Witness the end of an era as flagship icebreaker retires
THE icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov, seen below in the fabled North West Passage, will retire from passenger service in March 2012. As the flagship of Quark Expeditions, a leader in polar exploration, it has attained major achievements such as circumnavigating the Antarctic continent twice and undertaking the first-ever transit of the North East Passage, the historical route across the Russian Arctic.
In her remaining two years a series of remarkable itineraries, with special guest lecturers, will be offered, including the Canadian High Arctic to Tanquary Fjord and Ellesmere reaching 82ºN; the Weddell Sea and South Georgia, following the route of Shackleton’s ship Endurance; the North East Passage; a semi-circumnavigation of Greenland, a cruise i n the Ross Sea and the farewell voyage to the far east side of Antarctica. In total there is a collection of 13 unique voyages that will take “travellers of the mind” to the extreme ends of the earth. See the Unique Destinations advertisement on this page.