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Friday, September 24 2021 - 05:34
Quark Expeditions' Guests to Become Part of Polar History on the Inaugural Voyage of Ultramarine
SEATTLE, Sept. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Quark Expeditions, the global Leader in Polar Adventures, has confirmed that 
the inaugural voyage of its technologically-advanced ship Ultramarine will be 
the highly-anticipated "Solar Eclipse 2021: Totality in Antarctica, with South 
Georgia and Falkland Islands" trip--which enables guests to participate in a 
special milestone in polar history.

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"Ultramarine is more than a new ship. It will be an unrivalled operational base 
for polar adventures," said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions. "And 
after five years of dedicated work and considerable financial resources, we 
wanted the maiden voyage of this game-changing ship to be incredibly special. 
What our guests will experience in our Total Solar Eclipse voyage (November 25 
to December 14) can never be recreated in this lifetime. Not only will they 
witness the Total Solar Eclipse in Antarctica—and with the world's top three 
eclipse experts onboard—but they'll do so on the inaugural voyage of 
Ultramarine, which, with its two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-deploy 
Zodiacs and the most robust portfolio of off-ship adventure options in the 
industry, totally changes the way travelers can explore the Polar Regions. This 
one-of-a-kind voyage is an opportunity for our guests be part of polar history 
in the making."

A combination of factors mean this Total Solar Eclipse voyage--with its unique 
guest experiences--can never be recreated in future: 

    --This rare Total Eclipse in Antarctica won't happen again until the year 
      2039:  In 2003, Quark Expeditions became the very first operator to 
      enable travelers to witness a solar eclipse in Antarctica. After December 
      4, 2021, there won't be a Total Eclipse in Antarctica until 2039. Plus, 
      on this trip you'll also get to explore the remote Falkland Islands and 
      the hard-to-reach South Georgia in addition to Antarctica. 
    --Sail on the maiden voyage of Ultramarine: Only once in our lifetime! As 
      the very first guests to travel on Ultramarine, you'll be among the first 
      ever humans to fly over the Antarctic landscape on one of Ultramarine's 
      two twin-engine helicopters. You'll also be the first to explore remote, 
      hard-to-reach parts of the Antarctic on Ultramarine's 20 quick-deploy 
      Zodiacs—visiting polar destinations few humans have ever set foot or cast 
      their eyes! 
    --Three of the world's leading eclipse experts will be onboard to make the 
      voyage even more memorable:  Award-winning National Geographic night-sky 
      photographer Babak Tafreshi and retired NASA scientist Fred Espenak—both 
      of whom were on our 2003 Antarctic eclipse voyage—reunite with some of 
      the same crew, and are joined by "American Eclipse" author David Baron. 

Learn more about Solar Eclipse 2021: Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia 
and Falkland Islands ( 
) on the inaugural voyage of Ultramarine.

About Quark Expeditions: Specializing exclusively in expeditions to Antarctica 
and the Arctic, Quark Expeditions (R) ( 
) has been the leading innovator of polar adventure since the company took the 
first group of consumer travelers to the North Pole in 1991. Quark Expeditions 
has been innovating ever since. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped 
small expedition vessels and icebreakers—some of them equipped with 
helicopters—Quark Expeditions delivers deeply immersive polar experiences—and 
is able to take guests deeper into the Polar Regions than anyone else. Led by 
passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, wildlife 
experts and researchers, Quark Expeditions offers an onboard program that 
enriches the passenger experience. 

About Travelopia: Travelopia ( 
) is one of the world's leading specialist travel groups. A pioneer in the 
experiential travel sector with a portfolio consisting of more than 50 
independently operated brands, most of which are leaders in their sector. From 
sailing adventures, safaris and sports tours, to Arctic expeditions, each brand 
is diverse and focused on creating unforgettable experiences for customers 
across the world.

SOURCE: Quark Expeditions