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St. Maarten Unaffected by Tropical Storm Isaac; Airports, Hotels, Businesses Remain Open

August 24, 2012

The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (www.VacationStMaarten.com) issued an advisory update informing travelers that the island was unaffected by Tropical Storm Isaac that passed by St. Maarten on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012.

“St. Maarten was unscathed by Tropical Storm Isaac and all hotels, businesses, schools and the airport remain fully operational” said Augusto Priest, acting director of tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As “the culinary capital of the Caribbean,” St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to both historical and family-oriented attractions.

Find St. Maarten on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VacationStMaarten and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StMaartenTravel. For more information, visit www.VacationStMaarten.com.

 

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Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival is Savored at Mount Snow Resort, September 21-23

August 24, 2012

Mount Snow is an enviable scenic location at any given time of year, but pair its 3,600’ alpine advantage with a three day epicurean fête; queue up the vibrancy of fall foliage and it’s no wonder the Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival, September 21-23, is a perennial favorite for oenophiles along the Eastern seaboard.

Seventeen diverse winemakers, plus distillers, brewers, specialty food producers, musicians and local artisans are staged within the Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival’s main tents. The event annually welcomes more than 2,500 visitors for a long weekend of tastings, culinary demonstrations and entertainment that stretches beyond the resort and into nearby towns.

On Friday, there’s a festival preview tasting and a Village Stroll, featuring live entertainment and the Vermont Soup Tasting Contest in the heart of Wilmington. On Saturday and Sunday, tastings, exhibitors and entertainment are located at Mount Snow Resort. In the evening, festival dinners are held in two of West Dover’s most popular restaurants, Dover Forge Restaurant and Matterhorn Inn; the Haystack Golf Club is host to an elegant evening of wine and cheese pairings.

The Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival has earned designation as a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Fall Event and is listed as a U.S. Top 100 Event by the American Bus Association. “The accolades indicate the caliber of this event and the efforts we have made to continuously surpass guests’ expectations,” Adam Grinold, Executive Director of Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce said. “The recognition as a ‘U.S. Top 100’ event attracts American and Canadian motorcoach tour operators to the Mount Snow Valley and it’s our every intention for this festival to grow, and like a fine wine, get better with age.”

Chairlift rides, hiking trails, and nearby fishing and kayaking sites encourage festival goers to partake in Vermont’s outdoors. Lodging packages are available at several locations within walking distance of the festival and free shuttle bus service on “the MOOver” is available.

“We are privileged to experience such a fine festival within a stone’s throw of equally acclaimed outdoor recreation, historic sites and beautiful villages,” Megan Smith, Commissioner of Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing said.

For tickets and more Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival information, visit http://www.TheVermontFestival.com.

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Fee-free Day at Parks, September 29th, National Public Lands Day

August 24, 2012

National Public Lands Day (NPLD),September 29, is a fee-free entrance day at many federal public lands including national parks. It’s a great opportunity to help a local or favorite public land near you and spend the rest of the day recreating or relaxing on the land. With free admission, feel free to bring a friend or make it a family outing, and enjoy the experience.

National Public Lands Day also partners with five federal land management agencies to provide a special thank-you to their volunteers. Each volunteer who participates in National Public Lands Day at Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or U.S. Forest Service public lands may receive a fee-free coupon.

Read more about the details on how fee-free days and fee-free coupons work on NPLD’s website: http://www.publiclandsday.org/highlights/fee-free-day-and-coupons

To locate an NPLD event near you, search by state or zip code here: http://www.publiclandsday.org/npld-sites. More than 1,200 of the 2,000 sites are already listed online.

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New Life Hiking Spa, All-inclusive Destination Spa in Killington, Vermont Offers “Early Fall” Specials

August 21, 2012

New Life Hiking Spa, in the Green Mountains of Vermont, recognized as one of North America’s top destination spas, is currently offering all-inclusive nightly rates ranging from $196-$242 per night, until it closes for the 2012 season, September 28.

New Life Hiking Spa is frequently listed as one of the country’s most affordable destination spas by SpaFinder and Frommer’s Magazine. All-inclusive packages offer guided hiking along the Appalachian Trail each morning and healthy, fresh meals throughout the day. A variety of fitness classes, yoga, and cooking demos are offered each afternoon and one massage is included for each three night stay. Prices are always affordable at New Life Hiking Spa, but combined with the fact that foliage season is starting; the discounted prices are even more of a value.

Located in Killington, which is Vermont’s second highest peak at 4241’, signs of the famous New England foliage are beginning and increasing each day. Beautiful autumn hikes include beginner hikes that take guests along picturesque country settings, mountain streams, and working farms. Intermediate hikes lead guests along the diverse terrain of the famous Appalachian and Long Trails. Advanced hikes challenge guests further up some of the highest peaks in Vermont with breathtaking views and incredible opportunities to see autumn’s beautiful rainbow of foliage. New Life Hiking Spa offers hiking for all fitness levels and plenty of opportunities to take photographs.

About New Life Hiking Spa:

New Life Hiking Spa is a destination spa in Killington, Vermont, celebrating 35 summers in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Founded in 1978, by Jimmy LeSage, M.S., New Life is an award-winning weight loss and hiking spa vacation.

Since 2005, New Life has been selected as a top ten fitness vacation by MSNBC, and a top weight loss spa by Shape Magazine and Health Magazine. For the 19 weeks a year New Life Hiking Spa is open, approximately 600 guests from all over the world come to visit New Life in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

SpaFinders has selected New Life Hiking Spa as one of the 25 Pioneer Spas which have shaped the spa industry as we know it today. New Life is consistently picked as one of the top ten spas in the world by SpaFinders Readers Choice Awards for hiking, solo travel, weight loss, affordability and fitness classes. In addition, in 2011, Jimmy LeSage, M.S., was chosen as one of the world’s top ten best spa managers.

New Life Hiking Spa was chosen in Yankee Magazine as the 2012 Editor’s Choice for “Best Place to Rejuvenate” and has been listed as New England’s top spa by Spas of America for the past two years.

More information can be found online at http://www.NewLifeHikingSpa.com or http://www.WeightLossSpa.com.

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‘America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now’ Exhibit at Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design

August 21, 2012

Laura McPhee’s Smoke from a Wildfire Ignited by Sparks from a Burn Barrel, Champion Creek, Custer County, Idaho, 2005. Gift of the artist and Carroll and Sons (Boston, MA) in honorof Joe Deal, is part of the America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now exhibit on view at Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design,  Providence. © Laura McPhee. Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.

The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design announces its major fall exhibition, America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now, a broad panorama of our country’s topographies and correlating narratives that reveals a nation’s ambitions and failings, beauty and loss, politics and personal stories through about 150 photographs spanning nearly 150 years. The show opens Friday, September 21, 2012, and is on view through January 13, 2013.

The public is invited to a free opening party at the RISD Museum on Thursday, September 20, at 5:30 pm; all are welcome.

On Wednesday, October 3, at 6:15 pm, Sally Mann, one of the most influential photographers in the world today, shares her evocative images and reads from her forthcoming book.

“The landscape has inspired and challenged artists since the earliest days of our nation,” says Museum Director John W. Smith. “The remarkable works in this exhibition not only capture photography’s evolving relationship with the landscape but also trace the larger narrative of America itself.”

From the earliest images in the show, it is clear how purpose guided style. Carlton Watkins’ 1860s painterly and atmospheric views of the sublime landscape portray the wilderness as a place of spiritual renewal and a refuge from urban problems. In contrast, Timothy O’Sullivan, employed for the government’s geological surveys in the 1870s, made purposefully spare and anti-picturesque images that seem to provide proof of empty territories needing to be studied, secured, and settled.

In her essay for America in View‘s accompanying catalogue, photographer Deborah Bright, chair of the Fine Art Department at Pratt Institute, suggests that some of the historical shifts in environmental consciousness seen in the photographs “illuminate how the works also reflect changing conceptions of landscapes as bearers of cultural meaning.” Ansel Adams, whose mid-20th-century views of nature’s majesty and vastness represent many people’s ideals of American landscape photography, omitted human impact on the land. Widely used by the Sierra Club, his stunning images of untouched wilderness encouraged conservation in the face of an increasingly industrial society.

By the 1970s, artists including the late RISD provost and photography professor Joe Deal saw that the environment entailed both wilderness and the vacant lot next door. Their “New Topographics” imagery depicts recently constructed tract homes, industrial parks, and highway culture —- inverting Adams’ exclusion. “‘Landscape’ is probably better understood as that set of expectations and beliefs… we project upon the world,” explains Brown University art historian Douglas Nickel in the catalogue. “Not every photograph of land is a landscape, and not every landscape necessarily features the land.”

The past 20 years reveal a return to romantic views of the landscape, even in its degraded state, often including figures to create narratives. Justine Kurland’s landscape under an overpass shows a stunning place of fantasy and escape. RISD alumnus Justin Kimball explores fantasies of finding wilderness in public parks —- where instead we find others seeking the same.

America in View was inspired by a generous gift of photographs from Deal and his widow, Betsy Ruppa. Jan Howard, the Museum’s curator of Prints, Drawings + Photographs, says, “This gift, and other contributions in Joe’s honor, gives the Museum a new strength in late 20th-century landscape photography, celebrated in this exhibition.”

Southeastern New England’s only comprehensive art museum, the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design —- also known as the RISD Museum of Art —- was established in 1877. Its permanent collection of more than 86,000 objects includes paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume, furniture, and other works of art from every part of the world —- including objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and art of all periods from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, up to the latest in contemporary art. The Museum also offers a wide array of educational and public programs to more than 100,000 visitors annually.

The RISD Museum of Art, with entrances at 224 Benefit Street and 20 North Main Street in Providence, RI, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and 10 am-9 pm on Thursday. For more information, call 401 454-6500 or visit risdmuseum.org.

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Historic Woodstock Inn & Resort Offers Special $195 Rate through Sept 13

August 21, 2012

No need to pack away the summer whites just yet. With record breaking above-average temperatures this summer expected to continue past Labor Day, the Woodstock Inn & Resort invites travelers to extend their summer with a special per night rate of $195 through September 13.

“Visitors are welcome to enjoy the ‘Endless Summer’ feel at the Woodstock Inn & Resort before the crisp cool air of fall settles into the region,” said President and General Manager Werner Graef. “The weather is ideal for experiencing the great outdoors including our award winning golf course.”

The “Endless Summer” rate represents a savings of 30 percent and is available Sunday through Thursday from August 20 to September 13, 2012, based on double occupancy. Rate excludes applicable taxes and resort fee.

Golfers looking for an endless summer getaway can tee-off at the Robert Trent Jones, Sr 18-hole golf course with the Unlimited Golf Package starting at $349 per room, per night. The packageincludes:

Unlimited golf at The Resort’s Golf Club

One night luxury accommodation

Golf cart

Continental breakfast for two

Complimentary use of the practice facility

The Unlimited Golf package is valid now through October 31, 2012, based on double occupancy, excluding applicable taxes and resort fee.

The culturally rich destination of Woodstock has an abundance of antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, specialty food markets and more, all within steps of the resort. Guests can walk Main Street and partake in nearby outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and tennis.

Relaxation and recreation are essential components of a stay at The Woodstock Inn & Resort. The property’s 10,000 square-foot LEED-certified spa offers a nature-inspired ambiance and features nourishing treatments with organic products. The Racquet & Fitness Club is a comprehensive facility with indoor and outdoor tennis courts, racquetball courts, a 30-by-60 foot indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, workout equipment and a steam room and sauna. Dining options include The Red Rooster, the resort’s award-winning fine dining restaurant emphasizing fresh, local ingredients sourced from the best purveyors in New England. And, Richardson’s Tavern offers a cozy old-world atmosphere with an extensive dinner menu and full bar.

For more information, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Woodstock-Inn-Resort, visit www.woodstockinn.com or call (888)-481-8802.

The Moorings Introduces Power Yacht Charters in Pacific Northwest

August 18, 2012

The Moorings, a leading yacht charter company, is now offering Power Yacht Charters aboard the Moorings 393 Powercat in the Pacific Northwest.

The Moorings, a leading yacht charter company, is now offering Power Yacht Charters aboard the Moorings 393 Powercat in the Pacific Northwest with their Preferred Partner, Anacortes Yacht Charters.

The expansive cruising range offered by this power catamaran will allow charter guests to enjoy the natural splendor and lively cosmopolitan atmosphere offered by a two-country itinerary throughout U.S. and Canadian waters.

“These Pacific Northwest waters are top-rated as one of the world’s best boating destinations, and since 2004 we have offered bareboat sailing vacations in this region,” Cheryl Powell, COO of The Moorings, says. “Now, we are pleased to expand our partnership with Anacortes Yacht Charters to include power cruising vacations aboard the Moorings 393 Powercat.”

In the Pacific Northwest, there is something for everyone. The historic town of Anacortes – a key destination for power yacht charters – offers the ability to cruise through the protected waters of Puget Sound while experiencing charming towns steeped in history, quiet fishing villages, unique shops, and delectable farm fresh cuisine.

Other itinerary options will lead charterers through more than 2,000 islands of the U.S. San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands. These waters are home to mountainous evergreen peaks, secret fjords, protected anchorages, waterfalls and all types of wildlife.

Those who enjoy sightseeing will want to experience Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia located on Vancouver Island, which is well-known for its cobblestone streets, jazz scene and magnificent Fairmont Empress Hotel. While just across the Strait of Georgia, the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver is home to a unique mix of cultures, art galleries, parks, distinct neighborhoods and fantastic restaurants all surrounded by snow-capped mountains and crystal clear water.

Amenities of Moorings 393PC

The Moorings 393 Powercat designed by multihull architects Morelli & Melvin and built by Robertson & Caine, features a cutting edge design with 3 deck levels, large functional living spaces, and amenities such as air conditioning, flat-screen TV/DVD player, sound system with MP3 connection, and upgraded electronics, including color chart plotter. The 39-foot power catamaran has a roomy saloon and galley plus 3 cabins and 2 heads, with a luxurious suite in the starboard hull. On the fly bridge, a centrally positioned helm station offers excellent visibility on all corners of the yacht for ease of maneuvering. Powered by two 110hp Yanmar diesel engines, she delivers excellent fuel efficiency, with solar panels on the hard top to provide additional power supply.

For information about The Moorings charter vacations, visit www.moorings.com or call 1-800-535-7289.

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Fuel Your Need For Speed With Kensington’s Custom VIP Tours To The 2012 F1 Austin Grand Prix

August 18, 2012

Get into the most anticipated racing event of the season, the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix on November 15th with Kensington Tours’ exclusive adrenaline-fueled itineraries to the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Ideal for racing aficionados, automobile enthusiasts and corporate entertaining, these high performance packages come at a variety of prices and are easily customized with VIP upgrades, themed extras and Texas sized indulgences.

“With the Circuit of the Americas being the first purpose built Formula 1 track in the history of the USA, the Austin Grand Prix is destined to be the racing event of the decade,” says Marsha Pautler, Director of Kensington’s Championship Series which offers tours to the most coveted sporting tournaments in the world. “We are proud to offer Grand Prix fans the opportunity to be a part of history in the making at this epic event.”

With hotels, hospitality and seats booking fast, it’s time to rev up the planning if you plan on making the race.

Austin Grand Prix High Performance Packages Include:

Starting Line Premium Grandstands
5 Days from $4,995 per person

An adrenaline fueled adventure to the F1 Austin Grand Prix. Speed past long lines with a VIP pass, see the drivers in person and toast the winner at the champagne presentation. Featuring premium seats to practice laps, qualifying rounds, the official race day, stylish hotel, transfers to the track and more!
http://www.kensingtontours.com/Tours/North-America/United-States/Texas/5-Day-Austin-Grand-Prix—Starting-Line-Premium-Grandstands

Finish Line Grandstands
5 Days from $6,095 per person

If you have a need for speed this action packed tour to the F1 Austin Grand Prix is the ticket! Spend 3 days on the Finish Line Grandstands at the USA’s most prestigious racetrack, the new Circuit of the Americas. Meet F1 royalty, avoid lines with VIP access, lunch with other racing aficionados and behold the magic of Formula 1 firsthand. Includes stylish hotel, transfers and more.
http://www.kensingtontours.com/Tours/North-America/United-States/Texas/5-Day-Austin-Grand-Prix—Finish-Line-Grandstands

Finish Line Club Level Seating
5 Days from $8,500 per person

Everything’s bigger in Texas and that includes Formula 1! Go big or go home with this high performance adventure featuring 3 days at the new Circuit of the Americas. Watch the Practice Laps, Qualify Rounds and Race Day. From club level seats by the finish line, open bar, gourmet meals and VIP line pass, to mingling with F1 drivers, gifts, champagne, transfers, 4-star hotels and more, this tour is a guaranteed win. http://www.kensingtontours.com/Tours/North-America/United-States/Texas/5-Day-Austin-Grand-Prix—Finish-Line-Club-Level-Seating

 

VIP Paddocks & Privileges
5 Days from $11,995 per person
With more luxuries than can be listed, if you’re looking for the ultimate Texas F1 experience this is it. Go full gear with this exclusive VIP package. Watch each day’s races from Pit Row otherwise known as the elite Paddock Club, meander through F1 Village, enjoy behind the scenes access, shake hands with your favorite drivers and celebrate with champagne alongside the winner in the VIP area. Includes elegant hotel, private chauffeured transfers and more!

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Kensington Tours offers custom and private guided tours to over 90 countries worldwide. The flexibility of Kensington’s offerings results in tailor-made journeys that are carefully handcrafted to deliver personalized adventures like no other company. Kensington Tours was named to “World’s Best Awards 2011” by Travel + Leisure Magazine and named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure Magazine.

For more information, visit www.KensingtonTours.com.

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Cunard Line Launches 5-day Sale, Aug 16-20 for Savings on Early Booking Fares on World Voyage Segments

August 15, 2012

On 16 August, Cunard Line launches their five-day Extraordinary Adventures Event Sale, featuring exotic World Voyage Segments in Asia, Australia and the Middle East on both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. The sale also includes Transatlantic Crossings and a Panama Canal transit.

On 16 August, Cunard Line launches their five-day Extraordinary Adventures Event Sale, featuring exotic World Voyage Segments in Asia, Australia and the Middle East on both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. The sale also includes Transatlantic Crossings and a Panama Canal transit.

The special sale offers significant savings of up to 45 percent off Early Booking Fares in addition to On Board Credit of up to $300 per stateroom, plus a Reduced Deposit on select 2013 voyages.

Extraordinary Adventure Event voyages aboard Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria included in the offer are:

Queen Mary 2

  • 18-day Egypt & Middle East –10 January: Fares from $2,695
  • 12-day India & Malaysia – 28 January: Fares from $1,895
  • 18-day China & Australia – 17 February: Fares from $2,795
  • 7-day Transatlantic Crossing – 3 January: Fares from $995

Queen Victoria

  • 20-day South Pacific – 3 February: Fares from $2,795
  • 23-day China & Australia – 17 February: Fares from $3,195
  • 12-day India & Malaysia – 27 March: Fares from $1,795
  • 16-day South Africa & Canary Islands – 10 April: Fares from $2,595
  • 8-day Transatlantic Crossing – 10 January: Fares from $895
  • 16-day Panama Canal – 18 January: Fares from $2,295

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Offer is for new bookings only. The sale runs through 20 August.

Guests sailing a luxury cruise vacation aboard Cunard Line delight in the experience of the voyage itself, not just the destination. By day, guests enjoy voluminous libraries, world class spas, white-gloved afternoon tea service and engaging award-winning Insights guest enrichment programs; and by night are entertained by Royal Nights themed balls, West End-style productions and Veuve Clicquot champagne cocktails.

For more information about Queen Mary 2 or Queen Victoria, or to book a voyage, consult your travel agent, call Cunard toll-free 1-800-728-6273 or go to www.cunard.com.

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Quark Expeditions announces 2013-14 Antarctic Season; Book by Sept 30 for Discounts

August 15, 2012

Polar Pioneer Introduces the First-Ever Polar Floating Film Festival Voyage and a New Fly Cruise Itinerary

Quark Expeditions, a leader in polar adventure, has just announced its Antarctic 2013 -2014 season. Highlights include a voyage featuring the first-ever Floating Polar Film Festival in conjunction with Hot Docs, a fly-cruise itinerary that takes passengers across the Antarctic Circle, and a 23-day ‘do it all’ Antarctic adventure. The Epic Antarctica itinerary is the only voyage of its kind to take passengers to South Georgia, the Falkland Islands as well as the Antarctic Peninsula.

With 32 departures starting November 1, 2013, Quark offers more Antarctic voyages than any other Polar operator.

New Expeditions Added

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings
The inaugural voyage of the season aboard the Sea Spirit offers passengers an unprecedented experience. Departing from Buenos Aires, the 22-day voyage offers passengers the first-ever Floating Polar Film Festival. Curated by North America’s largest documentary festival, Hot Docs, this on-board festival will feature a diverse documentary film program set against the remote beauty of Antarctic waters. The journey starts on November 1, 2013 on the Sea Spirit.

Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle
Quark’s newest fly-cruise voyage offers passengers all the incredible experiences and bragging rights of crossing the Antarctic Circle, in less time than a typical voyage. This new 11-day expedition (instead of the usual 15) departs on December 22, 2013 and will have passengers celebrating New Year’s Eve aboard the Sea Adventurer.

Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia: Epic Antarctica
For those looking for the ultimate Antarctic experience, there is now a 23-day ‘do it all’ expedition on the Sea Adventurer which departs February 23, 2014. This extensive itinerary offers travelers a chance to see seven species of penguins, and more than 30 species of birds while visiting the “Galapagos of the Poles.” This is the only voyage available taking passengers to the Falklands and South Georgia as well as across the Antarctic Circle to the Peninsula.

Ships
The largest of Quark’s fleet, the ‘Super Yacht,’ Ocean Diamond, is back with Quark Expeditions for its second season of Carbon Neutral voyages. The ship features unparalleled comfort and stability.

Passengers will enjoy a massage and wellness program, the largest Polar library, in-room flat screen TV and DVD player and each cabin offers exterior views and en-suite bath. An all-inclusive beverage package is also available on this ship.

Sea Adventurer (formerly known as Clipper Adventurer) boasts outside cabins with en-suite facilities, a TV and DVD player in every cabin, a Polar Boutique, internet access, a fitness room and more. All-inclusive beverage packages are available on this ship.

Sea Spirit is Quark’s luxury adventure ‘all-suites’ ship and features all-inclusive beverages on every voyage, every suite has an exterior view and en-suite bath, in-room satellite phone and flat screen TV and DVD player. This ship also offers passengers a hot tub and workout room, polar library and many more amenities to suit every passenger’s needs.

How to Book
As an early booking incentive, travelers who reserve by September 30, 2012 will receive a 25% discount on suites* and 20% off on all other cabin categories.

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition – 14 & 15 days from $6,995
Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North – 10 days from $7,395
Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise North – 9 days from $6,995
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake – 8 days from $7,995
Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle – 11 days from $10,995
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent – 10-12 days from $4,595
Antarctic Peninsula East and West: Explorers’ Route – 15 days from $12,995
South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari – 17 days from $14,995
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings – 19 & 20 days from $9,495
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires: Explorers and Kings – 22 days from $13,995
Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia: Epic Antarctica – 23 days from $13,495

Prices listed above are in U.S. dollars and are per person based on triple occupancy. For more information contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser at 888-892-0171 or visit www.quarkexpeditions.com.

For over 20 years, Quark Expeditions has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel. With its diverse fleet of specially equipped vessels and seasoned expedition leaders, they offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote regions on earth. In 2011, Quark was named a recipient of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” for their “Three Arctic Islands” voyage.

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