Top Quark Expeditions Ships
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. They provide creature comforts, transport and exceptional opportunities for learning about polar wildlife, history and landscapes from experts in their fields. They are also a base for shore landings via Zodiac and, at an extra cost, sea kayaking, cross-country skiing mountaineering, camping and stand-up paddleboarding.
Life onboard is casual and informal, no matter how luxurious the ship and cabins may appear. Depending upon the ship, your cabin may be a suite with a balcony (available on Sea Spirit, Sea Explorer and Ocean Diamond), contemporary Scandinavian (Ocean Nova) or quite basic (Sea Adventurer). In reality, you're rarely in your digs, what with Zodiac excursions, talks by expert naturalists, daily recaps, dining and hanging out on deck for views of wildlife and icebergs. Entertainment is of the natural kind provided by polar bears, penguins and whales, rather than flashy manmade shows. Most Arctic voyages are inclusive of beverages, as well.
Quark Expeditions attracts curious, active adventure-seekers from around the world. 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. Ages, as well, are equally represented, ranging from 25 to older than 65.