The new expedition ship has capacity for 199 guests and boasts two helicopters and 20 Zodiacs
Quark Expeditions has taken delivery of Ultramarine, its new expedition vessel, at a ceremony at the Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia.
“Today, we took ownership of more than a new ship. We officially welcomed into our fleet a game-changing vessel that will soon become an unrivalled operational base for polar adventures,” said Andrew White, president of Quark Expeditions.
“Every aspect of Ultramarine has been designed and engineered to enable our teams to get guests off the ship and deep into the polar wilderness better than ever before. This new vessel – in the hands of the most experienced team in the expedition industry – will allow us to create truly immersive off-ship adventures for our guests, while providing them with a superior onboard experience.
“This game-changing ship was delivered after more than five years of dedicated work and considerable financial resources,” added White. “This commitment of time and money, especially during an industry-challenging pandemic, reflects our confidence in the future of polar travel and underscores our commitment to delivering life-changing polar experiences no one ever thought possible.”
The new ship will be able to accommodate 199 guests and will have two helicopters on board, operated from separate heliports – meaning both can be operated at the same time – as well as 20 “quick deploy” zodiacs.
“The completion of Ultramarine – with its superior on-ship amenities and advanced technology – is a testament to the community of engineers, naval architects, welders, structural fabricators, riggers, electricians and all of the other crew at the Brodosplit shipyard – as well as the designers, innovators and operational team members in the Quark Expeditions head office—who’ve worked long and hard over the last three years,” said Malcolm Ellis, senior vice-president of operations for Quark Expeditions. “So many people have contributed to the building of this vessel – and that includes our expedition team whose input spurred so many of the innovations that catapult Ultramarine into a league of its own.”
Christine Duffy says that the line “may have no choice” in order to resume operations
The boss of Carnival Cruise Line has said that the company may have to move its ships away from US homeports unless a “workable solution” can be found.
The remarks came as Carnival pushed its restart date back until June 30.
“We know that this is very disappointing to our guests who continue to be eager to sail, and we remain committed to working with the administration and the CDC to find a workable solution that best serves the interest of public health. We are asking that the cruise industry be treated on par with the approach being taken with other travel and tourism sectors, as well as US society at large,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“While we have not made plans to move Carnival Cruise Line ships outside of our US homeports, we may have no choice but to do so in order to resume our operations which have been on ‘pause’ for over a year. We appreciate the continued patience and support from our loyal guests, travel advisors and business partners as we work on a return-to-service solution.”
Booked guests and travel agents are being notified directly of the cancellations and the options for a future cruise credit, plus onboard credit package, or a full refund.