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Quark Expeditions - Antarctica

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

Spend two weeks discovering the beauty of Antarctica aboard the Ultramarine Arctic and Antarctic Cruises

From: USD 17,780

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

14 Days

5 Reviews

Luxury Ship

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A 14-day expedition cruise

5 Reviews

Luxury Ship
The Trip Highlights

Humpback whales swimming alongside the ship

Walk among the King Penguins

Step a foot on the 7th continent

Cross the drake passage

Your Polartours 'Plus' Experience

Hike up a sparkling glacier

Experience the chill of a polar plunge

Your trip is 100% carbon offset

Polar experts to answer all your questions

Experience a polar experience few people get in their lifetime as we set foot on the 7th continent and cross the iconic Antarctic Circle! Discover polar wildlife as we set sail on the comfortable and spacious Ocean Diamond to venture south to South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. Observe ice formations, whales and playful seals swimming alongside the ship, polar birds flying overhead and walk among the continent's penguins. Take a polar plunge and make the most of your cruise experience with a wide range of activities available on your Zodiac.

Your ship: Ultramarine

Welcome aboard the Ultramarine! One of the newest cruise ships in the Polar fleet, Ultramarine was designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration - to discover new places and immerse you in the best of the region. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, it offers robust adventure activities. It features the category’s most spacious suites, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships of its size. It also features a best-in-class operational range and an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards. … Read more about Ultramarine

Amenities

gym

Fitness Center

rubber boots

Mudroom

theater

Lecture Theater

binoculars

Observation Deck

zodiac fleet

Zodiac Fleet

lounge

Observation Lounge

spa

Spa

gift

Gift Shop

sauna

Sauna

doctor's suitcase

Medical Services

library

Library

Food & Drinks

*Ultramarine” two dining options. “Balena” is the main restaurant located on Deck 5. “Bistro 487” gives guests an alternative dining option on Deck 7. Both offer a great choice of high-quality international dishes and healthy options. While mealtimes may change due to landings and wildlife encounters, you’ll always be served three meals a day.

In addition, an “early riser’s” breakfast will be offered in Bistro 487, as well as afternoon tea and late-night snacks. There’s also a permanent selection of light snacks available here at all times.

The dress code on the ship is casual, as befits a polar exploration vessel, though some may choose to dress up a little for the Captain’s Welcome Reception.

The well-stocked bar on the ship is open to enjoy with your fellow shipmates in the late morning, afternoon, and evening. Soft drinks, juices, and water are available at no cost, and beer and wine are offered with dinner. A selection of liquors, spirits, and premium beer, wine, and champagne is available and can be charged to your shipboard account.

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Reviews

Majestic Face of Ice from an Iceberg in Torssukatak
Richard

Luxury Ship

Possibly the best was the Walrus colony onshore. Life altering was realising the lagoon we were anchored in was 10 years ago a glacier (Copied from Swoop Arctic)

QuarkExpeditions_ Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears
Shari

Luxury Ship

Beautiful ship, though my cabin did have an weird odour issue. Dinner at night not fantastic. I felt it had been prepared way too early and had been sitting there and heated at the time . Though I could be wrong . My favourite meal was lunch due to fresh salads (copied from Swoop Arctic)

Quark Expeditions - Weddell Seal
Mlmgallant

Luxury Ship

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. Additionally, the itinerary of following the epic expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton I knew would be very special. Quark exceeded my expectations in every way. The ship’s physical spaces were well designed and comfortable. My penthouse suite had more storage than we needed. Heated bathroom floors, en suite Nespresso machine and the option of room service dining was 5 star! The crew was well trained and gracious. The expedition leaders were outstanding. Shout out to the leader, Solan . The captain made frequent adjustments to maximize our experience. Fitness facilities were very nice. A fully equipped gym, sauna and spa…all with floor to ceiling windows. Finally, the Ship management handled Covid protocols very well. We have had 5 PCR tests and are Covid free! You will have a great experience on the Ultramarine. (Copied from Cruisecritic)

Ultramarine
Basecamp22

Luxury Ship

The itinerary, the ship and the world class quark expedition team were expectation exceeding in every way. The Covid measures were so well applied and managed that we are one of the few ships returning home with zero positive cases. I can’t say enough about the team. They were always around helping to spot wildlife, answer a question or deliver an enriching talk on such a wide variety of subjects. I learned an enormous amount on this trip. Makes we want to go again with Quark. And as for Antarctica and South Georgia…well…I’ve run out of superlatives to describe how incredible these wildernesses are. The food and restaurant service could not have been better, friendly staff going out of their way to accommodate some of my special food needs. We did a helicopter sight seeing tour, it was extraordinary to see the glaciers and icebergs from the air. (Copied from Cruisecritic)


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