Quark Expeditions' Ocean Nova -- which had become grounded in Marguerite Bay, Antarctica, on Tuesday (February 17) -- arrived in Ushuaia on Sunday (February 22). An inspection revealed damage, including four indentations in the hull of the ship, which will require three days to fix. The next cruise, originally scheduled to depart today, has been canceled.
The line has re-booked passengers on another 18-night Antarctica cruise departing tomorrow (February 24) aboard the 105-passenger Polar Star, a ship operated by Polar Star Expeditions. Quark Expeditions is providing passengers with hotel accommodations in Ushuaia for tonight, and is rearranging the passengers' return flights.
Those booked on Ocean Nova's fateful cruise had been transferred last Thursday to Quark's Clipper Adventurer. They arrived safely at the port of Ushuaia on Sunday at 7:20 a.m. local time. Those passengers spent the night at a hotel and are continuing their homebound journey today.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor
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Antarctica Cruise Update: Next Ocean Nova Cruise Canceled
February 23, 2009