The adventure offers a range of opportunities that immerse guests in the beauty of the Canadian Arctic. Vacationers can experience the rich Inuit culture, witness abundant wildlife, learn about polar history, and take advantage of the most extensive portfolio of off-ship adventure options in the industry, which include hiking, Zodiac cruising, and kayaking.
Thomas Lennartz (Quark's VP of Sales & Customer Service) said they were so excited to have kicked off their Canadian Arctic season with the 17-day Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin itinerary.
“Not only does it herald our return to the much-beloved Canadian Arctic, but this voyage also marks Ultramarine’s inaugural voyage in the Canadian North - which includes the fabled Northwest Passage. Guests get to enjoy the amenities of this technologically-advanced ship while steeped in polar history and wilderness.”
The Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin expedition takes passengers on a journey retracing the footsteps of polar explorer Sir John Franklin and his expedition to map out the Northwest Passage. In May 1845, Franklin departed the shores of England with a crew of 24 officers and 100 men and never returned. His expedition remains one of the most enduring mysteries of Arctic exploration.
The unique voyage also features stops in Greenland prior to traversing the Davis Strait to Baffin Island's northern tip, close to the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage, where passengers can spot humpback and bowhead whales along with an abundance of seabirds. Passengers also have the chance to visit the Inuit hamlet of Pond Inlet and meet Inuit guides and community members.