Antarctica & Patagonia
Join us for the ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia Experience
Majestic, unspoiled natural splendors await on an ultra-luxury cruise with Seabourn — snow-capped volcanoes reflected in crystalline lakes, massive glaciers and fjords, the rugged grandeur of Patagonia, Cape Horn and beyond, the sweeping landscapes and diverse wildlife of Antarctica.
Seabourn Cruises' skilled expedition staff will plan and manage our cruise and coordinate special landings in Antarctica, choosing from numerous extraordinary options to give you the very best experience possible during your adventure, based on ice and weather conditions. Experts and special guest speakers will join us on board as well, offering insights and guidance to enhance your experience and help maximize your enjoyment and appreciation of this boundless land.
On board the ultra-luxury cruise ship, Seabourn Quest, every care will be taken to ensure your complete comfort and well-being, from a well-timed glass of champagne to a rejuvenating massage after a day ashore. Though we may be far from home, the signature touches that make Seabourn one of the world’s highest-rated small-ship ultra-luxury cruise lines will never be out of reach.
Special modifications have prepared Seabourn Quest for the unique conditions in and around Antarctica. These important enhancements will enable us to venture closer than ever to the White Continent’s wondrous shores.
When you cruise with Seabourn, we promise a voyage that is nothing short of magical. Each cruise to Antarctica and Patagonia includes the following exclusive amenities and activities designed to enhance every moment:
*Zodiac landings are limited to guests six years and older. The final itinerary is subject to weather, ice and other conditions and subject to change.
Daily Antarctica Updates
Seabourn Quest’s second season in Antarctica is under way, and guests are having the time of their lives! There are so many stories and photos we want to share with you, and we’re very excited to be able to do this through a new tracking website. The site tracks where the ship is each day and features daily reports and updates from our stellar expedition team, as well as a collection of beautiful imagery and photos.
If you have friends and family sailing on one our Antarctica cruises, you can follow along and live vicariously through their adventures! It’s also an excellent way to get a great sense of what it’s like to sail on one of our Antarctica & Patagonia voyages. We hope you enjoy the stories and photos from Seabourn Quest!
Red roofs and smoking chimneys decorate the gently sloping hillsides of Punta Arenas (Sandy Point), the bustling center of one of the world's largest sheep farming areas. This pleasant community welcomes you with attractive parks and delightful Victorian architecture.
The wild and beautiful Aysén District of Chile lies south of Chiloe and Puerto Montt. Here you find cliffs that drop into immense river valleys, numerous waterfalls and ravines that open into vast valleys, while the Andes form a continuous barrier. Puerto Chacabuco is a popular entry port to the Aysén region. It lies at the eastern end of a very narrow fjord and has replaced Puerto Aysén as the main shipping port and ferry terminal to this region. Puerto Chacabuco is also a departure point for sailings to Laguna San Rafael. Local vessels make the scenic trip through the channels and islands of Western Patagonia.
After your days in the Antarctic realm, the sparse green vegetation of South Georgia Island may seem comparatively lush. The island is a part of South Georgia Island and the South Sandwich Islands, a British overseas territory. The tiny settlement of Grytviken languishes at the base of a looming central massif, on a flat plain with plentiful fresh water at the head of a sheltered cove. The town was named “Pot Harbor” by a Norwegian explorer who discovered English try-pots on the shore. One of those, probably dating from Captain James Cook’s visit in 1775, is displayed in the small town museum. The most visible portions of the town are the ghostly ruins of the whaling station established here in 1904. Until the 1960s, this was a veritable factory for converting the bountiful local population of whales and elephant seals into oil. Aside from the station relics, the town boasts a small white church built in 1913, a museum stuffed with relics of the town’s heyday, and a cemetery that is the last resting place of the renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. In 1915, Shackleton’s polar expedition ship Endurance was entrapped in ice in the Antarctic and destroyed. The men managed to reach barren Elephant Island, from where Shackleton and five others made an epic 800-mile journey to South Georgia Island in a small, open boat. After arriving, they further completed a perilous crossing of the island’s central mountain range to reach Grytviken and effect a rescue of their companions.
The sub-antarctic climate and nutrient-rich seas provide South Georgia with a population of seabirds and mammals unmatched anywhere else. On the island’s Salisbury Plain, a colony of nearly a quarter million King Penguins makes an unforgettable vision of unspoiled nature. Elephant seals breed here and bask in the town and dominate the beaches. Albatrosses, petrels, shags, skuas and other species of penguins and seabirds are densely populated as well. Whales have returned to the surrounding waters in force. Exact landing sites will be determined by sea and ice conditions and local wildlife populations during your visit. But you will be privileged to experience one of the least-visited places on earth, and a veritable Lost Eden filled with the untouched abundance of nature.
The lake country of southern Chile seems to be altogether another world from the deserts of the north. The Lake District is graced with spectacular scenery, including the magnificent snowcapped volcanic cone, Mt. Osorno. Puerto Montt serves as the principal port for this region and as a gateway for cruises southward into Chile's fjords.
The towns are largely built of abundant local woods, and many houses are elaborately shingled in intricate designs. Even the cathedral is a beautiful, vaulted structure crafted of local hardwoods. The forest and the sea are the source of livelihood and much more in this rustic outpost.
An archipelago of over 700 islands spread over 4,700 square miles lies about 300 miles east of the coast of Argentina. Its political affiliation is with the United Kingdom, and it is named the Falkland Islands, although this is disputed by Argentina, which calls the island group Islas Malvinas. The islands were the focus of a short, violent military confrontation between the two nations in 1982 which resulted in many lives lost. Most visitors come to the islands attracted by the severe beauty of the landscape and the unusual wildlife to be seen there, especially colonies of penguins. Port Stanley, the capital, is a plucky outpost supporting the hardy islanders who farm and fish and, lately, newcomers set on exploiting the recently discovered oil reserves offshore.
2015 – 2016 Seabourn Quest Sailings
Meet the members of your expedition team
From The Captain
"After a successful first season in Antarctica and South America, I am thrilled to have so many of our expedition team members returning for another year of extraordinary adventure and discovery in these magnificent lands."
Captain Bjarne Larsen
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