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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:

  • A complimentary Zodiac landing each day to selected Antarctic locations *
  • Digital photography workshops
  • Seabourn parka and backpack
  • Opportunities for frequent wildlife sightings from the ship and on shore
  • Guidance and insight from a skilled expedition staff
  • Inspiring Enrichment Program and special guest speakers on board

*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!

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2015 – 2016 Seabourn Quest Sailings

  • Nov 29, 2015
  • Dec 20, 2015
  • Jan 13, 2016
  • Feb 03, 2016

Expedition Team

Meet the members of your expedition team

From The Captain

Captain Bjarne Larsen

"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
Master, Seabourn Quest

Robin West
Expedition Program Manager

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Robin WestBorn and raised in South Africa, Robin West could either be found in the ocean or on the rugby pitch while growing up. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Port Elizabeth, his love for adventure developed into a career when he became an owner and operator of two outdoor adventure companies.

Robin then sought out adventure beyond Africa, setting his mind to global expedition travel. With a solid base of business and tourism, Robin began working on cruise ships, covering all corners of the world over the course of 12 years. Working with numerous companies and private super yachts, he has not only gained tremendous experience in the operations of the expedition business, but he has also developed a deep knowledge of some of the most remote and exciting places in the world.

With this experience and knowledge of the luxury industry, Robin joined Seabourn as Manager of Expedition Operations & Planning, placing him in charge of all aspects of expedition operations. When not exploring the far corners of the world, Robin now calls The Netherlands home.

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Ignacio "Iggy" Rojas
Expedition Leader

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Ignacio RojasFor the past twenty years, Ignacio has worked almost exclusively in the expedition travel industry, bringing nature closer to travelers interested in expanding their knowledge about Antarctica, the Amazon and other wild and exotic destinations of our planet.

His travels started very early in life with trips every summer to the Atacama Desert in Chile for the simple purpose of visiting family. These trips turned into favorite events and expanded into trips to the Brazilian Amazon, where later Ignacio enrolled into the master’s degree program of Tropical Ecology in Manaus, the heart of the Amazon. The Amazon back in the 1990’s was a crossroads of expedition vessels and he found himself working on his first expedition vessel. Having found his calling, he joined in as many trips as he could, traveling from Southeast Asia to Antarctica, and around the world from South America to Oceania and back again.

Since the beginning of his career in expedition cruising, Ignacio has spent at least twenty uninterrupted seasons in Antarctica, including the Peninsula, Ross Sea and sub-Antarctic Islands in the South Atlantic, Australia and New Zealand.

He holds a boat handler’s license, acquired in the harsh waters and rugged beaches of southeastern South Africa. He enjoys being in small boats in any destination around the globe but preferentially in the seas of Antarctica where he looks forward to sharing his expertise and knowledge of the natural history of the white continent with fellow travelers.

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Chris Srigley
Assistant Expedition Leader

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Chris SrigleyOver the past nine years, Chris Srigley has spent as many as nine months of each year on expedition ships – always spending the full seasons in the Antarctic and Arctic. Serving as Assistant Expedition Leader, General Naturalist and Zodiac Driver, his extensive experience covers some of the most remote areas of the world, with emphasis in some of the more extreme environments.

In the Arctic region, in addition to his regular duties on the Expedition Team, Chris serves as a Polar Bear Guard, spending much of his time advancing landing parties and then keeping a watchful eye while guests experience the wonders of such places like Svalbard, Greenland and Canada.

While traveling between the Polar Regions, Chris can be found on expedition cruises in Central America, Latin America and Northern Europe.

Chris’s interest in natural history was cultivated through spending time both on his family farm and in their remote cabin on the Eastern shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. Sometimes, he would vanish for days, even weeks at a time, exploring the wilds around him.

Considering himself a "generalist", Chris has become well versed in all aspects of the regions in which he travels. He has accumulated many intriguing stories and stunning photos along the way, sharing many of these experiences on his website, His photos have also been displayed in galleries and donated for auctions.

Once you have traveled with Chris, you will realize that his only hope is to transfer his passion and knowledge to you as we travel through stunning places and experience incredible adventures.

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Juan Carlos Restrepo
Assistant Expedition Leader

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Juan Carlos RestrepoJuan was born in Manizales, a beautiful city in the coffee growing region of Colombia. Surrounded by the majestic mountains and volcanoes of the Andes Mountains, Juan had a deep fascination to what surrounded him. He took that curiosity to university and completed his undergraduate degree and then obtained his graduate degree in Geology from Caldas University. Despite his deep love for the mountains, Juan quickly took to the sea the moment he began his thesis project; coastal geomorphology and digital mapping of the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

A passion for the great outdoors and adventure, Juan has explored all the continents and oceans of the world. He left his homeland in 2002 and traveled non-stop round the world. His adventure took five years, of which the last year was spent riding a motorcycle across 2 continents, Australia and South America.

During his time abroad, Juan began his career in the expedition industry as a Dive Master onboard luxury mega yachts in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean - from Mexico to Thailand. He then took his love for expedition to the Polar Regions. As a lecturer and as an Expedition leader, Juan spends three months of the year in the Arctic and three months in Antarctica and the rest of the year in many places in-between. His expedition experience includes the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, sailing throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans

When not on expedition ships, Juan can be found flying high at international paragliding competitions, taking motorbike treks across the Andes Mountains or exploring new areas throughout the world.

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Pat and Rosemarie Keough
Photographers & Lecturers

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Pat and Rosemarie KeoughPat and Rosemarie Keough are recipients of 31 prestigious awards for excellence including World’s Best Nature Photographers, World’s Best Photography Book and Outstanding Bookarts Craftsmanship. This artistic couple is renowned for ANTARCTICA, an elegant, handcrafted tome described by The Economist as an heirloom comparable to a Patek Philippe watch.

In addition to eight art books portraying their imagery, Pat and Rosemarie have presented lectures and exhibitions worldwide. Their story and images have been featured in television specials and in such periodicals as Smithsonian, Forbes, and Time. They have been honoured with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals. Yale University maintains an extensive archive of the Keoughs’ lengthy careers in the bookarts and photography.

Fellows and Medalists of The Explorers Club, Rosemarie and Pat are also Fellows of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and medalists of Britain’s Royal Geographical Society.

Three decades photographing together, the Keoughs now enjoy sharing the art of photography with those interested in learning how to improve their picture-taking and also with non-photographers curious about how to appreciate and evaluate a good photo.

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Luciano "Luqui" Bernacchi

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Luciano BernacchiLuciano has lived and worked in the beautiful mountains and glaciers of Patagonia for the last 20 years. He has a wealth of experience in adventure travel and eco-tourism; leading, guiding, and lecturing groups. From expeditions across the Patagonian Ice-Field and Ice Walks on the Perito Moreno Glacier to treks in Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego, Luciano has been working as a mountain guide, ski guide, tour leader, naturalist guide, and birding guide, across Argentina and in many other countries throughout the past 20 years.

Birding and glaciers are his two main passions: a keen birder since a very early age, and many years of experience working around, on, under, and close to glaciers.

Luciano is based in Los Glaciers National Park, Patagonia, Argentina and works as Director and board member of Glaciarium/Museo del Hielo Patagonico – the largest and one of the very few Glacier museums in the world.

Luqui as most people call him, has been working in both Polar Regions extensively, sharing his passion for ice, glaciers and wildlife.

Luciano has been certified in a variety of specialties: as Ski Patrol with extensive training in skiing, snow safety, avalanche awareness and first aid; as a Birding Guide by Argentina’s National Ornithological Society, as a Mountain Guide and Climbing Instructor (Rock & Ice) by the Argentina Mountain Guide Association and Buenos Aires Alpine Club respectively; also by Argentina’s Coast Guard to operate sailboats, and small vessels.

Luciano’s diverse jobs and interests have taken him to many destinations and wilderness areas around the world.

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Peter Damisch

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Peter DamischThroughout his life Peter has pursued many passions; emphasizing the search for knowledge and the joy of sharing information in a Safety, Fun, LearnTM environment. Exploring polar, temperate and tropical regions has yielded close, personal interactions while learning more about the unusual history, intriguing people and cultural / social traditions of each exciting & remote global location.

Peter has traveled globally with 1.3+ Million Km at sea, 75 polar expeditions and 125 tropical / temperate voyages including operations at remote islands including Elephant, Gough, Kvitoya, Novaya Zemlya, Palmerston, Pitcairn and Tristan. Peter recently transited the Northwest Passage and has sailed Captain Cook’s Endeavour replica. As an Expedition Leader & International Team Member he has enjoyed the privilege of guiding & working with people from 150+ countries, spanning 7 continents while visiting remote villages, white water rafting, glacier trekking, para sailing, zip lining or operating along active volcanoes. Peter is a licensed Master Captain of more than 165 sail & motor vessels, including 12 years enjoyment as Managing Director, Bluewater Sailing.

Peter is a former President & CEO of several NASDAQ publically traded corporations as well as a retired U.S Navy Captain with global responsibilities and six tours of duty as either Commanding Officer or Executive Officer that resulted in being awarded the Legion of Merit on behalf of the President. He was also the world’s first Instructor-Examiner for both the American Sailing Association and International Yacht Training organizations.

Peter holds multiple graduate degrees and is particularly well known across the globe for his many educational and humorous presentations on a wide variety of historical, nautical or geological topics. He continues his on-going pursuit into the heart of travel enrichment with his wife, Lesley, whom he met and later married in the Antarctic, resulting in multiple newspaper articles, including two in the “New York Times”.

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John Fonseca

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

John FonsecaJohn is a United States Polar Program Antarctic and Arctic veteran having spent many years in the Polar Regions of the planet. He has served as the boating coordinator-search and rescue lead for Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula and fleet operations lead, logistics team member, winter search and rescue lead for the Amundsen Scott-South Pole Station. John has wintered over at the South Pole and because there are so few people in the world who winter at the South Pole, those who do are "numbered" by the U.S. National Science Foundation, John is number #1121. He was awarded the U.S. Antarctic Service Medal in 2005. In the Arctic, John has served as the Station Manager for Summit Station on the Greenland Ice Cap, part of John’s responsibility at Summit Station was managing the highest and longest ice runway on the planet, Summit Station’s elevation is 10300 feet and the runway is 16500 feet long.

While not at the earth’s Polar Regions, John was a NOAA boating and biological technician in the Papahanaumokuakea National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. John spent over 9 months operating zodiacs and living in field camps on Pearl & Hermes Atoll and Kure Atoll in the middle of the Pacific in support of the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal.

John is fortunate to have spent most of his life in the outdoors, climbing, hiking, kayaking, and boating some of the world's most pristine mountains, glaciers and waterways. He has guided climbing, trekking, kayaking and boating trips everywhere from Baja's Magdalena Bay to the Wairua River in New Zealand. John’s experience runs the gamut from a naturalist in Southeast Alaska to a Bear Specialist for Yosemite National Park.

John has extensive small boat and zodiac experience, in addition to being the Ocean Search and Rescue lead in Antarctica, he is certified in open- ocean and near coastal waters by NOAA. John is also certified by the Alaska State Parks in firearms for Bear Protection and he is trained in Wilderness First Aid, CPR for Professionals, Swift Water Rescue, and holds a Life Boatman Certificate and 31½ hour Marine Survival Craft Certificate.

John has worked as an expedition leader, naturalist, lecturer and zodiac driver in many of the world’s wild places, his lectures and talks about his experiences living and working in some of the planets most remote areas are meant to enhance your experience and inspire your passion in our natural world.

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Dr. Jason Hicks

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 13 January 2016

Dr. Jason HicksJason Hicks is a geologist and currently a Research Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where he has worked since 1998. A Fellow of the Geological Society of London, he attended Oxford University in England where he obtained an undergraduate degree in geology. After graduation he came over to the United States to attend graduate school, earning a M.Sc. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, followed by a brief spell in gold exploration in Alaska, which circuitously led to a Ph.D. in geology from Yale University in 1993. As a postdoc student he worked for the Smithsonian Institution in the Department of Paleobiology, and then as a Research Associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California.

His primary research focus is in the field of sedimentology and magnetostratigraphy, the dating of rock sequences using the pattern of changing magnetic directions that they record through time. He has used this technique to date rocks all over the world that range from 84 to 2 million years in age. He has participated in geology expeditions that have ranged across the globe, including Patagonia, Mongolia, the Canadian Arctic, Pakistan, the Russian Far East and Australia. Working with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he has also been on a long research cruise in the South Pacific, conducting deep-sea tows that collected geophysical data and rock samples from the ocean floor of the East Pacific Rise.

Jason has participated in numerous tourist cruises to Antarctica and looks forward to returning once again! He will discuss the geology and glaciology of South America and Antarctica; the origins of Antarctica as part of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana; and climate change.

He has wide ranging interests. He learned to fly in Alaska in the late 1980’s, and is an avid taildragger pilot and owner of a 1947 Luscombe. He holds technical scuba diving ratings and a radio ham license. He is a competitive pistol and rifle shooter, and has entirely too many motorcycles. He now has a 4-year-old son which has severely impacted activities in all of the above.

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Dr. Catherine Hickson

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 3 February 2016

Dr. Catherine HicksonDr. Catherine Hickson is one of Canada’s best known geologists. She is recipient of several national awards for her work in the geosciences and is especially recognized for her activities interpreting geoscience for the public through field trips, lectures, workshops and the media. In addition to the numerous scientific papers she has created a wide range of publications targeted at helping non-geologists understand the world around them. These publications include three books (Surviving the Stone Wind, Nature Wells Gray and Wells Gray Rocks!) as well as numerous shorter publications, pamphlets and notes. A sought after public speaker and field trip leader, she brings her significant geoscience expertise to help participants understand the interplay between the tectonic forces that shape the landscape, glaciers and extreme climate.

Catherine grew up in Alberta and was educated at the University of British Columbia, receiving her BSc (honours, cum laude) in 1982 and PhD in 1987. Hickson then went on to become a Research Scientist and senior manager with the Geological Survey of Canada. She had a strong field program mapping in remote areas of Canada, in some cases for the first time. During her tenure with the GSC she led many volcanic focused studies, several regional mapping projects, and a national program for natural hazard reduction. She also conceived, initiated, and led two multiyear projects in South America jointly funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru (1996 – 2002) with Columbia, Ecuador and Venezuela joining for the second project (2002 – 2008). These projects gave her significant opportunity to travel throughout the Andes including Patagonia. She left the GSC in 2008 to join a start-up geothermal company and now works a consultant. She has been an Adjunct Professor at UBC’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences for many years where she supervises and mentors students.

A globe trotter in the search for geoscience understanding, she has visited both polar regions in addition to setting foot on all of earth’s major tectonic plates. She has led geoscience missions to remote areas, carrying out field work by helicopter, zodiac, on horseback and of course by logging many kilometers on foot. A specialist in volcanoes, she has visited many of the world’s volcanic regions as well as being an eyewitness to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, Washington State, USA. This event led her on the path to better understanding volcanoes and the earth in general. She is a sought after geoscience consultant, but takes time to be lecturer and resource specialist for expeditions - imparting her knowledge and understanding of the earth for the enhancement of the participants.

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Brent Houston

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Brent HoustonBrent has been involved with wildlife research, expedition travel and adventure tourism for 26 years from the Arctic to the Antarctic. He has been traveling to Antarctica every year since 1988, first with five years of research projects near McMurdo and Palmer Stations, Antarctica, followed by the Oceanites Antarctic Site Inventory and Visitor’s Site Guide. Brent now focuses on education and tourism by lecturing at schools and on expedition ships, mainly about the Polar Regions. To date, he has made well over 90 trips to “The Ice”.

His wildlife interests range from penguins to polar bears, and on land with WWF on prairie habitat and the endangered black-footed ferret. He is a contributing editor and photographer for numerous books, scientific papers and magazines, most recently in National Geographic Traveler (October 2009) on The Island of South Georgia for their issue on the “50 Places of a Lifetime”. Since 1989 Brent’s research and fieldwork has specialized in global warming and how it affects the wildlife associated with sea ice, especially Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins.

After graduating from the University of Illinois and Colorado State University, Brent continued wildlife research at Idaho State University for his MS in wildlife ecology. His long-term mountain lion study is an ongoing Earthwatch project, and he continues to work with many non-profit organizations to preserve and protect threatened and endangered species. Brent is also closely associated with Jane Goodall and her programs on endangered animals, and is featured in her latest book; Hope for Animals and Their World.

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Dr. Juan Pablo Seco Pon

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Dr. Juan Pablo Seco PonJuan Pablo received his Licentiate degree in Biology from the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina in 2006 and his PhD in Biological Sciences in 2013.

For the past ten years he has been devoted to the study and conservation of marine vertebrates, especially seabirds, and has conducted several research campaigns throughout the southwestern Atlantic studying the interactions between seabirds and artisanal, semi-industrial and industrial fisheries. He was involved in the Project “Olrog’s Gulls Interacting with Sport Fisheries in Argentina and Uruguay,” continues to participate in projects relating to the conservation of this endangered gull species in the region, and has participated in international sea surveys to develop and implement mitigation measures aboard commercial fishing vessels in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Juan Pablo is presently working as an advocate to the study of seabird interactions with commercial trawlers within Argentine waters. He works in cooperation with several national universities, international institutes, local and international governmental and non-governmental agencies and with different sectors of the fishing industry in order to diminish the incidental capture of seabirds and other marine species, mainly from the use of nets. A Certified Observer from the National Observers Program of the National Fisheries Institute of Argentina, he currently gives professional assistance to applicants for this program.

Of late, Juan Pablo has been working also as a Marine Mammal Observer on board seismic research vessels operating in the waters off Bahía San Sebastian, in Tierra del Fuego. As an active young scientist, he has published several papers on seabird ecology and conservation in specialized scientific journals and attended several national and international congresses, acting also as a reviewer.

Juan Pablo supports the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (, acting as a South American News Correspondent on an honorary capacity. In his time off, he has worked as a naturalist guide based in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, and has worked continuously as a naturalist, lecturer and Zodiac driver on board Antarctic cruise ships the past six austral summer seasons.

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Dr. Lindsey Peavey

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 December 2015, and 13 January 2016

Dr. Lindsey Peavey Despite growing up in land-locked Syracuse, NY, Lindsey’s life has been dominated by the ocean. After spending her childhood summers on the rocky shores of coastal Maine, she studied marine science at the University of Miami (FL), James Cook University, Duke University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Her research focuses on large marine vertebrates—marine mammals, sea turtles, birds, and fish—that migrate long distances to feed and breed. Lindsey’s investigations focus on where these animals are, what they eat, and how they move when they are far from shore in the open ocean. She uses non-invasive approaches to address her research questions including animal tagging, biochemistry, genetics, habitat modeling, and spatial analysis. As an applied marine ecologist, she aims for her science to inform the conservation and protection of ocean animals and their environment. She seeks to identify the multiple natural and anthropogenic pressures that threaten their survival, and collaborates with academics, government agencies, advocates, and other stakeholders to improve natural resource management approaches.

Lindsey has been working in the Antarctic since 2009 studying humpback whale behavior. She has worked as a marine mammal observer for university and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research projects, as well as commercial construction operations needing assistance abiding by the Marine Mammal Protection and Endangered Species Acts. She has taught at UCSB for five years, and has published research papers on humpback whale vocalizations, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, marine biodiversity, citizen science, and global fisheries.

The coasts and oceans of Mexico, Central America, the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaii Islands, Australia, the Channel Islands, and the Antarctic are a few of the amazing places Lindsey’s research has taken her. During her down time, Lindsey loves to travel and explore both above and below the sea surface. Her newest hobby is outrigger canoeing, and she also enjoys hiking, standup paddleboarding, running, yoga, cooking, and photography.

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Dr. Sean Todd

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, and 3 February 2016

Dr. Sean ToddSean Todd directs Allied Whale—a marine research facility at College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine) that performs dedicated research on local cetacean and pinniped species, and that is also part of the U.S. Northeast Region Marine Mammal Stranding Network. In addition to his research responsibilities, he holds the Steven K. Katona Chair in Marine Sciences at the college, teaching classes in biology, sensory ecology, oceanography, quantitative science, statistics and marine mammal science classes; he is an Adjunct faculty member at University of Maine in Orono, and he is also the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the college. He earned his B.Sc. in Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University College of North Wales (Bangor, UK); and his M.Sc. (1991) and Ph.D. (1997) in Biopsychology (Animal Behavior) at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada).

Sean has been a marine mammal researcher for over 25 years. He is principally interested in humpback, fin, and Northern right whales; during the boreal summer he works as part of a team of researchers at a remote field site (Mount Desert Rock) located twenty-five miles offshore in the Gulf of Maine. From here he conducts whale research, focusing principally on photo-identification, biopsy, and foraging ecology studies in close collaboration with the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. When onshore, he directs the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Program. Sean holds a U.S. Coast Guard certified Masters ticket.

Much of Sean's background is in the field of human-marine mammal interactions. He spent ten years in Newfoundland as part of the Whale Disentanglement Team, a group that releases entangled large whales from fishing gear. In Maine he has consulted at the state, federal, and national level in matters of entanglement mitigation, especially northern right whales. He was also part of a Canadian team that pioneered the use of acoustic devices to reduce whale-net entanglements. Sean's training in bioacoustics has led to several environmental impact-type assessments of human activity, including the effects of industrial activity on local whale populations, and most recently a bioacoustic examination of the problem of whale-ship strikes, as well as bioacoustic-based censuses of marine mammal distribution.

Over the course of his career Sean has been a professional guide and naturalist for a variety of ecotourism companies, and has worked in a variety of polar and sub-polar settings, including eight seasons in the Antarctic and ten years in the Canadian sub-Arctic.

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Professor David Walton Ph.D.

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, and 20 December 2015

Professor David WaltonGrowing up in the North of England Professor Walton was interested in flowers from an early age and so it was a natural progression from school to a degree in Botany at Edinburgh University. After four years of very enjoyable student life he wanted to work outside the UK and applied for a post with British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on South Georgia as part of the International Biological Programme in 1967.

His early work on South Georgia on plant productivity became extended and, as well as the day job, David started working on a part time Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham. His interests grew to wider ecological ones and he began to measure local microclimates and look at their relationship to growth and reproduction, and learning how to install and maintain electronic equipment in the South. With others he spent many summers mapping the vegetation over the whole of South Georgia and he was lucky to escape just 10 days before the Argentine invasion of the island in 1982. After this David moved further south to Signy Island in the South Orkney Islands to work on patterns of plant colonization, and field measurements of photosynthesis and then down to Rothera on Adelaide Island in Marguerite Bay. In 1986 he became a science manager, heading up a new division at BAS for terrestrial and freshwater science as well as looking after medical research. In 1999, he established another new division looking after the environment, data and information resources, mapping, public relations and education. He also established and ran the BAS Artists and Writers Programme. He became a Visiting Professor at Liverpool University in 2001. His scientific interests had broadened considerably in the late 1980s and he became interested in Antarctic conservation and how new laws and regulations should be informed by good science. For 14 years he represented the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) at the Antarctic Treaty meetings, until his retirement in 2006. He also established a new international journal – Antarctic Science – in 1989, which he still edits, and now has a charity to give its profits away to help young Antarctic scientists around the world.

Since 2006 Professor Walton has written a history of SCAR, edited a new book on Antarctic science, written many reviews and editorials and has been the Chief Editor of the Antarctic Treaty Meeting Reports for the last three years. Along with colleagues he is currently working on a book on politics and science in the Antarctic as well as a history of the development of British Antarctic policy. He is the author of over 110 peer reviewed scientific papers, over 250 other papers, reports and reviews and author or editor of seven books. He was awarded the Polar Medal in 1984 by the Queen and the first SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination in 2006. In his spare time, he runs a specialty polar book business, selling and publishing books, with his wife.

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Kirstie Yeager

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Kirstie YeagerKirstie grew up hiking through the wilderness and playing in the rivers of Western Pennsylvania. At the age of 18, she moved to Hawai’i and began a 20+ year career studying or working in natural resource management and wildlife research. While exploring the Hawaiian Islands, she earned a BA in Biology from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Additionally, during her undergraduate career, Kirstie completed a study abroad in Nepal, studying the impacts of tourism on the environment and Sherpa culture in the Mt. Everest region. Of late, she has pursued an MS in Ecology at Colorado State University, while developing a noninivasive-sampling method for mountain lions.

Throughout her career, Kirstie has ventured to some of the most beautiful and remote places on the planet further inspiring the passion for her work. She has worked with endangered fish in the upper Colorado River system in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico; ungulates and mountain lions in Colorado; grizzly bears in Montana; Steller sea lions on Ugamak Island, Alaska; Hawaiian monk seals at Kure and Midway Atolls, Laysan Island, and French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands; and several Antarctic species at McMurdo and Palmer Stations.

Recently, Kirstie has worked as a US Antarctic Program scientist with two long term projects, a Weddell Seal study in the Ross Sea and a sea bird monitoring project in the Palmer Basin. Both projects are on-going and the sea bird study is also a National Science Foundation (NSF) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Project. Many other researchers are part of the LTER, conducting regular fieldwork throughout Antarctica. Kirstie will be assisting the research efforts for some of these LTER researchers while onboard the Seabourn Quest.

Although the animals that she works with are her first love, she also enjoys wandering through foreign lands in search of a quaint street side café that serves a good cup of espresso.

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Matt Dolan
Naturalist, Zodiac Driver & Kayak Guide

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Matt DolanMatt’s passion for adventure started at a young age growing up in Utah. At the age of 13 he joined the local “Venture Crew” and began exploring the Wasatch Range by mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, and backpacking.

His love for adventure and travel continued where he turned it into a career. He accepted a congressional nomination to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, where he graduated with an Unlimited-tonnage Third Mate license, Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, and a commission in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He immediately began working in the global merchant fleet where he has served as a deck officer on oil tankers out of Alaska, container ships running the U.S./East Asia transit, and car-carriers trading along the U.S. East coast to Northern Europe.

Most recently, Matt commanded the ASD tractor tug Signet Enterprise as Lead Captain for Signet Maritime. The vessel operates along the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Gulf of Paria, Trinidad, assisting in subsea operations for deep-water technology and research.

His true passion of exploring grew during the two years he spent with an expedition cruise operator as Second Mate, Kayak Officer, and Zodiac-driver, operating throughout Southeast Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Columbia River, and Baja California. Fueled by his experience and the local knowledge gained, Matt began an endeavor that few have accomplished. Departing from Seattle, WA and he kayaked the entire Inside Passage. Sixty-five days and over 1,300 miles later, he reached Muir Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, AK.

While not traveling, Matt volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician in the Reno/Tahoe area. He hopes his love for exploration and appreciation of authentic nature will enhance everyone’s experience.

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Paul Hart
Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 December 2015

Paul HartPaul has over 30 years of adventure activity and expedition experience. His interest in the great outdoors started at the age of 12 while he was living in Manchester, when he and his brothers, would cycle from their home in Stretford to the Pennines and camp out without a tent. At University, his passion for outdoor activities saw him gain qualifications in sailing, diving, kayaking and climbing. He also enjoyed a multitude of other interests such as surfing, mountaineering and caving. He has since kayaked around the outside coastline of Alaska, climbed un-trodden peaks in the Himalayas and man-hauled across the Antarctic Peninsula. He has survived being avalanched, having his yacht come apart beneath him in a storm in the Bay of Biscay, and being capsized in mountainous seas while kayaking around Alaska. Paul has also had a long history with competitive sports and fitness and has represented Great Britain at Dragonboating. Paul has a wealth of practical experience of operating in the most demanding environments on the planet, from Jungles to the Frozen wastes of the Poles.

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Greg Horn
Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Greg HornA Johannesburg native, Greg was raised on a farm in South Africa, where he developed an entrepreneurial spirit that had him raising tropical fish and crafting skateboards for sale while still in school. Following his schooling and military service, he fueled his dual interests in business and adventure by starting a SCUBA diving center at the Heads in Knysna on South Africa’s Garden Route and later running a bush camp and dive resort in Mozambique, acquiring his yacht skipper’s and master’s certificates along the way.

After eight years as a diving guide, he left the sea-coast behind and moved to a mountain town called Dullstroom high in the Mpumalanga where, along with running a tour business, he has organized civic adventure events including mountain bike races and fly-fishing tournaments that have successfully attracted adventure and outdoor lovers to the area. Greg has explored almost every corner of Southern Africa and several of the Indian Ocean islands. He has over 5000 dives in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea; hiked most of South Africa’s trails; traveled over 14,000km by off-road motorbike and has kayaked many of the country’s rivers. He has viewed much of the country from the air as a paraglider, even sharing a thermal one-day with a pair of majestic black eagles.

Greg has used this passion for adventure and his wealth of experience to accumulate tremendous knowledge about the natural world. He has developed a keen eye that benefits his photography. Naturally gregarious and an avowed “people person,” Greg’s respect, admiration and love for the natural world also make him a responsible adventurer to the core of his being. In amongst all his interests, adventures and business ventures, Greg is the proud father of five children ranging from 12 to 23.

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Paul Lasarski
Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, and 3 February 2016

Paul LasarskiFor as long as he can remember, Paul Lazarski has had an affinity for nature. He has worked and explored some of the world’s most scenic locations, both Poles, Central and South America, The Caribbean, Northern Europe, Siberia and The South Pacific. For the past 30 years Paul has been working as a wilderness & wildlife guide, outdoor educator, historian, naturalist and Wilderness First Aid Instructor.

He has spent much of his career working on vessels. He has guided for The National Geographic Explorer in Greenland, the MV Maple Leaf in coastal Alaska, and on the MV Ocean Light in The Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii). In addition he has been part of the MV World expedition team, as the sea kayaking guide to Kamchatka, New Guinea, Greenland, Antarctica and in 2012 accomplished a transit of The Northwest Passage from Alaska to Newfoundland via Greenland.

He is an accomplished mountaineer and back-country skier having explored much of the Coast Range of British Columbia. His personal passion is whitewater canoeing and his desire for exploration has taken him throughout much of wilderness Canada, including The Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and the Canadian Rockies.

He has an impassioned love of wildlife and currently works as a Grizzly Bear Viewing guide both on the coast and in the interior of British Columbia. Recently, he spent the Fall at Grizzly Bear Ranch, an exclusive secretive bear viewing lodge in British Columbia where he was a river rafting guide and bear naturalist. His love of polar bears has also taken him as a guide to numerous locations in the High Arctic.

Paul’s unique visions of wilderness, has instilled in him a deep desire for learning. His educational programs are renowned for innovation and creativity and his reputations as a teacher and impassioned naturalist are well established. In addition to his photography, Paul has also been a long time “living history” and Canadian heritage instructor. He has worked for numerous school districts in British Columbia as a special educator on the fur trade as well as on both ‘First Contact’ and the historical relationships with First Nations Peoples in Canada.

Paul lives in the small town of Campbell River on the East Coast of Vancouver Island. His free time is often spent hiking, doing traditional longbow archery, reading, playing Irish Whistle, carving wooden canoe paddles, kayak surfing, canoeing whitewater rivers and mountain biking.

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Rory M. Martin
Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015

Rory MartinThe son of a US Diplomat, Rory’s formative years were spent in Colombia, Paraguay, Brazil, Pakistan, Iceland and Botswana – with wonderful adventures within and in between.

As a teenager in Iceland, he developed his love for nature and the sea – spending summers working on a farm in a remote area of northern Iceland and helping a commercial fisherman on his boat in Reykjavik. It was then in Botswana that Rory’s love of nature really took hold – spending much of his time out in the bush and enjoying the wonders of Africa.

Rory received his undergraduate degree from George Mason University and later received his MBA from Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). His business career covered several industries – the majority dealing with technology and the hospitality industry.

Rory’s travel adventures continue to be varied and widespread. He has covered most corners of the world, including the Polar Regions. Whether it’s on land, on the water or under the water, he enjoys the continuous learning experiences that expedition travel offers.

As Zodiac driver and naturalist, Rory looks forward to sharing his passion for the expedition experience and the unique adventure of going to Antarctica.

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Kate Rannaste
Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 29 November 2015, 20 December 2015, 13 January 2016, and 3 February 2016

Kate RannasteGrowing up in the Blue Mountains of NSW Australia, Kate’s love and interest for the outdoors was inevitable. Starting at an early age, Kate would spend her free time exploring the gorgeous wilderness of her home and seeking out the wildlife that also made the mountains their home.

Kate completed her diploma in Business Management & Tourism where her passion for travel and thirst for knowledge took her on her ‘walkabout’ in 2005. She moved to an island off the Capricorn Coast of Australia and then spent an adventurous time living in New Zealand. Kate returned to Australia in 2008 and began her career in the Expedition Industry, initially working in sales and marketing in Sydney and then moving to London. She then took the final step out to sea. Her expedition experience covers the Polar Regions and numerous places in-between; including Africa, British Isles, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, South America and the South Pacific.

Kate spends most of the year on expedition ships, sharing her passion as a general naturalist. Her administration background also has her dealing with daily onboard operations. When not out at sea, Kate can be found either taking in the gorgeous Blue Mountains or traveling the globe seeking for new adventures and experiences.

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Rachel Sullivan-Lord
Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

*Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 December 2015, and 13 January 2016

Rachel Sullivan-LordHailing from the salt-encrusted coast of New England, Rachel grew up with a passion for the ocean and the creatures that live just beneath the water’s surface, leading her to pursue a degree in marine ecology. An avid scuba diver and sailor, she has worked in all the oceans of the world studying critters both small and large from corals to blue whales, but particularly close to her heart are the icy polar marine environments and the large whales that live there. She first became addicted to the polar regions while on an expedition to Baffin Island in the eastern Canadian Arctic in 2009 and now mimics the Arctic Tern, spending her summers in Alaska and winters in Antarctica.

Rachel graduated from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine where she works for one of the earliest established marine mammal research labs, Allied Whale. Within this lab she helps to curate the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog and the Antarctic Humpback Whale Catalog. These catalogs are collections of photos that utilize the unique pigmentation of a whale’s tail flukes to identify individuals and track them across oceans and over their lifetimes, yielding a tremendous amount of information about how these animals live. She also works with a second whale research lab in Quebec, Canada, which focuses on conservation and long-term studies of endangered blue whales and other baleen whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Outside of research, Rachel has worked as a naturalist/zodiac driver aboard small vessels, a cold water dive tender, a whale watch naturalist, a whale skeleton articulator, an aerial observer for endangered North Atlantic right whales, and an expedition guide in the San Juan Islands and Southeast Alaska.

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*Subject to change without notice.

Ventures by Seabourn

Kayak Antarctica

Kayaking in Antarctica is an incredible way to explore the great white continent. Your qualified guide will join you as you silently paddle amongst icebergs, porpoising penguins, curious seals and possibly whales swimming around your kayak.

A zodiac and guide will follow the kayaks at all times for safety and to lend assistance as required. All sea kayaks are doubles.

Please note: Dress warmly in layers, a waterproof outer layer is provided in the form of a dry suit. Pogie gloves are provided, along with booties. Bring a hat or beanie, camera and binoculars. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. A dry bag is provided.

Kayaking in Antarctica is highly weather-dependent, your onboard expedition team will make every effort to offer this activity as often as safe weather permits.

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Kayak South Georgia

Kayaking in South Georgia is an active way to explore this sub Antarctic Island. Your qualified guide will join you as you paddle amongst King Penguins, Fur- and Elephant seals with the mountains and glaciers of South Georgia in the background. A zodiac and guide will follow the kayaks at all times for safety and to lend assistance as required. All sea kayaks are doubles.

Please note: Dress warmly in layers, a waterproof outer layer is provided in the form of a dry suit. Pogie gloves are provided, along with booties. Bring a hat or beanie, camera and binoculars. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. A dry bag is provided.

Kayaking in South Georgia is highly weather-dependent, your onboard expedition team will make every effort to offer this activity as often as safe weather permits.

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Kayak and Penguins

Join your qualified kayak guide for a leisurley paddle along the outer shoreline, exploring hidden sandy bays and ruggered unspoilt shorelines. This is a birders paradise, these bays and shorlines are home to a great variety of seabirds, including Magellanic Penguins.

A zodiac and guide will follow the kayaks at all times for safety and to lend assistance as required. All sea kayaks are doubles.

Please note: Dress warmly in layers, a waterproof outer layer is provided in the form of a dry suit. Pogie gloves are provided, along with booties. Bring a hat or beanie, camera and binoculars. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. A dry bag is provided.

Kayaking in the Falklands is highly weather-dependent, your onboard expedition team will make every effort to offer this activity as often as safe weather permits.

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Seabourn Adventure Outfitter

To fully enjoy your Antarctic experience, you will need to be properly outfitted with clothing and accessories for the Austral summer weather. Beach landings from Zodiacs also require specific equipment. To ensure you are properly outfitted, we have teamed up with Ship to Shore Traveler, a company with decades of experience in polar outfitting, to create Seabourn Adventure Outfitter – a one-stop online outfitting service.

Order Your Complimentary Parka

Custom-designed ‘Two-in-One’ hooded parka that is windproof, waterproof and large enough to fit over layers. The outer shell can be worn on its own or paired with the insulated inner jacket. Provided onboard Seabourn Quest, compliments of Seabourn.

Antarctic Boot Rental – Complimentary delivery to Seabourn Quest

The heavy boots that are an essential item for Antarctic expedition travelers are often a one-time purchase and add inconvenience, environmental waste and expense to travel. Our Antarctic boot rental concierge service, with complimentary delivery to the ship, is available for all Seabourn Antarctic sailings. Orders must be placed 30 days before embarkation date.

Essential Packing List

Seabourn has teamed with Ship to Shore Traveler to provide you a comprehensive packing list of recommended essential expedition clothing and accessories for Antarctica. Ship to Shore Traveler has 25 years of experience outfitting travelers. Staffed by outdoor enthusiasts who have worked as expedition staff and zodiac drivers and have clocked over 220 expeditions to Antarctica.

Together, we take pride in selecting the perfect gear for your expedition to Antarctica. You don't need a lot of gear, just the right gear.

Packing List for Antarctica

Base Layer

Long underwear: Breathable, light-weight tops and bottoms provide warmth without bulk. Capilene wicks, dries quickly, and is a great option if you are allergic to wool. We suggest two sets.

Insulation Layer

Expedition stretch top and bottoms: This lightweight layer is worn over your base layer and under your waterproof outer layer. Warmth and flexibility are important for comfort when sitting in Zodiacs. Expedition stretch tops and bottoms are flexible. The legs taper to fit into boots and the tops have articulated sleeves that fit easily over the base layer.

Loft jacket, pullover or vest: The loft traps heat with remarkable efficiency, even when wet. It is feather light and compacts for easy packing. Loft garments are water repellent and windproof and double as outerwear in mild weather. Fleece is also an insulation layer option but it tends to bunch up when worn with layers.

Outer Layer

Antarctica Parka (provided): Custom-designed ‘Two-in-One’ hooded parka that is windproof, waterproof and large enough to fit over layers. The outer shell can be worn on its own or paired with the insulated inner jacket. Provided onboard Seabourn Quest, compliments of Seabourn.

Order your complimentary parka

Waterproof pants: Breathable and wide enough to fit over boots. Knee-high side zippers are preferred so you can get your boots on and off easily. Buy a size larger than your base layer to ensure you are comfortable sitting in the Zodiac with one or two layers under your pants.


Boots: Flexible, pull-on boots with sturdy soles that are suitable for Antarctica (easy to clean penguin guano from the soles). As you will step into icy water during Zodiac landings, boots are essential and must be at least mid-calf high (12-15 inches / 30.5-38 cm in height).

Boots options: Rent Boots Delivered to the Ship | Buy Men's Boots | Buy Women's Boots

Socks: Extra heavyweight socks made of wool or wool blend. If your boots are not insulated, you will need to wear two pairs of socks, sock liners and possibly foot warmers. If your boots are well insulated, (e.g. Zodiac Classic High Boots or rental boots) only one pair of socks is needed. If you are prone to cold feet, add foot warmers.

Hats & Gloves

Hat: Fleece is excellent because it is lightweight and extremely warm. Wool is also recommended. Choose a hat with a visor to shade your eyes and flaps to protect your ears, the best choice for Antarctica.

Neck gaiter: A practical and stylish way to protect your neck. Neck gaiters are more flexible than balaclavas and don't fly around like scarves. You can wear a neck gaiter around your neck or use it as a headband. For added warmth, wear two and pull one over your face to protect your mouth and nose.

Gloves: Windproof and waterproof ski gloves. Gloves that keep your hands warm are expensive but are absolutely necessary and a great investment. Select gloves that provide excellent warmth and durability. A breathable lining is a must.

Glove liners: Recommended as they provide extra warmth on cold days. Some glove liners are wind-resistant and will protect your hands when you slip off your glove to take photos.


Backpack (provided): Lightweight and water-resistant backpack is provided onboard Seabourn Quest, compliments of Seabourn, for carrying items ashore and keeping your arms free for embarking/ disembarking the Zodiacs. If you have a lot of camera equipment and do not intend to use plastic seal-proof bags, pack a waterproof backpack.

Trekking poles: A lightweight, collapsible, walking staff (also called a trekking pole) provides a sense of security, increased balance, and confidence when walking on ice, snow and rugged terrain.

Seal-proof waterproof bags: Heavy-duty plastic to use to store your camera, film, binoculars and more in your backpack.

Foot/Hand warmers: To put between your feet and your socks and to slip into your hands for extra warmth.

Binoculars: Compact, high performance binoculars ensure you don’t miss a thing. A pair with at least 10X power and 25mm objective diameter is recommended for scenic and wildlife watching.

Also recommended: A pair of good sunglasses or goggles with U.V. filter protection and protective lotion for lips, hands and face.



Seabourn is a member of IAATO, International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators.

A member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote, and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.

Swarovski Optik

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Seabourn has embarked on a new partnership with Swarovski Optik, making the high-quality optical instruments the official optical equipment for Seabourn's Antarctica and Patagonia cruises.

Under the partnership, Swarovski Optik will outfit Seabourn Quest's expedition team and bridge staff with their high-precision, long-range binoculars for spotting diverse wildlife and viewing the remarkable landscapes from on board the ship and during landings ashore. In addition, a selection of Swarovski binoculars will be available for sale, providing guests the option to purchase and use the optics during their Antarctic cruise.

To learn more about Swarovski Optik, visit

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