Are you already thinking about travel plans during the holidays? How about a cruise to a “winter wonderland”? This year, Seabourn Quest will sail on a 24-day holiday cruise to Antarctica and Patagonia. In fact, the ship is scheduled to land guests on the “White Continent” on Christmas Day (weather conditions permitting). Imagine being in Antarctica – surrounded by the magnificent scenery, ice formations and diverse wildlife – during the holidays!
This voyage will depart December 11 from Valparaiso, Chile, and explore the wonders of Patagonia and Antarctica. Seabourn Quest will cruise the Chilean coast, with visits to Puerto Montt for the Chilean Lakes District, Castro on the huge island of Chiloé, and Puerto Chacabuco for the Rio Simpson Valley and Coyhaique, as well as Punta Arenas, from where guests can tour the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. Then the 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 on board will experience five days in Antarctica, including scenic cruising of highlights such as the breathtaking Lemaire Channel, picturesque Paradise Bay and the Gerlache Strait. The cruise will also 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. Guests will ring in 2014 at sea, followed by stops at Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, and then Buenos Aires.
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, based on real-time weather and wildlife reports during their Antarctic adventures. 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.
This will certainly be a holiday vacation to remember! We hope to see you on board Seabourn Quest in Antarctica! For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/ZiJjfi.