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Quark Expeditions Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Announcement of Exciting Antarctic 2020.21 Season

Seattle – April 09, 2019                

Quark Expeditions®, the global leader in polar adventures, is celebrating its milestone 30th year with the launch of its exciting new Antarctic 2020.21 season.

With voyages ranging from eight to 23 days, Quark Expeditions’ Antarctic 20.21 season will feature seven distinct expeditions and 29 total departures, allowing guests of every type to discover the polar experiences perfectly suited to their needs and desires.

“No one understands the possibilities, or the demands, of the polar environments better than we do,” says Ed Bonner, VP Production of Quark Expeditions. “For thirty years—longer than anyone in the industry—we have been focused exclusively on delivering the magic of the Polar Regions to passengers from across the globe. Our new Antarctic season highlights that ongoing commitment, while also marking new frontiers in polar exploration with the addition of two new vessels to our fleet.”

Phase 1 of Quark Expeditions’ 20.21 Antarctic season is highlighted by the second sailing season of the cutting-edge World Explorer, the all-suites, all-balcony ship christened in Porto, Portugal on April 6. Phase 2 will feature the inaugural season of Quark Expeditions’ unprecedented and highly anticipated new purpose-built expedition vessel, along with the public unveiling of the ship’s name, in May.

Led by the most experienced, most knowledgeable expedition team in the industry and featuring the widest variety of onboard activities and off-ship adventures in the Polar Regions, Quark Expeditions’ Antarctic 20.21 season has been specifically designed to deliver a full range of customized polar experiences, including:

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent. A sailing voyage across the famed Drake Passage, Antarctic Explorer is ideal for first-time visitors to the region, offering the very best of the Peninsula.  

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake. All the highlights of the region, including a journey into the Antarctic Peninsula and a flight across the Drake Passage, spread comfortably and enjoyably across eight days.

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition. An exploration deep into the Antarctic Peninsula and a sailing journey across the Antarctic Circle, where few others have traveled.

Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle. A flight across the Drake Passage from Chile to Antarctica combined with an unforgettable sailing voyage down the Antarctic Peninsula and across the Antarctic Circle.

South Georgia and Antarctica Peninsula: Penguin Safari. The fastest and best way to see South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula together – including the hundreds of thousands of king penguins who call the region home.

Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings. A 20-day expedition covering the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia and the Falklands, combining extraordinary wildlife with fascinating polar history.

Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via the Falklands and South Georgia. At 23 days, our most in-depth exploration of the seventh continent, including the remote Falklands Islands and the rare wildlife of South Georgia.

“We’ve spent thirty years developing the knowledge and expertise that allow us to create unmatched experiences for travelers from all over the world, while at the same time protecting the beauty and majesty of the Polar Regions,” says Bonner. “We are tremendously excited about our milestone 20.21 season, and we look forward to the next 30 years of pushing the boundaries and redefining what is possible in polar exploration.”

About Quark Expeditions®: Specializing in expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for three decades. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels and icebreakers, 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.
About Travelopia: Travelopia is one of the world’s leading specialist travel groups. A pioneer in the experiential travel sector with a portfolio consisting of more than 50 independently operated brands, most of which are leaders in their sector. From sailing adventures, safaris and sports tours, to Arctic expeditions, each brand is diverse and focused on creating unforgettable experiences for customers across the world.