Category archives: Passenger Experiences

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 [...]

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 [...]

Guest Post: Antarctica through the Eyes of an Arctic Aficionado by Andrew White

As someone who has truly been bitten by the Arctic bug, I was chomping at the bit to see Antarctica. And as the newest member of the Quark sales team, I was looking forward to seeing a Quark expedition in action. Like most salespeople it is easier to sell something you have experienced and even easier if you are genuinely passionate about it. Would it stack up to my experiences [...]

Part 2: Journey to the Arctic with Janet & John Tangney

Janet & John Tangney have been married for almost 41 years and live in Oregon. John’s full time job is writing Computer Aided Design software, and Janet was previously a pre-school teacher and substitute teacher for high school special education class.  While John is a photo enthusiast, Janet also enjoys the hobby. They primarily go to National Parks in the USA on their travels, and love the Northwest. John had [...]

Part 1: Journey to the Arctic with Janet & John Tangney

Janet & John Tangney have been married for almost 41 years and live in Oregon. John’s full time job is writing Computer Aided Design software, and Janet was previously a pre-school teacher and substitute teacher for high school special education class.  While John is a photo enthusiast, Janet also enjoys the hobby. They primarily go to National Parks in the USA on their travels, and love the Northwest. John had [...]

Polar Adventure: Camping in Antarctica

This post is featured on The Weather Channel website written by Matthew Neugeboren and Stephanie Valera.  It  highlights adventure couple Dave and Deb of ThePlantD as they embark on a memorable camping experience in Antarctica with Quark Expeditions: With its breathtaking scenery and unique wildlife, many consider Antarctica as one of the most fascinating places on Earth. But it’s also a land of extremes, the coldest and driest continent on Earth, [...]

Life Aboard the Sea Spirit

Photo courtesy of passenger slideshow Spitsbergen voyage June 24th 2013 Currently aboard the Spitsbergen Voyage, we have a special program with the Chinese Arctic Youth Group, that is incorporated by Quark’s GSA Amazing Cruises and Travel. Annie Inglis, Expedition Co-ordinator, has sent us an update from the Sea Spirit: Spitsbergen Explorer – 28th July to 4th August, 2013   Our very excited students boarded the Sea Spirit in Longyearbyen on [...]

North Pole Adventure with Chris

Name: Chris McFarlane Job title: Assistant Manager, Operations Trip Name: North Pole  Pre-post night city: Helsinki Ship name: 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) Date of Travel: July 1, 2013 to July 12, 2013 What word best describes your travel style & why? (Adventurer ,Check-lister, Learner , Escapist) Adventurer. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a list of places that I’m interested in travelling to, and [...]

Fun facts about an Antarctic voyage

Two Antarctic ambassadors on ice! Photo by passenger “BryantDuncan” from the Quark passenger slideshow on the November 30th 2012 Antarctic Explorer voyage aboard the M/V Ocean Diamond. Fun Facts from this voyage: Distance travelled-3,344.9 km Or-1,794.5 nm (nautical miles) Eggs consumed- 450 dozen or 5,400 Guests-181 Crew-91 Expedition Staff-21+ 2 Penguin Dudes From Nationalities-37 Travel days-10 Sea days-4 Lectures, talks and other entertainments-35 Yoga sessions-10 Glasses of Wine Consumed-1,300 And one [...]

Guest Post: 24 Hours in Longyearbyen

 If you’re planning to take one of our wildlife-intense Spitsbergen voyages, you’ll find yourself in Longyearbyen, Svalbard before embarkation on your trip. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement in Svalbard, Norway, and is considered the world’s northernmost town.  Award-winning travel blogger Jennifer Dombrowski of  jdombstravels.com shares her tips on the best ways to spend 24 hours in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.   Svalbard’s only town with more than a handful of inhabitants, Longyearbyen, is a city of northernmosts. [...]