Quark Expeditions outlines Antarctic helicopter adventure season
April 13, 2023 By Helicopters Staff
Quark Expeditions on April 12 announced its 2024/2025 Antarctic helicopter tour plans, as well as new incentives to help travelers fulfill a polar expedition to the 7th Continent.
“Without a doubt, our 2024/25 season will be our most helicopter-focused Antarctic season ever,” said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions. “We’ve increased the opportunities for guests to experience the Antarctic from the air in Ultramarine’s two twin-engine H145 helicopters. This has been part of our long-term strategy for the gamechanging Ultramarine, which will offer heli-landing and flightseeing on multiple Antarctic voyages.”
Ultramarine is the newest addition to the Quark Expeditions ship fleet, equipped with two twin-engine Airbus 145 helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs and what the company describes as the largest portfolio of off-ship adventure options in the industry, Other Ultramarine features include a spa, sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows, fitness centre, yoga space and two restaurants plus a lounge and presentation theatre. Ultramarine has an Ice Class rating of 1A+ and Polar Class rating of PC6.
“Guests on World Explorer and Ocean Adventurer [tours] will be able to choose from a robust portfolio of land- and sea-based adventures, including kayaking, Zodiac cruising, hiking and wildlife-watching, under the expert guidance of our expedition team, who are recognized as the best in the polar industry,” added White.
The 30 departures (ranging from seven to 23 days) in Quark Expeditions’ Antarctic 2024/25 season include voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia Island, the Falkland Islands and Patagonia.
“When planning for this new Antarctic season, we took into consideration the barriers currently facing global travelers,” said Thomas Lennartz, Vice-president of Sales and Client Experience. “In addition to offering 25 per cent off select Antarctic voyages, with an extra 10 per cent off when paying in full at time of booking, we’re introducing a US$1,000 flight credit off the top of their trip costs on all departures. We’re topping that off with a US$250 shipboard credit (on all departures) which guests can use at their discretion.”