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Quark Expeditions Selects the Prestigious V.Ships Leisure to Manage Operations of Its Game-Changing Polar Vessel, Ultramarine

Seattle: July 15, 2020.

Quark Expeditions, the recognized Leader in Polar Adventure, is excited to announce that the world’s top ship management company, V.Ships Leisure, will manage its new state-of-the-art polar vessel, Ultramarine.

Ultramarine Rendering

“After an extensive selection process involving the world’s leading ship management companies, we’re incredibly pleased that V.Ships Leisure will partner with us as we launch our new technologically-advanced polar vessel,” said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions. “Ultramarine—with its two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs and the most robust portfolio of off-ship adventure options in the industry—is more than just a ship. It’s an unrivalled base for polar adventure that will change the way we explore the Polar Regions. So clearly, we want to partner with the best ship management team in the industry.”

“V.Ships Leisure, which is widely respected for its talented team and longstanding reputation, has more than 25 years of experience in the cruise ship industry.” said White. “Equally important, our two companies share many of the same values. Our guests can take confidence and comfort knowing their vessel is managed by a reputable, competent partner who puts passenger safety first—just as we do. And, like us, V.Ships Leisure places a great priority on the protection of the environment—an issue very close to our hearts. Similarly, V.Ships Leisure is focused on improving quality of health onboard and throughout its operations, yet another commitment aligned with Quark Expeditions.”

V.Ships Leisure is part of V.Group, the world’s leading independent ship management company which supports over 2,200 marine assets and 44,000 seafarers.

Per Bjornsen, Managing Director of V.Ships Leisure, said: “We are delighted to partner with Quark Expeditions as they prepare for the arrival of Ultramarine, their first new build. This once again underscores V.Ships Leisure’s position as the partner-of-choice for companies launching new vessels and who insist on safe, resilient operations for their guests. We believe Quark Expeditions and V.Ships Leisure are natural partners given our shared vision.”

To learn more about Ultramarine’s inaugural season, visit Quark Expeditions’ Arctic 2021 Season lineup.

About Quark Expeditions

Quark Expeditions, the recognized Leader in Polar Adventure, has been taking commercial travelers to the Polar Regions since 1991. Quark Expeditions is a member of the Travelopia Group, the world’s largest collection of travel brands exclusively focused on specialist travel.