SEATTLE, February 11, 2013 - To ensure that its guests have the best and most memorable Antarctic cruise adventure, Seabourn has contracted some of the world's most experienced expedition staff to guide the line's "Ultimate Antarctica and Patagonia" cruises aboard Seabourn Quest during the cruise line's inaugural Antarctic season of 2013 and 2014.
The skilled team consists of naturalists, scientists, political and historical experts and other lecturers with decades of Antarctic experience, who will be sharing their knowledge, guidance and passion for Antarctica during the cruise and accompanying guests on excursions ashore to add valuable insights to the adventure. Award-winning photographers will also be on board to offer digital photography coaching, helping guests capture exciting wildlife images and the visual splendor of the White Continent. The expedition team will sail on the four 21- to 24-day voyages aboard Seabourn Quest starting in November of 2013.
Expedition Leader Robin West is a veteran of over 40 Antarctic voyages. He and his staff will plan and coordinate the five days spent on the Antarctic Continent, plotting opportunities for wildlife sightings from the ship and choosing from numerous available sites for Zodiac landings, based on real-time weather and wildlife reports.
"Antarctica is a place like no other," said West. "Taking guests to see two-mile-long tabular icebergs, thousands of penguins, leopard seals and blue whales - the largest animals to have ever lived on the planet - it is a place that makes you realize just how insignificant we are and at the same time makes you feel bigger than life itself. Saying all of that," he continued, "Antarctica cannot be put into words - it has to be experienced to be understood."
To meet the members of Seabourn Quest's Antarctic expedition team, click here.
Beginning Nov. 20, 2013, Seabourn Quest will sail on a series of four 21- to 24-day voyages between Valparaíso, (Santiago) Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. They include days exploring the Chilean coast and fjords, Beagle Channel, Glacier Alley, the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park, Cape Horn, the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, Montevideo and five days of cruising and landings on the Antarctic Continent in uncompromised Seabourn luxury. A 24-day Holiday version, departing Dec. 11, 2013, 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.
For details or more information, contact a professional travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com. All fares are cruise-only, per person, based on double occupancy.
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