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Antarctic Express Cruise South, Fly North

Antarctic Express Cruise South, Fly North

Starting From:
£8,501 GBP
Duration:
10 days

Revel in the excitement of crossing the famed Drake Passage after embarking from Ushuaia, with the convenience of a northbound return flight at the end of your expedition. Minke and humpback whales or Adélie penguins floating on ice floes may greet you as you pass, enroute to the northernmost tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

The surreal silence in this vast wilderness may at first overwhelm, but playful, charismatic wildlife and your intrepid traveling companions keep you grounded. You’ll develop a new appreciation and understanding of Antarctica’s extreme contrasts - harsh, rugged mountain peaks and fragile ecosystems; stark, lonely icescapes and populous, gregarious penguins.

Cruise South, Fly North
Expedition in Brief

Spot iconic Antarctic wildlife, such as penguins, seals and whales

Fly over the Drake Passage and experience the fastest, most direct way to Antarctica

Enjoy presentations on wildlife, history, glaciology & geology by our onboard polar experts

Cruise in a Zodiac to get water-level views of icebergs, wildlife and more

Make Your Polar Dream a Reality

All we need is a little bit of information about your travel preferences and one of our Polar Travel Advisors will be in touch.

Your Ships

When it comes to polar expeditions, you’re only as good as where your ships can take you. And our diverse fleet of small polar vessels, which includes icebreakers and expedition ships, can take you to places larger ships can’t navigate. View All of Our Ships

Ice Class

1B

Cruising Speed

16 knots

in open water

Guests

172

140 on Antarctic Express programs

Staff and Crew

130

World Explorer - Deck 3
Deck 3

The spacious Mudroom on Deck 3 enables you to comfortably prepare for your Zodiac excursions, off-ship adventure options and shore landings. The Mudroom is conveniently located adjacent to the two Zodiac embarkation points.

World Explorer - Deck 4
Deck 4

Deck 4 is the social and educational hub on World Explorer. Key facilities and amenities on Deck 4 include the Dining Room, and the Lecture Theatre where you’ll attend expert-led presentations and watch films. Also on this floor is the Explorer Lounge, where you’ll participate in special functions and events, or grab a cup of complimentary coffee. Deck 4 will also be your go-to location to purchase souvenirs and outdoor gear at the Gift Shop. The Medical Clinic is also on this level.

World Explorer - Deck 5
Deck 5

Some of the ship's largest cabins are on Deck 5:: the 355 sq.-ft. (33 sq.-m) Owner's Suites, which—in addition to the 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony—have one double or two single beds, plus a separate sitting area that includes a state of the art “infotainment” system. Other suites on Deck 5 are the 278 sq. ft. (26 sq. m) Superior Suites, which also feature a state-of-the-art “infotainment” system, as well as a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony which guests can access from their sitting room and bedroom. There are also the 270 sq. ft. (25 sq. m) Infinity Suites, with a floor-to-ceiling glass French balcony, and the 15 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) Veranda Suite that includes a walk-out balcony.

  • Owner's Suite
  • Deluxe Suite
  • Superior Suite
  • Infinity Suite
  • Veranda Suite
World Explorer - Deck 6
Deck 6

Guests wishing to visit the Bridge, to view the ship's operations, will do so on Deck 6. Cabins on this level include the 355 sq.-ft. (33 sq.-m) Owner's Suites, which—in addition to featuring a fabulous 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony—have one double or two single beds, plus a separate sitting area that includes a state of the art “infotainment” system. Also on this level are the 278 sq. ft. (26 sq. m) Superior Suites, which also feature a state-of-the-art “infotainment” system, as well as a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony which guests can access from their sitting room and bedroom. The other two options on Deck 5 are the 270 sq. ft. (25 sq. m) Infinity Suites, designed with a floor-to-ceiling glass French balcony, and the 15 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) Veranda Suite which includes a walk-out balcony.

  • Owner's Suite
  • Superior Suite
  • Infinity Suite
  • Veranda Suite
  • Triple
World Explorer - Deck 7
Deck 7

Deck 7 is all about inspiration and rejuvenation. For incredibly inspiring panoramic views, guests can visit the glass-domed Observation Lounge on Deck 7. For well-earned indulgence after a day spent exploring off-ship, Deck 7 features the world’s only l’Occitane Spa at Sea, where guests can reward themselves with a facial or other spa treatment. Located nearby are the sauna, the large heated outdoor pool and two hot tubs. There’s also the well-equipped Fitness Center on Deck 7.

World Explorer - Deck 8
Deck 8

What polar traveler hasn’t envisioned themselves taking in the magnitude of their polar surroundings while standing on the upper deck of a ship? The Wrap-around Deck provides guests with stunning panoramic views as they breathe in the fresh polar air—resulting in a total connection to the polar environment. In addition, the heated seating on Deck 8 allows guests optimal comfort while they’re outside. Also on Deck 8: the Outdoor Track which enables guests to jog or walk as the ship sails past glaciers, icebergs and the expansive ocean waters.

Ice Class

1A

PC6

Cruising Speed

16.5 knots

in open water

Guests

138

Staff and Crew

105

Deck 2
Deck 3
  • Studio Single
  • Studio Double
Deck 4
  • Royal Veranda Stateroom
  • Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
  • Deluxe Veranda Middle Stateroom 
  • Deluxe Veranda Forward Stateroom
Deck 5
Deck 6
  • Royal Veranda Stateroom
  • Junior Suite
  • Grand Veranda Stateroom
  • Studio Veranda Stateroom
Deck 7
  • Owners Suite
  • Explorer Suite
  • Studio Veranda Single
Deck 8

Included Activities

Paddling excursion in the Antarctic
Paddling

Paddling Excursion

Every sweep of the paddle as your craft glides through the pristine polar waters creates an incredible soundtrack: the jostle of glacial ice, the lapping of waves against the rocky shore, the perpetual drip from your paddle, the c... Read more
Passengers Kayaking near icy landscape

Sea Kayaking

Positioning yourself in the seat of a kayak is one of the most intimate ways travelers can connect with the polar regions—at water level, up close, where you can touch and feel every polar sensation imaginable. The Sea Kayak Progr... Read more
Passengers Stand-up Paddleboarding in the Antarctic
Stand up Paddleboarding

Stand-up Paddleboarding

Stand-up Paddleboarding, popularly known as SUPing, originated in Hawaii. Quark Expeditions is the first company to bring this watersport all the way to Antarctica.   SUPing combines the immersive experience of kayaking but in a ... Read more

Adventure Options

Passengers Kayaking near icy landscape

Sea Kayaking

Positioning yourself in the seat of a kayak is one of the most intimate ways travelers can connect with the polar regions—at water level, up close, where you can touch and feel every polar sensation imaginable. The Sea Kayak Progr... Read more

Departure Dates and Cabins

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  • Departure Date

    Dec 3 – 12, 2025

  • Itinerary

    10 days

  • Starting from

    Ushuaia, Argentina

  • Ship

    World Explorer

  • Languages

    English

Adventure Options
  • Paddling
  • Stand up Paddleboarding
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£8,501 GBP
£13,495 GBP
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  • Departure Date

    Dec 28, 2025 – Jan 6, 2026

  • Itinerary

    10 days

  • Starting from

    Ushuaia, Argentina

  • Ship

    Ocean Explorer

  • Languages

    English

Adventure Options
  • Paddling
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£10,364 GBP
£14,395 GBP
  • Departure Date

    Feb 21 – Mar 2, 2026

  • Itinerary

    10 days

  • Starting from

    Ushuaia, Argentina

  • Ship

    Ocean Explorer

  • Languages

    English

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Make Your Polar Dream a Reality

All we need is a little bit of information about your travel preferences and one of our Polar Travel Advisors will be in touch.

Extend Your Trip

Getting to the Antarctic can be just as much fun as being there. Quark offers multiple travel packages that enable you to see more of the world before and after your Antarctic adventure. Contact Us
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Easter Island, Chile

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Iguazú Falls, Argentina

Iguazú Falls, Argentina

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