Author archives: Tiffany Merritt

2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Quark looks forward to Sochi opening ceremonies and wishes all the Olympic athletes the best of luck! Photo courtesy of our passenger slideshow, 2012 North Pole Voyage.

Crossing the Circle: voyage update

Below is an insightful update from Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood.  David is leading Quark’s Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition: 19 January 2014 We closed quickly in on the Antarctic Circle after crossing a kind Drake Passage. Shortly after 3:30 a.m., the ship was woken to celebrate the crossing; everyone gathered to toast the Circle – some in pajamas supplemented with jackets others in full expedition garb. Watchers were rewarded with [...]

Wow moment: Quark passengers encounter humpback whales

Expedition Leader, Shane Evoy, and the passengers aboard Quark’s Antarctic Peninsula East & West Voyage, shared a once in a life time experience; being surrounded by humpback and orca whales.    For close to three hours, a group of 50  whales were breaching, tail slapping and flaking around the zodiacs that were cruising in Wilhelmina Bay. Fun fact: Reaching between 40 and 50 feet in length, a humpback whale can weigh up [...]

Best Job In The World

Expedition Leader, Shane Evoy, who is leading Quark’s Antarctic Peninsula East & West Voyage, has experienced what most people can only dream of; a once in a life-time encounter with Humpback and Orca whales.   Below is Shane’s description of this phenomenal event: Well when I wrote you to tell you about having the best office ever…it got better. We started our cruise at 1430 in Wilhelmina and we had about ten [...]

Arctic flowers: the beautiful Purple Saxifrage

Former Canadian Museum of Nature botanist,  Nicholas Polunin,  wrote in 1940 that this plant “must be reckoned among the world’s greatest beauties, especially as it stands out in its unusually bleak and desolate surroundings.”   Purple saxifrage is an edible plant that is seen all over the high Arctic.  Purple saxifrage is the first plant to flower in the Arctic spring, and stays in bloom for 10 to 14 days.  Fun fact: Inuit [...]

Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, located halfway between Norway and the North Pole.  This voyage provides the opportunity to experience everything Spitsbergen has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. Aboard the luxurious Sea Spirit, you’ll be treated to daily presentations by your Expedition Team onboard the ship and daily wildlife sightings on land. Hike, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Arctic [...]

Crossing the Arctic Circle: Southern Expedition

Each January, the travel editors from the New York Times Magazine feature their top places to visit for the year ahead.  Not surprising,  the Arctic Circle was listed in the top 52 Places to Go in 2014.  Interested? Quark’s award-winning Three Arctic Islands expedition packs more wildlife and dramatic Arctic coastlines into 14 days than you can imagine. Visiting Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen, you’ll have great chances to see bearded seals as well [...]

Antarctic Explorer: the classic adventure

Introduce yourself to the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands with penguins, seals, and ice in all it’s myriad forms. Explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments. For information on discovering the 7th continent, visit: Antarctic Explorer Photo courtesy of our passenger slideshow, 2012 Antarctic Explorer Voyage.

Humpback whales bump into zodiac: rare moment captured on video

When passenger Walter B. Jenkins was on Quark’s 2013 Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Voyage, he managed to capture a rare (and amazing!) moment: “We had several great encounters with whales and dolphins, and the highlight of the trip for me was when two humpback whales came so close to our Zodiac one of them bumped us. I managed to get that on video!”  

Baffin Island

Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world. Quark’s Epic High Arctic Expedition is wonderful voyage to explore Baffin Island and experience where polar bears, whales, seals and humans have all learned to co-exist for thousands of years.  In addition to wildlife excursions by Zodiac and tundra hikes, you’ll spend time visiting fishing villages and Inuit settlements, taking time to learn about [...]