Quark lays keel for Ultramarine

Quark Expeditions, Travelopia’s expedition line, has held the keel-laying ceremony for the Ultramarine, the line’s 199-passenger upcoming vessel, at a ceremony at the Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia.

The event was marked by both Joerg Metzner, director at private equity investors KKR; Andy Duncan, CEO of Travelopia; Malcolm Ellis, senior VP operations of Quark Expeditions and as well as representatives from both DIV Group and Brodosplit.

“We thank the team at Brodosplit for hosting this ceremony,” said Ellis. “A lot of hard work from a lot of talented people has been required to get us to this point. It’s exciting to see our collective vision for this ship come to life, and to have the opportunity to thank everyone involved for their tremendous dedication and effort.”

“The coin we chose is a beautiful silver coin featuring two Emperor penguins,” said Ellis. “We chose this coin because it perfectly embodies Quark’s mission: to push the boundaries of polar exploration. In our three decades of operation, Quark Expeditions has accomplished a long list of polar firsts, including being the first to take guests to Snow Hill Island to engage with Emperor penguins in their natural habitat. Ultramarine’s mix of design ingenuity and technological innovation will allow us to continue adding to that list of firsts by taking guests further into the polar regions than ever before.”

Ultramarine will join Quark Expeditions’ fleet in late 2020 for the Antarctic 2020-21 season.

Ultramarine is purpose-built for the polar regions,” added Ellis. “With this ship, in the hands of the industry’s most knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated team, we will continue to define what is possible in polar exploration while delivering transformational experiences to our guests.”

Sam Ballard

Sam Ballard is the publisher of CRUISE ADVISER and has been writing about the cruise industry for a number of years. His CV includes the likes of shipping magazine International Cruise & Ferry Review and the digital publication Cruise News. He can be contacted on:sam@cruise-adviser.com.

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