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  • A twin cabin aboard Ocean Nova. Photo by Tom Arban

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  • A single cabin aboard Ocean Nova

  • A standard bathroom aboard Ocean Nova. Photo by Tom Arban

  • The Ocean Nova lounge and library. Photo by Tom Arban

  • The Ocean Nova's observation lounge. Photo by Tom Arban

  • The Ocean Nova's dining room. Photo by Tom Arban

  • Al fresco dining on Ocean Nova's deck. Photo by Ben Jackson

Ocean Nova: Quark

78 guests
Built: 1992
Refurbished: 2006
38 crew members
Length: 240 feet
Beam: 36 feet
Draft: 12 feet
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Flag: Bahamas
Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)

The Ocean Nova: Quark is the 78-guest, ice-stengthened small ship known for its clean Scandinavian styling, charterd by Quark Expeditions for its Arctic voyages. Quark's custom deck plan bumps the passenger capacity up from 68 guests to 78.

Ocean Nova: Quark Review

There are few expedition vessels available with fewer than 100 passengers, so the Ocean Nova offers a unique and intimate experience to her passengers while offering full private facilities and public spaces. The Ocean Nova, formerly the Sarpik Ittuk, was built in 1992 in Denmark to navigate the ice-choked waters off Western Greenland. She is a 1B ice-class vessel with a small draft that allows her to navigate in shallow waters and reach places larger ships can’t. The ship was significantly refurbished in 2006 to include a glass-enclosed forward observation lounge on the top deck and to offer travelers even more of a comfortable retreat after days of exploring ashore. Expert polar guides complement your cruise with daily shore landings and lectures on wildlife.

Carrying only 78 passengers and classified to operate in ice-filled waters, Ocean Nova is guided by Danish officers with deep experience in polar navigation. With outside cabins only (all with private facilities), a spacious dining room and a comfortable library, the Ocean Nova is a perfect expedition ship for your cruise to the world's polar regions.

Common Areas Aboard Ocean Nova: Quark

Ocean Nova: Quark has a spacious dining room with unreserved seating, as well as 24-hour beverage service and a bar staffed by a professional bartender. Snacks and all chef-prepared meals are included while aboard. There is a boutique and a polar library with a large collection of books and DVDs. A glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room offers scenic views while you learn from onboard exepedition leaders. An exercise room and clinic with licensed doctor offer wellness on board.

Activities Aboard Ocean Nova: Quark

Zodiac cruising, hiking and snowshoeing are included aboard all Ocean Nova voyages. Kayaking and camping may be available at an additional cost on select voyages.

Cabins Aboard Ocean Nova: Quark

Ocean Nova: Quark features 38 outside cabins with exterior views, en-suite facilities, flat-screen TVs and DVD players.

Quad

Cabins 317, 321. Averaging 157 square feet, a Quad Cabin is equipped with four twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.

Triple

Cabins 318-319. Averaging 150 square feet, a Triple Cabin is equipped with three twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.

Upper/Lower

Cabins 302-305, 316, 322. Averaging 88 square feet, an Upper/Lower Berth Cabin is equipped with one twin bed. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.

Upper Deck

Cabins 301, 306-315. Averaging 115 square feet, an Upper Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.

Bridge Deck

Cabins 401-416. Averaging 105 square feet, a Bridge Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on the Bridge Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.

Ocean Nova: Quark Deck Plan