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February 22 - March 3, 2018

Antarctic Climate Adventure

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Discover the 7th Continent

Antarctica has been inspiring explorers and naturalists for centuries, and this expedition offers you the chance to discover why. An unforgettable journey through the wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula will reveal the changing beauty of the natural world. You'll encounter a land where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal.

 

Explore the Polar Environment

Wild and untamed as it is, Antarctica may seem indomitable, but in fact it's a sensitive environment that relies on a delicate balance of natural forces. And it's facing radical change.

The Climate Cruise will focus on climate change, its impact on nature and people, and the innovative solutions being championed by governments, business, and community leaders.

 

Support Global Conservation Efforts

Quark Expeditions is partnered with The Nature Conservancy to support their goal of advancing global conservation. Your voyage aboard the all-suites, all-inclusive Island Sky will be joined by leading scientists and guest speakers on an enriching journey of the 7th continent.

A portion of every fare on this expedition will go to support the Conservancy and its mission to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. All pre-voyage domestic flights, as well as all gratuities, meals, and drinks on your voyage are included in this price.

 

Witness the Beauty
of the Antarctic

Added Value of the Climate Cruise

In addition to the usual Quark Expeditions advantage, The Climate Cruise offers its own unique benefits to qualifying passengers:

  • A complimentary 1-year membership with The Nature Conservancy
  • Six issues of the Nature Conservancy magazine, an award-winning publication filled with stunning photos & conservation success stories
  • Opportunity to sign up for Great Places Network monthly e-newsletter with inspiring nature photography, tips for living an eco-friendly life & conversation news
  • Updates on conservation innovations in your state
  • Invitations to special events & local volunteer opportunities
  • Access to onboard conservation experts from The Nature Conservancy and Rockefeller Brothers Fund
 

Glenn Prickett

Glenn Prickett is Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy. He is a member of TNC’s executive team and leads the organization’s corporate engagements and sustainability efforts. He has also overseen TNC’s government relations and public policy work. Prior to joining TNC in 2010,

Glenn spent 13 years at Conservation International where he led efforts to engage the private and public sectors in conservation and sustainability. He also led CI’s policy and climate change initiatives. In 2009, he worked as a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation to help shape an effective global response to climate change.

 

Stephen Heintz

Before joining the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as President, Stephen Heintz held top leadership positions in both the nonprofit and public sectors. He was founding president of Dēmos, a public policy research and advocacy organization working to enhance American democracy and promote broadly shared prosperity, and he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the EastWest Institute, where he worked on issues of economic reform, civil society development, and international security.

Under Heintz’s leadership, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has made climate change the primary focus of its work in the US, China, and elsewhere around the globe.

 

Dr. Rosina M. Bierbaum

Rosina M. Bierbaum, PhD, is professor of the University of Michigan’s School of Environment and Sustainability and former dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Her research focuses on the interface of science and policy – principally on issues related to climate change adaptation and mitigation at the national and international levels.

She currently chairs the Science and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility. She has served in both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. Government--as the Senate-confirmed director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Environment Division, and in multiple capacities at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

 

Still Have Questions?

This expedition, organized by The Nature Conservancy and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, will provide an opportunity to experience the wildlife and grandeur of the Antarctic up close and to see the effects of climate change first hand. You will learn about climate change, its impact on nature and people and the innovative solutions being championed by governments, businesses, and community leaders.
Quark Expeditions is profoundly committed to environmentally responsible tourism. As a long-time, active member of both the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), Quark adheres to stringent guidelines designed to ensure the Polar Regions remain pristine for generations to come. Quark’s commitment to nature conservancy is also illustrated by their annual contributions to TNC’s global efforts.
Addressing climate change will require innovation in all facets of human life—in how we produce and use energy, design buildings and cities, and conserve and use land. With a long and rich history of tackling the world’s toughest environmental challenges, The Nature Conservancy is uniquely positioned to lead the way to a more stable climate. We are working with partners around the world to promote clean energy, conserve critical habitat, and enhance forests and farmlands to create a low-carbon, resilient future where people and nature thrive.

Day-by-Day

Expedition in Brief

  • Explore highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Learn about the unique Antarctic environment and wildlife from on-board lecturers and specialists.
  • Take zodiac excursions to spot leopard seals, humpback and minke whales.
  • Hike the iconic Antarctic Peninsula & see a stunning panorama of ice, mountains and glaciers.
  • Visit chinstrap penguin colony, which can number in the hundreds of thousands.
  • Enjoy hassle-free travel with such inclusions as domestic flights, gratuities, and drinks aboard the all-inclusive, all-suites ship, the Island Sky.

Day 1

Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina

Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where we meet and transfer to the included flight to Ushuaia.

Day 2

Embarkation Day

Today, you can spend time hiking nearby, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel.

Days 3 to 4

Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Days 5 to 7

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Days 8 and 9

Crossing the Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 10

Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, say goodbye to the Expedition Team and crew, and fly back to Buenos Aires (flight included).

After Your Trip

Extend Your Adventure with Post-Trip Options

Quark Expeditions is pleased to offer a number of options to continue your journey after returning from the 7th Continent. Please contact one of our Polar Travel Advisors for pricing.

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