Quark Expeditions' newest addition to its fleet promises an unforgettable journey to this captivating destination. Two of our top Expedition Advisors, Christine MacAllister & Ashley Donohue, recently cruised on board this amazing vessel, and they returned with a convincing opinion concerning which vessel one chooses is the true difference-maker.
As a leader in polar expeditions for over three decades, Quark Expeditions brings unparalleled expertise to every voyage. Years of leader feedback, client reviews, and in-person time in these remote environments led Quark to build a new ship designed exclusively to handle the polar region with the utmost safety, comfort, and amenities. One example is the state-of-the-art stabilization systems that have been designed to ensure a smooth and secure journey through challenging icy waters. Christine & Ashley both attested to how helpful these stabilization systems engaged to reduce motion during their voyage across the Drake Passage – which at times can be compared to a lake, and other times, well, quite rockin’ as was the case for their crossing. (Cruise Tip: midship on a lower deck will be the most stable cabin position if you are at all concerned with seasickness.)
Luxury and Technology Combined
Along with cutting-edge technology, Ultramarine also brings touches of luxurious comfort. Step into your spacious cabin and be greeted by floor-to-ceiling windows that frame breathtaking panoramic views of Antarctica's majestic landscapes. Relax in the inviting public spaces, including a panoramic lounge where you can share stories with fellow adventurers, a rejuvenating spa to pamper yourself, a well-equipped fitness center to stay active, and multiple dining options offering delectable culinary delights.
Anybody who travels to Antarctica has an adventurous heart, and Quark caters to travelers of this nature by featuring twin-engine helicopters that reside onboard. Alongside the opportunity to fly above the majesty of the landscape, these helicopters provide efficient transfers, ensuring you spend more time immersed in the beauty of each remote location. After time spent on excursions, Ultramarine's innovative design includes a state-of-the-art mudroom equipped with lockers and drying facilities, making transitions between the ship and land by Zodiac occur seamlessly and conveniently. Still, these comforts and amenities are only as wonderful as the ship’s highly trained crew, including expedition leaders, naturalists, and scientists, who guide you every step of the way. One recent traveler, Gene Naftulin, who, after multiple cancellations due to the pandemic, was fortunate to cruise on board the Ultramarine this past Winter, said the “staff was willing to do whatever it took including relocating so we could do activities. We learned so much!” This type of flexibility can only be found on small ships. Feel safe and confident as you navigate the white wilderness, knowing you are in the hands of seasoned professionals.
In our experience of witnessing the evolution of new vessels entering the expedition market, Quark Expeditions understood the importance of preserving Antarctica's pristine environment for future generations. Ultramarine exemplifies Quark's commitment to responsible travel, featuring advanced environmental technologies that minimize the impact on this fragile ecosystem. From cutting-edge wastewater treatment systems to low-emission engines, priority is given to sustainability every step of the way. By joining the Ultramarine, you become part of a voyage that promotes environmental preservation and raises awareness about the wonders of Antarctica. Another recent client, Jennifer Marcotti, and her family returned from Antarctica, saying, “The most memorable part of the expedition was seeing whales and seals on the zodiac cruises in their natural habitat.” Protecting and cherishing this remarkable continent will ensure its beauty remains intact for generations to come. Antarctica beckons and Quarks Ultramarine stands ready to transport you to a world of wonder. Prepare to immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes, encounter unique wildlife, and create lifelong memories. From the moment you step on board until you bid farewell, Ultramarine will exceed your expectations, fulfilling your dreams of exploring the white wilderness of Antarctica.