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

Quark Expeditions Cruises

57 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 54 cruises

Loading...
Loading...
World Explorer (Quark Expeditions)

7 Night
Ant-fly-8d2023: Antarctic Express: Fly The Drake -...

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

15 Night
Ant-sgp-16d2023: South Georgia And Antarctica: Pen...

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

10 Night
Ant-exp-11d2023: Antarctic Explorer - 11 Day Itine...

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

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

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

Limited-Time Cyber Monday Sale

  • Drinks & Wi-Fi Included
  • Up to $500 Onboard Credit
  • Kids Sail Free
  • Sail to Over 250 Destinations Around the Globe

MSC Cruises

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

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

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

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

22 Night
Ant-bfcr-23d2023: Epic Antarctica: Crossing The Ci...

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

15 Night
Ant-sgp-16d2023: 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

11 Night
Arc-gwg-12d2024: Gems Of West Greenland: Fjords, I...

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

10 Night
Ant-exp-11d2024: Antarctic Explorer - 11 Day Itine...

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

22 Night
Ant-bfcr-23d2024: Epic Antarctica: Crossing The Ci...

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

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

20 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...

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

10 Night
Ant-ecr-11d2024: Antarctic Express: Crossing The C...

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

17 Night
Ant-sgp-18d2024: South Georgia And Antarctica: Pen...

5 Reviews
Leaving:
Cruise Line:
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • 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

South Georgia Island and Patagonia

And the Drake passage was fine, take a pill, don't let it stop you from going to South Georgia Island, which is truly the highlight for wildlife.Amazing places, with hundreds of thousands of penguins and seals in South Georgia Island (a must) and Antarctica, with hundreds of whales along the away, among others.Read More
iragilbert

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Everything was excellent

Everything was fantastic, the room, staff, food (buffet lunch, a la carte diner with great wine), excursions with zodiac, on land and with helicopter etc.We have spend a lot of time on land, in the zodiac or helicopter.Read More
AnitaDu

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

The challenges of the High Arctic

We wanted to see Western Greenland, go through the Northwest Passage and also see Baffin Island as well as see the Arctic wildlife.Sadly, we didn't get to go anywhere near Arctic Bay on Baffin Island and missed a few other stops possibly because of conditions.Read More
Contenttraveller

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Spectacular scenery and Quark's wonderful and supportive crew.

Southern Greenland has been a top priority for me ever since I flew over it on a flight from Keflavik to Boston.This approach allowed us to experience the majesty of Southern Greenland close up.Read More
GreenlandExplorer

2-5 Cruises

Age 80s

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

20 Reviews

Ocean Adventurer

5 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 December 2nd, 2023.

About UsCruise DestinationsFirst Time CruisersFind A Cruise

International Sites

© 1995—2023, The Independent Traveler, Inc.

  • Privacy and Cookies Statement

  • Terms of Use

  • Site Map