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Ocean Adventurer

Former names: Sea Adventurer, Clipper Adventurer, Alla Tarasova

Ocean Adventurer Review and Specifications

Specifications of Ocean Adventurer

Year built1975  /  Age : 45
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderTito Shipyard (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
OwnerSunStone Ships Inc
OperatorQuark Expeditions, Albatros Travel
Speed13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA)101 m / 331 ft
Beam (width)16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage4376 gt
Passengers118 - 132
Passengers-to-space ratio47
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesSea Adventurer, Clipper Adventurer, Alla Tarasova

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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 a 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 a USD 13 million drydock refit and refurbishment. The new name "Ocean Adventurer" followed 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).


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)

Shipboard facilities

MS Ocean Adventurer is less luxurious and older in comparison to the other Quark Expeditions ships. Nevertheless, the onboard staff is fully dedicated to 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.

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 hull 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 sea kayaking and camping (high-quality REI equipment).

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 (onshore 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

The below listed Ocean Adventurer cruise prices on 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2020 May 01 12 days, one-way from Aberdeen to Longyearbyen Aberdeen $9597
2020 May 21 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Spitsbergen Explorer Wildlife Capital of the Arctic Cruise and Land Tour Longyearbyen $11037
2020 May 31 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Spitsbergen Explorer Wildlife Capital of the Arctic Cruise and Land Tour Longyearbyen $11034
2020 Jun 10 5 days, round-trip 6 Night Spitsbergen Highlights Expedition in Brief Cruise and Land Tour Longyearbyen $7150
2020 Jun 15 10 days, round-trip 11 Night Spitsbergen Explorer Wildlife Capital of the Arctic Cruise and Land Tour Longyearbyen $13349
2020 Jun 25 12 days, round-trip 13 Night Spitsbergen in Depth Big Islands Big Adventure Cruise and Land Tour Longyearbyen $16788
2020 Jul 10 13 days, round-trip 15 Night Jewels of the Russian Arctic Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya Cruise and Land Tour Murmansk $22940
2020 Jul 23 19 days, round-trip 21 Night High Arctic Odyssey Remote Russian Archipelagos Cruise and Land Tour Murmansk $28798
2020 Aug 14 16 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik Longyearbyen $23198
2020 Aug 30 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq Reykjavik $15994
2020 Sep 11 17 days, round-trip 19 Night Best of the Western Arctic Canada and Greenland Cruise and Land Tour Kangerlussuaq $30983
2020 Nov 17 18 days, round-trip 19 Night Falklands South Georgia and Antarctica Explorers and Kings Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $36000
2021 Jan 27 8 days, round-trip 10 Night Antarctic Express Crossing the Circle Cruise and Land Tour King George Island
2021 Feb 16 12 days, round-trip 13 Night Crossing the Antarctic Circle Southern Expedition Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia
2021 Feb 28 18 days, round-trip 19 Night Falklands South Georgia and Antarctica Explorers and Kings Cruise and Land Tour Ushuaia $30600

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