SEATTLE, August 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Quark Expeditions, the world leader in polar adventures, is proud to announce the successful inaugural voyage of the ultramarine in the Canadian Arctic. On August 1, 2022Quark Expeditions’ newest ship, embarked on the 17-day Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin Voyage, which is one of the operator’s five expeditions exploring Canada’s high Arctic.
This captivating adventure offers a wide range of opportunities that immerse Quark Expeditions guests in the haunting beauty of the Canadian Arctic, where they can experience rich Inuit culture, learn about polar history, observe abundant wildlife and the most extensive in the industry Portfolio of off-ship adventure options including Zodiac cruises, kayaking and hiking.
“We are very excited to have started our Canadian Arctic season with the 17-day Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin,” he said Thomas Lennart, vice president of sales and customer service for Quark Expeditions. “It not only heralds our return to the much-loved Canadian Arctic, but also marks that voyage ultramarine‘s inaugural voyage to Canada’s North – including the fabled Northwest Passage. Guests can enjoy the amenities of this technologically advanced ship while being steeped in polar history and wilderness.”
True to its name, the Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin Expedition takes guests on a journey that follows in the footsteps of polar explorer Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated expedition to map the Northwest Passage. Franklin left the shores of England in May 1845 with a crew of 24 officers and 100 men and never returned. The doomed expedition remains one of the most enduring mysteries of Arctic exploration and is an integral part of this itinerary.
This unique journey also includes stopovers Greenland before crossing the Davis Strait to the northern tip of Baffin Island, near the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage, where guests can often spot humpback and bowhead whales and an abundance of seabirds to the delight of bird watchers and photographers alike. Guests also have the opportunity to visit the picturesque Inuit village of pond inlet where they can meet Inuit guides and community members to learn about the traditional Inuit way of life and their rich culture.
Learn about the Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin Route and the other four Canadian High Arctic voyages offered in August and September.
About Quark Expeditions: Exclusively specialized in expeditions Antarctic and the arctic Quark Expeditions® has been the leading innovator in polar adventures since the company brought the first group of private travelers to the North Pole in 1991. Since then, Quark Expeditions has innovated. With a diverse fleet of specially outfitted small expedition ships and icebreakers – some equipped with helicopters – Quark Expeditions offers immersive polar experiences – and is able to take guests deeper into the polar regions than anyone else. Led by passionate and experienced expedition teams including scientists, wildlife experts and researchers, Quark Expeditions offers an onboard program that enriches the passenger experience.
The technologically advanced ultramarine, The latest addition to the Quark Expeditions fleet marks a turning point in polar exploration. Featuring two Airbus 145 twin-engine helicopters, 20 fast-departure Zodiacs and the industry’s largest portfolio of off-ship adventure options, ultramarine is changing the way guests explore the polar regions. Other features include a spa, sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows, fitness center, yoga space, spacious rooms, and two restaurants, as well as a lounge and presentation theater. ultramarine was designed with advanced sustainability systems that help preserve the pristine polar regions for the next generation of explorers. ultramarine has an ice class rating of 1A+ and a polar class rating of PC6, which contribute to the ship’s superior safety standards. Among the ship’s innovative sustainability features that help reduce its ecological footprint is a Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS) capable of converting shipboard waste into energy, eliminating the need to transport waste.
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