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Quark Expeditions Announces 2015 Arctic Cruises

Quark Expeditions has announced the launch of its 2015 Arctic season, introducing more departures aboard 117-guest Sea Adventurer and starting programs aboard the 78-guest Ocean Nova. As an incentive to travelers who book early, Arctic programs are up to 25% if booked through May 15, 2014. Read on for updates and info on these exciting programs in the Arctic polar region.

Quark Arctic 2015 Cruise Updates

Spitsbergen Explorer returns with two 11-day departures in 2015, as well as two new 9-day Introduction to Spitsbergen alternative itineraries that have a Polar Bear Safari theme. Rates start at $4,995 for the 9-day route, and $5,995 for the 11-day classic Spitsbergen Explorer.

Spitsbergen Circumnavigation, a 13-day voyage round-trip from Longyearbyen, gets more intimate in 2015, moving accommodations from the 114-guest Sea Spirit to the 78-guest Ocean Nova. Rates start at $7,995 for 2015's June departures.

Three Arctic Islands — an award-winning 14-day August expedition cruise taking you to the northeast coast of Greenland, across Iceland and high above the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, Norway — adds a 13-day late July departure in 2015. Rates start at $6,995 (13 day aboard Sea Adventurer) and $8,295 (14 day aboard Ocean Nova).

East Greenland - Aurora Borealis also expands with an additional September departure. This 14-day expedition sails round-trip from Reykjavik, Iceland with a focus on seeking out the Northern Lights. 2015 rates start at $7,295.

The North Pole expedition is set to have a grand finale in 2015, as its ship, 50 Years of Victory, is retiring as an expedition vessel after 2015. To meet demand for the final year, Quark has added a third North Pole voyage at the start of the season. Departing on June 3, this first voyage will be 15 days in length, one day longer given the heavy ice conditions Victory will crush through in early season on its way to the top of the world. Read more about 50 Years of Victory and her retirement on our blog. Rates for the North Pole 2015 voyages start at $25,995.

Quark Arctic 2015 Early Booking Bonus & Best Price Guarantee

Along with the announcement of its 2015 Arctic cruises, Quark is offering an early-booking bonus valid for new bookings through May 15, 2014. Book any of the above 2015 expeditions (excluding the North Pole) and save 25% off premium cabins and 15% off non-premium cabins. Quark is further assuring you get the best price on your Arctic expedition by offering this early-booking bonus as a best price guarantee. Book this deal before May 15, and you can be assured that if the price goes down up to 60 days prior to your departure, Quark will reimburse you the difference.

Premium Cabins: Sea Adventurer Suites and Deluxe cabins, Sea Explorer Deluxe, Veranda and Penthouse Suites

Non-Premium Cabins: Sea Adventurer Lower Deck, Main Deck Porthole, Main Deck Window, Superior; Ocean Nova Upper deck twin, Bridge deck twin, Upper (lower berth) twin; Sea Explorer Porthole, Window and Superior Suites

For the North Pole, a special offer is also available: Book a 2015 North Pole departure before May 15, 2014, and receive free air (Helsinki, Finland, to Murmansk, Russia).

Conditions on the Best Price Guarantee apply: Quark’s Best Price Guarantee applies to Arctic 2015 season expedition ship-based fares. Should Quark Expeditions reduce the price of the cruise portion of the fare more than 60 days prior to departure date, previously booked clients may claim the lower rate. Valid only on new Arctic 2015 bookings deposited between March 10, 2014, and May 15, 2015. Not applicable on voyages where the Early Booking Bonus (EBB) is excluded. Not applicable on North Pole and land-based voyages, excludes triple and quad berths, and is not combinable with past passenger discount. To make a claim, a publicly advertised lower fare must be made available by Quark Expeditions to the general public (excluding group and charter rates). The claim must be submitted using the Best Price Guarantee form available online, which must be filled out and submitted along with evidence of the publicly advertised lower fare. The lower rate must be: i) for the same ship, sailing date, cabin or berth category and number of guests; and ii) have available space for booking at the time of the claim. Quark’s Best Price Guarantee is valid on cruise portion only; charter flights, pre/post excursions, insurance, airfare and adventure options are excluded. Price Protection is waived 60 days or less prior to voyage departure. For conditions on other special offers, view each trip for details.

Contact the Arctic expedition specialists at AdventureSmith today to learn more about these trips and the accompanying special offers.

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