Photos: The Royal Tour for Penguin Lovers!

    Quark Expeditions Offers a Once-in-a-Lifetime Voyage to Visit
    Antarctica's Emperors and Kings with Acclaimed Artist and Photographer
    Robert and Birgit Freybe Bateman

    NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 16 /CNW/ -- The ultimate expedition for Penguin
lovers will take place in November 2009 when Quark Expeditions' Kapitan
Khlebnikov cuts the ice and journeys to Snow Hill Island and South Georgia
seeking the world's two largest penguins. On board the 22-day "Emperors &
Kings: Snow Hill and South Georgia" expedition will be internationally
acclaimed wildlife artist Robert Bateman and renowned wildlife photographer
Birgit Freybe Bateman.

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    Robert Bateman is one of the world's most celebrated contemporary
wildlife artists and conservationists. His work is showcased in private
collections and museums around the world. This year his art will be exhibited
at the San Diego Natural History Museum from Nov. 1, 2008 to Jan. 31, 2009.
The exhibit will be sponsored by Quark Expeditions. His wife, Birgit, is a
professional artist and photographer whose images have appeared in books and
such national travel magazines as Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine and
National Geographic Adventure. Both dedicated conservationists and artists
will speak about environmental and preservation issues while visiting the
world's most remote continent.
    Taking place from Nov. 15, 2009 to Dec. 6, 2009, this voyage explores the
rookeries of 4-feet tall Emperor Penguins and 3-feet tall King Penguins while
providing opportunities to encounter six additional penguin species. The
icebreaker will sail from Ushuaia, Argentina to Stanley, Falkland Islands
(Islas Malvinas), crossing the Drake Passage and then on to the South Shetland
Islands where the first sightings of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins
will take place. Six days into the trip, the Kapitan Khlebnikov will arrive at
the Snow Hill Island Emperor Penguin rookery. Identified by Quark Expeditions
in 2004, the rookery is home to more than 4,000 pairs of Emperors.
    For the next two days, passengers will board Kapitan Khlebnikov's onboard
helicopters to shuttle within a mile and a half of the rookery. In order to
protect the birds, passengers will then walk the final distance to the
Emperors' breeding ground. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is only possible
with the use of a polar icebreaker and its onboard helicopters..
    The Kapitan Khlebnikov will then sail to South Georgia via the South
Orkney Islands. South Georgia is home to more than 200,000 pairs of King
Penguins. As King Penguins breed year round, a visit to their massive rookery
is a sight to behold as one can view these impressive birds in all stages of
    From South Georgia, where Ernest Shackleton is buried, the Kapitan
Khlebnikov will sail to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). Three hundred
miles off the coast of Argentina, this unique set of Islands is home to
Rockhopper and Magellanic Penguins.
    During the voyage, Robert and Birgit Bateman will speak about their lives
as conservation activists and wildlife artists. Robert Bateman was named
Officer of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian award in 1984
in recognition of his lifetime of work. He has been awarded the Rachel Carson
Award by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the
Human Rights Defender Award by Amnesty International and one of the 20th
Century's Champions of Conservation by the United States National Audubon
    He was commissioned by the Governor General of Canada to create a
painting as the wedding gift for HRH Prince Charles from the people of Canada,
and his work is also represented in the collections of HRH Prince Philip, the
late Princess Grace of Monaco and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. His art
reflects his commitment to ecology and preservation. Since the early 1960s, he
has been an active member of naturalist and conservation organizations.
    "Emperor & Kings: Snow Hill and South Georgia" expedition ranges in price
from $21,890 to $35,890 per person. For more information, call Quark
Expeditions at 800-356-5699 or visit
    About the Kapitan Khlebnikov
    The polar-class icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov is renowned in the field of
adventure travel and polar navigation. It is one of the few ships in the world
that can take travelers through pack ice in remote high latitudes. Amenities
include outside cabins, two helicopters, a fleet of Zodiac landing craft, a
presentation room and a well-stocked bar. The ship's chefs will not repeat a
menu during the entire expedition.
    About Quark Expeditions
    Since 1991, Quark Expeditions has established a tradition of firsts in
polar expedition travel. The company was the first to transit the Northeast
Passage with commercial passengers; the first to take travelers to the "far
side" of Antarctica and the first to circumnavigate the Antarctic continent
with guests, twice. Quark is also recognized for its diverse passenger fleet;
the largest in Antarctica -- including the only polar-class icebreaker
operating as an expedition ship there. The fleet enables Quark to offer the
widest variety of polar itineraries of any other adventure company in the
world, and the greatest number of departures to Antarctica. In October 2006
and 2007, Quark was named a recipient of National Geographic Traveler's "50
Tours of a Lifetime" for their "Emperor Penguin Safari" and the "Far Side"
respectively. In the March 2006 edition, Outside magazine named the "Emperor
Penguin Safari" as one of the New Trips of a Lifetime.

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For further information: Rebecca Werner of Werner Public Relations, Inc.
for Quark Expeditions, +1-312-440-3075, +1-212-355-5131,,

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