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More Ways to Travel to Antarctica Faster in 2017.18




Contact: Mariela Castro

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More Ways to Travel to Antarctica Faster in 2017.18

Enjoy Incredible Early Booking Offers and Introducing Island Sky, the new Premium, All-inclusive Ship


[Seattle, WA] – 28 June 2016 – Quark Expeditions®, the leader in adventures to the Polar Regions, is pleased to announce the largest-ever offering of its popular Fly/Cruise program, offering explorers the thrill of Antarctica in as little as seven days.  On offer for the 2017.18 season are 11 Fly The Drake itineraries on two different small ice-class vessels. Quark has added the ship Island Sky to its fleet of expedition cruise ships, bringing the first “premium all-inclusive” fly/cruise to Antarctica. To celebrate the launch of this exciting season, Quark is offering unrivalled early-booking savings and voyage incentives for a limited time.

The Complete Antarctica Experience in Just One Week

Quark’s newly expanded Fly the Drake program offers travelers who are short on time, the best of Antarctica in as little as seven days! With a total of 12 fly/cruise departures on offer – and more Fly the Drake voyages than any other polar operator – passengers can skip Drake Passage sailings one way or both ways, with itineraries ranging from seven to 11 days.

Fly/cruise passengers explore the same spectacles offered on full-length voyages of Antarctica and are led by Quark’s expert expedition team of guides, historians, marine biologists and ornithologists. With a focus on off-ship experiences passengers are taken to popular landing sites such as gentoo penguin-inhabited Neko Harbour, historical sites such as Port Lockroy, World Heritage Site Vega Island, and whale watching hotspot Wilhelmina Bay, as well as other favorites.

Antarctica is yours for only a $280 Deposit

For the 2017.18 Antarctic season launch, Quark has amazing promotions and time-limited early booking bonuses. Passengers can reserve their spot for as little as $280 USD (regularly $1,200 USD and up), and enjoy savings of up to $12,000 USD per couple ($6,000 USD per person), among other significant incentives. The best time to book an Antarctic 2017.18 expedition is now!

Introducing the Premium, All-Inclusive Island Sky

The new all-suites, all-inclusive Island Sky is the perfect ship experience for travelers short on time but in search a premium expedition experience. It’s also the only ship in Antarctica where the all-inclusive voyage price features flights from Santiago or Buenos Aires, as well as alcoholic beverages and all gratuities. This small cruise ship itself features all suites, each with exterior views and premium amenities.

“The Island Sky is a small polar adventure ship that will be a game-changer in the fly-cruise market,” said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions®. He continued, “Our passengers rank comfort and value high on their list of adventure cruise priorities. Premium cruise amenities and flight accessibility now allow us to offer the same depth of Antarctic exploration as on our more classic voyages, in less time than ever before. Island Sky is a superior cruise option – along with the classic adventure ship Sea Adventurer – to experience Antarctica in a shorter period of time than traditionally required.”

Sign up for The Explorer's Guide to Antarctica Webinar

You’re invited to take part in an exclusive webinar offering an introduction to Quark’s upcoming 2017.18 Antarctic expeditions and Island Sky, and to learn how to save up to $12,000 USD per couple ($6,000 USD per person). Register for the webinar, taking place 6 July, 2016 at 1PM EST.

About Quark Expeditions®:

Specializing in expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, 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 on-board program focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passenger experience. The company is known for its unwavering commitment to safety and sustainability, including its partnership with The Nature Conservancy (USA). It also offers passengers — free of charge — carbon offsetting aboard Ocean Diamond and Ocean Nova voyages. 

About the TUI Adventure Division:

The TUI Adventure Division offers premium, experience-based adventure holidays and expeditions worldwide for active travelers. In addition to, the division includes expedition specialists and; leading European adventure and activity specialists,,,, and; as well as US-based destination management company From reaching the top of Kilimanjaro and canoeing on the Zambezi, to catching tiger cub sightings and breaking ice en route to the North Pole, the TUI Adventure Division offers inspirational experiences that create lifelong memories.

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