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50 Years of Victory
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By Sarah Schlichter
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50 Years of Victory (Quark Expeditions) Overview

Powered by two nuclear reactors, 50 Years of Victory is a former Russian scientific vessel that can break through ice up to nine feet thick with its unique spoon-shaped bow. Each summer, it sails two-week round trip itineraries to the North Pole from Murmansk, Russia.

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About 50 Years of Victory (Quark Expeditions)


Aerial sightseeing by hot air balloon and helicopter and all food and beverages included


Decor is a bit spartan with no triple cabins

Bottom line

Powerful icebreaker can take passengers comfortably and safely to the North Pole

Onboard are a few facilities you'd expect on a cruise ship -- a gym, a library, a couple of saunas, even a small swimming pool -- but the ship also has some surprises. Along with Zodiac boats for exploring by water, the ship comes equipped with a helicopter and a hot air balloon for aerial sightseeing.

Other public spaces include a massage room; a bar; a saloon, where passengers gather for presentations by the expedition team; and a dining room with open seating.

The cabins, all with ocean views, are split among four decks. Most are twins, with one bed converting to a sofa during the day. The ship also has several larger staterooms, including mini-suites and a few different types of full suites. Some of these have bathtubs, while others only have showers. Other amenities found in some cabins include refrigerators and coffeemakers. All cabins have TVs and DVD players.

Unlike some of Quark's other ships, 50 Years of Victory has an elevator to help passengers move from one deck to another. The ship is also unique in including all beverages in the price of each cruise.

50 Years of Victory (Quark Expeditions) Ship Stats

  • Crew: 140
  • Launched: 2007
  • Decks: 5
  • Passengers: 128
  • Registry: Russia
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50 Years of Victory (Quark Expeditions)
Leigh Hennecy
Sail Date: Jul 2016
My husband and I cruised on the Fathom's Adonia recently and absolutely loved it. I highly recommend this cruise to the Dominican if you are interested in a true cultural exchange. This is not your typical party...Read More
50 Years of Victory (Quark Expeditions)
Sail Date: Mar 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted to re-visit Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and see the other ports not seen before. We landed in Dubai early in the morning and were directed to a hotel where breakfast was served....Read More
50 Years of Victory (Quark Expeditions)
Sail Date: Sep 2015
We wanted to see France and sites towards Normandy Beach. This was the last sailing of the Neptune before its retirement. We were told that we were on a "classic" boat. The bathroom, especially the shower was rather...Read More

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