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|Headquarters||Seattle, United States|
|Andrew White, CEO|
Quark Expeditions is an expedition travel company. The company offers Polar Region expeditions aboard purpose-built expedition ships and icebreakers and land-based trips.
Quark Expeditions was founded in 1991 by Lars Wikander and Mike McDowell, specializing in expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic aboard purpose-built expedition vessels. In 1998, Lars Wikander became the majority owner of the company. Three years later Lars became Chairman of the Board, when Patrick Shaw joined the company as President and Chief Executive Officer.
On May 2007, Quark Expeditions became part of the UK-based TUI Travel PLC Group of Companies subsquently in 2016 it became part of Travelopia, a division comprising some brands from the former TUI Specialist Group.
The company has mounted an expedition involving internet personalities and YouTube creators including Ben Brown and Tim Kellner led by retired Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield on an arctic expedition.
Quark Expeditions summer 2019 program in the Arctic will include sailings to Greenland, Canada's High Arctic, the Northwest Passage and the North Pole. The company will offer various themed cruises and excursions.
Polar Fleet & Land Expeditions
Quark travel offers both cruise and land-based adventures. The company has the largest and most diverse fleet of passenger vessels in the Antarctic. Expeditions are offered on the following ships:
• 50 Years of Victory
• Kapitan Khlebnikov
ICE-STRENGTHENED SMALL EXPEDITION SHIPS
• Island Sky
• Ocean Endeavour
• Ocean Nova
• Sea Adventurer, Sea Adventurer 2017, and Ocean Adventurer
• Hans Hansson
Sustainability & Charitable Initiatives
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- Staff, CIN (2018-02-04). "Quark Expeditions Announces Arctic Program for Summer 2019". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
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