Quark Expeditions driving interest in polar expeditions

Accelerated commission for travel advisors, deposits halved, discounts galore

Quark Expeditions is offering accelerated commission payments for travel advisors as part of its Book Now, Earn Now promotion on new bookings made up until the end of August.

The incentive will reward travel agents with AU$740 per person of earned commissions upon confirming a new reservation between 1 June and 31 August 2020, for all voyages currently in-market, with a deposit requirement of a minimum of AU$1,480. When the deposit requirement is less than AU$1,480, the accelerated commission will be AU$370 per person.

The early commission will be paid out to the travel advisor on the 20th of the month following the confirmation date, upon collection of the clients’ deposit. The remaining commission will be paid out as per regular commission cycles, after the clients’ voyage.

Quark Expeditions’ risk-free cancellation and rebooking policies provide confidence for clients, offering a lifetime rebooking guarantee on all payments made, including up to 48 hours before departure for the 2020/2021 Antarctica season.

Lindenow Fjord, East Greenland | Credit: Acacia Johnson

To further tempt consumers to act now, Quark Expeditions is offering generous early booking bonuses as high as 40% on its Antarctic 2020/2021 program, and up to 25% on Arctic 2021 sailings. There’s also an extra 10% saving when paying in full for Arctic expeditions by 30 September 2020.

Additionally, deposits have been slashed in half (from the standard 20% to 10%) for a limited time. This promo can be combined with other in-market offers, such as the early booking bonuses.

For full details, see quarkexpeditions.com/lets-get-back-to-exploring-trade

Meanwhile, Quark Expeditions has revealed that Monaco-based firm V. Ships Leisure will oversee the management of the upcoming state-of-the-art polar vessel, Ultramarine.

Quark Expeditions - Ultramarine Zodiac deployment

An arm of V Ships group, V Ships Leisure provides the recruitment services to over 1,000 vessels under contract around the globe, including Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Mystic Cruises and luxury cruise/yacht operators Silversea and Scenic Eclipse.

Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions, commented: “V Ships Leisure, which is widely respected for its talented team and longstanding reputation, has more than 25 years of experience in the cruise ship industry. Equally important, our two companies share many of the same values. Our guests can take confidence and comfort knowing their vessel is managed by a reputable, competent partner who puts passenger safety first—just as we do.”

Ultramarine is expected to enter service in early May 2021, operating a seven-day Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief voyage round trip from Oslo, Norway.

Lead image: Lemaire Channel, Antarctica | Credit: Acacia Johnson

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