The technologically advanced polar expeditions cruise vessel which will be named “Ultramarine” was contracted with the American company Quark Expeditions, a part of the Travelopia Group.
The Ultramarine is 128 meters long and 21.5 meters wide and will be able to accommodate up to 200 passengers who will be cared for by 140 crew members in 103 luxuriously decorated cabins and public spaces and will have an incredible range of adventure options.
Every aspect of Ultramarine has been designed and engineered to enable their teams to get guests off the ship and deep into the polar wilderness better than ever before. The new vessel–in the hands of the most experienced team in the expedition industry–will allow us to create truly immersive off-ship adventures for our guests while providing them with a superior onboard experience.
The 128-meter (420 foot) Ultramarine will accommodate 199 guests, and will feature:
- Two twin-engine helicopters and two heliports:
The twoH145 helicopters, operated from two heliports, will allow more passengers to simultaneously experience new destinations accessible only by air, and to enjoy more unique aerial perspectives of the Polar Regions than on any other ship.
- Twenty quick-deploy Zodiacs:
The 20 quick-launching Zodiacs at four embarkation points mean the expedition team can load and embark Zodiacs faster, safer, and easier than ever before.
- The industry’s largest selection of adventure options:
Ultramarine, with its two helicopters and 20 quick-deploy Zodiacs, will offer the most robust portfolio of off-ship adventure options in the industry, allowing guests to customize their polar experience. These include flightseeing, heli-hiking, and helicopter-supported alpine kayaking, among others.
- Advanced sustainability features:
The vessel’s sustainability features include the Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS), which is the industry-leading system that converts waste into energy at the site that it's generated. MAGs eliminate the environmental impact of waste transportation, offering an innovative sustainability feature that exceeds all industry standards.
Specializing in expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for three decades. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small-expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, Quark Expeditions offers travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. Led by passionate and experienced expedition teams, including scientists, naturalists and researchers, Quark Expeditions’ onboard program focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passengers’ experience.