Join us on an Antarctic Adventure!

With a more in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, our Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition voyage gives you the chance to venture beyond the Antarctic Circle, a milestone few have reached. Including an in-depth exploration of the penguin colonies, glaciers, bays and historical sites of the Peninsula, you’ll also navigate beyond 66⁰33´ South.

Encounter even more wildlife and experience the awe of splendid isolation. You can personalize your adventure with options that suit your interests, and cross the 7th Continent off your list—your way. Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries and our expeditions offer the chance for you to discover why.

Join us on Quarks newest ship Ultramarine.

Ultramarine, is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and to immerse you in the best the region has to offer.

Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards.

With all this and more, Ultramarine is set to deliver the ultimate luxury polar expedition experience!

Accommodation

The M/V Ortelius offers 5 different kinds of cabins:

  • Quadruple Porthole (2 people): $14,950
  • Twin Porthole: $18,350
  • Twin Window: $19,250
  • Twin Deluxe : $20,950
  • Superior: $22,950

Costs are per person depending on cabin type and occupancy. All cabins are priced on twin share basis. If you are a single traveler, we will be happy to match you up with a roommate. If we cannot find you a roommate, we will not charge you a single supplement.

If available and upon request, some cabins can be booked for a single occupant by adding 70% over the listed cabin cost. They are limited and subject to availability. In order to secure the cabin of your choice please book soonest possible.

M/V Ortelius layout
Antarctica Quad Cabin
Antarctica Quad Cabin
Antarctica Twin Porthole Cabin
Antarctica Twin Porthole Cabin
Antarctica Twin Window Cabin
Antarctica Twin Window Cabin
Antarctica Twin Deluxe Cabin
Antarctica Twin Deluxe Cabin
Antarctica Superior Cabin
Antarctica Superior Cabin

Prices and Dates

Duration: 14 Days

Group Size: 199 people

Solo Panorama:

January 9 – 22, 2022

Per Person Cost, From

$20,245 USD

2900 USD

Sale

Explorer Triple:

January 9 – 22, 2022

Per Person Cost, From

$15,745 USD

2900 USD

Sale

Explorer Suite:

January 9 – 22, 2022

Per Person Cost, From

$18,625 USD

2900 USD

Sale

Balcony Suite:

January 9 – 22, 2022

Per Person Cost, From

$20,650 USD

2900 USD

Sale

Deluxe Balcony:

January 9 – 22, 2022

Per Person Cost, From

$24,295 USD 

2900 USD

Sale

Solo Panorama:

January 9 – 22, 2022

Per Person Cost, From

$20,245 USD

2900 USD

Sale

What you can expect

Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your Expedition Team must consider the sea, ice and weather to guide the route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you may experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. By the same token, wildlife encounters as described are expected, but not guaranteed. Your Expedition Team will use their considerable experience to seek out wildlife in known habitats, but the presence of any particular species of bird or marine wildlife is not guaranteed.

antarctica penguins

It is hard to imagine that there is another place that has an even greater population of king penguins, but there is – St. Andrews Bay! It hosts a breeding colony numbering more than 150,000 king penguin pairs with a stunning backdrop of snow-covered mountains – a sight you will never forget. And the beaches of St. Andrews Bay are also occupied by relaxed fur seals and feisty southern elephant seals.

Keeping in mind that when penguins are present, so are the third largest seal in the world: the leopard seal. We hope to see these predators of the south pole as they have an acquired taste for Gentoo, Chinstrap, King, Rockhopper and even Emperor penguins. They can reach up to 1300 lbs (590 kgs) in weight and grow up to 10 feet/3 meters. Their bodies are long and slender and their heads appear to be too large for their thin, serpent-like bodies. Because their body is streamline-shaped, it is excellent for propelling through the water at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. They are solitary except until breeding time which occurs from November until March. They have few predators and can be dangerous to humans.

The island of Steeple Jason extends off the far northwest side of the Falkland Islands into the Atlantic Ocean. Over 70% of the global population of Black-browed Albatross breed here. According to a recent aerial survey, about 183,000 pairs of Black-browed Albatrosses nest along one side of the island—one elevated nest after another spanning for miles. It is a noise-filled place of continuous Albatross chatter competing with the squawking of Rockhopper Penguins who have elected to nest on the ground directly beneath the elevated Albatross nests. In addition, a screeching chorus is often heard from attacking Striated Caracara. Steeple Jason is the largest nesting colony of these aggressive birds of prey who continually patrol above and around the Albatross and Penguins searching for food for themselves and their chicks.

Every day on shore is packed with unforgettable eye-to-eye wildlife experiences. It is not possible to adequately describe all of them here. And during our time at sea cruising from island to island, we may be lucky to spot several different whale species.

This is an incredible adventure that you don’t want to miss. And go as soon as possible because Antarctica is experiencing global warming with a devastating impact on the natural environment. At the time of writing this text, Antarctica was experiencing the highest temperatures recorded in history – +70ºF/+20ºC during their fall season.

Important Information

What’s Included?

  • All leaders, transport, landing fees, permits, port taxes, passenger fees including the IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) passenger fee
  • Accommodations
  • Coffee and tea throughout the voyage
  • Voyage aboard the M/V Ortelius for 20 nights in twin share rooms
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at each destination
  • All shore excursions and activities by Zodiac
  • Onboard lectures by noted naturalists and photographers during sea days
  • Trip leaders, experienced guides, zodiac drivers and expedition staff
  • Expedition log after your voyage
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes during landings
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • All airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, *beverage charges and telecommunications charges
  • Gratuity at the end of voyages for stewards and other ship staff aboard. We suggest budgeting about $10 – $15 per participant per day for ship crew.
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance – required.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, and alcoholic beverages.

*Beverages including soft drinks and liquor can be purchased in USD on the ship during the voyage.

Day 1
antarctica gulls
Day 2 – 3
antarctica M/V Ortelius
Day 4 – 5
antarctica M/V Ortelius
Day 6 – 7
antarctica M/V Ortelius
Day 8 – 15
antarctica M/V Ortelius
Day 16 – 20
Day 21

Physical Requirements

Our Antarctica expedition does not require a high level of fitness. You should be able to walk up and down stairs on the ship and on the gangway that we use to load and unload zodiacs (with the assistance of expedition crew and staff). During landings on shore, you must be able to walk on rocky and uneven terrain. You can choose to walk for short or longer distances. Some landings may offer short or longer hikes on sometimes steep and uneven terrain. These hikes are optional and details will be provided in advance of each landing. Please contact us if you have any health concerns or questions regarding your health that may make this trip challenging. for you.

If you have concerns with seasickness, please consult your doctor. We highly suggest bringing medication that treats seasickness. Doctor prescribed medication such as scopolamine patches (Transderm Scop) is the best way to prevent nausea associated with motion sickness. They require a prescription and should not be used with people who have or had glaucoma. They are much more effective than the motion sickness antihistamine meclizine (Antivert or Bonine) in our experience as they don’t cause extreme drowsiness. But again, please contact your physician.

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Your Tour Organizer: Nadia Aly

“I want to show you the extraordinary animals that call our oceans home…” – Nadia Aly

Nadia Aly is a wildlife photographer who specializes in underwater photography. She holds a Masters in Digital Media from the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver BC and has had her work featured on National Geographic, Sony World Photo, Underwater Photographer of the Year and Nature’s Best Photography.

She is also the owner of ScubaDiverLife.com – an online news portal for scuba diving & ocean conservation enthusiasts,