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Quark Welcomes Aboard Spa Partner VOYA

Renowned Quality Spa Provider Offering a Range of Spa Treatments Designed Exclusively for Quark’s Antarctic Travelers


[Seattle, WA] – 27August, 2015 -- Quark Expeditions®, the world’s leading polar expedition company, is pleased to welcome premium spa provider VOYA aboard the Ocean Endeavour, the only health- and wellness-focused passenger ship in Antarctica. Fresh from a multi-million dollar makeover, Ocean Endeavour will feature a bright and open concept spa with a full menu of high-quality spa services using VOYA’s award-winning, organic, hand-harvested seaweed treatments and beauty products.

VOYA provides beauty and skincare products and spa treatments with careful attention to environmental harmony, in alignment with Quark Expeditions®’ commitment to polar protectionism. Its sustainable harvest practices ensure the protection of the delicate coastal regions of its certified organic seaweed.

Founded as a seaweed bath business on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast, VOYA now offers a full range of seaweed-based products using a complex method of natural preservation. This proprietary process mimics the way seaweed dries during the ebb and flow of spring tides, keeping its cellular structure intact.

VOYA treatments capture the best the sea has to offer. Ocean Endeavour spa guests can select from a variety of options derived from wild Irish Atlantic seaweed, including:

  • The Exclusive Explorer’s Revive Ritual -- A powerful, 55-minute head-to-toe spa ritual designed specifically for Quark Expeditions® passengers. This exclusive treatment is ideal for sore, aching muscles; dry, wind chapped skin; or as an indulgent way to cap off a day in Antarctica.
  • VOYA Facial Experiences -- The 45-minute Organic Seaweed Marine Eye Treatment is an ideal add-on to other spa treatments to refresh tired eyes. The 55-minute Ocean Fresh Facial and Illuminating Facial experiences soothe and detoxify, while the 75-minute Purifying Environmental Defense and Anti-Aging Restorative Facials help specific skin issues with indulgent treatments. The 90-Minute Ultimate Facial Experience includes a back exfoliation and massage.
  • VOYA Massages and Hand/Foot Rituals -- From a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder warm oil detox massage to the luxuriant 85-minute Voyager Total Massage Journey, foot and hand rituals relax, exfoliate, hydrate and nourish with seaweed-based products and rich, soothing oils.
  • The Exclusive VOYA Hair Treatment – Just for Quark Expeditions® passengers, this in-depth treatment replenishes the scalp and hair cuticles with a nutrient-rich hair mask and hot oil, followed by a relaxing lower leg and scalp massage and a soothing eye treatment.

“We’re incredibly pleased to partner with VOYA, a company whose commitment to environmental sustainability and quality so closely match our own,” said Andrew White, Quark Expeditions® President. “Its dedication to preserving the integrity of nutrient-rich, organic seaweed from harvesting to application is admirable, and we’re sure our guests will appreciate this great attention to quality and detail.”

For Ocean Endeavour bookings taken before September 30, 2015, passengers can travel now to save up to $1,500 per person and receive a free charter air/transfer package on select departures, or travel next year and save up to 25%. Single cabins are also available to solo travelers with no single supplement (limited availability). Visit the Quark Expeditions® Ways to Save page for details.

About the Ocean Endeavour:

The 199-passenger Ocean Endeavour boasts a contemporary aesthetic and opportunities to indulge, relax and improve health and wellness. Passengers enjoy complimentary wine with dinner and contemporary cuisine served in an airy, open seating dining room. In addition to the spa, passengers have access to a 360° viewing deck and observation lounge, his & hers saunas, a fully equipped gym, a juice and smoothie bar, yoga and stretching classes and a diverse polar education, including a Polar Photography program and the Scientists in Residence program. Passengers can also partake in multi-level adventure options including stand-up paddleboarding, snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, mountaineering, cross-country skiing, hiking and Zodiac cruising.

About Quark Expeditions®

Specializing in expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic and sub-polar regions, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, it offers travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, naturalists and researchers, the onboard program focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passenger experience. The company is known for its unwavering commitment to safety and sustainability, and was the first to offer passengers — free of charge — carbon-neutral voyages in Antarctica aboard the Ocean Diamond.