Quark Expeditions adds Ocean Explorer to polar fleet

Former Vantage Deluxe World Travel vessel charter to begin in Antarctica next season

Ocean Explorer | Credit: Ulstein

Quark Expeditions has confirmed the addition of the 138-passenger Ocean Explorer to its polar expedition fleet, commencing charters of the ship vessel for the Antarctic 2024/2025 season.

“Going beyond in the polar regions requires the best expedition team operating the best ships,” remarked Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions. “And we’ve got both.

“Ocean Explorer is the perfect addition to our fleet—for adventure, for luxury, and for leading-edge technology, this purpose-built polar expedition ship truly delivers for our discerning polar explorers,” White said.

Ocean Explorer will join the Quark Expeditions fleet on a charter basis in Antarctica for the 2024/25 season

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Ocean Explorer’s state-of-the-art expedition technology elevates the polar experience in every way: extensive adventure capability for off-ship adventures, exceptional safety and sustainability features, plus outstanding interior space and comfort. It feature’s the distinctive Ulstein X-Bow design and has a two-storey forward lounge.

“The depth and breadth of our portfolio of innovative itineraries and polar experiences—from kayaking in Antarctica to flightseeing over the Greenland Ice Sheet—is made possible by the depth and breadth of our fleet,” says White. “Maintaining such a diverse fleet of small polar ships enables guests to customise their voyage, to choose how they want to explore the polar regions and experience their expedition of a lifetime.”

This Infinity class polar expedition ship was delivered in 2021 by Quark Expeditions’ long-standing partner SunStone Maritime Group, the largest expedition-only ship-building provider in the world. Ocean Explorer was previously operated by Vantage Deluxe World before that business collapsed last year.

Ocean Explorer’s rated Ice Class 1A and PC6 place it in the same league as the technologically-advanced Ultramarine.

Quark Expeditions is currently taking bookings on Ocean Explorer for the Antarctic 2024/2025, Arctic 2025 and Antarctic 2025/2026 sailing seasons.

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