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Author: Rebecca Gibson/Tuesday, July 16, 2019/Categories: News, Cruise news
Quark Expeditions is to introduce new livery on Ultramarine, it’s latest expedition cruise vessel, which will debut in time for the 2020-2021 season in Antarctica.
Renderings show that a yellow ‘Q’ will span the full height of Ultramarine to reflect Quark’s “mission to go beyond the predictable” with its itineraries and shore excursions.
Quark has also revealed renderings showing Ultramarine’s interiors, which include 102 suites across nine categories with spacious entryways, “premium sleep zones”, spa-inspired bathrooms with heated floors, and décor schemes that reflect the polar landscapes. The six solo suites also have floor-to-ceiling windows.
Other public spaces shown in the renderings of Ultramarine include the Panorama Lounge and Bar with panoramic windows and an outdoor, forward-facing Observation Deck; a lecture theatre with comfortable seating and a high-resolution LED screen; and a main restaurant with access to a 360-degree wraparound deck, a wine-tasting bar and various seating configurations. Quark has also revealed that the Wellness Centre will comprise a spa offering multiple treatments, a sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows and a fully equipped fitness room with a separate space for yoga sessions.
In addition, the ship will have a Polar Boutique, which will sell cold-weather expedition gear and keepsakes, as well as two Ready Rooms, which will be located next to the Zodiac hangar. The renderings indicate that these rooms will be outfitted with individual lockers for each guest to store and dry personal items and expedition gear between excursions.
Two simultaneously operable helidecks and an internal hanger with capacity for 20 quick-deploy Zodiacs, sea kayaks, paddle boards and more will enable guests to enjoy flightseeing, heli-hiking, heli-skiing and other adventure excursions.
“This vessel reflects Quark’s guiding ethos to go beyond for our guests,” said Andrew White, president of Quark Expeditions. “Three decades of polar exploration has taught us a lot – and one of the lessons we’ve taken to heart is that exceptional off-ship experiences are heightened by exceptional on-ship experiences. I’m happy to say Ultramarine will deliver both.”
Ultramarine is currently under construction at the Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia, where she is being built using entirely recycled construction materials. The 128-metre-long ship will meet Polar Class 6 standards and will be delivered in late 2020.
“We are proud and excited to see the vision behind Ultramarine come to life,” said White. “From the bold exterior to the comfortable, contemporary interior, our internal and external teams have come together to create a truly unique ship that will present unprecedented possibilities for our guests. This one-of-a-kind ship will provide passengers from across the globe an ultra-immersive, ultra-inspiring, ultra-exciting polar experience second to none.”
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