WATERBURY, Vt., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The least traveled Arctic water route is the Northeast Passage from Murmansk, Russia to the Bering Strait. For decades it was closed to the adventurous traveler. The first expedition transit was pioneered by Quark Expeditions in 1991. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the rare expedition, Quark has declared April 11-15, 2011 Northeast Passage Week. Two prize packs worth $150 each will be given away.
The Northeast Passage Week Contest
Quark is posting on Facebook one trivia question each day, between April 11 and 15, 2011 about the 20th anniversary Northeast Passage cruise. To win one of the two prize packs worth $150 each, entrants must enter their answer to the trivia question online. A maximum of one entry per day for five days is permitted per person.
The Prize Pack Contents
Each prize pack will contain a Quark branded baseball cap; a pair of TASCO 8x21mm binoculars; a polar bear caribiner; and three books. The Arctic is a compendium of writings about the northern latitudes. A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife is well-illustrated and thoroughly researched. North-East Passage to Muscovy is about the earliest attempts to sail the Russian northern sea route.
Sail aboard the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov
Kapitan Khlebnikov is a conventional icebreaker built to escort merchant ships through the Northeast Passage. The ship was converted to a passenger vessel in 1991. Quark's flagship is retiring as an expedition cruise ship in March 2012. The July 10 to August 6, 2011 transit of the Northeast Passage will be the ship's End of an Era voyage.
Quark Expeditions has extended its hours to accommodate telephone enquiries and live chat requests: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 8 PM eastern; Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Travelers in North America may call toll free 1.888.892.0171 or +1.203.803.2887.
SOURCE Quark Expeditions