• Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Deals
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Cruise Tips

Quark Expeditions Cruises

62 Reviews
Quark Ultramarine (Photo/Tim Johnson)

About Quark Expeditions Cruises

Think of Quark Expeditions as providing floating basecamps for exploring the most remote regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. The ships are small in size, allowing them to venture where other ships can't go.

  • More about Quark Expeditions

  • Who goes on Quark Expeditions cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a Quark Expeditions cruise?

Loading...

Find Quark Expeditions Cruises

Quark Expeditions Cruises

We found you 46 cruises

Loading...
Loading...
Ocean Adventurer

17 Night
Arc-fai-18d2024: Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen,...

7 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker
Ocean Adventurer

14 Night
Arc-isln-15d2024: Three Arctic Islands: Spitsberge...

7 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker
Ocean Adventurer

9 Night
Arc-its-10d2024: Introduction To Spitsbergen: Fjor...

7 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker
Ocean Adventurer

13 Night
Arc-cir-14d2024: Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands...

7 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker
Sponsored

March to the Med this summer

  • 60% off your 2nd sailor + up to US $400 in free drinks
  • Over $1,000 in value and flexible policies
  • The luxury you deserve — without the nickel and diming from the others
  • Secure your Mediterranean adventure by March 27th

Virgin Voyages

13 Night
Arc-ffs-14d2024: Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsberge...

23 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker

11 Night
Ant-bexp-12d2025: Antarctic Explorer - 12 Day Itin...

23 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker

14 Night
Ant-bpat-15d2023: Essential Patagonia: Chilean Fjo...

23 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker

11 Night
Arc-spe-12d2024: Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Ca...

23 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker
Cruise Critic Favorite

11 Night
Arc-gwg-12d2025: Gems Of West Greenland: Fjords, I...

23 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker

13 Night
Arc-ffs-14d2025: Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsberge...

23 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker
Cruise Critic Favorite

12 Night
Arc-gad-13d2025: South Greenland Adventure: The Ma...

23 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker

13 Night
Ant-bsno-14d2025: Emperor Penguin Quest: Expediti...

23 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker

9 Night
Ant-fsc-10d2025: Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cru...

8 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker

17 Night
Ant-sgp-18d2025: South Georgia And Antarctica: Pen...

8 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker

10 Night
Ant-exp-11d2025: Antarctic Explorer - 11 Day Itine...

8 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
  • Price Tracker

Quark Expeditions Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Quark Expeditions cruise ships?

Quark attracts active adventure seekers from around the world (though all programs are delivered in English). All share a desire to discover the poles in an environment that's both exhilarating and educational. They're flexible and eagerly expect the unexpected. Passengers are evenly divided between men and women, with about 40 percent coming from North America; Australian and U.K. cruisers are also well represented. Ages, as well, are equally diverse, ranging from 25 to older than 80, with the two strongest age demographics between 35 and 44, and 55 and 64.

You will also find families onboard during school holidays.

Do I have to dress up on a Quark Expeditions cruise?

No. All sailings are informal, and you'll mostly just want to be dressed for the weather and the environment. Women and men are welcome to bring a dress shirt and slacks for the welcome and farewell cocktail parties on select sailings, but it's not required.

Is everything free on Quark Expeditions cruises?

No. Only meals, certain excursions (Zodiac cruising, hiking, snowshoeing, polar plunge), and water, coffee and tea are always included in the base fare for a Quark sailing. All cruisers also get a complimentary Quark Expeditions-branded polar parka to keep and free use of specialty boots during the voyage. Other shore excursions (kayaking, cross-country skiing, camping, etc.) cost extra.

On Antarctic sailings, soft drinks are also included, as well as wine and beer at dinner. Dinnertime wine and beer are only included in the cruise price on select Arctic sailings.

Gratuities are at passengers' discretion, though the line recommends $10 to $15 per person, per day. Laundry is available for an extra cost.

What are Quark Expeditions’s most popular activities?

People come on Quark Expedition cruises for two reasons: to see wildlife and the dramatic scenery the poles offer, and to get off the ship and be as active as possible. Zodiac cruising and shore landings are by far the most popular activities, with the many other shore excursion offerings (hiking, research station visits, snowshoeing, kayaking, mountaineering, etc.) almost as popular.

Onboard talks led by expert naturalists and hanging out on deck for views of icebergs, polar bears, penguins and whales are the top on-ship activities.

Why go with Quark Expeditions?

  • Experts in polar exploration since 1991.
  • Experience close encounters with wildlife in the Arctic and Antarctic.
  • Wide choice of ships and accommodations, including some with lots of modern comforts.

Best for: Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers who want an immersive expedition experience with multiple polar landings

Not for: Drive-by explorers seeking armchair travel activities or five-star onboard amenities

Quark Expeditions Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Pristine polar wilderness and adventures!

An epic journey that undisputes quark as a leader of polar adventures as it made us experience first hand true expedition style adventures on land, sea, air and ice.The wealth of knowledge and experience led by our expedition team is second to none with their insatiable thirst for adventure which are an inextricable part of the soul of Quark expeditions.Read More
Carol Clay

First Time Cruiser

Age 42s

Unmet Expectations with Quark

The staff explained how more days at the peninsula is physically impossible due to the ship’s max speed and the distances involved and yet Quark's brochure claimed that day 11-13 would be spent there.But Quark as an organization has been lacking in their communication and transparency, downplaying the potential risks associated with the trip and overly emphasizing the array of activities and sites, while failing to mention the often slim chances of accessing them due to frequent adverse weather conditions.Read More
Poseidon66

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

Ultra trip on Ultramarine

Being newer, it has some natural advantages, but it's obvious that it was designed by people who love polar travel and wanted a platform that made the experience better.The expedition team: Quark has a well-deserved reputation for hiring really passionate people who love the polar regions.Read More
Steve Mc

6-10 Cruises

Age 57s

Truly exceptional introduction to Antarctic cruising

Food on board was amazing - my friends and I preferred the Balena to the more casual restaurant, and whether it was the buffets for breakfast / lunch, or the a la carte for dinner, the quality and choice was fantastic.This change did mean that the camping on the ice didn’t happen, but it was fully understandable and I would not change a thing from the overall trip.Read More
barrera1

2-5 Cruises

Age 52s

Related Cruises

50 Years of Victory (Quark Expeditions)

Kapitan Khlebnikov

3 Reviews

Ocean Diamond

6 Reviews

Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions)

14 Reviews

Ocean Nova

1 Review

World Explorer (Quark Expeditions)

8 Reviews

Quark Ultramarine

23 Reviews

Ocean Adventurer

7 Reviews

Cruise Critic is not a booking agent and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners who list cruise pricing on Cruise Critic are required to provide prices for cruise only or cruise packages, per person, double occupancy, and are based on specific cabin types and sailing dates, and may not be available for all cabin types/sailings. Taxes, fees and port expenses not included. Rates are in USD and valid for US and Canadian residents only. Fuel supplement may apply. When you book with one of our partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

For any cruises listed, Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. In addition, average cruise prices are updated nightly.

Furthermore, Cruise Critic makes no guarantees for availability of prices advertised on our site. Listed prices may have blackout dates, qualifications or restrictions.

Cruise Critic is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Lowest pricing is based on our 3rd party pricing supplier and valid as of March 5th, 2024.

About UsCruise DestinationsFirst Time CruisersFind A Cruise

International Sites

© 1995—2024, The Independent Traveler, Inc.

  • Privacy and Cookies Statement

  • Terms of Use

  • Site Map