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Cruise the wildlife-rich ice-scapes of Antarctica.
  • Nov 4-15, 2014
  • Nov 7-18, 2014
  • Nov 16-27, 2014
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  • Duration 11 days
    Group Size 117-189
    Land Cost $5,995-$19,295 Details
    Single Supplement $5,597 Details
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade I-II
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    Antarctic Explorer

    The Antarctic peninsula with options for active adventure

    Additional Information

    2014-2015 Expedition Dates & Prices

    All rates are per person in US dollars, based on shared occupancy (unless otherwise listed). Single occupancy of selected twin cabins is available for an additional 70% of the cabin cost

    Options for sea kayaking and camping are offered on most all departures.  Mountaineering and cross-country skiing are offered on select departure on the Ocean Diamond. 



    Nov 7-Nov 18, 2014 Sea Spirit 12 days $7,595-14,595
    Nov 16-Nov 27,2014 Sea Adventurer 12 days $5,995-10,995
    Dec 2-Dec 12, 2014 Ocean Diamond 11 days $5,995-14,595
    Dec 5-Dec 16, 2014 Sea Spirit 12 days $10,595-19,295
    Dec 6-Dec 17, 2014 Sea Adventurer 12 days $6,995-14,995
    Dec 11-Dec 21, 2014 Ocean Diamond 11 days $5,995-14,995
    Dec 20-Dec 30, 2014 Ocean Diamond 11 days $6,995-15,995
    Dec 29-Jan 8, 2015 Ocean Diamond 11 days $6,995-15,995
    Jan 7-Jan 18, 2015 Sea Spirit 12 days $10,595-19,295
    Feb 4-Feb 15, 2015 Sea Spirit 12 days $10,595-19,295
    Mar 4-Mar 15, 2015 Sea Spirit 12 days $7,595-14,595



     Sea Adventurer

    Date                                    DaysCabin
       Triple    Lower Deck TwinMain Deck Twin PortholeMain Deck Twin WindowSuperiorDeluxe  Suite             
     Nov 16-27, 2014  12 $5,995 $7,995 $8,995 $9,995 $10,995 $11,995 $13,995
     Nov 26-Dec 7, 2014  12 $6,995 $8,995 $9,995 $10,995 $11,995 $12,995 $14,995
     Dec 6-Dec 17, 2014  12 $6,995 $8,995 $9,995 $10,995 $11,995 $12,995 $14,995

    Sea Spirit

    Date                         DaysCabin
                                                       TripleMain Deck    ClassicSuperiorDeluxe   Suite     Owner's Suite          
     Nov 7-18, 2014 12  $7,595  $8,795  $9,295  $10,595  $11,595  $12,995  $14,595
     Dec 5-Dec 16, 2014 12   $10,595 $12,295   $13,295  $14,295  $16,295  $17,595  $19,295
     Jan 7--18, 2015 12   $10,995  $12,295   $13,295  $14,295  $16,295   $17,595  $19,295
     Feb 4-15, 2014 12    $10,595  $12,295   $13,295  $14,295  $16,295   $17,595  $19,295
     Mar 4-15, 2015 12   $7,595  $12,295   $9,295  $10,595   $11,595  $12,995  $14,595


    Ocean Diamond

    Date                                 DaysCabin
       Triple Twin


    Obst View
     Nov 4-15, 2014  12  $5,595 $8,395  $13,995  $10,395  $13,995  $11,795  $13,995
     Dec 2-12, 2014  11  $5,995 $8,995   $14,295  $10,995  $14,295  $12,295  $14,995
     Dec 11-21, 2014  11  $5,995 $8,995   $14,295  $10,995 $14,295   $12,295  $14,995
     Dec 20-30, 2014  11  $6,995 $9,995   $15,295  $11,995  $15,295  $13,995  $15,995
     Dec 29- Jan 8, 2015  11  $6,995 $9,995   $15,295  $11,995  $15,295  $13,995  $15,995


    Fuel Surcharge may apply


    About the OCEAN DIAMOND

    • Intimate viewing of Antarctic wildlife, icebergs and more
    • All cabins have exterior views and facilities en suite.
    • Flat Screen TVs and DVD players in every cabin
    • Chefs pamper you with delicious meals, three times daily.
    • Remote headsets available for remote presentations.
    • Massage & Wellness Program, Photography Program
    • Polar Library & Expert in Residence Program
    • One-year enrollment in Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)
    • All-inclusive beverage packages available
    • Speed of vessel saves up to 12 hours on Drake crossing. Giving you more time to enjoy Antarctica

    Sail aboard the Ocean Diamond, a modern, stable super-yacht and experience Quark's Antarctica. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, this outstanding vessel features numerous adventure options plus onboard amenities such as a massage and wellness program and a well-stocked polar library. The Ocean Diamond is staffed with Quark’s legendary captains, officers, expedition leaders, and guides.


    About the SEA ADVENTURER

    • Only 122 guests.
    • 4 partially enclosed lifeboats.
    • Fleet of Zodiacs for shore transfers.
    • All cabins have exterior views and facilities en suite.
    • One dining room with unreserved seating.
    • Multi-purpose lounge and presentation room.
    • Ice-strengthened hull.
    • New for 2012-13: All-inclusive beverage packages

    This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1975. Clipper underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegance. Clipper Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite.

    Sea Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and facilities en suite.


    About the SEA SPIRIT

    • Quark's all-suite ship
    • Smallest suite is a spacious 215 square feet.
    • 15 suites have balconies.
    • Owner's Suite is an outstanding 550 sq. feet.
    • Flat Screen TVs and DVD players in every suite
    • Open bar
    • Every suite has an exterior view
    • 10MB communications access card included in every voyage

    Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience Quark's Antarctica in grand style with spacious suites. Carrying a maximum of 112 passengers this outstanding vessel, approved for polar waters, is equipped with rubber inflatable boats - called RIBs - for shore transfers and cruising.


    Optional Adventure Activities
    **Confirmed at booking on a first-come, first-served basis.**

    KAYAKING: Exploring the Peninsula by kayak is an unforgettable experience: plying inlets and waterways, you encounter penguins at water level and glide past massive icebergs, raising your paddle to hear the intense silence. We provide ideal kayaks for this environment: 5 m (16 ft) rudder-equipped Prijon tandem models, which are stable, tough and surprisingly comfortable. Up to 10 travelers per voyage will enjoy at least four kayak excursions, each led by two highly qualified instructors - with a Zodiac safety boat in constant communication, ready to assist if necessary. Possible kayaking sites include Hannah Point/Aitcho Islands, Deception Island, Port Lockroy, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay and Lemaire Channel. On some voyages a combination of kayaking and ice camping is also available. (ask about pricing)

    ICE CAMPING: Join the select few who’ve camped overnight on the pristine ice shelf of Antarctica. In keeping with our commitment to leave no trace, this is camping at its simplest: an expedition tent and sleeping bag; no fire or meals (you eat aboard the ship before we land); and around you the deepest silence imaginable, broken only by the call of a boastful penguin or the crack of ice breaking in the distance. Your Expedition Team handles all logistics for up to 20 campers on a single night ashore (as always, ice and weather permitting). We generally camp near Port Lockroy on the Neumayer Channel, carefully selecting the site to avoid disturbing wildlife or contaminating vegetation. (ask about pricing)

    CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Another unforgettable way for 10 passengers to experience the spectacular landscapes of Antarctica is on a pair of cross-country skis. Traveling quickly and quietly under your own power, you can explore deeper into the White Continent than you’d be able to reach on foot, while taking advantage of the long hours of daylight. We supply the equipment and expert guides, you provide the energy, enthusiasm and ideally a bit of previous experience - and together we break trail (subject to weather conditions) through an incredible pristine world of snow and ice. (ask about pricing)

    MOUNTAINEERING: If gazing up at spectacular Antarctic icebergs isn't awe-inspiring enough, you can always put your mountaineering skills to work and try climbing one of the ice cliffs. Our expert guides provide detailed briefings and all the equipment you need, then offer helpful direction as you climb. Maximum 10 participants. (ask about pricing)

    Detailed Trip Information

    • Nov 4 to Nov 15, 2014 (12 day trip), Ocean Diamond
    • Nov 7 to Nov 18, 2014 (12 day trip), Sea Spirit
    • Nov 16 to Nov 27, 2014 (12 day trip), Sea Adventurer
    • Nov 26 to Dec 7, 2014 (12 day trip), Sea Adventurer
    • Dec 2 to Dec 12, 2014, Ocean Diamond
    • Dec 5 to Dec 16, 2014 (12 day trip), Sea Spirit
    • Dec 6 to Dec 17, 2014 (12 day trip), Sea Adventurer
    • Dec 11 to Dec 21, 2014, Ocean Diamond
    • Dec 20 to Dec 30, 2014, Ocean Diamond
    • Dec 29 to Jan 8, 2015, Ocean Diamond
    • Jan 7 to Jan 18, 2015 (12 day trip), Sea Spirit
    • Feb 4 to Feb 15, 2015 (12 day trip), Sea Spirit
    • Feb 22 to Mar 5, 2015 (12 day trip), Sea Spirit
    • Mar 4 to Mar 15, 2015 (12 day trip), Sea Spirit
    Duration 11 days
    11 day trips available on certain dates
    Land Cost $5,995-$19,295
    Fuel surcharge may apply
    Single Supplement $5,597
    twin cabin available for an additional 70% of the cabin cost; no supplement if willing to share
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    depends on cabin type chosen
    Grade I-II
    Group Size 117-189

    Trip Terms & Conditions

    Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

    Insurance: All travelers must be covered by comprehensive medical, repatriation, travel, trip delay, baggage, and trip cancellation insurance in case of emergency situations, which should be purchased at the time of booking.You must have a minimum of $50,000 of emergency medical coverage.  Proof of coverage is required at embarkation. Please contact us for a recommended policy.  

    Emergency Evacuation Insurance: Emergency evacuation insurance, to a maximum benefit per paying traveler of US $100,000 is included in the cost of Quark Expeditions voyages from TravelEx Insurance Company. Included coverage is applicable only to travel occurring between the first and last day of the expedition purchased from Quark Expeditions. Due to the remoteness of the areas in which you will travel, an adequate medical facility could be up to 72 hours away or more, dependent on weather. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition, including pre- and post- packages/hotels/flights, are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. 

    Airfares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors. For scheduled flights, the fare rules of the airline carrier, including payment and cancellation conditions apply.

    Included in costs: Shipboard accommodation, highly experienced expedition leader, crew and lecturers, all meals including tea/coffee 24 hours a day, complimentary parka, boot loan on all departures, access to public viewing areas, shore excursions by Zodiac boat, on-board lectures, videos, slide and film shows, on-board medical officer, port taxes, comprehensive pre-departure information.

    Not included in costs: Visa and passport fees, international airfare, charter flights, airport departure taxes, any pre-trip or post-trip hotel accommodation not indicated on the itinerary, laundry, postage, telephone calls, medical expenses, travel insurance, helicopter flights, gratuities to staff and crew, changes to the itinerary after confirmation, changes to itinerary after arrival at destination, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

    Rates: Rates for voyages, flights, and pre-expedition and post-expedition extensions are based on tariffs and exchange rates in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change prior to departure. Substantial changes in tariffs, exchange rates and the price of fuel, services and labor sometimes increase the cost of expedition arrangements significantly, and we reserve the right to alter our prices or introduce surcharges accordingly, even if payment has been received in full.

    Trip-specific payment & cancellation schedule: A deposit of 25% of the product cost (minimum $1,300) per person is required to confirm a reservation. You may sign up on-line and make your deposit at our secure website: The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or Discover.  If you prefer, a Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, or mail, and payment may also be made by check. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure and can be made by Visa, Master Card, or check. All prices and payments are in US Dollars and no other currencies can be accepted. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. Cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations made up to 180 days prior to departure will be refunded less an administrative fee of $1300 per person. Cancellations made 179 to 120 days prior to departure forfeit the full deposit. Cancellations made less than 120 days prior to departure are subject to cancellation fee of 100% of the trip cost; if full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid monies are due immediately. It is understood that refunds cannot be made to passengers who do not complete the tour for any reason whatsoever. Prices quoted are based on group participation and no refunds will be made for any part of the program in which you choose not to participate, including any helicopter flying time (if applicable and which, at the discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader, may or may not be utilized).

    Cancellation by Quark Expeditions: Quark Expeditions begins planning voyages many months in advance of departure. Occasionally changes may be made before and after bookings have been confirmed. Quark reserves the right to cancel any service prior to departure, in which case payent will be refunded without further obligation on our part. Please note that in the event of cancellation, Quark Expeditions will not be responsible for the cost of any additiona travel arrangements beyond the voyge or other items not purchase through Quark Expeditions. Due to the nature of some of Quark's Antarctic programs, QUARK EXPEDITIONS WILL NOT OFFER PASSENGERS A REFUND IN THE EVENT OF TRIP CANCELLATION IF THE CHARTER FLIGHT IS NOT ABLE TO TAKE OFF BY 1400 HOURS ON DAY OF DEPARTURE. Travel Insurance is STRONGLY recommended. Be sure that if your expedition includes an Antarctic charter flight, that your policy includes a cancellation due to weather on the charter flight.

    Quark Expeditions will not be held responsible for any change/cancellation fees due to weather related delays or any other delays arising from force majeure.

    Photography: Passengers extend permission to the operator of the trip to take their photograph during the voyage, and release all rights over those images. Passengers who do not wish to be photographed during the voyage must inform the operator in writing prior to the voyage.

    Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $300 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Changes must be made in writing and submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to departure. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

    Transfers of Deposits or Payments to Alternate Voyages: Should travelers be unable to take the expediton they originally booked but would like to travel on an alternate date, it may be possible to transfer deposits or payments from the original booking, subject to the following conditions: The new expedition must occur within one year of the original expediton date and a request to transfer must be made in writing to Quark Expeditons more than 120 days prior to the departure of the orginal voyage. Quarke Expeditions reserves the right to prohibit transfers on any of its vayages. Should a transfer request be granted, a fee of minimum US $1,000 will be charged.

    Adventure Options: Prices quoted are based on group participation and no refunds will be made for any part of the program in which you choose not to participate, including kayaking, camping, skiing, mountaineering or ballooning (if applicable, and which, at the discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader, may or may not be used.) It is understood that refunds cannot be made to travelers who do not complete the services for any reason whatsoever. All adventure options require a signed Adventure Option Waiver, which must be signed prior to your taking part in the adventure option. The Expedition staff reserve the right to deny participation to any client who has not signed the waiver, does not follow the rules set out be the expediton staff or is not medically or physically able to participate safely.

    Medical Forms: Will be sent via an email link, once you have made a deposit. You must review, complete and submit the forms as soon as possibe. Questions that related to your physical or mental suitability must be completed by a medical practioner. Medical forms must be filled out in full, honestly and accurately and disclose all medical history and information. Should your medical situation change after submitting the medical forms, ti si your responsiblity to advise us immediately. Quark Expeditions reserves the right to deny passage to any traveerl on reaonable medical grounds.


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