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Quark’s Arctic Sees Return of Two Favored Ice-Class Vessels

Sea Adventurer & Ocean Nova Rejoin Quark’s Arctic 2015 Fleet

[Waterbury, VT] – November 25, 2013 – Quark Expeditions®, the leader in polar adventures, announces two new ships to its Arctic 2015 fleet. The M/V Sea Adventurer and M/V Ocean Nova’s Arctic seasons will run from June to October 2015.

“We’re thrilled to have both of these nimble and capable vessels in the Arctic season,” said Quark Expeditions® president, Hans Lagerweij. “The high ice class of both these ships will allow for easier navigation through Arctic ice, will enhance our passengers’ expedition experience and provide unprecedented access on our northern itineraries.”

M/V Sea Adventurer

Currently part of Quark’s Antarctic fleet, Sea Adventurer will undergo a refurbishment of cabin interiors before sailing in the Arctic 2015 season. This ship is a customer-favorite because of its intimate feel with ample public space. With a 1A ice-class rating and its operational range, this ship is well-equipped to navigate some of the more ice-laden regions visited by some of Quark’s Arctic itineraries. Formerly known as Clipper Adventurer, Sea Adventurer has active stabilization which helps steady the ship when sailing rough waters. With a maximum occupancy of 117 passengers and plenty of outdoor deck space, this ship offers a comfortable setting with plenty of opportunities for up close and personal viewings of wildlife and ice.

The Sea Adventurer will operate eight itineraries in Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, the Canadian Arctic and the Northwest Passage during the 2015 Arctic season.

M/V Ocean Nova

Originally designed to take on challenging ice conditions as a year-round Greenlandic Passenger Liner, the Ocean Nova is a 1B ice-class vessel with a smaller draft that allows her to navigate in shallow waters and reach places larger ships can’t. Last used by Quark during the Antarctic 2011.12 season, there are few expedition vessels available these days with fewer than 100 passers, therefore Ocean Nova offers a unique and intimate experience to her passengers all the while offering full private facilities, all outside cabins and a wide range of public spaces. The top deck observation lounge allows passengers access to views of incredible ice, fjords and wildlife. So with a maximum of 84 passengers, this will be Quark’s most intimate ship.

The Ocean Nova will operate eight itineraries through Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, the UK and Norway during the 2015 Arctic season.

Arctic 2015 Season

Details Quark’s 2015 Arctic season is scheduled to be announced in February 2014.

For more information contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser at 1-888-892-0073 or visit

About Quark Expeditions®

For over 20 years, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel. With its diverse fleet of specially equipped vessels and seasoned expedition leaders, they offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote regions on earth. In 2011, Quark was named a recipient of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” for their “Three Arctic Islands” voyage.