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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent — Reviews

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ANGELA N.

Verified Passenger

May 25, 2020

A wonderful experience!

Antarctica is a special place, deserving of our awe and respect. From start to finish, the expedition was fantastic.

We saw incredible scenery, loads of wildlife and we learned so much about Antarctica. Our knowledgeable guides helped us really understand and appreciate the things we saw.

Given the ever-changing polar environment and other constraints on Antarctic travel, we had a great itinerary and everything went so smoothly -- a testament to the skills of Captain Dmytro, our expedition leader Laurie, and all of the work taking place behind the scenes to provide us with such a fantastic experience.

The entire crew did an amazing job, but the hotel team on the Ocean Endeavor really went above and beyond to help us enjoy our time onboard the ship. Staff members were always smiling and ready to meet our every need, from welcome hot drinks after every expedition, to delicious and varied meals, and even an impromptu Super Bowl party!

This trip exceeded our expectations, and we feel so lucky to have been able to experience it. Thank you to Quark Expeditions and everyone involved in making this bucket-list journey a reality.

GERALDINE B.

Verified Passenger

May 17, 2020

Sorry I just saw this.

Sorry I just saw this. Everything was above and beyond my expectations. Thank you for the trip of a lifetime.

MAUREEN P.

Verified Passenger

March 30, 2020

Twenty on a scale of 1-10

Every aspect of this trip was beyond fantastic. The ship, staff, expedition personnel, food, shore accommodations, daily programs were top notch. This was my first trip with Quark and will most assuredly not be my last! Thanks Quark for an indescribably fantastic trip!

VICTORIA V.

Verified Passenger

March 18, 2020

Utterly AMAZING!!!!

I am a frequent traveler and this was hands down the best trip I have taken. All praise goes to the company and staff for their planning, excitement and passion for their jobs. Guests and the experience were the priority for the crew. 10 days of over the top, unbelievable, incredible, magical encounters!

JESSICA S.

Verified Passenger

March 18, 2020

Top-Notch

This trip was Top-Notch from start to finish! This was my first trip with Quark and it will certainly not be my last. Right from the beginning when we were booking with one of their travel advisors it was clear that the employees knew what they were doing. Danna took the time to answer all of our questions and made the booking process very easy. Leading up to the trip Quark did a great job of keeping us informed and helping us prepare for the journey. The trip itself was AMAZING! The ship was clean and in excellent shape. The Crew was very helpful. The Hotel staff was superb and did a fanstatic job accommodating my food requests. The Expedition team was very very knowledgeable and did all that they could to make this a memorable trip. March was an amazing time to visit Antarctica. We saw a lot of wildlife, had beautiful weather, and the polar plunge was perfect. This was a trip of a lifetime!!

ANITA F.

Verified Passenger

February 24, 2020

The most dramatic place I’ve been too.

It is really hard to put into words just what this trip was like. It was the most dramatic scenery I’ve ever seen. Doing the sea kayaking was a great way to really take in the beauty of the place because you weren’t spending all your time looking through a lens. I originally booked the trip to see the penguins, and it was a dream come true just to be able to sit down amongst them and watch them. I can’t wait to go back there one day and explore more of the continent.

KIMBERLY H.

Verified Passenger

February 23, 2020

Amazing Top Notch Expedition

Fabulous trip, outstanding service and food, expedition team ensured we got the most out of each landing/cruising. Extremely knowledgeable team, amazing that they can expedite 170 passengers on and off the ship very quickly. Wildlife and scenery almost surreal. Great expedition for singles and couples, made friends from all over the world. Thank you Quark

PASCALE D.

Verified Passenger

February 22, 2020

Spellbound!!!

Having seen pictures, I thought I had an idea of what to expect!!! I was so wrong!!! Pictures just don’t do justice to this amazing continent. It is so vast & beautiful. I wanted to see wildlife & was not disappointed! Following feeding humpbacks & orcas, going on zodiacs cruising amongst floating ice & getting up close to leopard seals, crab eater seals or fur seals...zodiac water landings on islands & the continent to visit these amazing penguins ...walking amongst them...letting them go by as they waddle down or up the hill in their awkward manner of walking...climbing to the top of the hill with help of poles while navigating snow, ice, slush & guano...to reach the top to have a 360 degree view of harbor below with ship in distance!!! So small in retrospect when juxtaposed with the glaciers & icebergs nearby!
This trip was unbelievable & the staff & crew of the Ocean Diamond couldn’t have been better. They all made you feel as part of a big family, bound by the love of nature & preservation of our environment!!! Amazing trip!

THOMAS G.

Verified Passenger

February 17, 2020

Breathtaking, Remarkable and Exceeded our Expectations

Our expectations for this trip was surpassed 1000 percent (if there is such a thing). From our accommodations in Buenos Aires to our cabin in Ocean Endeavour, everything was done to perfection. Our Expedition team was a cadre of professionals who brought diversified skills and experience in accomplishing their jobs. Their dedication to their responsibilities was evident in the way they carried out such responsibility. The variety of lectures and presentations throughout the duration of the expedition was informative, varied and very interesting. All our shore landings and encounters with wild life was very delightful and entertaining. Not to forget the hotel team which complemented all the excitement brought about by our wild life encounters was the scrumptious array of food that await us at every meal always served with a smile. Everything was accomplished with such precision and perfection that our trip of a lifetime will always bring a smile and fond memories of every moment in this trip. My wife and my appreciation of your expedition and hotel team for making this trip one we will never forget and will be use as a standard to measure all our future cruises and trips. Keep up the outstanding job you've been doing.

JASMINE L.

Verified Passenger

February 13, 2020

Incredible trip south with Quark

I enjoyed every moment of this trip. The expedition staff are incredibly knowledgeable, passionate and helpful - which really made the trip. The food was also amazing and all of the hotel staff were welcoming and friendly.
We saw incredible wildlife and visited some beautiful sites. All round great trip.