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Quark Expeditions

As a leader in polar cruising since 1991, Quark Expeditions offers a one-of-a-kind experience to the most remote areas on Earth. Explore the high Arctic and encounter polar bears, walrus, musk oxen and the great whales of the North, or travel to the vast continent of Antarctica, a land of glittering ice, majestic peaks and dazzling beauty.

Quark features a diverse fleet of passenger vessels in the Arctic and Antarctic, with each ship carrying fewer than 200 passengers. All ships are equipped with Zodiacs, inflatable landing crafts that transfer guests to the shore and back, and feature ice-strengthened hulls for superior navigation in polar waters. 50 Years of Victory, Quark's North Pole ship, is the most powerful icebreaker in the world and is equipped with a helicopter for aerial sightseeing.

You might hear from experts in polar history, marine biology and glaciology while on board, and Quark's expedition leaders, with decades of experience in polar travel, will ensure a safe and enriching journey.

Trip ratings on this site are based on the quality of accommodations, the number of included meals and activities and the level of service delivered. Quark's vacations are categorized as first class on the industry rating scale (budget, first class or deluxe).