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Spitsbergen Explorer: Voyage update from the Sea Spirit

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If there is such a thing as a “classic Arctic” expedition cruise, Spitsbergen Explorer is it. You’ll get all the best of Spitsbergen, by exploring the western edge of the island and venturing to some northern outlying areas home to polar bears and walrus. Located above the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen welcomes travelers from around the world to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Packed with options for snowshoeing and sea-kayaking, this 11 day voyage is the perfect expedition for exploring the “wildlife capital of the Arctic.”

Below is an update from Annie Inglis, Operations Manager, aboard the Sea Spirit:

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Luxury Antarctic Expeditions: Adventure Cruising in Comfort

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Not all that long ago, expeditions were undertaken by only the hardiest of travelers. If you were among the adventurous determined to travel to the farthest, most remote corners of the world, you could expect camp accommodations, little to no communication with the outside world, and months of planning in advance.

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Arctic Travel: Exploring on your own or with Arctic Tour Group? Two Different Ways to Discover the North

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Traveling to the Arctic is a once in a lifetime adventure for some, while others have made it a semi-annual or even annual tradition, exploring different areas or returning to favorite regions with each visit. Whether it's your first trip to the Arctic Circle or your tenth, is it better to travel alone or accompanied by an Arctic tour group? There are a number of factors to consider, but it really all comes down to the experience you seek. Here are some considerations as you decide:

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Sea Spirit: The Ultimate in Comfort Expedition

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Polar expeditions, by nature, are meant to be immersive, explorative adventures enabling passengers to truly get up close and personal with the wildlife and nature of these remote destinations. Some say that the key difference with expedition travel is that it’s all about the destination – not the ship. However, all Polar exploration ships are not created equal. True expedition should not come at the cost of personal comfort; the environment may be harsh and inhospitable, but your ship should be a welcome haven.

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Part 2: Greenland Explorer update from Expedition Leader Alex McNeil

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The second update installment from Alex McNeil, Quark Expedition Leader on the Greenland Explorer.

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Part 1: Greenland Explorer update from Expedition Leader Alex McNeil

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Below is an insightful update from Alex McNeil, who is Quark's Expedition Leader on the Greenland Explorer. Alex has a strong passion for the polar regions, and has traveled extensively in the Arctic and Antarctic, completing nearly 100 expeditions:

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Hot Docs & Quark Expeditions: First-ever Polar Floating Film Festivial

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Talk about a milestone here at Quark Expeditions! Eight documentaries have been selected by Hot Docs for the first-ever Polar Floating Film Festival. Starting November 2, 2013 the films will be featured on the Sea Spirit during the 23-day Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings voyage.

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Part 1: Journey to the Arctic with Janet & John Tangney

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Janet & John Tangney have been married for almost 41 years and live in Oregon. John's full time job is writing Computer Aided Design software, and Janet was previously a pre-school teacher and substitute teacher for high school special education class. While John is a photo enthusiast, Janet also enjoys the hobby. They primarily go to National Parks in the USA on their travels, and love the Northwest. John had previously gotten to go to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions, and hopes to be able to return to there with Janet in a couple of years. They have a website, www.pbase.com/jctangney where they post photos for all to view and enjoy.

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The Top 5 Reasons to add Antarctica to your bucket list!

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1. Be one of only a few people to Step foot on the 7th continent

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Life Aboard the Sea Spirit

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Currently aboard the Spitsbergen Voyage, we have a special program with the Chinese Arctic Youth Group, that is incorporated by Quark's GSA Amazing Cruises and Travel.

Annie Inglis, Expedition Co-ordinator, has sent us an update from the Sea Spirit:

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