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Expedition travel doesn’t have to be “rough”. It can be as comfortable – and as adventurous – as you’d like. As such, an important consideration for your expedition is which ship is right for you.

For almost 25 years, Quark Expeditions® has become the definitive leader in Polar adventures. Polar travel is all we do, and we’re passionate about ensuring every one of our passengers has the experience of a lifetime. Quark passengers to the Polar Regions will witness incredible wildlife, diverse culture, captivating history, and unique landscapes like nowhere else.

Quark doesn’t operate traditional cruise ships – those large cruise liners holding thousands of guests. Instead, we operate small expedition ships. These are much smaller, more nimble vessels carrying fewer than 200 passengers. And all are equipped with multiple Zodiacs (inflatable landing craft) for transfers from ship to shore – allowing us to reach some of the world’s most remote places. We call our expedition vessels “Polar Adventure Ships,” and adventure is exactly what they deliver. Quark’s ships will get you to some of the most isolated and breathtaking wilderness in the world – safely and comfortably.

Our Fleet

While all our ships feature ice-strengthened hulls for superior navigation in ice-packed polar waters, each have their own special benefits.

New for 2015.16, Quark welcomes the comfortable Ocean Nova and the newly renovated, health and wellness-focused Ocean Endeavour to our fleet.

Our iconic North Pole ship, 50 Years of Victory, is the most powerful icebreaker with the highest ice rating in the world, and is equipped with a helicopter for aerial sightseeing. The Sea Spirit and Sea Explorer offer exceptional levels of comfort. The Ocean Diamond and Ocean Endeavour are completely carbon neutral, and the Sea Adventurer offers convenient fly-cruise itineraries.

Black Friday Savings

For bookings taken Nov. 24 – Dec. 1, take advantage of Black Friday savings* on these select voyages:

Crossing the Circle via Falklands and South Georgia: Epic Antarctica; Jan 29 – Feb 20, 2015. Ocean Diamond.

Whatever your preferred travel style, Quark has a diverse fleet of modern ships to ensure every passenger experiences true expedition in comfort. Still not sure which ship is best for you? Our Polar Travel Advisers can suggest the perfect expedition. Contact us at 1.888.892.0073, or visit

* Terms & Conditions apply; contact us for details.