Friday 21 July 2017

Quark adds World Explorer [updated]

#expeditioncruising .

Artist rendering (Quark)

Quark has added World Explorer, a luxury vessel (ed: currently under construction) to its fleet of expedition cruise ships, continuing to bring a modern and comfortable cruise experience to Antarctica. This new addition to the Quark Expeditions fleet is an all-suite, all-balcony vessel and will embark on ten voyages during the upcoming season.

[update 9 Sept 17] Steel cut on World Explorer construction

The ship has six suite options for 176 guests, all with luxury private bathrooms, incredible exterior views and private balconies. Guests can enjoy an outdoor running track, a dedicated spa area with an outdoor heated pool, a gym and a sauna, as well as gourmet meals and drinks. A glass domed observation lounge and ample deck space allow for stunning views across the polar landscape and its wildlife.

Artist rendering (Quark)
An independent industry source has suggested to that the build is taking place at a yard at Viana do Castelo (possibly WestSEA) for Douro Azul and associated company Mystic Cruises, with Quark entering into an exclusive charter deal for 10 voyages in the forthcoming season. The design is reportedly by Spanish company Oliver Design, based on a modified version of an earlier design.

Quark were approached for comment, but have yet to respond.

Ship Specifications:

Staff and Crew: 125
Guests: 176
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
Registration: Portugal
Lifeboats: 2 fully enclosed

Full details [PDF]


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