

Below is a blog from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: What would it be like to live in Antarctica for a year or more? Could you survive the isolation, dark and cold? What would you miss most from home? What might you learn about yourself in that time? These were some of the questions we asked ourselves and [...]

Quark Passengers Love Showcasing Their National Pride

Wherever we go – from the Drake Passage to King George Island in the Antarctic, all the way to East Greenland and even the North Pole – Quark passengers love bringing a bit of their home country with them. Even better, they share their experiences with us in photos, videos and even guest blog posts. In light of the recent Olympics, one of the greatest displays of national pride on [...]

Antarctic Circle: a voyage fit for a king

Below is a voyage update from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is currently aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: “Those who come seeking permission to cross the Antarctic Circle and enter into Neptune’s waters come forward now and kneel before the King!” This is the brute and booming proclamation that confronts us as we anxiously await our initiation… It is February 20th and the Sea [...]

Voyage update: Throwing the Lines & Embarking on Adventure

Below is a voyage update from Expedition Guide, Diane Erecg.  Diane is currently aboard the Sea Spirit, on Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: At 5pm, the Oceanus Lounge hums with the collective energy and anticipation of 110 intrepid travelers embarking on their dream adventure – a voyage to the Antarctic Circle. Following warm words of welcome from Quark’s expedition team and the crew of the M/V Sea Spirit, Expedition [...]

Polar Vortex: The Science, Myth & Media Hype Behind North American Weather Phenomenon

Since early January, the polar vortex craze has swept North America. You’ve seen it splashed across mainstream media and if you are a social media user, have probably been inundated with polar vortex warnings and memes over the past month. This influx of Arctic weather across North America has been blamed for slumping vehicle sales, record-breaking demand for natural gas, and temperature lows not seen in the Southern states in [...]

Dressing for the Polar Vortex 101

When it comes to gearing up for cold weather, look no further than Quark’s Merchandise team for all the tips and tricks you’ll need to stay warm.  Layering is essential. Synthetic fibres work well as a base layer, but natural fibers such as merino wool work even better. There are various weights to merino wool base layers, but for walking your dog, or trudging through the snow to your next destination, we [...]