A 15-minute flightseeing excursion on one of these helicopters is included for guests on every departure. Those seeking to undertake further explorations by air to some of Antarctica’s rarely visited wonderlands can book an additional heli-touring experience, with a heli-landing or even heli-trekking available for a supplement (early booking is essential). Further exhilarating adventure options complement the classic programme of Zodiac cruises and land expeditions to observe penguin colonies and wild beaches scattered with snoozing sealions; kayakers can approach vivid blue icebergs in closer proximity, and paddle boarders can claim bragging rights in one of the world’s most dramatic destinations. Combining this wealth of activities with modern and supremely comfortable suites, an array of panoramic decks and lounges, and a fully-equipped spa, and guests are promised an experience of the Polar regions that will surpass any other.
- Experience Antarctica from an entirely different perspective on a helicopter flight
- Take shore excursions to visit enormous penguin colonies
- Go kayaking or paddle boarding past towering icebergs
- Admire spectacular Polar panoramas from Ultramarine's wraparound deck
CABINS ON ULTRAMARINE
Being one of the newest ships in operation, Ultramarine’s 102 suites are modern and luxurious, featuring individual climate control, heated bathroom floors and other innovative features. All are furnished in neutral, calming shades with plush carpets and high-quality linens. Six of the vessel’s nine cabin categories feature private balconies, ideal for contemplating the memorable Polar landscapes on calmer days.
Ultramarine’s signature restaurant, Balena, is a sophisticated yet welcoming venue for all meals taken on board. As with all Polar cruises, breakfast and lunch are generally served buffet style with an impressive range of high-quality fare to fuel your adventures. Dinner is à la carte, and the informal Bistro 487 opens throughout the day offering a selection from the main menu, lighter options, afternoon tea and late night snacks.
Guests have no end of options for enjoying downtime between excursions, from the Panorama Lounge and Bar, multiple observation decks (including the wraparound deck on level 5), a gym and a spa with sauna and steam room. Using their wealth of experience in the Polar regions, Quark have also paid attention to the smaller details than can make a significant difference in day-to-day life during your cruise; a fleet of 20 top-of-the-range Zodiacs (launched from water-level platforms) ensure all passengers can disembark at the same time, meaning no potential for disappointment when it comes to wildlife spotting opportunities.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Though already a bucket-list destination for many travellers, the Ultramarine aims to take the Antarctica experience to a whole new level. The opportunity to soar over Antarctic landscapes by helicopter is of course a remarkable one, but using these helicopters for special landings adds a new dimension to the experience, providing an opportunity to venture deeper into the wilderness than travellers otherwise would. This innovative approach, combined with Quark’s 30 years of experience in Polar operations - and supreme on-board comfort - means the Ultramarine is already at the forefront for the finest Antarctic adventures.
- CRUISING SPEED: 16 KNOTS IN OPEN WATER
- GUESTS ON BOARD: 199
- ICE RATING: PC6