You can now take a voyage to Antarctica, safe in the knowledge that your ‘Super Yacht’ is carbon neutral; you’ll see the snowy white landscapes and still be green.
Quark Expeditions, a specialist in polar adventures, has announced the newest member of its fleet, the Ocean Diamond. This ‘Super Yacht’ will be the first to deliver CarbonNeutral® voyages to Antarctica.
There are three once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic itineraries on board the Ocean Diamond that last between ten to 20 days.
All the voyages offer the opportunity to discover the best of the Antarctic region and its iconic sights, such as penguins, seals and whales, whilst enjoying modern amenities.
There are a host of optional activities, such as photography courses, camping and kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing across enormous snow fields, and mountaineering. There is plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with the big ice and the wildlife.
An on-board polar library stocked with fascinating books and periodicals and expert-in-residence talks aims to enhance your overall Antarctica experience.
Quark will offset the emissions of the Ocean Diamond, thereby offering the first carbon neutral voyages in polar travel history. Travellers to Antarctica, one of the world’s most remote and remarkable destinations, will be guaranteed to have a ‘green’ experience at no added cost to any of the 189 passengers.
“Since the company’s inception, Quark has been committed to environmentally responsible tourism,” says Hans Lagerweij, president of Quark Expeditions.
“By operating the Ocean Diamond Antarctica voyages as carbon-neutral, we show it’s possible to visit incredible places and preserve them for future generations. The average emissions per passenger are significantly lower than some former Quark vessels.”
Carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are the largest source of climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.
By offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from the Antarctic Ocean Diamond voyages with these projects around the world, Quark is effectively neutralising more CO2e than an entire space shuttle flight. It’s the same as removing 1,114 cars from the road for one year.
The inaugural voyage of the Ocean Diamond will depart on 3rd November 2012 on the Falkands, South Georgia and Antarctica itinerary.
Book your cruise early and save
Quark Expeditions is giving those who book by 30th April a 25 per cent discount on any of the ten departures of the three itineraries offered aboard the Ocean Diamond for 2012-13 for twin occupancy.
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings
3rd – 22nd November 2012 and 26th December 2012 – 14th January 2013
Prices start from: 20 days (19 nights), from £6,060 for triple occupancy (£6,090 with 25 per cent discount for twin occupancy) and includes 19 nights on the ship, one night in Ushuaia on B&B, three meals a day, shore landings, on-board lectures, as well as free one-year enrolment in the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI). Optional add-ons and tour are available. Flights are available with most major carriers including BA, KLM, Lufthansa, Iberia, Air Canada and Continental to Buenos Aires and then fly to Ushuaia.
Introduction to Antarctica: The White Continent
21st – 30th November 2012
Prices start from: Ten days (nine nights), from £2,500 for triple occupancy (£2,528 with 25 per cent discount for twin occupancy) and includes eight nights on the ship, one night in Ushuaia on B&B, three meals a day, shore landings, photography courses, on-board lectures, snowshoeing expedition, free one-year enrolment in the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI).
Antarctic Explorer: The Classic Adventure – 11 days
29th November – 9th December and several other departures until 9th February 2013
Prices start from: 11 days (ten nights), from £3,000 for triple occupancy (£3,090 with 25 per cent discount for twin occupancy) and includes ten nights on the ship, one night in Ushuaia on B&B, three meals a day, shore landings, on-board lectures, free one-year enrolment in the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI). Optional add-ons are available.