Quark Expeditions has announced the addition of the M/V Sea Adventurer and M/V Ocean Nova to its Arctic 2015 fleet.
The M/V Sea Adventurer will leave Quark’s Antarctic fleet and undergo a refurbishment before the Arctic 2015 season. It has a 1A ice-class rating and a maximum occupancy of 117 passengers.
The M/V Ocean Nova was originally designed as a year-round Greenlandic ferry, and is a 1B ice-class vessel. It is one of the rare expedition vessels with a capacity of less than 100 and has a small draft that allows her to navigate in shallow waters so it can access areas few ships can.
The season for the two ships will run from June to October 2015. The Sea Adventurer will operate eight itineraries in Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, the Canadian Arctic and the Northwest Passage during the season. The Ocean Nova will operate 11 itineraries through Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, the UK and Norway.
Quark Expeditions president, Hans Lagerweij, said: “We’re thrilled to have both of these vessels in the Arctic season. The high ice class of both these ships will allow for easier navigation through Arctic ice and provide unprecedented access on our northern itineraries.”
Quark Expeditions, has also launched a new website, www.quarkexpeditions.com, promoting expedition travel in the Arctic and Antarctica. It will feature high-resolution images, most of which have been submitted by Quark passengers from their own voyages.
“Whether you’re a first-time explorer or a seasoned wayfarer, our new site acts as a virtual Polar Travel Adviser,” added Lagerweij. “Because of the use of magnificent photography and inspiring videos, this website truly brings the expedition to life.”