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Is the Ultramarine going to expand Quark Fleet or is the intention to retire one of your older ships (Adventurer or Diamond)

 

How is Quark going to handle COVID concerns.  Testing on board and pre flight home for all of their ships.  This is a big concern going forward for me as final payment approached.  How will COVID affect the 2021/22 Antarctic season.

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Hi Paul,
That’s a great question! Ultramarine is our first owned vessel which means that she’ll be in our fleet permanently in both the Arctic and Antarctic.
 

For the last 30 years of operations, we’ve always operated by chartering vessels into our polar fleet. This involves looking into the cost, fit and viability of each vessel before it joins our fleet for a fixed-term contract. We’re currently scheduled to operate both the Ocean Adventurer and the Ocean Diamond through the 2022.23 Antarctic Season. Ultramarine will be operating alongside these vessels in the Antarctic. 

Our team is reviewing our fleet strategy for the following seasons, but no particular decision has been made so far. 
 

We understand the uncertainty of global travel is a concern to all our guests. In response, we’ve implemented our S.A.F.E. COVID Policy that includes Risk-free rebooking and Anytime Cancellation terms (applicable to both Arctic 2021 and Antarctic 2021.22 seasons) protecting your booking in case travel remains hampered by the pandemic. 
 

Testing is one of the many components of our onboard health protocols. Our team has developed a comprehensive strategy that involved rapid-on-site testing throughout your voyage: 

  • Less than 72 hours before traveling from home, guests must test negative to a COVID-19 test and provide this negative test result to Quark Expeditions.
  • Guests will undergo another COVID-19 test at the hotel. Upon testing negative, they will then proceed to the charter flight. This extra step on behalf of Quark Expeditions means that everyone on your charter flight will have recently tested negative.
  • Guests will be tested again (onboard the ship) four days into the voyage.

Please note that our testing protocols will continue to evolve as more information is made available from health authorities and global vaccination efforts roll out. 

 

Our team continues monitoring travel regulations and is in touch with local authorities to ensure safe operations for our guests and Expedition team.  
 

If you have additional questions or would like clarity on any booking/payment related processes, we’d love to connect you with one of our Polar Travel Advisers! 

Have a good one, 
Nicolas at Quark Expeditions
 

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