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Ultra-luxury 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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2016 – 2017 Seabourn Quest Sailings

  • Nov 28, 2016
  • Dec 19, 2016
  • Jan 12, 2017
  • Feb 02, 2017

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
Senior Manager Expeditions Operation & Planning

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

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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Kate Rannaste
Assistant Expedition Leader

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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Chris Srigley
Assistant Expedition Leader

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

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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Aliscia Young

Aliscia YoungAliscia is an award-winning, professional photographer, videographer and Co-Director at Galaxiid, specialising in immersive experiences through visual media.

Based in the Southern Alps of New Zealand Aliscia has worked on expedition vessels from Antarctica to the Arctic as a photographer, videographer and lecturer. When Aliscia is not travelling the world she can be found working with New Zealand’s leading celebrity chef, publishing houses, magazines and tourism agencies. Aliscia’s photographic work has been featured in galleries globally, showcasing five exhibitions to date.

Aliscia finds true inspiration and creativity through her love of photographing nature, indigenous communities, and ancient traditions. Her work also holds particular concern for the wellbeing of the planet and the impacts of climate change.

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Richard Sidey

Richard SideyAn award-winning environmental filmmaker and international nature photographer, Richard Sidey is no stranger to the world’s polar regions, having documented their profound beauty, inhabitants and fragility with his camera for over a decade. His passion for the wild is evident throughout his work, in which he specialises in experiential imagery and techniques to reconnect a largely disconnected human population with nature. His assignments have led him from 82° North to 78° South via Russia’s Far-East, the high arctic regions of Canada, Greenland and Svalbard, throughout the South Pacific Islands, West Africa, South America, across the wild Southern Ocean to the southern limits of Antarctica’s Ross Sea

Richard’s 2015 poignant nature documentary, Speechless - The Polar Realm, wowed audiences and critics worldwide with its imagery and bold underlying message, picking up multiple awards in the US, Europe and New Zealand while being hailed as “a transcendent cinematic experience.” A runner-up for New Zealand Geographic’s Wildlife photographer of the year, Environmental Photographer of the Year and recently interviewed in National Geographic, Richard continues to raise the bar with his nature photography and lets the images speak for themselves.

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Luciano "Luqui" Bernacchi

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

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 written about world explorers, Panama / Suez Canals, Ancient Africa, China, Egypt, Greece & S. Pacific as well as sailing, piracy, navigation, weather & leadership. His 6,250+ page book spans centuries through the Heroic Age of Shackleton, Amundsen, Mawson & Nansen. He has also spoken about Andre, Bering, Bligh, Cook, Darwin, Drake, Barents, Dreyfus, Earhart, Franklin, Harrison, Magellan, Shirase and Zheng He. Peter has sailed and become friends with many children of great, ‘Golden Age’ Explorers, which has further added to his extensive collection of personal stories, thereby providing a unique, individual insight into the human tapestry of history.

Globally Peter has 1.5+ Million Km at sea, 85+ polar and 130+ tropical / temperate expeditions including remote ops at Elephant, Gough, Kvitoya, Novaya Zemlya, Palmerston, Pitcairn & Tristan Islands. He recently transited the Northwest Passage, has multiple circumnavigations and has sailed on Captain Cook’s Endeavour replica.

As Expedition Leader & International Team Member Peter has enjoyed the privilege of guiding & working with people from 155+ 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 190 sail & motor vessels, including 12 years enjoyment as Managing Director, Bluewater Sailing. His work has been seen in multiple media, including NBC’s Today Show, BBC, CBS, Channel 4 UK, Discovery Channel, HBO, MTV, E! Entertainment, Learning Channel, Irish Herald, Santa Monica Observer and Shipmate Magazine. 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 which 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, inspirational & 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 lovely 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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Dr. John Ford

Dr. John FordBorn and raised on Vancouver Island, Canada, John’s interest in cetaceans was sparked early by close encounters with killer whales while out fishing in their family’s runabout. Once in university, he focused on whales, studying the acoustic communication of belugas at the Vancouver Aquarium and narwhals in the Canadian high Arctic. He then continued on to complete a PhD degree at the University of British Columbia in 1984, describing for the first time the remarkable systems of vocal dialects that exist among killer whale family groups and populations along Canada’s west coast.

Over the past three decades, John’s research career has expanded to include many cetacean species off Canada’s Pacific coast and further afield. In 2001, he became head of cetacean research for the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans in the Pacific and his field research broadened to include the conservation status of great whales – blue, fin, humpback, grey, and right whales. His ongoing studies on the life history, ecology and behaviour of killer whales have taken him to Alaska, Norway, Patagonia and Antarctica. John is particularly interested in the ecological specializations of different killer whale populations, or ‘ecotypes’, and the hunting tactics they have developed to capture and feed on different types of prey. He also studies the dialects of killer whales from different global regions, including the distinct populations found in Antarctica.

John is also an Adjunct Professor in the Zoology Department and Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia, where his graduate students have studied diverse topics such as the acoustic communication of fin whales in the northeast Pacific, the underwater foraging behaviour of salmon-feeding killer whales, and the population biology of humpback whales in the Antarctic Peninsula. He has written or co-written numerous scientific articles and books on whales and his research has been featured extensively in television documentaries and popular magazines. He is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the American Cetacean Society and the Cetacean Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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John Fonseca

John FonsecaA veteran of the United States Polar Programs in the Antarctic and Arctic, John has spent many years in the Polar Regions. He served in various capacities of search and rescue and logistics both on the Antarctic Peninsula and in the Amundsen Scott-South Pole Station. He was awarded the U.S. Antarctic Service Medal in 2005. In the Arctic, John served as station manager and expedition lead on the Greenland Ice Cap. John’s Alaska experience includes over 40 years working as a backcountry ranger, Brown Bear guard, and aboard research and expedition vessels. With many certifications under his belt, John has worked as an expedition leader, naturalist, lecturer and zodiac driver in many of the world’s wildest places. He has guided climbing, trekking, kayaking and boating trips everywhere from Baja's Magdalena Bay to the Wairua River in New Zealand. Through his lectures, John aims to enhance his guests’ experience and inspire a passion for our natural world.

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Dr. Jason Hicks

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. He attended Oxford University in England where he obtained an undergraduate degree in geology, and worked as a student intern on the gold mines of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

After graduating from Oxford 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 in turn 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. As an Associate Professor he has lectured at his alma mater, Yale University, and also at the University of New Haven, University of Denver and Colorado College.

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 the Scripps Institution of Oceanography he has worked on an oceanographic research vessel in the South Pacific.

Outside of academia he actively consults in IT and e-commerce. 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 5 year old son which has severely impacted activities in all of the above.

Jason Hicks has been working on Antarctic expeditions since 2002, and has travelled to the continent more than twenty times. This will be his fourth season with Seabourn aboard the Quest. On this trip 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 global climate change and its impact on Antarctica.

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Dr. Catherine Hickson, PhD, PGEO, FGC, FGAC, FSEG, FGSA, D. Tech. h.c.

Dr. Catherine HicksonDr. Catherine Hickson, is a noted geologist, world traveller, and educator. Trained as a volcanologist, her profession has taken her around the globe. Currently she is working on projects from Iceland to South America. A member of the Explorers Club, Catherine is recipient of a number of awards for her work in the geosciences and is especially recognized for her activities interpreting geoscience for the public. She has numerous scientific papers to her credit, but is probably best known for her publications targeted at helping non-geologists understand the natural world around them. Catherine is an adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada, runs her own consulting company and is a Director of Dajin Resource Corp. an energy metals company. A frequent traveller to both the Arctic and Antarctica, she takes time from her busy schedule to join select Seabourn cruises enhancing guests understanding of their geological world and how it impacts our geography, climate and other facets of our modern world.

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Brent Houston

Brent HoustonBrent has been involved with wildlife research and expedition travel for 30 years from the Arctic to the Antarctic. He has now been on over 400 expeditions visiting 100 countries, including some of the most remote islands on earth. His ship-based adventures range from penguins to polar bears, and when on land Brent works with the WWF to save and protect wildlife by restoring prairie habitat, particularly for the endangered black-footed ferret. He is a contributing editor and photographer for seabird and marine mammal field guides as well as books including “The Encyclopedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans.” He has co-authored scientific papers ranging from mountain lions to Adélie penguins, and recently wrote an article on South Georgia for National Geographic Travelers’ issue “The 50 Places of a Lifetime.”

Brent received his B.S. from the University of Illinois in Ecology and Evolution, continuing research at Colorado State and Idaho State Universities for his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology, and his long-term mountain lion study is an ongoing Earthwatch Project. Brent is also closely associated with Jane Goodall and her programs saving endangered animals, and was featured in her book “Hope for Animals and Their World.”

Back in 1988 Brent spent one season in the Ross Sea at McMurdo Station, and the next season began studying seabirds along the Antarctic Peninsula focusing on decreasing sea ice and how it affects Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins. He has taken hovercrafts onto the Antarctic Plateau, lead helicopter expeditions to see Emperor Penguins in the Weddell Sea, sailed to the remote South Sandwich Islands, and in 1996 made the first tourist landing on Bouvet Island (the most remote island on Earth). Brent worked at the U.S. Field Hut “Copacabana” in the South Shetland Islands, lead the original research for the Oceanites Antarctic Site Inventory which published the first Antarctic Visitor’s Site Guidelines. In 1995, he sailed with the British Royal Navy on their Ice Patrol Vessel Endurance for 5 weeks using Lynx helicopters to visit, photograph and document every known penguin colony along the Antarctic Peninsula, subsequently discovering two new colonies and several new landing sites. Brent even took the band Metallica to Antarctica for the first rock concert performed on the continent. Back in 1993 he was appointed the Station Science Leader at Palmer Station, and has been awarded two U.S. Navy Antarctic Polar medals.

Brent lived in Cape Town for 7 years exploring much of Africa and working on small ships in the Indian Ocean. He has sailed (and backpacked) around South America countless times, visiting the remote areas of every country including the Amazon and Oronoco Rivers. Brent has sailed the most of the South Pacific and the Caribbean, and for 4 summers cruised western Canada, Alaska and the Russian Far East. Other trips include the lesser-visited areas of the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, the British Isles, Iceland and most of Scandinavia and Greenland, just recently transiting The Northwest Passage. He has made well over 90 trips to Svalbard, twice pushing eastward to Franz Josef Land by Russian icebreaker. Last year Brent lead an expedition in the North Atlantic to Jan Mayen Island and northeastern Greenland, a voyage in the pack ice where they discovered over 100 bowhead whales, the highest numbers seen since the late 1600’s.

Brent continues to focus on education and tourism by lecturing at schools and on expedition ships, mainly about the Polar Regions. In addition, in October and November of each year, Brent takes small groups to Hudson Bay and Churchill, Canada to view polar bears up close and personal from huge Tundra Rovers. Brent now lives in San Diego, California and is working on an autobiography about his world travels and a children’s book on penguins. This is his 4th season with Seabourn on Quest, and this season will mark his 120th trip to “The Ice.”

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Dr. Juan Pablo Seco Pon

Dr. Juan Pablo Seco PonA Buenos Aires native, JP was raised on a very beautiful but busy city. Still, at a very short age his family moved to a farm in northern Argentina, where he developed an adventurous spirit that him cultivating birdwatching and sailing on small boats while still in school. Grew up by a strange curiosity and admiration to the sea, its related habitats and ecosystems, JP fuelled his interests by becoming a Marine Biologist at the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina in 2006 and also 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. In the latter fleet, he has participated in international sea surveys to develop and implement mitigation measures aboard commercial fishing vessels in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In the quest of improving the conservation status of marine birds, JP has primarily worked with endangered albatrosses and petrels, gulls and penguins of the Patagonian Shelf and Antarctic Peninsula. At present he advocates to the study of marine spatial distribution of seabirds and their interactions with a range of fishing fleets in this section of the Southern Ocean. 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.

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 and meetings, acting also as a reviewer of several ornithological journals. JP also 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 eight austral summer seasons. His conservations aim to cover a wide range of features in relation to seabirds and offer practical information based on personal experience and a decade of research.

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Dr. Lindsey Peavey

Dr. Lindsey PeaveyDespite 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 published research papers on humpback whale vocalizations, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, marine biodiversity, citizen science, and global fisheries. When she’s not expeditioning with Seabourn, Lindsey is a Sea Grant Science & Policy Fellow with the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Monterey, California.

The coasts and oceans of Mexico, Central America, the Papahanaumokuakea 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 passion is outrigger canoeing, and she also enjoys hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, running, yoga, cooking, and photography.

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Trevor Potts

Trevor PottsTrevor Potts is a retired British teacher and has worked for much of his life teaching children skills in the outdoors. During the 1993/94 season, Trevor and three colleagues successfully re-created Shackleton’s 1916 epic rescue mission from Elephant Island to South Georgia. This was in a replica of Shackleton’s 7.5m boat the James Caird. In 2001 with another team he completed Shackleton’s mountain crossing from King Haakon Bay to Stromness. He will share his experiences and insights about this legendary, challenging odyssey, and about “The Boss” himself. He will also talk about other historical figures and expeditions in the heroic age of exploration in Antarctica. Trevor has fourteen seasons experience working on Antarctic expedition ships.

Before Trevor became fascinated by Antarctic Exploration he had many years sailing and kayaking experience in remote parts of the world. Amongst his sailing trips he sailed a 7.5m boat single handed to the Canary Islands and the Azores. His kayak trips include crossing the Bering Strait from Alaska to Russia and kayak trips to Arctic Norway and Arctic Canada.

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Carolina Rodríguez

Carolina RodríguezCarolina graduated as a geologist 20 years ago from Universidad de Chile, after that she got a PhD in earth sciences at the Geneva University (Switzerland). Carolina has worked extensively in Chile in the areas of regional geology, volcanology, economic geology, and geochemistry. In the last eight years, she has been working as senior geologist for geothermal companies conducting exploration programs in Chile and Peru. She managed an exploration team focused on green and brown field exploration and who were key in the discovery of the large (inferred 320 MWe) Mariposa Geothermal System. Her activities also include administrative tasks as preparation of formal documents, budgets and others support activities.

Carolina has also relevant teaching experience. She worked as teacher assistant during four years at the Geneva University for the Volcanology and Mineralogy courses. After that, she worked at Harvard University as teacher assistant for the Igneous Petrology and Building a Habitable Planet courses. This last course is very popular, being attended by scientific and non-scientific students, being a good training for communication of scientific matters in a simple and interesting way. Currently, Carolina is using her communicational skills to explain geologic and geothermal matters with different government entities, local authorities and also communities. She speaks Spanish as mother language, being also fluent in English and French.

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Dr. Daniel Selles

Dr. Daniel SellesDr. Daniel Selles graduated from the University of Chile in 1996. His early work took him to many areas in Chile and Argentina where volcanoes dot the skyline of the Andes Mountains. During this early work, he acquired a taste for the “fire mountains” of his homeland and soon went on to complete his Master’s degree unravelling the history of volcanic catastrophes that formed the hills surrounding Santiago de Chile, twenty million years ago. For his doctoral thesis at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, he studied the more youthful volcanoes of Southern Chile and specialized in the discipline of deducing the origin of volcanic rocks through chemical analyses and microscopic observation as well as field work.

As a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University, USA, Daniel continued his studies of volcanoes and then returned to Chile to join a team of volcanologist created by the Chilean government following the 2008 Chaitén eruption. The team was tasked with the study and monitoring 40 of the most active volcanoes in Chile. His first assignment was to study Calbuco volcano, the rugged volcano that looms over Puerto Monte in Southern Chile. As part of his work, he has spent time teaching and explaining in simple words, the complex earth processes that create mountains and volcanoes. Passionate about science, Daniel finds poetry in the understanding of nature, and enjoys sharing this poetry and love of the earth with other people in English, Spanish or French.

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Dr. Sean Todd

Dr. Sean ToddSean Todd directs Allied Whale—a marine research facility at College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine) that studies 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 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 almost 30 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. Through his work in the Antarctic ecotourism industry Sean has become an important contributor to Allied Whale's Antarctic Humpback Whale Catalog, and he assists in its management. When onshore, he directs the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Program. Sean holds a U.S. Coast Guard certified Masters ticket as well as his Royal Yatching Association's power boat certificate (Level 2).

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 ten seasons in the Antarctic and ten years in the Canadian sub-Arctic.

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Professor David Walton Ph.D.

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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Will Wagstaff

Professor David WaltonWill has been birding since the age of five. Following graduation (Biology/Geology) he moved to the Isles of Scilly, a small group of islands that lie to the South West of Cornwall in the UK, a world famous birding area.

He has been running his own business leading wildlife walks around these islands since 1985. During the off-season he leads wildlife holidays to other parts of the world and has worked on Expedition Cruise ships in both the Arctic and Antarctica. Apart from the islands where he lives his favourite place is the Falkland Islands that he first visited over twenty years ago. This resulted in him writing the Bradt Guide to the Falkland Islands. He has also led trips to various parts of Africa, Asia, South America (including the Galapagos Islands) and Europe. He first went to Antarctica in 2002 and has returned many times over the years.

He has appeared regularly on TV and radio in the UK and has written various articles about the wildlife of the Isles of Scilly and Antarctica. Although birds are his major passion he is interested in everything that flies, walks, crawls and grows as well as the geology and history of the areas he is visiting. He enjoys talking about whatever is in front of him and sharing his knowledge with anyone in earshot!

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Kirstie Yeager

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. She also earned an MS in Ecology from 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 throughout the southwest; ungulates and mountain lions in Colorado; grizzly bears in Montana; Steller sea lions in Alaska; Hawaiian monk seals 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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Simone Brown
Naturalist & Zodiac Driver

Simone BrownSimone was brought up in a small rural town in New South Wales, Australia and developed a curiosity for the ocean from a young age. She graduated from the Australian National University's academic scholar program in Environmental Sciences with a passion in polar marine conservation and Inuit social structures (she even learnt to speak Northern Saami just in case). Simone loves the outdoors and took the degree hoping she'd end up in a field working within the environment and was lucky enough to study. After graduating from university she backpacked her way through Europe, falling in love with the polar environments, and gained her Day Skipper Qualifications off the western coastline of Scotland the following year. She worked with the Icelandic Marine Research Institute as a research assistant monitoring the Bottlenose Whale population past Skjálfandi Bay and with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority following the local marine mammal populations in Queensland, Australia. She has also worked as an Educational Ranger and as 'Captain Starlight' in the paediatrics ward of Canberra Hospital. She was recently accepted into the Scott Polar Research Institute of Cambridge University for Polar Studies and has recently returned from Greece where she was working as a Marine Researcher at the Archipelagos Marine Conservation Institute.

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Matt Dolan
Naturalist, Zodiac Driver & Kayak Guide

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 U.S. Coast Guard unlimited-tonnage 3rd Mate Ocean license and Bachelor of Science in Marine Logistics. 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. Matt is also a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and part of the Strategic Sealift Officer program operating in Norfolk, VA.

Most recently, Matt commanded the ASD tractor tug Signet Enterprise as Lead Captain for Signet Maritime Corp. 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. Matt also volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the Salt Lake City area, and is a certified American Canoe Association (ACA) Sea Kayak Guide & Instructor.

He hopes his love for exploration and appreciation of authentic nature will enhance everyone’s experience. His travels and experiences can also be found on his website:

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Paul Hart
Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

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

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

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

Rory MartinThe son of a US Diplomat, Rory’s formative years were spent living throughout the world - by the age of 16, he had already lived on five continents and had extensively traveled the world.

As a teenager living 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 the remainder of the year helping a commercial fisherman in Reykjavik. It was then in Botswana that his real love of nature and adventure took hold, spending much of his time out in the bush and enjoying the wonders of Africa.

Rory’s travel adventures continue to be varied and widespread. He has covered most of the far corners of the world, from Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic to the South Pole and many places in-between. From horseback adventures across the Okavango Delta, scuba diving many of the oceans and seas, trekking in the Andes and Himalayas, 4x4ing southern Africa – he has been involved with expedition travel for most of his life. Whether it’s on land, on the water or under the water, he enjoys the continuous learning experiences that travel can offer.

Rory currently lives in Bozeman, Montana. He received his BA from George Mason University and his MBA from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. His business career covered several industries, the majority dealing with technology and the hospitality industry. Rory looks forward to sharing his passion for the expedition experience.

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Moira Le Patourel
Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

Moira Le PatourelFollowing the completion of a diploma in Renewable Resources: Fish, Wildlife and Recreation, Moira found her niche as an adventure guide and naturalist on the coast of British Columbia in 2008. Here, her passion for wild things and wild places, combined with a quest for knowledge and a love of sharing it, became a lifestyle. Moira spent seven years guiding in the Great Bear Rainforest, privileged to share her time with the whales, the bears, the wolves and the people that travel the world to see such wonders. Viewing polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba was soon added to her guiding repertoire.

Moira’s annual migrations now take her to see some of the world’s most iconic species, from penguins in the Antarctic to belugas and polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, and back home to the west coast of Canada in search of humpback whales, spirit bears and grizzlies. Moira recognizes that it is a privilege to be able to step foot into some of the world's most fragile ecosystems, and it is one she does not take lightly. Moira enjoys sharing her passion for wildlife, photography, and the great outdoors with her guests, and believes that a trip of a lifetime is made with laughter, new friends and sharing in the joy of discovery.

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Rachel Sullivan-Lord
Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

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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Claudio Schulze
Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

Claudio SchulzeClaudio started his cruise ship life in December 1988 on board the Royal Viking Sky followed by the Royal Viking Queen where he had the chance to be part of the team of a 72 days Circle South America with Jean Michael Cousteau it was here where Claudio got the bug for adventure exploring the Sea of Cortez, the Chilean fjords, landing on Cape Horn and venture into small arms of the Amazon river. It was a great experience. In 1997 Claudio moved to Seabourn Cruise Line as a Cruise Sales Specialist, by then having been 4 times around the world and he continued exploring with Seabourn. By 2000 another challenge appeared on the horizon, on a ship called The World, on this ship he had his first Antarctica voyage. After a few years exploring different corners of the world, he came back to Seabourn in the position of Destination Service Manager. Being the first Destination Manager for Seabourn to be in Antarctica, he once again fell in love with the white continent and has been on the Quest every time she has been to Antarctica. Claudio has now joined the Expedition Team to experience Antarctica on a different level.

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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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Antarctica Video Series

Seabourn’s Antarctic Experience in Videos

An Antarctic adventure with Seabourn is a voyage unlike any other – in a place unlike any other. Even travelers who have frequently visited Antarctica confess that words simply fail them when they try to describe it. To assist you in anticipating and preparing for the journey of a lifetime, we have enlisted the expertise of veteran Expedition Leader Robin West, Seabourn’s Manager of Expedition Cruising and Development, to create a series of short videos offering his expert insights, advice and tips. These videos visually answer a variety of frequently asked questions about the weather, the wildlife, and the nuts-and-bolts of Zodiac landings and expedition cruising. They provide stunning images of the incredible land- and seascapes, along with practical advice about what to bring and what to expect, to help you make the most of your unforgettable Seabourn Antarctic Experience.


Why should I go to Antarctica? (2:47)


Is Antarctica too cold? (1:25)


What type of clothing do I need? (1:32)


What happens on an average day? (2:42)


What is disembarkation like? (1:43)


What can I expect from the zodiac experience? (1:25)


What’s it like to cross the Drake Passage? (2:59)


How is Seabourn’s experience different? (1:35)


What is the academic program like? (1:37)


Does an expedition mean I’m compromising luxury? (2:15)


How do most people react? (2:03)


I have limited mobility (1:30)


Will I see penguins? (1:52)