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Quark Expeditions Cruises

Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions)

Message from Quark Expeditions

Many travelers have asked us about health and safety protocols on upcoming expeditions. Fortunately, Quark Expeditions has been the leader in expedition safety since 1991. In response to Covid-19, we’ve assembled a multi-functional task force of physicians and polar experts to develop the most comprehensive health and safety plan in the Polar Regions. In fact, outbreak prevention has been incorporated into the design of our newest vessel Ultramarine. Guest safety is always our top priority.

Andrew White

Andrew White


About Quark Expeditions Cruises

Think of Quark Expeditions as providing floating basecamps for exploring the most remote regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. The ships are small in size, allowing them to venture where other ships can't go.

  • Who goes on Quark Expeditions cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a Quark Expeditions cruise?


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Who goes on Quark Expeditions cruise ships?

Quark attracts active adventure seekers from around the world (though all programs are delivered in English). All share a desire to discover the poles in an environment that's both exhilarating and educational. They're flexible and eagerly expect the unexpected. Passengers are evenly divided between men and women, with about 40 percent coming from North America; Australian and U.K. cruisers are also well represented. Ages, as well, are equally diverse, ranging from 25 to older than 80, with the two strongest age demographics between 35 and 44, and 55 and 64.

You will also find families onboard during school holidays.

Do I have to dress up on a Quark Expeditions cruise?

No. All sailings are informal, and you'll mostly just want to be dressed for the weather and the environment. Women and men are welcome to bring a dress shirt and slacks for the welcome and farewell cocktail parties on select sailings, but it's not required.

Is everything free on Quark Expeditions cruises?

No. Only meals, certain excursions (Zodiac cruising, hiking, snowshoeing, polar plunge), and water, coffee and tea are always included in the base fare for a Quark sailing. All cruisers also get a complimentary Quark Expeditions-branded polar parka to keep and free use of specialty boots during the voyage. Other shore excursions (kayaking, cross-country skiing, camping, etc.) cost extra.

On Antarctic sailings, soft drinks are also included, as well as wine and beer at dinner. Dinnertime wine and beer are only included in the cruise price on select Arctic sailings.

Gratuities are at passengers' discretion, though the line recommends $10 to $15 per person, per day. Laundry is available for an extra cost.

What are Quark Expeditions’s most popular activities?

People come on Quark Expedition cruises for two reasons: to see wildlife and the dramatic scenery the poles offer, and to get off the ship and be as active as possible. Zodiac cruising and shore landings are by far the most popular activities, with the many other shore excursion offerings (hiking, research station visits, snowshoeing, kayaking, mountaineering, etc.) almost as popular.

Onboard talks led by expert naturalists and hanging out on deck for views of icebergs, polar bears, penguins and whales are the top on-ship activities.

Why go with Quark Expeditions?

  • Experts in polar exploration since 1991.
  • Experience close encounters with wildlife in the Arctic and Antarctic.
  • Wide choice of ships and accommodations, including some with lots of modern comforts.

Best for: Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers who want an immersive expedition experience with multiple polar landings

Not for: Drive-by explorers seeking armchair travel activities or five-star onboard amenities

Quark Expeditions Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Amazing Antarctica Expedition

That Quark only does the Arctic regions and that they have a brand new state of the art ship, the Ultramarine, made the choice of expedition cruise line easy.You will have a great experience on the Ultramarine.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Quark’s Maiden Voyage on Ultramarine

The itinerary, the ship and the world class quark expedition team were expectation exceeding in every way.Makes we want to go again with Quark.Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Absolutely Loved Everything About This Trip

Weather can be a major factor in this trip and we were always prepared for anything and not promissed anything either (which is why am so surprised at some negative reviews due to weather which is clearly unchangeable and there is always a risk that you wont see everything in the itinery) The most important thing in going to Antarctica is safety and I found that was very well covered.We were particularly lucky with twice daily zodiac trips and landings which are a total excitement and every trip off the ship was different than the other and so well organised.Read More
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Jules 4

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

Exceeded expectations! Except maybe for the food.

The staff was top notch, every single member of the crew and guides so friendly and dedicated to making the ship feel like home.Now, you CAN choose to go a la carte and order a plain chicken or salmon piece instead of what the chef serves, but you don't want the same thing every single night.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 20s

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