Archive for the ‘Expedition Cruising’ Category

Vega Expedition Ship

August 21, 2017

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Yet another new player has entered the expedition cruise market. Sweden’s Bassoe Technology has partnered with Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard, in China, to offer a designed-in-Scandinavia, built-in-China 240-passenger expedition vessel.

The concept – code-named Vega has been designed to Polar Code 7 requirements, is 147 meters in length, and will carry up to 240 passengers.

Optional features include a helicopter hanger and landing pad, as well as submarine operation options.

Among the design highlights is a top-deck observation lounge.

(Bassoe Technology)

SunStone Expedition Ship

August 3, 2017

Malcolm says: Yet another Expedition ship. This has become a booming cruise niche-market.

Quark Expeditions Adds ‘World Explorer’

July 20, 2017

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Quark Expeditions has announced its 2018-2019 Antarctica program which will introduce the ‘World Explorer’, a new luxury expedition cruise vessel.

Quark, one of the biggest expedition operators confirmed that the new ship will be built to Quark’s own specifications.

Her keel laying will be at an as yet un-named shipyard in Norway shortly, for delivery in late 2018.

The ship is an all-suite all balcony vessel that will embark on 10 voyages during the upcoming season. The ship has six premium suites.

The 1B ice-class hull will be  powered by twin Rolls Royce engines.

Quark’s brochure says:

The personal space is exceptional. Every cabin has either a private walk-out or Juliet balcony for direct ocean views. World Explorer also delivers plenty of public areas to unwind in after a day outdoors, including the glass-domed Observation Lounge for quiet contemplation and full skyline views, the Explorer Lounge for a drink and a chat, and the library for more intimate relaxing and reading. Presentations and discussions are facilitated in a dedicated lecture theatre.

Health and wellness facilities feature an outdoor running track, a small gym and a sauna, plus a spa with change rooms, showers and lockers. For the active adventurers, add-ons include kayaking, camping and stand-up paddleboarding.

Blending high design with total functionality, World Explorer is all set to be your home away from home on the seas.

(Quark Expeditions )

Malcolm says: The luxury Expedition market is experiencing a boom. However they must tread carefully, these regions of the world are more vulnerable to ‘tourist impact’ than most.