Seabourn To Cruise Antarctic Waters In 2013

Luxury small-ship cruise line Seabourn has unveiled a series of Antarctica cruises ranging between 21 and 24 days, visiting the white continent for the first time in its 20-year history. The all-suite, 450-guest Seabourn Quest will sail the new “Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia” itinerary between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires in November 2013.


Cruising the Chilean coast, the ship will visit ports including Puerto Montt for the Lake District, Castro on the huge island of Chiloé, and Puerto Chacabuco, a gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. She then threads the glaciers, peaks and channels of the Chilean Fjords, culminating in a transit of the Beagle Channel and Glacier Alley. Weather permitting, Seabourn Quest will cruise by Cape Horn bound for the Southern Ocean following a call at Ushuaia in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego.


Passengers will experience five days in Antarctica, including scenic cruising of highlights such as the Lemaire Channel, Paradise Bay and Gerlache Strait. Promising to be an enriching journey, experienced Antarctic expedition staff will be on hand to guide landings and exploration by Zodiacs, while scientists, naturalists and other lecturers in a number of disciplines will speak onboard to share their insights.


During the South Atlantic portion of the voyage, Seabourn Quest will visit Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, and Montevideo, Uruguay, en route to or from Buenos Aires. Cruisers on the 24-day sailings will also spend 2 days exploring the sub-Antarctic wildlife Eden of South Georgia Island, renowned for its rookeries of king penguins and other seabirds, as well as breeding elephant and fur seals.


Launched in 2011, Seabourn Quest is one of the highest-rated luxury cruise ships in the industry. Offering a refined cruising environment, the ship’s elegant hard product is complemented by top-class, personalized service and enriching itineraries.


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