VIDEO: Brodosplit delivers Quark polar expedition cruise ship

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Ultramarine[Image: quark Expeditions]Blue hulled expedition ship

Seattle, Wash,, headquartered Quark Expeditions has taken delivery of its technologically-advanced, Ice ClassA+, PC6, polar vessel, Ultramarine, in a handover ceremony at the Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia.

The 125 meter long, 199 passenger, 13,762 gt expedition cruise ship has been built to a design by Sembcorp Marine’s Bergen, Norway, headquartered subsidiary LMG Marin.

“Today, we took ownership of more than a new ship. We officially welcomed into our fleet a game-changing vessel that will soon become an unrivaled operational base for polar adventures,” said Andrew White, president of Quark Expeditions. “Every aspect of Ultramarine has been designed and engineered to enable our teams to get guests off the ship and deep into the polar wilderness better than ever before. This new vessel–in the hands of the most experienced team in the expedition industry–will allow us to create truly immersive off-ship adventures for our guests while providing them with a superior onboard experience.”

“This game-changing ship was delivered after more than five years of dedicated work and considerable financial resources,” said White. “This commitment of time and money, especially during an industry-challenging pandemic, reflects our confidence in the future of polar travel and underscores our commitment to delivering life-changing polar experiences no one ever thought possible.”

The ship will carry two twin-engine helicopters and 20-quick-deploy Zodiacs that can be boarded at four embarkation points. meaning that the expedition team can load and embark Zodiacs faster, safer and more easily than ever before.


  • Guests: 199
  • Staff & Crew: 140
  • Helicopters: 2 Zodiacs: 20
  • Ice Class: 1A + PC6
  • Stabilizers: Yes
  • Cruising Speed: 15 knots in open water Length: 420 ft (128 m)
  • Gross Tonnage: 13,500 tons
  • Dynamic Positioning: Yes
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