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Nicko Cruises co-operates with Quark Expeditions for two Antarctica cruises

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Due to a new cooperation with Quark Expeditions World Explorer will be sold to the German market earlier than originally planned
German operator Nicko Cruises, so far a pure river cruise specialist under the umbrella of Mystic Invest, is venturing into ocean expedition cruising next winter - earlier than previously announced - through a cooperation with Quark Expeditions.

Two Antarctica itineraries will be operated with World Explorer, which is currently under construction for Mário Ferreira's Mystic Invest, Nicko said on Thursday.

The announcement brought the previously communicated expansion plans of Nicko Cruises forward by about half a year.

Last summer it was announced that World Explorer would commence charter operation for Nicko in summer 2019, while Quark Expeditions chartered the vessel for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 Antarctica seasons.

In summer, World Explorer is going to serve the European – mainly German – source market with itineraries calling mostly smaller ports in Northern Europe, the Arctic, Baltic, Western Europe and Mediterranean.

Through the new cooperation between Nicko Cruises and Quark Expeditions, two Antarctica 14-day itineraries are available in winter (austral summer) 2018/19, starting from Ushuaia and Punta Arenas respectively.

Cruises marketed by Nicko Cruises will have at least one German-speaker in the lecturer/expedition team. Additionally, all talks and presentations delivered in English are going to be translated into German.