You’re ready to explore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula—and no Drake Passage crossings are required! With a spectacular aerial view, included charter flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica have you experiencing the majesty of the 7th continent before transferring you to your ship in no time.
Keep your camera ready as you cruise in a Zodiac in search of whales, seabirds and astounding icebergs. Beaches dotted with leopard seals and penguins give way to icy plateaus, with snow- capped mountain peaks looming behind. You’ll find yourself thankful for the near-constant sunlight by which you can continue to take it all in.
*Please note, this is the only Brand g cruise that is not a full ship, all LGBT charter. We have secured a block of rooms on this cruise and expect to have around 60 guests out of the ship’s full capacity of 140 guests.
The World Explorer
Distinct and comfortable, refined and roomy—these attributes and more describe World Explorer.
The personal space on the World Explorer is exceptional. Every cabin has either a private walk-out or Juliet balcony for direct ocean views. World Explorer also delivers plenty of public areas to unwind in after a day outdoors, including the glass-domed Observation Lounge for quiet contemplation and full skyline views, the Explorer Lounge for a drink and a chat, and the library for more intimate relaxing and reading. Presentations and discussions are facilitated in a dedicated lecture theater.
Health and wellness facilities feature an outdoor running track, a small gym and a sauna, plus a spa with change rooms, showers and lockers. For the active adventurers, add-ons include kayaking, camping and stand-up paddle boarding.
Blending high design with total functionality, World Explorer is all set to be your home away from home on the seas.
World Explorer will be an environmentally friendly polar expedition ship, incorporating advanced marine technology with a hybird propulsion fuel-efficient Rolls Royce Diesel Electric engine.
All cabins have exterior views and private bathroom facilities
TV and safe in every cabin
Individual temperature controls
Electrical supply: 220v
Chef-prepared meals (all meals and daily snack included)
One dining room with unreserved seating
Included alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages served at Dinner
Bar staffed by a professional bartender serving a selection of soft drinks, juices, liquors, spirits, beer and wine, which can be charged to your shipboard account
Comfortable lounge area for reading or relaxing with a cup of coffee
Observation decks for spotting wildlife and enjoying the ever-changing polar landscape
Polar library stocked with a large collection of polar books, and games
Pool & sauna
Spa facilities and wellness program
Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email and wireless Internet access
Zodiac Cruising (included)
Kayaking (additional charge)
Camping (additional charge)
Standup Paddleboarding (additional charge)
Staff and Crew: 125
Guests: 176 (140 on Antarctic Express programs)
Length: 126 meters
Breadth: 19 meters
Draft: 4.7 meters
Propulsion: 2 x Rolls Royce 9,000 kw hybrid diesel/electric
Ice Class: 1B
Cruising Speed: 16 knots, in open water
Lifeboats: 2, fully-enclosed
**Limited Availability (only 8 spots are available on a first come – first serve basis.
Kayaking in Antarctica is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore this incredible region. Glide through the quiet waters and take in the beauty of Antarctica. Paddle through astounding icebergs, watch penguins, seals and possibly whales swim around your kayak.
Kayaking in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent, however we guarantee at least one outing during your voyage. Your kayak guides will always attempt to take you out as many times as possible throughout your voyage.
Offered on most Antarctic voyages, spaces are limited and require some kayaking experience. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark.
Stand Up Paddling
**Limited Availability (only 8 spots are available on a first come – first serve basis.
Explore the ocean from a more intimate vantage point on a stand-up paddle board. No experience is required to maneuver these very stable boards, allowing you to enjoy an unforgettable experience on the water, taking in breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. Whether it’s your first time on a paddle board or you want greater flexibility to try other Adventure options, this shorter excursion is for you.
Paddling in the Polar Regions is highly weather-dependent and a one-time experience. Your kayak guides will attempt to take you out on the water for 1-1.5 hours of paddling. Offered on most voyages, spaces are limited. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Quark.
– One Pre-Cruise overnight accommodations at Dreams Hotel in standard room with Breakfast included February 9 – 10, 2020
– Group dinner and briefing approx. 6pm at Dreams Hotel on February 9, 2020
– Group Transfer from Dreams Hotel to Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport February 10, 2020
– Group charter flight aboard DAP airlines Punta Arenas to King George Island, Antarctica February 10, 2020
– Group land transfer to and from King George Island to World Explorer via zodiac February 10 and 15, 2020
– Group charter flight aboard DAP airlines King George Island to Punta Arenas February 15, 2020
– Group Transfer from Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport to Dreams Hotel, February 15, 2020
– One Post-Overnight accommodations Dreams Hotel in standard room with breakfast included, February 15-16, 2020
– Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping
– Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners
– Included alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages served at Dinner
– Brand g Exclusive – shipboard credit of $100 per guest for use in the On Board Boutique and Bar
– Professional Expedition Leadership
– All Zodiac excursions and transfers included in daily program
– Formal and informal educational presentations by the Expedition Team
– Photographic Journal online link provided
– An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
– The loan of a pair of waterproof boots for the duration of the voyage
Toiletries, Towels, Hair dryer and Bathrobes in each cabin
– Comprehensive pre-departure package including Quark’s Antarctic Reader and map
– All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
– All shipboard luggage handling
– Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of $500,000 USD per person
– International and Domestic airfare not mentioned
– Passport and visa expenses (if required)
– Meals ashore, other than specified above
– Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
– Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
– Excess baggage charges
– Phone and Internet charges
– Shipboard communication charges, laundry and other personal charges
– Optional adventure activities
– Voyage-end gratuities for Crew, Hospitality and Expedition Team members
Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in southern Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. (Welcome Dinner)
The first official activity today is a mandatory trip briefing and dinner at 6:00pm. However, Quark Expeditions (the cruise line) reserves the right to send guests on the charter plane this evening if they see a weather system that could cause a delay on subsequent days. It is for this reason that we request all guests to arrive in Punta Arenas (PUQ) no later than 3:00pm today. There will be no refunds for those who miss the charter plane departure due to an arrival in Punta Arenas airport (PUQ) after 3:00pm.
Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Far below, the ship will approach King George Island for your arrival. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctic landscapes will be from a unique perspective, as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetland Islands. After landing, stretch your legs and spend time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship to set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!
There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As your ship approaches the White Continent, you may be overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes. As your captain and Expedition Team keep a lookout for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.
Even more exciting are your daily land excursions. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking up to a beach dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica.
Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities, and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between an Adélie, gentoo or chinstrap penguin.
You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs around Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming sound of a calving glacier at Neko Harbour to the thrill of watching a leopard seal as it hunts a penguin, you’ll wake up early and welcome each day with a sense of excitement and a desire to explore that which is unrivaled by any other travel experience.
Be sure to check out the “Add Ons” page for Sea Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding options. These optional excursions are very limited and are on a first come-first serve basis.
Your Expedition Team will be with you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit.
After your week of exploration, you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and disembark at King George Island.
Your three-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas, Chile, brings your adventure to an end. After your transfer from the airport to the hotel, you are free to explore and enjoy one final dinner to reminisce about the sights and sounds of Antarctica.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
After breakfast, you are welcome to continue on your own travels or make your way to the Punta Arenas airport for your homeward flights.
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