Quark Expeditions Introduces Ultramarine
Brodosplit shipyard recently floated out Quark Expeditions’ brand-new polar expedition vessel Ultramarine. Coming in at 110 metres long, with 103 cabins for up to 200 guests, Ultramarine is the first newbuild the Croatian shipbuilder has delivered for an American cruise line. The vessel will feature two restaurants, a lecture theatre, wellness centre, and much more – take a closer look below…
Ultramarine features nine classes of suite, from the 285sq.ft. Explorer Triple on Deck 3 to the 563sq.ft. Ultra Suite on Deck 6. Deck 6 also features the smallest cabin, the 132sq.ft. Solo Panorama. Don’t be fooled by the size however – the Solo Panorama is a Premium suite, perfect for solo travellers who enjoy their privacy coupled with sweeping views. With floor-to-ceiling windows, guests can enjoy unimpeded views from the bed, before hopping in the private shower complete with underfloor heating.
From the smallest to the largest, the Ultra Suite offers an unparalleled experience in luxury expedition cruising. With 563sq.ft. of interior living space, in addition to a 46sq.ft. balcony, the Ultra Suite features the most sleeping, entertainment, and storage space on board the ship. The suite includes a walk-in closet, separate sitting area, writing desk, TV, and refrigerator, to provide the best in expedition comfort.
Not to deprive any cruisers from the stunning views offered by the polar landscapes, Quark have included balconies on most suites. The Explorer Suites, the entry-level 1-2 occupancy cabins on Deck 3, provide value for money as being the largest of their kind available on any ship of this class.
As on any expedition ship, the ‘recreation’ element of the cruise is the main attraction. Expedition cruise lines provide unique ways to experience the far reaches of the globe. As a polar expedition vessel, Ultramarine’s recreation facilities and excursion itineraries present an assortment of ways to enjoy the destinations, while ensuring nothing is taken, and nothing is left behind, in adherence with the polar code.
The cruise includes flight-seeing for every guest, an airborne, viewing-by-helicopter experience allowed by the vessel’s two twin-engine helicopters. Ultramarine features the widest selection of adventure options in the cruise industry, with sea kayaking, paddling excursions, camping, mountain trekking, ski trekking, stand-up paddle-boarding, heli-skiing, and heli-hiking all available to cruisers.
Once back on board from tiring excursions, travellers have the option to relax or to take in some teaching. Ultramarine’s wellness and fitness facilities feature on Deck 7, with the spa, sauna, and fitness centre all utilising the views with large windows. Offering a variety of treatments, the spa allows cruisers to relax, while the sauna juxtaposes the comfort and warmth inside with views of the harsh conditions outside. The fitness centre features a separate yoga space where cruisers can take classes with world-class instructors.
Once energy has been recuperated, guests can visit the Auditorium on Deck 5, where the onboard Expedition Team will show presentations on the HD LED screen. Cruisers can also shop in the Polar Boutique if necessary, stocked with top cold-weather expedition gear.
Ultramarine offers multiple dining and drinking facilities across different Decks, providing a range of culinary experience. For a quieter, smart dinner with a group of 2 to 10 people, the main Restaurant is the place to go. Providing views from every seat, the Restaurant also gives access to the wraparound balcony on Deck 5. For an indoor/outdoor dining experience, Ultramarine offers the Bistro on Deck 7 – right across from the spa and fitness centre. To top off the evening, guests can make their way to the Panorama Lounge and Bar. Serving as a relaxed gathering point where cruisers can make conversation, play board games, and socialise over a glass of wine, the Panorama Lounge and Bar provides just that – a panoramic view of the outside world, afforded by wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows.
Chasing Polar dreams…
Inspired by the spirit of discovery and challenge that drove the achievement of famous explorers such as Ernest Shackleton, Ultramarine offers, as well as a luxury in its hospitality offerings, a greener way to cruise. Using a Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS), the vessel converts waste into energy on-site, reducing volume by 95%, and eliminating the need for waste transportation. As well as this, LED lighting on board can potentially use 50% less energy than standard fluorescent lighting, and Quark expects Ultramarine to halve the average daily fuel consumption of older chartered vessels.
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