Ocean Adventurer

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Quark Expeditions

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10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Baffin Bay Explorer
13 Sep, 2017 - 24 Sep, 2017

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Ocean Adventurer Review and Specifications

Specifications of Ocean Adventurer

Year built 1975  /  Age : 42
Flag state Bahamas
Builder Tito Shipyard (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Owner SunStone Ships Inc
Operator Quark Expeditions, Albatros Travel
Speed 13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA) 101 m / 331 ft
Beam (width) 16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage 4376 gt
Passengers 118 - 132
Crew 87
Passengers-to-space ratio 47
Decks 5
Cabins 63
Decks with cabins 5
Last Refurbishment 2017
Former names Alla Tarasova, Clipper Adventurer, Sea Adventurer

Review of Ocean Adventurer

MV Ocean Adventurer cruise ship is an ice-strengthened expedition vessel for commercial cruise shipping operations in both polar regions (Arctic and Antarctica). The vessel is owned by the Copenhagen-based Albatros Travel company, that specializes in polar expedition cruises and tours. Quark Expeditions (USA-based polar cruise travel company) operates the vessel under charter. The list of other Albatros Travel-owned ships also includes Ocean AtlanticOcean DiamondOcean EndeavourSea Endurance.

In the period 2012-2017, the cruise ship was named "Sea Adventurer”. Before October 1, 2012, its name was "Clipper Adventurer". The vessel was built in the former Yugoslavia (Serbia today) under the name "Alla Tarasova". In 1998, it underwent an USD 13 million drydock refit and refurbishment. The new name "Ocean Adventurer" folowed the multi-million-dollar refurbishment in 2017, done at Ulstein Verft (Norway) and Orskov shipyard (Denmark). During the 2017 refit, all auxiliary equipment and marine diesel engines were replaced. The vessel's passenger capacity was increased from 110 to 132. All cruise cabins were upgraded, and all public areas were rebuilt, redesigned and modernised.

MV Ocean Adventurer cruise ship (Quark Expeditions)

As part of Quark Expeditions fleet, Ocean Adventurer cruises to some of the world's most remote places: polar regions (Arctic Canada, Antarctica, Svalbard /Arctic Norway), also to Greenland and Iceland. Currently, the ship offers Arctic and Antarctic itineraries leaving out of Chile and Argentina (Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, fly-cruise deals from Buenos Aires) and Longyearbyen (Svalbard, Norway).

MS Ocean Adventurer less luxurious and older in comparison to the other Quark Expeditions ships. Nevertheless, onboard staff is fully dedicated in helping passengers to experience the itinerary's destinations. A team of naturalist guides and an expedition leader are in charge of all tours - from hiking through wildlife viewing to Zodiac boat cruising along icy beaches. When spotting animals, the guides are usually on deck, helping passengers with binoculars and adjusting telescopes to provide everyone with a better look. They also give nightly talks and in-depth information on seabirds, land and marine animals, historical sights and landscapes encountered during the shore excursions.

MV Ocean Adventurer cruise ship (Quark Expeditions)

The daily cruise schedule of Ocean Adventurer is well structured, but flexible. Usually, there is one Zodiac tour or landing in the morning and another in the afternoon. The activity program is clearly announced via ship's onboard program, with updates over the PA system. However, everything is subject to change and the cruise ship might take a detour to follow whales or bypass unexpectedly icy fjords.

The vessel's draft is only 15 ft (4,5 m) allowing access to remote islands and unique coastal destinations. The ship is powered by two MAN marine diesel engines (total power output 5400 HP). The hul is ice class 1A. The ship has all 4 lifeboats, which are partially enclosed. Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet).

Among the ship's features are a dining room restaurant (unreserved seating), Bar (run by a professional bartender), Polar Boutique (shop), Lounge (multi-purpose and presentation room), Polar Library, Gym, Wi-Fi. Complimentary tour equipment includes Zodiac (cruising, landings), hiking, snowshoeing. At extra cost (optional) are seakayaking and camping (high-quality REI equipment).

The ship has a total of 63 staterooms - all are oceanview cabins with en-suite bathrooms and flat TVs.

MV Ocean Adventurer cruise ship (Quark Expeditions)

During 2009 summer, the travel agency Adventure Canada (Mississauga, Ontario Canada) booked the Clipper Adventurer ship for an itinerary through the Northwest Passage (Canadian Arctic). On August 27, 2010, Clipper Adventurer ran aground on an uncharted rock in Coronation Gulf (Nunavut, Canada). Later was found the rock was well known and had been properly reported by Canadian Hydrographic Service. On September 18 the ship was towed into Cambridge Bay (Victoria Island, Nunavut Canada).

During the ship's 2016 refurbishment, on Bridge Deck 5 (aft) two of the Zodiacs were relocated to make space for all 3 new Owner's Suite accommodations. On Captain's Deck 4, the fore-located Observation Deck area was redesigned into all six Deluxe cabins.

Quark cruise deals

Quark Expeditions cruise deals are inclusive of:

  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay, group transfers (airport-hotel on the day prior departure, and hotel-ship on embarkation day)
  • onboard accommodation (daily housekeeping service)
  • all onboard meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) - know that the ship's galley / kitchen can't prepare kosher meals
  • all Zodiac landings (daily, weather permitting) and Zodiac transfers and cruising (daily)
  • media presentations by Expedition Team members and special guest lecturers
  • waterproof expedition boots (on shore landings)
  • complimentary Quark Expeditions logoed parka
  • lifejackets and immersion suits
  • complimentary coffee, tea and cocoa (24 / 7)
  • hairdryer and bathrobe (in all cabins)
  • pre-departure materials (including maps)
  • all service taxes and port fees
  • all onboard luggage handling
  • emergency evacuation (medevac) insurance to a max benefit USD 100,000 pp
  • Fly-cruise deals are inclusive of complimentary house wines (by the glass), beers and spirits on the ship, also of all gratuities (staff and crew) and all domestic flights (prior to embarkation).
  • Shipboard laundry and Ironing services are available at additional cost.
  • Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet) and cost extra.

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Ocean Adventurer Itineraries 2017

The below listed Ocean Adventurer cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Quark Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Baffin Island cruise port

13 September 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Baffin Bay Explorer
fly-cruise (Ottawa)
Prices starting
from $7494
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13 Sep      Departing from Ottawa (flight)   
13 Sep      Departing from Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
15 Sep     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
16 Sep     Kekerten Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
16 Sep     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
17 Sep     At Sea   
18 Sep     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
19 Sep     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
20 Sep     Uummannaq, Greenland   
21 Sep     Eqi Glacier   
22 Sep     Ilulissat, Greenland   
23 Sep     Itilleq, Greenland   
24 Sep     Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
24 Sep      Arriving in Ottawa (flight)   
Akureyri cruise port

29 September 2017 15 nights / 16 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Ottawa
fly-cruise (Reykjavik,Ottawa)
Prices starting
from $10378
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29 Sep      Departing from Reykjavik (flight)   
29 Sep      Departing from Akureyri, Iceland   
01 Oct     Isafjordur, Iceland   
02 Oct     At Sea   
03 Oct     Tasiilaq, Ammassalik Island, Greenland   
03 Oct     Sermilik, Greenland   
04 Oct     Skjoldungen Island, Greenland   
04 Oct     Tasiilaq, Ammassalik Island, Greenland   
05 Oct     Lindenow Fjord, Greenland   
06 Oct     Prince Christian Sound, Greenland   
07 Oct     Narsarmijit, Greenland   
07 Oct     Warming Island, Uunartoq, Greenland   
08 Oct     Hvalsey, Greenland   
08 Oct     Paamiut, Greenland   
09 Oct     Nuuk, Greenland   
10 Oct     At Sea   
11 Oct     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
12 Oct     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
12 Oct     Kekerten Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
13 Oct     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
14 Oct     Resolution Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
15 Oct     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
15 Oct      Arriving in Ottawa (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

09 November 2017 18 nights / 19 days, round-trip Explorers and Kings
Prices starting
from $16725
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09 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
11 Nov     At Sea   
12 Nov     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
13 Nov     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
14 Nov - 15 Nov     At Sea   
16 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
17 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
18 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
19 Nov     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
20 Nov - 21 Nov     At Sea   
22 Nov     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
23 Nov     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
24 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
25 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
26 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
27 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
28 Nov      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   
Ushuaia cruise port

05 December 2017 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8532
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05 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
07 Dec - 08 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
09 Dec     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
10 Dec     King George Island, Antarctica   
10 Dec     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
11 Dec     Deception Island, Antarctica   
12 Dec     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
13 Dec - 14 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
15 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
15 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
King George Island cruise port

16 December 2017 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
fly-cruise (Punta Arenas)
Prices starting
from $10956
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16 Dec      Departing from Punta Arenas (flight)   
16 Dec      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
18 Dec     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
18 Dec     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
19 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
20 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
21 Dec     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
22 Dec     King George Island, Antarctica   
22 Dec      Arriving in Punta Arenas (flight)   
King George Island cruise port

21 December 2017 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle
fly-cruise (Punta Arenas)
Prices starting
from $17763
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21 Dec      Departing from Punta Arenas (flight)   
21 Dec      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
23 Dec     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
24 Dec     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
25 Dec     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
26 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
27 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
28 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
29 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
30 Dec     King George Island, Antarctica   
30 Dec      Arriving in Punta Arenas (flight)   
King George Island cruise port

29 December 2017 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
fly-cruise (Punta Arenas)
Prices starting
from $10956
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29 Dec      Departing from Punta Arenas (flight)   
29 Dec      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
31 Dec     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
31 Dec     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
01 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
02 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
03 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
04 Jan     King George Island, Antarctica   
04 Jan      Arriving in Punta Arenas (flight)   

Ocean Adventurer Itineraries 2018

The below listed Ocean Adventurer cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Quark Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
King George Island cruise port

03 January 2018 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
fly-cruise (Punta Arenas)
Prices starting
from $10956
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03 Jan      Departing from Punta Arenas (flight)   
03 Jan      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
05 Jan     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
05 Jan     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
06 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
07 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
08 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
09 Jan     King George Island, Antarctica   
09 Jan      Arriving in Punta Arenas (flight)   
King George Island cruise port

08 January 2018 5 nights / 6 days, round-trip Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake
fly-cruise (Punta Arenas)
Prices starting
from $10956
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08 Jan      Departing from Punta Arenas (flight)   
08 Jan      Departing from King George Island, Antarctica   
10 Jan     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
10 Jan     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
11 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
12 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
13 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
14 Jan     King George Island, Antarctica   
14 Jan      Arriving in Punta Arenas (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

15 January 2018 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $11648
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15 Jan      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
15 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
17 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
18 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
19 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
20 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
21 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
22 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
23 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
24 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
25 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
26 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
27 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
28 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
28 Jan      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

25 January 2018 18 nights / 19 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $13840
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25 Jan      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
25 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
27 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
28 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
29 Jan     Elephant Island, Antarctica   
30 Jan     Weddell Sea   
30 Jan     Paulet Island, Antarctica   
31 Jan     Snow Hill Island, Antarctica   
01 Feb     Brown Bluff, Antarctica   
02 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
03 Feb     Cuverville Island, Antarctica   
04 Feb     Melchior Islands, Antarctica   
05 Feb     Orne Islands, Antarctica   
06 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
07 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
08 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
09 Feb     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
09 Feb     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
10 Feb     Deception Island, Antarctica   
10 Feb     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
11 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
12 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
13 Feb      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   
Ushuaia cruise port

27 January 2018 21 nights / 22 days, round-trip Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $22840
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27 Jan      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
27 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
29 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
30 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
31 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
01 Feb     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
02 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
03 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
04 Feb - 05 Feb     At Sea   
06 Feb     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica   
07 Feb     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica   
08 Feb     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica   
09 Feb - 11 Feb     At Sea   
12 Feb     Falkland Islands   
13 Feb     Falkland Islands   
14 Feb - 17 Feb     At Sea   
18 Feb     Buenos Aires, Argentina   
18 Feb      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

17 February 2018 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $11648
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17 Feb      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
17 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
19 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
20 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
21 Feb     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
22 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
23 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
24 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
25 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
26 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
27 Feb     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
28 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
01 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
02 Mar     Ushuaia, Argentina   
02 Mar      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)