Ocean Nova: Quark

78 guests
year built
crew members
38 crew members
240 feet
36 feet
12 feet
cruising speed
12 knots
ice class
1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)

The Ocean Nova: Quark is the 78-guest, ice-strengthened small ship known for its clean Scandinavian styling, chartered by Quark Expeditions for its polar voyages. Quark’s custom deck plan bumps the passenger capacity up from 72 guests to 78.

This version of Ocean Nova’s cabin configurations and amenities is for her charter by Quark. The Ocean Nova also sails with a slightly altered configuration for other polar itineraries. To see this version of the vessel, visit Ocean Nova.

Ocean Nova: Quark Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Ocean Nova: Quark review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our small ship cruise experts have been aboard nearly every Arctic first-class vessel. Please read our Ocean Nova: Quark review below then contact our small ship cruise experts to compare the Ocean Nova: Quark with other Arctic expedition ships.

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. 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 panorama observation lounge and presentation room offers scenic views while you learn about the flora, fauna and history of the surrounding polar regions, via lectures and presentations from onboard expedition leaders. An exercise room and clinic with licensed doctor offer wellness on board. The open bridge enables guests to observe how the captain and officers sail and navigate the ship. Internet is available in the ship’s public spaces (and cabins in some cases) and may be purchased via a pre-paid PIN card.

Dining Aboard Ocean Nova: Quark

All meals are served in the dining room located on the Upper Deck, in a casual atmosphere with no assigned seating. All guests can be accommodated in one seating. Breakfasts and lunches are normally served buffet style, while dinners are plated. À la carte meals are made at the time of ordering, allowing the chefs to prepare each dish to individual needs. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available and most other diets can be accommodated (except for kosher). Assortments of fresh-baked cookies and/or pastries are offered each afternoon. There is also a selection of hot and cold snacks available in the lounge during cocktail hour, expedition activities permitting. The well-stocked bar on the ship is open to enjoy with fellow shipmates in the late morning, afternoon and evening. Soft drinks, juices and water are available, as is a selection of liquors, spirits, beer and wine, which can be charged to guests’ shipboard accounts. A varied list of wine and champagne will be available in the dining room as well as the bar.

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 & Deck Plan Aboard Ocean Nova: Quark

Ocean Nova: Quark features 38 cabins with exterior views; private en-suite facilities with shower, toilet, wash basin, hair dryer, bathrobe, shampoo and shower gel; individual temperature control; daily housekeeping; flat-screen TVs and DVD players; 220 voltage plugs; a reusable water bottle; a desk and chair; and ample storage space for clothes and equipment. Valuables may be stored in the ship’s safe.