This small company from Australia has made some big waves in the expedition cruise market. Their brand-new ship is set to raise the bar in expedition cruising with some fantastic features for the small number of passengers it carries. Focussed on making the most of the expedition, they will aim to get you up close to the action, inspire you about the incredible landscapes you are travelling though and be sensitise to the environmental issues they face. The expeditions are led by remote area specialists, that provide entertaining lectures and expand people’s knowledge along the way.
Quark have developed into one of the expedition cruise market leaders. Created in 1991, they have over 27 years’ experience pioneering cruises to the polar regions. They have achieved an unprecedented series of firsts, including the World’s first North Pole voyage and have been making the Arctic and Antarctica accessible to travellers from more than 50 countries around the world.
Today they have one of the largest expedition fleets and have a range of ships and cruises to suit almost all criteria. Quark pride themselves above all else on their experienced expedition team, who have been sailing into the polar regions longer and into harder to reach places than many of their competitors. Despite their years of polar experience, the team retains the boundless enthusiasm of their first visits. With backgrounds ranging from biology, history, geology and more, they will help you get the most out of your expedition cruise.
The company was founded in 1893 and has been operating ever since. Initially established by the Norwegian government to improve communications along Norway’s coastline, the shipping company quickly changed and extended its routes to across the world. Their fleet are MS class, which means they are bigger and offer a wider range of facilities than many other cruise ships. The company has recently opened expedition cruises to Greenland, Canada, South America, Iceland, Svalbard and Antarctica.
Silversea offer the ultimate 5* expedition experience. They combine a superlative expedition experience with a luxury onboard lifestyle. Their close partnership with the Royal Geographical Society - the venerable British institution that supported expeditions by history’s famous polar explorers including Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Earnest Shackleton and John Franklin- allows guests to really appreciate the true depth of the experience in these remote regions. Their team of onboard experts bringing all aspects of the landscape, its wildlife and history to life.
G Adventures is well known as a small group tour specialist and the company believes that adventure travel is more than a vacation. Their ambitions led them to the Polar regions and they have been operating small ship, expedition cruises for a number of years. Expect an adventurous spirit and laid-back atmosphere, with a good focus on experiencing the destination. There is also a great ethos of supporting local communities and the environment with a number of projects they are involved in around the world.
Polar Latitudes offers a wide range of trips to Antarctica and has a highly experienced and passionate team. The comfortable ships offer a touch of luxury and fantastic food with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The company is the first polar operator to adopt the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA) and support different communities such as UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and South Georgia Heritage Trust.
Oceanwide are one of the pioneers of ship-based expeditions to the polar regions. Their fleet of ice-strengthened vessels are designed to take you in deeper and offer a more adventurous experience in a relaxed environment. With the focus on the expedition, their cruises tend to offer more time on land and the maximum number of possibilities throughout your cruise. They are members of AECO and IAATO, and promote environmentally friendly travel.
One Ocean is one of the most expedition orientated operators in the Polar Regions. Their ships have traditionally been small, with an exceptional focus on exploration, people and mitigating environmental impacts. The small size of ship means the voyage is much more adventurous as the expedition team are able to be more responsive and get the passengers off the ship quickly.
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