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Expedition Ships — Quark’s Specialty

Expedition travel doesn’t mean you have to “rough it.” An important consideration for your expedition is which ship to choose.

Quark doesn’t operate traditional cruise ships. We operate small expedition ships and authentic icebreakers, each carrying fewer than 200 passengers. All our vessels are equipped with Zodiacs (inflatable landing craft) for safe, comfortable transfers from ship to shore, allowing us to reach some of the world’s most remote places. Quark’s ships will get you to the most isolated and breathtaking wilderness areas on the planet—the Arctic and Antarctica—safely and comfortably. Whatever your preferred travel style, Quark has a diverse fleet of modern ships to ensure every passenger experiences true comfort and maximum enjoyment while on an expedition.

Small Expedition Ships

All our polar expedition ships feature ice-strengthened hulls for superior navigation in ice-packed polar waters and boast exceptional levels of comfort.

Ocean Adventurer - this newly renovated vessel - formerly the Sea Adventurer - will offer guests a new look and feel throughout, a forward lounge and observation deck to enjoy mesmerizing views, and technical enhancements – including two new engines – to improve fuel efficiency and minimize carbon footprint.

Ocean Diamond - one of the fastest ships in Antarctica, this is a modern, stable super-yacht for 189 guests, and one of the largest of our small expedition ships.

Ocean Endeavour - the only health-and wellness-focused ship in Antarctica, is newly renovated and features a full range of adventure and wellness activities, His and Hers saunas, 13 cabin categories, and No Single Supplement pricing for solo travelers on select cabins.

Ocean Nova - is our most nimble arctic expedition ship, and is an ideal for an adventurous getaway for up to 78 guests. This comfortable ship offers 38 outside cabins with ensuites, a glass-enclosed observation lounge, and a friendly, informal onboard atmosphere.

World Explorer - is our new luxury vessel launching in the 2018.19 season. Designed with polar travel in mind, its luxurious all-suite, all-balcony design will ensure you never miss a stunning view. 

Authentic Icebreakers

50 Years of Victory - our North Pole ship is the most powerful icebreaker with the highest ice rating in the world, and is equipped with a helicopter for aerial sightseeing.

Kapitan Khlebnikov - our authentic and refurbished Soviet icebreaker is a passenger-favourite adventure ship with two onboard helicopters for spectacular sightseeing at the top of the world.