New Expedition Cruise Ship Begins First Voyage in the Canadian Arctic

Quark Expeditions, which is an expedition cruise line specializing in the polar regions, has announced that its new ship has set sail on her first voyage in the Canadian Arctic.

On August 1, 2022, Ultramarine embarked on a 17-day Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin itinerary, which is one of five expeditions from the line that explore the Canadian High Arctic.

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(Photo via Quark Expeditions)

The adventure offers a wide range of opportunities for guests to enjoy the beauty of the region, where they’ll experience rich Inuit culture, learn about polar history, witness various types of wildlife, and take advantage of a variety of adventure options such as Zodiac cruises, kayaking, and hiking.

“We’re so excited to have kicked off our Canadian Arctic season with the 17-day Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin itinerary,” said Thomas Lennartz, Vice-President of Sales and Customer Service for Quark Expeditions.

“Not only does it herald our return to the much-beloved Canadian Arctic, but this voyage also marks Ultramarine‘s inaugural voyage in the Canadian North—which includes the fabled Northwest Passage. Guests get to enjoy the amenities of this technologically-advanced ship while steeped in polar history and wilderness.”

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(Photo via Quark Expeditions)

About the Itinerary

True to its name, the Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin expedition takes passengers on a journey that retraces the footsteps of polar explorer Sir John Franklin, and his ill-fated expedition to map out the Northwest Passage.

Franklin departed the shores of England in May 1845 with a crew of 24 officers and 100 men, and never returned. The doomed expedition remains one of the most famous mysteries of Arctic exploration and is an integral part of this particular itinerary.

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The unique sailing also includes stops in Greenland before traversing the Davis Strait to the northern tip of Baffin Island, near the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage. There, passengers may be able to spot humpback and bowhead whales, as well as an abundance of seabirds.

Guests will also have the opportunity to visit the picturesque Inuit hamlet of Pond Inlet where they can meet Inuit guides and community members, who will teach them more about the traditional Inuit way of life as well as its rich culture.

Quark’s Newest Ship, Ultramarine

The technologically-advanced Ultramarine is the newest addition to the Quark fleet. It’s equipped with two twin-engine Airbus 145 helicopters and 20 quick-launching Zodiacs.

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(Photo via Quark Expeditions)

On board features include a spa with sauna, a fitness center, yoga space, two restaurants, a lounge, a presentation theater, and spacious accommodations.

The vessel has an Ice Class rating of 1A+ and a Polar Class rating of PC6. The ship’s sustainability features include a micro auto gasification system, which is capable of converting onboard waste into energy, eliminating the need for the transportation of waste.

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