WHY IT RATES: Icy expedition cruises at 25- to 50-percent off are available for one week only to travel during the high-adventure season, when snow is pristine and wildlife are plentiful. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer
Quark Expeditions, the world leader in polar adventures, announced today a one-week-only Antarctic flash sale with up to 50 percent off remaining cabins on voyages for its upcoming 2019/20 sailing season. The flash sale runs from Tuesday, October 15, 2019, through Tuesday, October 22, 2019, and offers savings on voyages departing between November 2019 and March 2020.
“We pride ourselves in offering the best experiences to our travelers and are delighted to make this exclusive flash sale available to the public,” says Thomas Lennartz, Vice-President, Sales for Quark Expeditions, which recently won four Magellan Awards, including the gold award for Best Overall Cruise Ship (500 passengers or under). “Savings are now possible for trips departing this November—which is a spectacular time to visit Antarctica, as snow and ice are pristine, wildlife is abundant and we can offer more adventure options than any other time of year,” continues Lennartz.
The promotion includes the following itineraries:
— Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent (11 or 12 days). This classic expedition lets guests experience all the highlights of the region, including crossing the Drake Passage, exploring the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. (Up to 50% off)
— Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake (8 days). This trip is Quark Expeditions’ fastest and most direct route to Antarctica. Flying over the Drake Passage makes the Antarctic possible for people who are strapped for time or are looking to skip the Drake Passage crossing. (Up to 50% off)
— Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition (14 days). This trip offers the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, and guests get to achieve a milestone—crossing the Antarctic Circle. (Up to 25% off)
— Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle (11 days). This trip enables passengers to fly over the Drake Passage, which is ideal for anyone who is time-strapped or simply prefers not to sail across the Drake. Guests get to cross the Antarctic Circle, and explore penguin colonies, glaciers, bays and historical sites of this polar region. (Up to 50% off)
— South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari (16 days). This itinerary enables travelers to experience the stunning polar landscape of the Antarctica Peninsula and the abundant wildlife of South Georgia, which is known as “the Galapagos of the South Ocean.” This 16-day trip is the fastest way to see South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. (Up to 40% off)
— Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings (20 days). This rarely-offered itinerary allows guests to explore the Falklands (known for its historical sites and huge penguin colonies), South Georgia (frequently called “the Galapagos of the Southern Ocean” because of its diverse wildlife) and highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula. (Up to 50% off)
— Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands and South Georgia (23 days). For travelers who want to see it all, Quark Expeditions’ longest, most in-depth voyage enables guests to cross the Antarctic Circle and explore the Falklands (known for its dramatic history and huge penguin colonies), South Georgia (called “the Galapagos of the Southern Ocean” because of its abundant wildlife) and the Antarctic Peninsula. (Up to 25% off)
This flash sale is on remaining cabins in the upcoming Antarctic 2019/20 season. The sale runs October 15, 2019, to October 22, 2019.
For more information, visit QuarkExpeditions.com.
SOURCE: Quark Expeditions press release.
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Viking Extends Suspension of Cruising Through August 31
“We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations. We have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly,” Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen wrote in a May 28 post on the company website. “While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains complicated. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through Aug. 31, 2020.”
The company is offering 125 percent credit to passengers booked on canceled voyages. “It is fully transferable, allowing you to gift it to someone with whom you would like to share the joys of travel. It can be applied within the next 24 months to any river, ocean or expedition cruise,” Hagen wrote. “If you are unable to use your voucher by the expiration date, simply return your expired voucher to Viking, and we will send you a refund equal to the original amount paid to Viking.”
For more details on credits and refunds, click here.
Hagen said the company is developing new safety protocols and taking care of its crew members.
“We have always had the highest standards for health and cleanliness—and are now developing additional protocols to make traveling with Viking even safer. We will be sharing more information about this very soon,” he wrote. “Also, during this time of non-operation, we are further training our crew and preparing our fleet to welcome you onboard again. Since our first announcement, many of you have expressed concern for our crew, and I want to reassure you that we are continuing to take good care of them.”
Hagen said he is seeing signs of hope in Europe. “I am delighted to note that in the past couple of weeks, hope has emerged here in Europe. In Switzerland, restaurants and shops opened two weeks ago, and I must admit it was a great treat to go to my favorite Italian restaurant the other day. Last week, I had my first day in the office – with a mask and proper distancing. It now also looks as though the local borders in Europe are starting to open up.”
Viking plans to launch the ocean ship Viking Venus Early next year and, in 2022, will welcome new expedition vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, that will sail the Arctic, Antarctic and North America’s Great Lakes, and a modern river vessel, Viking Mississippi.
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