It's a common misconception about Antarctic travel -- that experiencing one of the world's wildest and most remote destinations must mean you have to rough it along the way. When we look back at how difficult Antarctic exploration was just a few short decades ago, it's hard to imagine making such a trek in comfort; even in style.
Now, those curious about what a cruise to Antarctica is actually like -- or perhaps longing to re-live a past adventure -- can experience life on board an Antarctic-bound cruise ship – in virtual reality video!
Explore the ship's onboard comforts or paddle a kayak in one of the most pristine, unspoiled environments on the planet. Cruise on Zodiac landing craft then explore the Antarctic peninsula where you will get up close and personal with the region's unique and curious inhabitants! Throughout the journey, you'll interact with and learn about history and wildlife from Quark's expert expedition staff.
What to Expect on an Antarctic Expedition Ship
Immerse yourself in the most isolated areas of the planet, amidst breathtaking wilderness and stunning icescapes. Thanks to video technology, you can virtually go onboard an ice-strengthened expedition ship and check out the spectacular views, from the comfort of your own home or office!
Quark Expeditions' 360° Virtual Reality Antarctic Experience was filmed by a two man crew during a recent Crossing the Circle expedition. The wonder of an Antarctic journey is expressed in a visually stunning video series that passengers can navigate using a mouse on a computer, or with the swipe of a finger or rotation of a mobile device.
One of these immersive videos focuses on life on board our intimate, comfortable small expedition ships. From the moment you embark on this life-altering journey, our expert expedition team and crew make your safety and travel experience their top priority. Our ships are designed to promote a sense of community and camaraderie throughout each Antarctic expedition, while still offering the privacy and creature comforts you'd expect on a luxurious vacation.
Exceptional Amenities in the Southern Ocean and Beyond
Antarctic passengers will find each expedition ship unique, with amenities and activities designed to enhance the adventurous nature of the trip.
The Ocean Endeavour, for example, is the only health and wellness-focused passenger ship sailing to Antarctica. Its lavish new spa offers His and Hers saunas, 13 different cabin categories, and the exclusive VOYA spa product line. Passengers can expect the same excellent service on board, including chef-prepared onboard meals, educational lectures, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and more. However, they can also partake in wine service with dinner, yoga and stretch classes, massage therapy and other exclusive onboard features.
The Island Sky, an all-inclusive 4-star premium vessel new to our fleet for Antarctica 2017.18, will take passengers on an exciting new itinerary exploring the seventh continent on a shortened Antarctic Peninsula trip of just eight nights, perfect for travelers short on time and in search of a high value trip of a lifetime. The intimate small cruise ship features all suites, each with exterior views and premium amenities, and SeaChefs cuisine. Join your fellow travelers and share tales of your mutual adventures in the spacious dining room or panoramic lounge, where you'll marvel at the spectacular views as you power through the ice-choked waters.
Don't take our word for it, though.
Explore the spacious dining rooms on board our well-appointed expedition ships. Stand at the bow in awe of the massive icebergs glistening on the horizon. Explore a 360° time-lapse scene of your ship powering through the smooth, frigid waters of a stunning passage lined on both sides by the craggy, snow-covered rock of the Antarctic peninsula.
Join Us On Board!
Make sure your browser and operating system are up to date. On mobile devices and tablets, you must have the YouTube app installed, and view videos outside social media apps in order to play in 360°. On a desktop, navigate the stunning 360° panoramic scenery on board an actual cruise to Antarctica by using your mouse. On a tablet or smartphone, simply rotate the device or use your finger to fluidly swipe your way around the scene. Remember to turn up the sound and go full-screen! For a truly immersive VR experience, download the Quark Antarctic VR app for iOs and Android and explore Antarctica on Google Cardboard or Gear VR headset.
Explore Quark Expeditions' 360° Virtual Reality Antarctic Experience for yourself - it's the next best thing to being there.