The look & feel of cruising through the polars – Arctic & Antarctica – is rapidly changing as cruise lines invest more into expedition ships. Among those is Quark Expeditions.

The cruise line recently launched the Arctic’s newest expedition ship, which President, Andrew White, proudly believes will bring more diversity to the icy region.

Appropriately titled World Explorer, the 176-passenger vessel is described as having the latest in safety and sustainability, along with spacious rooms, a variety of off-ship activities and two simultaneously operable helidecks.

Diversity indeed.

World Explorer is the first of several new additions to the Quark Expeditions family, with Ocean Nova arriving in the Arctic in 2019 and a recently announced newbuild joining the Antarctica fleet in 2020.

Read on for everything you need to know about the Arctic’s newest expedition ship:

 

IT’S ALL SUITES ON BOARD

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Spread out & get comfortable because you can! Every room on World Explorer is a suite measuring from 242-355 square feet.

Each room features either a private walk-out or Juliet balcony for guests to enjoy the view, European plugs, hairdryrs, bathrobes, and climate control air conditioning.

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Cruising, even the Arctic, doesn’t mean overdosing on the buffet and gaining weight. Especially not on World Explorer. The expedition ship is equipped with health and wellness facilities, including an outdoor running track, gym, spa and sauna.

 

GLASS-DOMED OBSERVATION LOUNGE

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If you can picture yourself in a quiet lounge with panoramic polar views, then you’re probably imaging yourself on World Explorer. The vessel has a glass-themed Observation Lounge described as the perfect place for drinks, quiet reflection or socialising with fellow passengers.

 

SPA

If you need some pre-dinner touch-ups or simply wants to massage away the stress of everyday life, the expedition ship’s Spa on Deck 7 offers facials, hairdressing appointments, as well as massages,

 

STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING GEAR

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The adventure isn’t just on board the vessel, it’s in the ocean too. Guests have access to a range of activities such as kayaking, paddling excursions and stand-up paddle-boarding.

 

POOL

Being surrounded by water is temptation for wanting to go for a swim, World Explorer lets you dip into a large heated outdoor pool that has a shallow children’s area as well as a deeper saltwater plunge pool.

 

SHARED CABINS

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Solo travellers have the option of electing to share a cabin with passengers that they may not have previously met. It’s Quark Expeditions’ unique match-making service that’ll help solos travel with the comfort of a cabin mate while sticking to their own schedule.

 

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