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!

Per Person Cost, From

Prices and Dates

Duration: 14 Days

Group Size: 199 people

Explorer Suite:

January 9 – 22, 2022

Per Person Cost, From

$19,545 USD

2900 USD

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Balcony Suite:

January 9 – 22, 2022

Per Person Cost, From

$21,670 USD

2900 USD

Sale

Deluxe Balcony:

January 9 – 22, 2022

Per Person Cost, From

$25,495 USD 

2900 USD

Sale

Penthouse Suite:

January 9 – 22, 2022

Per Person Cost, From

$28,470 USD

2900 USD

Sale

Itinerary

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to your group hotel (pre-expedition hotel night included in mandatory transfer package).

DAY 2 | FLY TO USHUAIA & EMBARK

After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to a central downtown location to have some time on your own to explore this quaint port town before making your way to the pier. As the ship sets sail in the late afternoon, you will begin your Antarctic journey, passing through the Beagle Channel. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities of landscapes and seabirds. Eventually the channel opens up to the Southern Ocean, and onwards to Antarctica.

DAYS 3 & 4 | CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

Your days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar, or enjoy the fresh air and views on the outer decks.

DAYS 5–7 | SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS & ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every visit to Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are exploring the Antarctic terrain, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with five different species of seals. Zodiac cruising can offer opportunities to view some of the larger local marine mammals more intimately, such as Antarctic minke and humpback whales. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the astounding beauty of Antarctica. Listening to the crackling and crumbling of icebergs

and glaciers and watching penguins waddling on the beach will become your daily entertainment, while sea kayaking, paddle excursions, or camping are optional activities available on select voyages (at an extra cost).

DAYS 8 & 9 | ANTARCTIC CIRCLE

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is both a memorable experience and impressive achievement, as few travelers reach so far south. If conditions allow us to cross this famed line at 66°33 ́ S, we’ll toast the first explorers who ventured here, and you can raise a glass and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun, Weddell seals, and your best chances of encountering sea ice – the foundation of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.

DAYS 10 & 11 | NORTHBOUND ALONG THE PENINSULA

By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur and Weddell seal. Terms like ‘bergy bits’ and ‘pancake ice’ will become part of your vocabulary, yet there are still many tales to be told. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your Expedition Team will continue looking out for species of seabirds, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

DAYS 12 & 13 | CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up its series of presentations as well, with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage. Be sure to take some time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced so far.

DAY 14 | DISEMBARK IN USHUAIA & FLY TO BUENOS AIRES or stay in ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a little taste of Patagonia with a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

If wanting to discover more of Ushuaia, stay back for even more adventure and relaxation with Nadia. Discover one of the most beautiful towns in Argentina.

Important Information

What’s Included?

  • The Transfer package including ($995 USD per person value):
  • A pre-night hotel on Day 1 of the itinerary in Buenos Aires, on Jan 09th
    , 2022The charter flight from Buenos Aires to Usuaia on Jan 10th, 2022
  • The transfer from the airport to the pier for embarkation on Jan 10th, 2022
  • The transfer from the pier to the airport upon disembarkation on Jan 22nd, 2022
  • The charter flight from Usuaia to Buenos Aires on Jan 22th, 2022

• Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping.
• Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as
possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals).
• Welcome and farewell cocktails aboard.
• Shore landings included in daily program.
• Professional Expedition Leadership.
• Formal and informal educational presentations by the Quark Expeditions® Team.
• Online Photographic Journal.
• The loan of a pair of waterproof boots for the duration of the voyage per passenger.
• An official 3-in-1 Quark Expeditions® parka to keep.
• Coffee, tea, cocoa, soft drinks and juices available around the clock.
• Domestic beer and wine with dinner.
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin.
• Comprehensive pre-departure package including the Quark Expeditions® Polar Reader.
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
• All shipboard luggage handling.
• Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of $500,000 USD per person.
• All Zodiac excursions and transfers included in the daily program.

What’s Not Included

• Arrival transfers in Buenos Aires on Day 1 Jan 09th, 2022
• Any airfare other than the transfer package.
• Passport and visa expenses.
• Government arrival and departure taxes.
• Meals ashore, other than the breakfasts included with the hotel accommodation.
• Alcoholic beverages outside of domestic beer and wine at dinner
• Polar Boutique store charges.
• Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
• Excess baggage charges.
• Shipboard communication charges, laundry and other personal charges.
• Voyage-end gratuities for Crew, Hospitality and Expedition Team members.

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,