Quark Expeditions added an icebreaker to its fleet that will make its debut on June 23 with a maiden voyage to the North Pole.
Named 50 Years of Victory, Quark said it is the largest icebreaker ever constructed. It has 64 cabins, can accommodate 128 passengers and has a bar, a lounge, a library, an indoor pool, two saunas and a fitness center. Massage services will be available. The Aft Saloon converts from a presentation room during the day to a dance floor in the evening.
Built in Russia, the vessel is the first Arktika-class icebreaker (built by the Russian government and operated by Murmansk Shipping Co.) to have a spoon-shaped bow.
Quark said the ship has a stainless-steel, 18-foot ice belt that can break through ice up to 9.2 feet thick.
The vessel has an automated digital control system to increase its efficiency, Quark said, and is driven by two nuclear reactors that produce 75,000 horsepower.
Its maiden voyage will be followed by sailings on July 6 and July 19 to the North Pole. The first two cruises are 16 days in length, and the third is 17 days to accommodate the viewing of a total solar eclipse.
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