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93 Pilgrim Pk., Waterbury, VT 05676, United States

With two polar-class icebreaker ships—one nuclear powered, and both equipped with helicopters and Zodiacs—Quark is the go-to outfit for getting to the remotest ice-bound spots. In 2012, Quark launched hot-air balloons on select North Pole trips.T+L Trip pick Antarctic Express. Fly over the Drake Passage, on the southern tip of South America, then board the 61-cabin Clipper Adventurer to spot glaciers, penguins, and whales (polar camping is optional).

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With two polar-class icebreaker ships—one nuclear powered, and both equipped with helicopters and Zodiacs—Quark is the go-to outfit for getting to the remotest ice-bound spots. In 2012, Quark launched hot-air balloons on select North Pole trips.T+L Trip pick Antarctic Express. Fly over the Drake Passage, on the southern tip of South America, then board the 61-cabin Clipper Adventurer to spot glaciers, penguins, and whales (polar camping is optional).