- Seabourn Adds A Seventh Continent To Itineraries -
More than twenty years after Seabourn pioneered an entirely new style of small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising, the company has extended its repertoire of highly desirable cruising destinations to include Antarctica for the first time. Seabourn Quest, the newest ship in the Seabourn award-winning fleet, will begin a series of four 21- to 24-day voyages sailing between Valparaíso, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina starting in November of 2013.
“Seabourn is already renowned for our extensive portfolio of worldwide itineraries,” noted Seabourn’s president Richard Meadows. “Antarctica was the only continent that Seabourn did not feature in our itineraries. This expands our global reach to all seven continents and builds on our already impressive list of exotic destinations. Seabourn is very proud to be bringing our highly rated ultra-luxury cruise experience to Antarctica.”
Seabourn’s South American Voyages
The all-suite ship will cruise the Chilean coast, including visits to Puerto Montt and the Chilean Lakes District, Castro on the huge island of Chiloé, and Puerto Chacabuco’s Rio Simpson Valley and Coyhaique. It will also make port at Punta Arenas, from where guests can tour the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. Then the intimate ship will thread the glaciers, peaks and channels of the Chilean Fjords, culminating in a transit of the Beagle Channel and its spectacular Glacier Alley. Weather permitting, following a call at Ushuaia in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, Seabourn Quest will cruise by Cape Horn, bound for the Southern Ocean. Guests will experience five days in Antarctica, including scenic cruising of the breathtaking Lemaire Channel, picturesque Paradise Bay, and the beautiful Gerlache Strait. An experienced Antarctic expedition staff will ensure that guests enjoy the best of the hundreds of available sites for landings, and cruising in smaller inflatable boats. Daily excursions will be based on real-time weather and wildlife reports. Scientists, naturalists, and other lecturers in a number of disciplines will speak on board, and accompany guests ashore to add insights to their once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Seabourn: Uruguay &The Falkland Islands
During the South Atlantic portion of the Seabourn voyage, guests will enjoy visits to Port Stanley, in the Falkland Islands, and Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, en route to or from Buenos Aires.
In a 24-day holiday version, Seabourn will include two days exploring the sub-Antarctic wildlife Eden of South Georgia Island, renowned for its beauty and its vast, teeming rookeries of king penguins and other seabirds, as well as breeding elephant and fur seals.
Happy Cruising. Andrew Kruglanski, Cruisin Susan Cruise Blog, cruisesuz.com.
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