Award Winning Quark Expeditions Nominated Again

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

First they were named one of the World’s Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines then Quark Expeditions landed gold in the ‘Small Cruise Ship’ Magellan Award. Now as if that were not enough, they have been nominated for three more prestigious honours in the 23rd annual World Travel Awards. The adventure travel company is in the […]

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Explore Antarctica Using VR from Quark Expeditions

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Now that delegates from 24 countries and the European Union have agreed that the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world’s largest marine protected area all eyes are focusd again on how to get out there and enjoy the adventure of being there. Some 1.57m sq km (600,000 sq miles) of the Southern Ocean […]

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Jade Mountain Resort Wins Gold For Being Green

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

The award-winning Jade Mountain Resort in which we stayed and reported on here has added yet another award to its growing collection. This time it has won Gold for being Green The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain resort has become the first hotel in the Caribbean to receive […]

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13 Banned Foods that Could Get You in Big Trouble Around the World

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Feeling hungry for haggis? Fancy some foie gras? Peckish for poppy seeds? Depending on where you are in the world, your foodie hankering could in fact be illegal. From poppy seeds in Saudi Arabia, to samosas in Al Shabaab-controlled Somalia, a new infographic explores the world’s weirdest banned foods. From kangaroo meat and haggis, to […]

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The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The quest for the Northwest Passage was one of the greatest navigational challenges and an international obsession for early mariners. For 500 years explorers, spurred by the promise of wealth or prestige, risked their lives to find a commercial route to the markets of the Orient. Early notions of geography were primitive and sometimes flawed. […]

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North West Passage – 100 years – 100 Transits

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The first voyage to complete a transit of the Northwest Passage, joining the waters of the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean through the Canadian Arctic archipelago and the Arctic Ocean, began in 1903. Commanded by Roald Amundsen sailing in the Norwegian sloop Gjøa, the voyage was completed on 30 August 1906. In 2005 nearly 100 […]

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The Future of The North West Passage

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

The fact that we got through the NW Passage without really encountering Polar Bears let alone seeing much in the way of ice raises the question is the route going to become a passage as commonly used as the Panama Canal? The economic and ecological consequences of new trade routes opening up as a result […]

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Come into the Garden Maud

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

She may look a wreck but Maud is an important ship and after years of rotting in an arctic backwater is about to make her final voyage to stardom Maud was built at a shipyard in Asker at Usiofnord, Norway for the explorer Roald Amundsen. He was the first man to successfully navigate the Northwest […]

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Paying Back to the Community

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

As part of our onboard amusement, Ocean Endeavour is carrying some accredited and famous Inuit musicians who have entertained us well. As we approached Gjoahaven a hamlet of just 1400 people it was decided that instead of giving the ship board guests a concert we the ship should give a concert ashore for the local […]

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Polar Bears

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

While the voyage in itself is exciting for the route it takes, the highlight as got to be finding Polar Bears in their natural habitat. Not finding them would be like visiting London and not getting to see Buckingham Palace or Paris without the Eiffel Tower. We were very fortunate and saw Polar Bears on […]

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