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Congratulations on booking your expedition to Antarctica!


Information for passengers travelling on board Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond, World Explorer & Ultramarine.


We are thrilled you will be traveling on this incredible adventure to Antarctica. Here you will find additional details that we require from you and information to help you plan for your trip. At any time if you wish to discuss the details or your expedition cruise or additional travel arrangements including flights, insurance, pre and post tour travel arrangements please contact your booking agent.



Arrival in Ushuaia or Punta Arenas (Fly the Drake)

Please note some departures include an arrival day in Ushuaia, while others embark on the ship on day one. Please check with your agent and discuss in regards to pre-travel arrangements.

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

On the day of disembarkation, we highly recommend that you book your flights to depart after 12 noon. Please be aware that we will not be held responsible for the late arrival of the ship from your voyage.

Fuel Surcharges
Please note that your cruise booking may be subject to fuel surcharges should world oil prices increase significantly prior to the time of your departure. Cruise operators do attempt to factor this price into your tour cost. However, unexpected rises in the cost of marine fuel can result in a fuel surcharge that will depend on the cost of oil per barrel and the individual ship operator. By booking a tour with us, you agree that this may be the case with your booking. You will be advised of any surcharge once we have been notified of the surcharges from the cruise operator if this situation arises.

International Flights to meet your cruise
International flights to join your cruise will be available for booking approximately 11 months prior to tour departure date. Please contact your booking agent to discuss flight options available for your travel arrangements. Please see below for some suggestions on pre and post-cruise itinerary options in South America.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers and policy details must be provided prior to your final documentation being issued. We strongly recommend you obtain a policy for the level of cover at the time of booking you are comfortable with ensuring it meets our minimum guidelines. For more information on Travel Insurance please refer to the Antarctica Travellers Guide below or contact your booking agent.

Terms and Conditions
By making the booking, he or she has read and has agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions. Please click HERE to view.





International Maritime Regulations require that all passenger information is collected and a manifest is kept for each expedition. To fulfill these obligations, certain information is required from you. We will send you forms as they become available for your voyage, please fill these out in a timely manner and send them back to us NO LATER THAN 100 days prior to departure (or as the form states). Some forms can be submitted directly online. 

Some examples of the forms you may need to fill out are: 'Passenger Details Form', 'Medical Form', 'Parka Size Form', and 'Optional Activity Form'. You will receive the required forms for your expedition from your booking agent.





All passengers receive the signature Quark yellow expedition parka on the first day you are onboard the ship. This 3-in-1 hooded parka is specially designed for our Polar voyages and is insulated, waterproof and will serve you well during your voyage. Please submit your parka size when you complete the passenger forms (details above).
Created specifically for Polar travellers, they are handsome garments you will find uses for at home and on other far-flung travels. And its not just the parkas outstanding qualities that will keep you warm; sometimes memories of your past polar experience work even better than the warmth-retaining layers of specialized fabric.
For more information on what to pack for your Polar expedition watch this video



The following activities are available on selected voyages. Please see below for more information. Contact your booking agents to check availability and pricing:
Kayaking the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you will glide between ice flows, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife. Previous kayaking experience is required. Limited availability. Price dependent on your voyage, please contact your booking agent for price and availability. See below for more information.
Antarctica Camping is included on all departures subject to weather
Paddling Excursion  A guided, one-time, one-hour paddle on our sit-on-top kayaks. Stable, they are perfect for someone with little to no kayaking experience.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding This is a thrilling way to experience Antarctica. Part surfing, part paddling. 
Mountaineering A full-day, guided climbing excursion for those that are that want to add just a sprinkle more adventure. 
Cross-Country Skiing Discover Antarctica the same way early explorers did. Available up until the first week of January.

Each ship offers a variety of extra activities which are extra including the below (subject to availability and weather conditions). Please contact your agent to discuss.



We have some additional resources to help you prepare for your upcoming trip to Antarctica, as well as some excellent itinerary ideas to explore South America pre or post your cruise.



Optional Activity

Experience the sights and sounds of being in the elements at night. Witness dramatic light changes and the clamor of scurrying penguins on a true outdoor adventure.

Optional Activity

Paddle through the majesty of the icebergs with your guide and live the experience of seeing varied birds, seals and whales in their natural habitat.  

About the

Experience the Antarctic in comfort as you sail aboard Ultramarine, the newest member of Quark's fleet and designed to go beyond the the familiar in polar exploration.

About the
Ocean Adventurer

The Ocean Adventurer is a nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years and underwent a significant in 2017. 

About the
World Explorer

Launching for the 2018-19 season and designed with polar travel in mind, this luxury all-suite, all-balcony ship will ensure clients never miss a stunning view. 

About the
Ocean Diamond

A modern and stable super-yacht she is one of the fastest, and most eco-friendly ships in Antarctica, and also one of the most comfortable.

Travellers Guide

Check out our Antarctica Travellers Guide to help you prepare for your Antarctica adventure. Includes information about joining cities, what to pack and more.

Beyond Antarctica
South America Add-ons

There are many incredible places to explore in South America. Let us inspire you with our top itineraries to add pre or post your Antarctic cruise.

Travellers Guide
Latin America

Useful traveller information about each country in Latin America, from the climate, visa requirements, local currency and everything in between.

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