Quark Expeditions, a cruise line known for exciting adventure cruises into polar regions, has announced their brand new ship, Ultramarine. It will head to Greenland, Spitsbergen (a large Norwegian island) and the Arctic on its first-ever season at sea. Its 2021 itineraries are available now for booking, and there are a ton of cool (cold? incredibly frigid?) options. There’s the Heart of the Northwest Passage, a 9 day trip starting from Toronto that hits the Canadian Arctic and promises sights of polar bears and muskoxen mixed in with information and tours from onboard polar experts; there’s a 12 day trip to Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands; there’s a 9 day Greenland Adventure that departs from Iceland and hits a ton of different fjords with options for overnight camping in the tundra. Plus, way more! These are all available for booking right now by the way, over here.
In terms of features, Ultramarine is pretty stacked. The ship is designed to go beyond the typical spots that arctic ships go, something it achieves impressively with the two on-board helicopters. There are nine different room types, each one unique and offering different types of experiences at different price points. The biggest is the Ultra Suite, which is over 500 square feet and is a good fit for families; there’s also the penthouse suite, a spacious room that offers polar views from bed (does it get much better than that?). The ship can fit 199 guests and has 140 crew and staff, something that is guaranteed to offer a personalized experience for all passengers.
The amenities on the ship are quite impressive, as well. There are two dining areas and four bars, giving you a ton of options when you’re not exploring breathtaking icecaps. There’s also a lounge, a theater, a library (something we would love to see more cruise ships incorporate), a bridge, a fitness center, and more. One of the most exciting aspects of the ships are the four zodiac ships that you can take out on the water to get a closer look at the environment. That’s included in the price, obviously!
When you’re off the ship, there are plenty of activities that are offered. Hiking and flightseeing (on the helicopters) are included, but there are lots of optional activities as well. These include sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, cross country skiing and mountaineering. If you’re not the type, though, there are also on-board lectures that help teach you about where you are and what you’re seeing without getting you directly involved.
While Quark has some pretty darn impressive ships, Ultramarine may be in its own class in terms of sheer opportunity and amenities. The options on the ship are pretty limitless, and will definitely allow you to travel places that are totally new and exciting. Check out the different itineraries on their website if you’re looking for a bit of adventure!