Northwest Passage Cruise - Arctic Express Canada
The Cruise to the Arctic Circle takes you on a 9 day Northwest Passage Cruise to explore the regions wildlife and natural beauty. The quest for trade routes to the Far East inspired much of the age of exploration of North America, with the promise of the Northwest Passage its elusive jewel.
Nature and wildlife are the guides on this voyage as you explore the region’s diverse treasures. The Arctic’s stark beauty offers an unforgettable backdrop, with a world class team providing the knowledge and insight to help you connect with the region’s unique history and geography.
Your Cruise to Arctic Circle or Northwest passage cruise expedition begins in Toronto. Explore this vibrant city on your own before spending the night at your well-appointed hotel.
This morning, board your charter flight to Resolute. Upon arrival, check out some of the town’s sites before Zodiac or helicopter transfer to the ship.
Wind your way around the remote islands of the Canadian High Arctic You will navigate the same icy inlets, channels and bays that fascinated legendary explorers of long ago. They searched for the fabled Northwest Passage, the great sea route at the top of the world. Throughout your journey, your Expedition Team will work hard to give you a taste of the best the Arctic has to offer.
There is no fixed itinerary. Our objective is to visit as many of the incredible highlights. Each day, your highly skilled Expedition Team will read the conditions and choose the best course to set. Each visit brings something new to discover. Enjoy daily Zodiac cruising and land excursions. There is a robust education program, complete with community visits and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Discover the ultimate polar expedition experience on one of our onboard helicopters. See stunning polar landscapes . Enjoy ultra-immersive activities like short sightseeing flights around your ship and surrounding areas. You can also fly to places not accessible on shore excursions.
Moving through these remote landscapes you will be traveling through the ancestral homelands of this ancient culture, illuminated in person by Inuit guides onboard and ashore. Nunavut is an Inuktitut word meaning “our land” and the Nunavummiut (the people of Nunavut) are renowned for their incredible resourcefulness, hospitality, good humor, and a deep knowledge of the land and animals that has allowed them to thrive in the far north for millennia.
Navigate the waters and visit the historic sites in the area around Lancaster Sound that were key to the discovery of the Northwest Passage. You’ll also learn about the scientific, cultural, geopolitical and environmental aspects of the route from our world-class experts, guides and the local communities. Reaching remote lands that have lured adventurers for centuries and few have ever set foot on will be an experience you’ll never forget.
Wildlife sightings are almost guaranteed, as many of the areas we hope to explore are home to a surprising number of birds and mammals that thrive in this challenging environment. You’ll likely see polar bears, muskoxen and several bird species, such as gyrfalcons and dovekies. If you’re lucky, you may even spot the elusive narwhal or arctic wolf.
Coburg Island is a wildlife reserve for such birds as snowy owls and peregrine falcons. The impressive vertical cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are dotted with nesting seabirds like northern fulmars and black guillemots. The sheltered shores and steep cliffs of Arctic Bay, provide an ideal nesting habitat for various High Arctic birds such as snow geese, thick-billed murres (Brünnich’s guillemots) and kittiwakes.
Devon Island is another possible locale for wildlife encounters, as walrus, polar bears and muskoxen inhabit the area. Another exciting excursion your Expedition Team might offer, conditions permitting, is the opportunity to fly up to explore the Devon ice cap, one of the largest in the Canadian Arctic.
At the western end of Devon Island, windswept Beechey Island was a suitable stopover for Arctic expeditions. Pay your respects to the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845–46 at the small marked graves of three crew members on the island. The Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, also stopped here to pay his respects to Franklin. during his 1903–06 voyage. This voyage was the first successful transit of the Northwest Passage in history.
History buffs will want to explore an abandoned Hudson’s Bay Company trading post at Fort Ross, at the southern end of Somerset Island. Nearby is the Bellot Strait. One of the goals of this expedition is to transit this famous channel, one of the most narrow and challenging of the passage.
Sail past Zenith Point, the northernmost point of continental North America. The strait separates Somerset Island from the Boothia Peninsula on mainland Canada. On Beechey Island, you can visit the memorial to Joseph Bellot, who disappeared during his search for Franklin.
Those looking for even more excitement may have the opportunity to cruise by Zodiac along the face of an active glacier near Croker Bay, Devon Island and possibly even witness the wonders of calving ice, at a safe distance. Listen closely for the steady crackle and loud roars as pieces of ice break off and crash into the water below. You’ll also want to be on the lookout for the walrus that are often seen in the area.
After disembarking in Resolute, you’ll be transferred to your charter flight to Toronto, where you’ll spend the night at your included hotel.
Alas the Cruise to Arctic Circle or Northwest passage cruise ends today. Make your way to the airport to catch your homeward flights, or spend the day exploring this fascinating city.
Typically in groups of 7 to 9, you will experience an unforgettable aerial tour of the Arctic during a 10- to 15-minute flightseeing excursion that’s included in the cost of the voyage. Additional helicopter activities may also be available for purchase onboard. Please note: all helicopter operations are weather- and logistics-dependent.
You’ll have time to explore the location, accompanied by Quark Expeditions team members, after which you’ll be picked up by the helicopters in the same location and returned to Ultramarine. Note: heli-landings are dependent on weather conditions and logistics.
Our organized hikes range from short jaunts to the top of lookouts or visits to see wildlife or longer walks of several kilometers over ice and rock and snow. Hiking excursions may last from two to three hours with plenty of time for photographs of wildlife, learning moments from your experienced guides, or just time to stand back and admire the incredible polar surroundings.
No experience is necessary but participants should be able to get in and out of a Zodiac and walk on uneven terrain. Hiking options are tailored to all interests and abilities, from those who want to contemplate the landscape in silence to photographers who want that perfect image to energetic travelers who want to summit a peak in the hopes of seeing wildlife in their natural habitat.
The Polar Plunge is scheduled once during each voyage. Throughout the journey, the Expedition Leader and Captain constantly monitor conditions in order to choose the optimal time and location. The Polar Plunge sometimes takes place onshore or, in many cases, from the gangway or Zodiac. All participants wear a tethered harness and plunge into the polar waters from the side of Zodiac or safety of the gangplank cheered on, of course, by fellow passengers and Expedition Team.
Safety is paramount—the onboard physician always attends the Polar Plunge. Guides in survival gear circle the area in Zodiacs as guests take their turn jumping or cannon-balling into the polar waters.
Embracing the unexpected on your Cruise to Arctic Circle or Northwest passage cruise is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your Expedition Team must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. By the same token, wildlife encounters as described are expected but not guaranteed. Your Expedition Team will use their considerable experience to seek out wildlife in known habitats, but the presence of any particular species of bird or marine wildlife is not a guarantee.
|2020/2021 Departures||Days||Departure||Ship||Solo Panorama||Explorer Triple||Explorer Suite||Balcony Suite||Deluxe Balcony Suite||Terrace Suite||Penthouse Suite||Owners Suite|
|Aug 16 - Aug 24, 2021||9||Toronto||Ultramarine||6,295||6,295||6,881||7,646||9,176||9,559||9,941||12,619|
Prices Per Person in USD
On this Northwest Passage Cruise the prices for Suites are Per Person on a minimum of two per Suite
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Imagine gliding across the surface of the Northwest Passage Cruise bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers. A small group of kayakers will plan to go out multiple times per voyage instead of shore landings. The number of kayaking opportunities is weather dependent and will only be conducted during calm conditions.
Prior kayaking experience is recommended for you to feel comfortable on the water, and the capability to do a wet exit is strongly encouraged. Beginners interested in kayaking should consider participating in the Paddling Excursion adventure option.
If you’re interested in kayaking and would like to try something less in depth than Sea Kayaking, you can still enjoy the benefits of adding an on-water experience to your expedition with a Paddling Excursion. Sign up for a one-time paddle on our sit-on-top kayaks, which are stable and unencumbered—perfect for anyone with little to no kayak experience. Expert guides take rotating groups of passengers on calm days to connect with the sea.
While meal times may change due to landings and wildlife encounters, you’ll always be served three meals a day. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Breakfasts and lunches are served buffet-style, while dinners are served plated.
Soft drinks, juices and water are available at all times, and beer and wine are served with dinner, all included in the cost of your package. Spirits, premium wines and champagne are available at an extra cost, which can be billed to your shipboard account. The well-stocked bar is open to enjoy with your fellow shipmates in the late morning, afternoon and evening.
Weather is very variable; temperatures may hover around the freezing mark and winds can be strong. The continuous daylight warms sheltered areas so that you may sometimes find it warm enough for t-shirts. However, you may encounter snow squalls, fog and white-outs during an expedition and should be ready for any conditions.
Behind the scenes and on the front lines, we are nothing without the dedication, knowledge, energy and passion of our staff. By consistently attracting the most talented people in the polar travel industry, we can keep doing what we do, season after season, to the poles and back and back again. This is where we shine.
Our Expeditions Leaders and staff bring diverse polar expertise in subjects as varied as polar history, marine biology, glaciology and photography. Their knowledge will greatly enhance your immersion into the polar environment and further enhance your connection to the Arctic.
With over 25 years of experience bringing passengers to remote polar regions, we know how to handle the unexpected to guarantee the safety of all passengers. Ensuring this hard earned experience is not lost, our new expedition staff receive comprehensive training in our newly developed Quark Academy, which provides real-world polar expedition training prior to any staff member’s first voyage.
The newest addition to our fleet, the 199-guest Ultramarine will be equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, spacious suites, wellness amenities and numerous outdoor wildlife viewing spaces. Enjoy an unprecedented mix of on-ship amenities and off-ship adventure options will deliver an unrivalled Arctic experience no one else can.
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