Category archives: Voyage Updates

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Antarctic Explorer Update from David "Woody" Wood

Feature photo: Ushuaia. Photo courtesy of Bei Maarten. Quark Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood is aboard the Ocean Diamond, leading the Antarctic Explorer Voyage: 2nd December: Ushuaia  3-4 December The Drake passage flexed some muscle as we crossed it to begin our voyage south. Winds raged above 84 knots as we sailed south and it rocked and rolled us. The Ocean Diamond managed the conditions masterfully but it moved us [...]

Voyage update from David "Woody" Wood: Lemaire, Ice fields, Neko Harbour & Polar plunge

Feature photo courtesy of Marie & Dave Lincoln  Quark Expedition Leader David “Woody” Wood is aboard the Ocean Diamond, traveling on Quark’s Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Voyage: November 29 The sounds of ice grinding the hull was common overnight. We rose early to find that Captain Oleg  had gently sailed into a large field of ice which gave us views of the Lemaire channel. The sky was blue and the wind was still [...]