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Explore with Peace of Mind

Explore with Peace of Mind

Passenger health and safety have been number one priorities for Quark Expeditions for the past three decades. The challenges prompted by Covid-19 have reinforced our commitment to guest safety. Consequently, we have assembled a multi-functional task force of physicians, polar experts and industry leaders to develop the most comprehensive health and safety plan in the expedition industry to provide you with peace of mind when exploring the Polar Regions. While we continue to build out that plan, we’d like to share with you the four pillars that form the core of our approach to health and safety.

Quark Expeditions’ Four Pillars of Health and Safety

Clean Expedition Ships
Clean Expedition Ships
We ensure your expedition ship is clean and healthy.
  • Quark Expeditions’ diverse fleet of small polar vessels means you’ll never embark on a journey with more than 199 passengers. In fact, you could travel with a group as small as 110 guests. Fewer people means lower risk.
  • Our vessels will continue to meet international certifications for infection prevention. 
  • We are reviewing every disinfectant used in our processes to ensure that they meet or exceed relevant healthcare standards, and we’ll increase the frequency of cleaning of high-risk areas. 
  • Our ingrained culture of disciplined operating procedures means that Quark Expeditions will enforce cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing procedures.
  • We are revising our outbreak prevention manual to reduce any chance of transmission of infection. 
Clean Expedition Ships
Healthy Staff
Healthy Staff
Everything we do to help ensure our staff and crew join the expedition healthy and stay healthy.
  • At Quark Expeditions, we believe we have the most highly trained team of guides in the industry. Their training will be enhanced to ensure full understanding of all new health measures. 
  • Staff and crew will submit their travel history and health forms for medical review before they join an expedition with Quark Expeditions.
  • Formalized daily health checks of staff and crew.
  • Our team is investigating the right mix of personal protective equipment (PPE) that is necessary, and we will ensure that staff, crew and guests will have access to such PPE as required.

 

Healthy Staff
Healthy Fellow Passengers
Healthy Fellow Passengers
Everything we do to help ensure your fellow passengers join the expedition healthy and stay healthy
  • In 2019/2020 Quark Expeditions was among the earliest expedition operators to implement epidemic pre-screening measures for our passengers. Quark Expeditions did not incur ANY COVID outbreaks on our voyages. These pre-screening measures will constitute the bare minimum of standards we will implement moving forward. 
  • Passengers will submit travel history and health forms for medical review   before they join a voyage with Quark Expeditions.  
  • Formalized daily health checks will ensure any passenger health concerns are actively addressed and monitored.
  • We’re currently working with local hotels and airlines as well as health authorities to confirm safe and direct access.
  • We’re working with local airport, seaport and health authorities to confirm embarkation and disembarkation protocols are streamlined and secure.
Healthy Fellow Passengers
Healthy Expedition Environment
Healthy Expedition Environment
We’ll do everything to help ensure your entire expedition experience is a healthy one.
  • The polar regions are among the most remote, pristine areas of the planet, providing you with a healthy environment to explore.
  • Regular guest health reporting will be implemented during all expeditions. Two licensed medical doctors will join every expedition. 
  • Quark Expeditions’ team of expedition doctors are carefully reviewing the infirmary equipment and other medical supplies that will ensure your safety while on your polar voyage. 
  • Appropriate number of isolation suites will be available should the need arise during an expedition; we’ll review this requirement regularly and adjust future voyages accordingly.
  • We’re reviewing every step of the pre- and post-expedition journey to ensure we accommodate the enhanced health requirements from the moment you arrive at your destination until the moment you depart. 
  • We’re reviewing every minute of the expedition day to maximize the physical space between passengers, including reviewing changes to our meal service plans and to our off-ship activity planning. 
Healthy Expedition Environment
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