Quark Expeditions Antarctica Cruise 2024/25 Ocean Explorer
Quark Expeditions, a leader in polar exploration such as Antarctica cruises, is set to make waves in the upcoming Antarctica 2024/25 season with the introduction of its latest addition, the Ocean Explorer. This state-of-the-art vessel, accommodating 138 passengers, presents cruisers with an intimate Antarctica cruise experience. With leading-edge technology and adventure this fills Quark Expeditions commitment to providing an exceptional polar expedition experience.
The Ocean Explorer, delivered in 2021, and boasting an Ice Class 1A and PC6 rating, is purpose-built for polar regions such as a Antarctica cruise, designed to operate in all conditions without the need for icebreaker assistance. This places the ship in the same league as its sister ship, the upcoming Ultramarine, ensuring guests a seamless and extraordinary journey through the icy wonders of the polar landscapes.
A key feature of the Quark Expeditions Ocean Explorer is its distinctive ULSTEIN X-BOW® design. A marine engineering innovation that ensures a comfortable and smooth Antarctica cruise experience, particularly in rough waters. The ship’s two-story, light-filled library located at the bow adds a touch of elegance allowing guests to enjoy breathtaking polar vistas from different vantage points.
Accommodation onboard the Ocean Explorer features spacious and modern cabins with almost all having verandas, offering guests a chance to revel in the surrounding beauty. The ship is equipped with a range of amenities, including a gym, sauna with large windows, and two outdoor jacuzzis, providing both relaxation and comfort amid the challenging polar conditions.
Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the ample viewing areas and multi-height outer decks. They are perfect for long-view photography and wildlife observation. The vessel also comes with a fleet of 15 zodiacs (indispensable inflatable boats used to transport passengers on excursions away from the cruise ship), enabling swift and safe off-ship adventures.
What sets the Ocean Explorer apart is its commitment to sustainability. Quark Expeditions ship features fuel-efficient Rolls Royce engines and a Waste-Reducing Micro Auto Gasification System, (MAGS) that converts waste into energy, eliminating the environmental impact of waste transportation.
Quark Expeditions president, Andrew Stark, expressed his excitement about the Ocean Explorer, stating “Ocean Explorer is the perfect addition to our fleet – for adventure, for luxury, and for leading-edge technology, this purpose-built polar expedition ship truly delivers for our discerning polar explorers”. The vessel’s off ship adventures, from kayaking on a Antarctica cruise to flight seeing over the Greenland Ice Sheet, promises an unforgettable cruising experience for passengers.
With Antarctica cruises in great demand, bookings for the Ocean Explorer are now open for the Antarctica cruise season of 2024/25/26 and Arctic 2025 seasons, get in touch with a Tour + Cruise specialist to enquire about which expedition is best suited for you!