Seabourn unveils Antarctica/Patagonia cruises

By Emma Weissmann
Seabourn Quest pool deckBeginning Nov. 20, passengers will have the opportunity to board the Seabourn Quest and experience Seabourn’s “Ultimate Antarctica and Patagonia” voyage, an itinerary that will extend Seabourn’s global reach to all seven continents.

Seabourn will offer four voyages, all of which include five days of touring the White Continent.

Twenty-one day cruises are scheduled to depart Nov. 20, Jan. 4 and Jan. 25. A 24-day “holiday version” of the itinerary is scheduled to depart Dec. 11 and includes a visit to South Georgia Island.

All-inclusive rates range from $14,999 to $82,000.

While visiting Antarctica, guests will be led by an expedition team of naturalists, scientists, political and historical experts who will share their knowledge of the continent and serve as guides throughout the journey.

Passengers will participate in wildlife and glacier viewings aboard the Quest, in addition to being led to and from the shore by Zodiac rafts, said Chris Srigley, assistant expedition leader.

“Your first glimpse of an iceberg, with the most neon-blue you have ever witnessed, will be seared into your memory,” Srigley said. “It’s about as close to [visiting another planet] as you can get without a space shuttle.”

Srigley said Seabourn will have minimal human impact on the continent. Travelers will be required to disinfect their shoes before traveling to and from the shore, and must stay in a small, contained group once on land.

In addition to visiting Antarctica, the voyage includes a cruise along the Chilean coast. The Quest will visit Puerto Chacabuco and Puerto Montt and Castro on the island of Chiloe.

Guests will travel through the channels of the Chilean fjords and the Beagle Channel and its “Glacier Alley.” They also will cruise by Cape Horn.

The last leg of the voyage will bring visitors to Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands and Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, en route to Buenos Aires.
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