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Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions) Review

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By Sarah Schlichter
Cruise Critic Contributor

Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions) Overview

Quark's largest ship, carrying 199 passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the only vessel in Antarctica with a health and wellness focus. Amenities onboard include a yoga room, a day spa, saunas for men and women, a pool, a gym, a hot tub and a wellness cafe with a juice bar. Passengers can continue the wellness theme off the ship by participating in snowshoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding (the latter two for an additional fee).

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About Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions)


Pro

Numerous wellness spaces available onboard and dedicated singles cabins for solo cruisers

Con

All singles cabins are interior, and the elevator does not serve all decks

Bottom line

Wellness-focused ship offers numerous amenities for comfortably exploring Antarctica

Cabins come in numerous categories, and most have exterior views via windows or portholes. There's one exception: a block of interior singles cabins on Deck 5. Booking one of these enables solo travelers to avoid paying a singles supplement or rooming with a stranger. There are no single cabins with exterior views.

Twin cabins come in various sizes and layouts. You can choose one or two portholes, a single picture window or two windows. (Note that some windows have obstructed views.) You can also opt for two single beds or one double bed. Triple cabins are available, too.

The largest staterooms are the Junior Suites and the Owner's Suite. While these are approximately the same size as one another (320 square feet), the Owner's Suite has two large windows facing the bow, as well as a bathroom with a tub. Each Junior Suite has a single picture window, and most only have showers. All cabins have flat-screen TVs and DVD players.

Passengers can relax in the Nautilus or Aurora lounges or in the Meridian Club on the top deck.

Editor's Note: From October 2020, Chimu Expeditions will take over the operation of Ocean Endeavour from Quark Expeditions.

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Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions) Ship Stats

  • Crew: 124
  • Launched: 1982
  • Decks: 6
  • Passengers: 199
  • Registry: Marshall Islands
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Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions)
CookGirl
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Antarctica is the trip of a lifetime and one that should be on everyones bucket list. Quark is a first rate operator with amazing guides and great crew. This is what makes the trip so incredible. Our cruise...Read More
Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions)
Kadismom
Sail Date: Dec 2018
My husband and I dreamed of going to Antarctica. After much research, we chose to go on Quark Expeditions Ocean Endeavor trip to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. We made our reservations a year in...Read More
Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions)
Where will I go next
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Flying the Drake is the obvious solution if you don't have a lot of time and get sea sick. Unfortunately we had to wait 48 hours until we were able to fly to King George Island due to the weather conditions. As a...Read More
Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions)
Ken from Missouri
Sail Date: Dec 2016
Tour Tierra del Fuego National Park (Expedition Trips/Quark Expeditions). 5. Board Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions). Leave evening day 1. 6. Crossing The (Dreaded) Drake Passage (2 days). The Drake...Read More

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