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Quark Expeditions® Named One of World’s Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines


Contact: Mariela Castro
Phone: 416.644.0666

Travel + Leisure Annual Awards Survey Chooses Polar Adventure Leader

[Seattle, WA] – 26July2016 – Quark Expeditions®, a leading provider of expeditions to the Polar Regions, is thrilled to have been chosen by Travel + Leisure (T + L) readers as one of the Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines in the world. The assessment comes as the result of T + L’s annual World’s Best Awards 2016, which asks readers to rate their travel experiences around the globe.

Readers’ opinions are sought on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, spas, airlines, cruise lines and more. They rated individual cruise ships on their cabin and facilities, food, service, itineraries, destinations, excursions, activities and value. The responses were combined to generate results for cruise lines in five categories; the small-ship ocean category includes cruise lines with vessels carrying up to 249 passengers.

Many of the respondents listed the intimacy of Quark Expeditions’ small ship expeditions and the ability to visit landing sites larger ships can’t easily access as key reasons for small ship cruising.

“We’re honored to be recognized in the T+L World’s Best Awards,” said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions. He continued, “Our goal at Quark is to provide intimate, high-quality adventure travel experiences, which focus on passenger comfort, enrichment, and safety. Being recognized in this way is a big feather in the cap for all of us at Quark.”

Polar Travel in Style and Comfort

Quark Expeditions has an industry leader in Polar adventure travel since 1991, and has the largest and most diverse fleet of passenger vessels operating in the Arctic and Antarctica. Unlike larger cruise lines, the vessels operated by Quark are small expedition ships, icebreakers and exploration boats, ideal for reaching the most secluded locations. Most recently, it has added the 4-star premium vessel Island Sky to its fleet of adventure cruise ships.

About Quark Expeditions®:

Specializing in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, 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 on-board program focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passenger experience. The company is known for its unwavering commitment to safety and sustainability, including its partnership with The Nature Conservancy (USA). It also offers passengers — free of charge — carbon offsetting aboard Ocean Diamond and Ocean Nova voyages. 

About the TUI Adventure Division:

The TUI Adventure Division offers premium, experience-based adventure holidays and expeditions worldwide for active travelers. In addition to, the division includes expedition specialists and; leading European adventure and activity specialists,,,, and; as well as US-based destination management company From reaching the top of Kilimanjaro and canoeing on the Zambezi, to catching tiger cub sightings and breaking ice en route to the North Pole, the TUI Adventure Division offers inspirational experiences that create lifelong memories.

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