Falkland Islands a new excursion from Seabourn

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The Yachts of Seabourn is offering a choice of more than 120 shore excursions during Seabourn Odyssey's 73-day South America circumnavigation, departing in early 2011.

Among the sightseeing attractions is a new adventure excursion to the Falkland Islands, the 700-island archipelago spread across more than 4,000 square miles. The excursion, called the Majestic Penguins of Volunteer Point, Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, focuses on the region's penguin colonies.

Clients will drive through the mountains in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, passing sites now associated with the Falklands War of 1982. Arriving at Volunteer Point, they'll view colonies of the three local species of penguins: king, Gentoo and Magellanic. Although Gentoo and Magellanic penguins can be seen at other locations on the island, this is the only place where passengers will encounter a colony of king penguins.

Volunteer Point is a bird lover's paradise, home to a wide array of sea and shore birds such as oystercatchers, sandpipers, long-tailed meadowlark, the indigenous Falklands thrush, Magellanic snipe, Falkland pipit and dark-faced ground-tyrant.

"South America is an amazing destination, with so much variety and beauty. We have created small-group excursions to provide our guests a wealth of authentic, culturally rich experiences in South America that they will always remember and cherish," said Pamela Conover, Seabourn president and CEO.

Among the 31 port calls on this cruise will be Quito, Santiago, Lima, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia.

The voyage departs Jan. 4 roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. Fares for the full cruise start at $25,299 per person, double, with segment itineraries starting at $6,899 per person, double.

Clients can reserve space on the optional shore excursions online prior to departure. Seabourn's website is www.seabourn.com.

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