Wit­ness the end of an era as flag­ship ice­breaker re­tires

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY - Hans van Heukelum

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.

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