Saturday, 5 May 2012

Quark's New Ship For Antarctica

Quark Expeditions, one of the leaders in polar adventures, has announced the newest member of its fleet, the Ocean Diamond, which will be the first ship to deliver CarbonNeutral® voyages to Antarctica.

The inaugural trip is to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica on their 19-night 'Explorers and Kings' itinerary on November 2 (and repeated on December 26).

Prices start from from £6,060 for triple occupancy (£6,090 with 25% discount for twin occupancy) and includes 19 nights on the ship, one night in Ushuaia on B&B basis, three meals a day, shore landings, on-board lectures, as well as free one-year enrolment in the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI).

Optional add-ons are available, including polar kayaking, taking in a cruise to the affectionately known Penguin Island (Gable Island) where Magellanic Penguins raise their young, or a 3-hour hike through a protected wilderness, followed by a paddle to the sea in Tierra del Fuego National Park. Flights are available with most major carriers, including BA, KLM, Lufthansa, Iberia, Air Canada and Continental to Buenos Aires and then flying to Ushuaia via LAN or Aerolineas Argentinas.

Other cruises on the new vessel include 'Introduction to Antarctica: The White Continent,' from November 21-30 and 'Antarctic Explorer: The Classic Adventure,' from November 29 to December 9. 

For more adventure-cruise ideas, follow this link to The Cruise Line Ltd, the UK's leading cruise agent specialists.