Antarctica & Patagonia

                  Overview

                  Join us for the ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia Experience

                  Majestic, unspoiled natural splendors await — 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.

                  A 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 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 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

                  *Subject to government approval. The final itinerary is subject to weather, ice and other conditions and subject to change.

                  Antarctica & Patagonia

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                  Antarctica & Patagonia

                  Sailings

                  2013 – 2014 Seabourn Quest Sailings

                  • November 20, 2013
                  • December 11, 2013
                  • January 4, 2014
                  • January 25, 2014

                  Antarctica & Patagonia

                  Expedition Team

                  Meet the members of your expedition team

                  From The Captain

                  Captain Bjarne Larsen

                  "My team and I bring years of experience navigating these waters and leading exploratory expeditions ashore. We have put in place an extraordinary program to give you an up-close view of Patagonia and Antarctica's magnificent beauty."

                  Captain Bjarne Larsen
                  Master, Seabourn Quest






                  Robin West
                  Expedition Leader

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, 11 December 2013, 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Robin WestRobin was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa however he currently resides in the Netherlands.

                  During his studies in Biokinetics at the University of Port Elizabeth, he qualified as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. During his time on and under the water he developed a passion for the sea. Pursuing his interest he first established his own two companies specialized in outdoor adventures and scuba diving.

                  The opportunity to explore the Antarctic and the South Pacific first led him into the world of elite expedition cruising and on board a luxury private super yacht. During these voyages over the last ten years he gained a wealth of knowledge which has given him the experience to lead expeditions on every continent and across every ocean, including polar exploration of both the Arctic and Antarctic. He has participated in some 40 Antarctic voyages to date.

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                  Jarda Versloot-West
                  Assistant Expedition Leader

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, 11 December 2013, 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Jarda Versloot-WestJarda a Dutch native, born in Amsterdam, resides part-time in South Africa. In neither country does she spend much time as she has been working full time on expedition ships for the last ten years. She said farewell to Holland at the age of 18 and left this small country as a jumping off point to explore the other side of the globe, taking her to Australia. This is where she discovered her passion for travel and her love for the ocean.

                  After completing her bachelor’s degree in International Tourism Consultancy, Jarda started working on expedition cruise ships which has taken her to the world’s most remote corners including all of the seven continents.

                  She is a qualified PADI rescue diver, Zodiac driver and a remote first aid responder. Over the course of ten years, she has gained much experience in several positions on board different expedition ships and is hoping to explore and discover new places for many more years to come. She has participated in some 40 cruises to Antarctica alone.

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                  Chris Srigley
                  Assistant Expedition Leader

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, 11 December 2013, 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Chris SrigleyWith a passion for the natural world that did not go unrecognized by a former employer, Chris started his career in the expedition cruise industry onboard the famed M/S Explorer as shopkeeper and Zodiac driver. Quickly he found his way directly onto the expedition team as a naturalist as he displayed his knowledge of the natural world.

                  Seven years now passed, he has spent as many as nine months of each year splitting his time between Antarctica, Central and South America, Northern Europe, Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland and Canada as naturalist/Zodiac driver, assistant expedition leader and polar bear guard. To Antarctica alone he has participated in over 62 trips for several elite expedition operators.

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

                  Considering himself a "generalist" he has become well versed in all aspects of the regions in which he travels with many intriguing stories accumulated along the way. Once you have traveled with him, his only hope is that he has been able to transfer his passion and knowledge of these stunning places we experience on to you so that you may pass them along to others.

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                  Victoria Wheatley
                  Antarctica Program Manager

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, and 25 January 2014

                  Victoria WheatleyThe ocean has dominated Victoria’s life since 1986, however her love of water – and especially ships – goes even further back than that. A distant relative of Donald McKay, the man who designed and built the first clipper ships for American shipowners in the mid-nineteenth century – some 32 in all – including the “Queen of the Clippers,” the Flying Cloud, Victoria has always been obsessed with ships and this obsession has always included a fascination with travel in general. To this day, she is convinced she was bitten by the “travel bug” when she was a young child, as her most vivid memories of her childhood are the stories her maternal grandparents told her following their travels around the world.

                  After obtaining two degrees from the University of Washington, it was a natural transition that she begin her own travel odyssey. Since then, Victoria has worked for some of the top companies in the cruise industry as operations manager and director of expedition cruise operations. Her work has included the recruitment and management of expedition cruise staff and the organization of educational programs. The desire to “run away to sea” has always been a distraction and she has satisfied this urge by frequently working aboard expedition vessels, cruise ships and even a square rigger. She has traveled to all seven continents, to well over 100 countries, and participated in some 50 cruises to Antarctica and over 30 to the Arctic.

                  Since 1999 Victoria served as the U.S. government’s private sector advisor attending the annually-held Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings. In this capacity she was responsible for providing informed views on industry and advice on technical issues, such as proposed industry and visitor regulations and management plans; as well as legal, policy and liability matters and potential environmental impact from human visitation.

                  Since 2010 she has worked as a consultant, offering management support and operational and technical assistance on a worldwide basis to the expedition travel and cruise industry. An IAATO-certified Expedition Leader for Antarctica and South Georgia, she frequently does project work for the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. She also assists AECO – the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators.

                  Victoria is honored to be working with Seabourn as their Antarctic advisor and looks forward to sharing her passion for all things “Antarctic” with guests onboard Seabourn Quest.

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                  Daniel J. Cox
                  Digital Photography Coach

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, and 11 December 2013

                  Daniel CoxFor 30 years, Dan has been pursuing his life-long dream of photographing nature in all its elements. He has traveled all seven continents in search of the images that inspire his art and inform his audience. Antarctica is truly an extraordinary place with unbelievable opportunities for photography. Together Dan will share his knowledge with you as you explore this frozen region with your cameras. No camera can be too small to take a great image.

                  "I’m known as a wildlife photographer—but I like to think of myself as an explorer with a camera. I believe it takes the wonder of an explorer to photograph the natural world with all the awe and respect it deserves. And it takes the talent and skill of a photographer to portray our earth and all its creatures with admiration and integrity.”

                  Dan’s exceptional vision and passion for nature, his dedication to the art of photography, and his demonstrated concern for our environment has earned him high regard in his profession.

                  Dan’s work has been recognized and awarded in competitions worldwide including the recent NANPA 2013 Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year. In 1990 and 1997 Dan was awarded with first runner up in the animal portrait division of the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition along with 13 Highly Commended awards, one of the most awarded photographers in the competition. Dan’s natural history images have been featured in galleries such as Nikon House, NY and the Natural History Museum in London. He is a regular contributor to natural history publications worldwide including NRDC, National Wildlife, Sierra, Wildlife Conservation, and Smithsonian. He is a consultant for HP fine art printers and is listed by Nikon as a Nikon Legend. Dan’s most personally satisfying accomplishments, however, have been the two cover stories he produced for National Geographic Magazine: Snowy Owl in December 2002, and Great Gray Owl in February 2005. For over 12 years, Dan has been a Media Advisor and volunteer for the non-profit Polar Bears International and is founder of The Arctic Documentary Project (ADP). He is featured as the sole photographer in nineteen books.

                  Learn more about Daniel and his work at www.naturalexposures.com.

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                  Wolfgang Kaehler
                  Digital Photography Coach

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, and 11 December 2013

                  Wolfgang KaehlerWolfgang Kaehler studied photography and photo engineering in his native Germany for six years before launching off into a career of travel and wildlife photography. His Antarctic travels started aboard an expedition cruise ship as the ship’s photographer back in 1977. Since then, Wolfgang has been at the forefront of the travel industry, shooting for innovative tour operators; often in some of the world’s most remote regions. He has photographed Antarctica on diverse trips and his Antarctic collection is significantly one of the largest of any professional photographer’s in the world.

                  In 1985 he was awarded First Prize in the Composition & Form category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by BBC Wildlife and the Museum of Natural History in London. His winning photo, “Penguins on Ice” was one of 8500 worldwide entries. In 1988 he was selected by National Geographic as one of 100 photographers for a worldwide exhibit and book, Odyssey – the Art of Photography at National Geographic. In 1989 the Chicago Headline Club awarded him the Peter Lisagor award for Exemplary Journalism in the category of Photojournalism.

                  Presently Wolfgang photographs throughout the world on assignment for various publications, advertising agencies and travel companies. His photos appear in some of the world’s most prestigious publications such as National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel Holiday, Travel & Leisure, GEO, Smithsonian, Islands, Time-Life, World Wildlife Fund, Sierra, Unicef, International Wildlife, Ranger Rick and Audubon, to name a few. In 1989 his book, Penguins, was published by Chronicle Books. His book, Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle, was published in 2005 by Barnes & Noble.

                  Wolfgang currently lectures for photography organizations and museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History in New York, American Photo’s Mentor Series, Digital Photo Academy workshops and others.

                  He also leads photo safaris around the world. His first Antarctic “Coffee Table eBook app” has been published at http://sutromedia.com/apps/Antarctica_A_Photographic_Journey.

                  Learn more about Wolfgang and his work at http://www.wkaehlerphoto.com.

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                  Pat and Rosemarie Keough
                  Digital Photography Coaches

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Pat and Rosemarie KeoughPat and Rosemarie Keough are recipients of 27 prestigious awards for excellence including World’s Best Nature Photographers, World’s Best Photography Book and Outstanding Bookarts Craftsmanship and received in December, 2012 the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a commemorative medal that serves to honor significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

                  This artistic couple is renowned for ANTARCTICA, a handcrafted tome described by The Economist as an heirloom comparable to a Patek Philippe watch. To create this body-of-work, they spent two austral summers, November through April, continuously on expedition.

                  Fellows of The Explorers Club, Rosemarie and Pat are also medalists of the Royal Geographical Society, and Rosemarie medalist of The Explorers Club. Through the years, in addition to creating eight art books exclusively portraying their imagery, Pat and Rosemarie have mounted travelling exhibitions of their photos and presented lectures worldwide. Their story and images have been featured in award-winning television specials and in such periodicals as Smithsonian, Forbes, and Patek Philippe International Magazine.

                  In recent years, they have shared their love of photography with those interested in learning how to improve their own picture-taking.

                  Learn more about Pat and Rosemarie and their work at http://www.keough-art.com/.

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                  Dr. Roger Hewitt
                  Lecturer

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, and 11 December 2013

                  Dr. Roger HewittDr. Roger Hewitt has led dozens of expeditions and field surveys throughout the world over a career spanning over 40 years. He has worked in Antarctica, the Bering Sea, the Aleutian Islands, the coastal archipelago of southeast Alaska and British Columbia, the California Current along the west coast of North America, the east and gulf coasts of the US, the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.

                  For 16 years he led annual surveys of the Antarctic coastal ecosystem in the Scotia Sea and its archipelagos. Building on the results of this field research, he developed a variety of management options for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). He was the long-term convener of CCAMLR’s Working Group on Ecosystem Monitoring and Management and served as the lead scientific advisor on the US delegation to the Commission. His most recent appointment was Director, Fisheries Resources Division at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, leading a group of biologists, oceanographers, population modelers, and economists providing advice on management of west coast marine fisheries.

                  Dr. Hewitt’s research interests include the use of acoustics to conduct resource surveys, foraging tactics of whales, seals, penguins and other seabirds in relation to their prey, biological responses to climatic variability, and resource management schemes that incorporate ecosystem considerations. He has authored over 100 papers, book chapters and reports.

                  Roger holds a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, as well as a Ship Masters License from the US Coast Guard and Professional Engineering and Land Surveyor licenses from the State of California. He is also an expert in handling small boats in difficult circumstances, such as open ocean, ice fields and exposed reefs, rocky shores and beaches.

                  He, his wife of 43 years, and two fully-fledged sons live in San Diego, California. His hobbies include surfing and photography.

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                  Dr. Jason Hicks
                  Lecturer

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, and 11 December 2013

                  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 2 year old son which has severely impacted activities in all of the above.

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                  Geoff DeVito
                  Port Expert/Lecturer

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, 11 December 2013, 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Geoff DeVito

                  Geoff DeVito is a Travel Anthropologist who specializes in coastal tourism and development. He was raised in rural New Hampshire where he spent his formative years enthralled with the world’s great explorers and travelers. This love of exploration would influence his educational experience and Geoff would achieve a Masters Degree, in Social Anthropology, from University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1999.

                  Over the last ten years Geoff has worked in many areas of the tourism industry, both on land and at sea. His work and travels have taken him to all continents and nearly two thirds of the countries on earth. Combining his joint passions, Geoff recently achieved another Anthropology Masters, this time with a special focus on the Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage. These studies were undertaken at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, England under the guidance of Professor Tom Selwyn. Geoff continues to work with SOAS in varied capacities and is involved with various consulting projects from his London base.

                  During this voyage, Geoff will speak to a variety of topics, bringing together legends, histories, culture and heritage of our destinations.

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                  Dr. Ralph Eshelman
                  Lecturer

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Dr. Ralph EshelmanDr. Ralph Eshelman held the position of Director, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland, from 1974 to 1990, and is a specialist in polar exploration, military and maritime history, War of 1812 in the Chesapeake, geology and vertebrate paleontology. He received his Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Michigan with a major in geology and vertebrate paleontology and a minor in ecology. His earlier studies were at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Bachelors of Science in earth and space science and minor in zoology) and the University of Iowa (Master of Science in geology and vertebrate paleontology and minor in museum studies).

                  Ralph was a Research Associate in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution from 1975 until 2005. He is active in several professional and civic organizations including past president of the Council of American Maritime Museums, American Association for Quaternary Environment, founding vice-president of the National Maritime Preservation Task Force of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, vice-president for Science and Stewardship of the Maryland-Washington D.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Society for Historical Archaeology, Patuxent Riverkeeper, and Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Honors include Outstanding Young Men in America (1981) and Emerging Young Leaders of America (1989).

                  Dr. Eshelman's research interests have taken him throughout the temperate, tropical and polar regions. With his passion for teaching earth history and its exploration, the Antarctic is among his most treasured places in the world. Working some twenty seasons in the Great White Continent alone, he has served as an enrichment lecturer on more than 50 tourist cruises.

                  Ralph is owner of Eshelman & Associates, a cultural resource management consultancy firm and partner in a lighthouse preservation firm. He presently is a consultant to the National Park Service.

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                  Professor Mahlon "Chuck" Kennicutt
                  Lecturer

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, and 11 December 2013

                  Professor  Mahlon Chuck KennicuttProfessor Chuck Kennicutt received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Union College, Schenectady, NY and a Ph. D. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. After graduation, he served as a Department of Energy Post-doctoral appointee and adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tulsa for 1½ years. Chuck returned to Texas A&M University as a founding member of the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG). He worked as a Research Scientist for more than 23 years in GERG rising to Director from 1998-2004.

                  In 2004, Professor Kennicutt was named the Director of Sustainable Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at Texas A&M University and continued to lead the Sustainable Coastal Margins Program (SCMP) created in 2000. In the OVPR, he was involved in developing concepts for research programs at a branch campus in Doha, Qatar and worked on university/private sector partnerships. In 2004 Chuck returned to the Oceanography Department and the Environmental Programs where he taught oceanography, polar science, and science and policy. Professor Kennicutt’s interests include: environmental chemistry; organic geochemistry, the fate and effect of pollutants, environmental monitoring, ecosystem health, Antarctic environmental issues and sustainability science.

                  Professor Kennicutt first went to Antarctic as a graduate student in 1977 on a cruise with the Argentine Navy on the ARA Islas Orcadas (the USNS Eltanin). He next went south in 1990 in response to the grounding of the Argentine ship Bahia Paraiso and the subsequent oil spill at Palmer Station. This marked the beginning of more than 22 years of research on the impact of humans on Antarctica. Professor Kennicutt served as the U.S. Alternate Delegate (5 yrs.) and Delegate (9 yrs.) to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). He served as a SCAR Vice President from 2004 -2008 and SCAR President from 2008-2012. Chuck was an ex officio member of the National Academies Polar Research Board for 14 years, a science advisor to the U.S. State Department Antarctic Treaty Delegation for 7 years, and attended 10 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings.

                  Among other honors, Professor Kennicutt was named a National Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for life, awarded the Antarctic Service Medal of the U.S. An Antarctic geographic feature was officially named Kennicutt Point in 2006.

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                  Dr. John Dudeney OBE
                  Lecturer

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Dr. John Dudeney OBEDr. John Dudeney OBE has 46 years of professional experience in matters relating to the Antarctic. He joined the British Antarctic Survey in 1966 as a contract physicist and wintered at Faraday (now called Vernadsky) Station in 1967 and 1968 (base commander in 1968). He then worked for BAS in a variety of roles: research scientist, research leader, science manager, head of division and latterly (until retirement in early 2006), as Deputy Director.

                  John has visited Antarctica 23 times in all, comprising two winters and 24 summer seasons. His experience encompasses field-work, science research, science leadership, logistics operations and crisis management, policy making and management at senior level, health & safety policy, international policy and governance of the Antarctic and a broad general knowledge of the history of the region.

                  In retirement, John has taken a new direction researching and publishing on the political history of Antarctica. He has just completed an emeritus fellowship with the Leverhulme Trust carrying out research with a colleague under the general topic of Cold Politics: Antarctic Science & Governance, with the aim of publishing a book with that title. John is a director of Antarctic Science Ltd, a charitable academic publishing house, and an individual member of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee of the UK Houses of Parliament.

                  John is an accomplished public speaker, equally at home with expert, mixed or lay audiences. He has a lifelong passion for the Antarctic, which he enthusiastically shares with others. He is able to give set-piece talks on a wide range of topics as well as having a rich collection of stories and reminiscences from his long involvement in Antarctic affairs.

                  John was awarded the Polar Medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1976 for services to Antarctic Science, a clasp to his Polar Medal in 1995 and was made an Officer of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (OBE) in 2005 in recognition of his many and varied contributions to Antarctic affairs.

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                  Brent Houston
                  Naturalist/Lecturer

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Brent HoustonBrent has been involved with wildlife research, expedition travel and adventure tourism for 25 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 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 field work 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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                  Meriwether Gill
                  Lecturer

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Meriwether GillMeriwether Gill joins the Seabourn lecture team with a strong background in cetology (the study of whales and dolphins) and many years experience studying and working with a wide variety of species of whales and dolphins.

                  Meriwether attended Hollins University, in Roanoke, Virginia and majored in biology. While an undergraduate, she developed a keen interest in marine mammal training, and worked as a marine educator at Sea World, in Florida. Meriwether continued her education at Hollins with a Master’s degree focused on marine mammal behavior and training. While in the program, she interned at the Dolphin Research Center, in Grassy Key, Florida, training dolphins and studying dolphin swim programs and dolphin therapy.

                  After the completion of her Master’s degree, Meriwether moved to Maui, Hawaii, and worked for the Pacific Whale Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to research, education and conservation. Working as a naturalist, she taught visitors about humpback whales, Hawaiian spinner dolphins and coral reefs and their many and varied species that inhabit them. After her first year at the Pacific Whale Foundation, Meriwether transitioned to the Foundation’s research department. During the winter months, while the humpbacks were in their breeding and calving grounds in Hawaii, she studied the function of the whale’s songs, and then in the spring her research focused on spinner dolphin behavior.

                  For over seven years, Meriwether has worked aboard adventure cruise ships sharing her love of marine wildlife and fulfilling her never-ending zest for travel. These voyages have taken her to numerous far-flung parts of the world including Alaska, the Russian Far East and the Bering Sea, the South Pacific, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands and Japan, to name a few. Meriwether is also a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club.

                  During your voyage, Meriwether’s enthusiasm for informing guests about marine wildlife, current marine conservation and management issues and the latest research being conducted, will be contagious!

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                  Professor David Walton Ph.D.
                  Lecturer

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, and 11 December 2013

                  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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                  Dr. Juan Pablo Seco Pon
                  Lecturer/Naturalist

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  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 (www.acap.aq), 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. Mariano Albano
                  Lecturer / Guide / Zodiac Driver

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, and 11 December 2013

                  Dr. Mariano AlbanoDr. Mariano Albano works in the Marine Biology program at the Mar del Plata National University, Argentina.

                  He has participated as a field observer in different seabird species studies in the Buenos Aires Province and in many oceanographic and marine ecology cruises throughout the Argentine Sea. He has been an on board sea bird and marine mammals observer for the coastal fishery fleet in Mar del Plata on numerous occasions and has worked as a scientific-technician with the fishery resources department of the Argentine Sea during the National Institute of Fisheries’ (INIDEP) Squid Laboratory Study.

                  Studies have also included the “Study of the Incidental Capture of Albatrosses and Petrels in Danger in Coastal Fisheries (Seabird ’03),” and the joint Argentine-Japanese campaign on Juvenile Squid (Illex argentines) aboard the Japanese research vessel KAIYO MARU. During that campaign, he also worked as a seabird observer. In 2006, after receiving his Licentiate degree in Biology, he joined various interdisciplinary studies in the Buenos Aires Province and Patagonia studying coastal marine ecology. One of them was the scientific study “Foraging Behavior and Diet of American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus),” in northern Patagonia.

                  An enthusiast of sports and a scientific diver for more than ten years, Mariano received his doctorate with his dissertation on the “Ecology of Coastal Exotic Benthic Marine Invertebrates in Harbors and Natural Areas in the southeast of the Buenos Aires Province.” His research contributed to the knowledge of coastal marine biodiversity by discovering new invertebrate species in the Mar del Plata harbor area, among other invertebrate groups. He has published several scientific papers on marine coastal ecology, pollution and biological invasions in specialized scientific journals and attended several national and international congresses, acting also as a reviewer. He is also a member of an international coastal contamination project with Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay (PROSUL), called “Biological Indicators in Contamination in Coastal Waters of the Southwestern Atlantic,” whose main concerns are the pollution problem in harbors.

                  During his time off he participates as a field observer in studies of different seabird species in Buenos Aires Province and Patagonia. He has also participated in several campaigns aimed at studying the foraging behavior of the Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) in a colony at Isla Martillo in the Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego. He passionate about “Underwater Patagonia” and explores the coastal waters whenever he can.

                  Since 2009, during the austral summer, he has been traveling to Antarctica as a lecturer, guide and Zodiac driver.

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                  Mary Thurber Martin
                  Naturalist/Zodiac Diver

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, 11 December 2013, 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Mary Thurber MartinThe daughter of a US diplomat, Mary spent her early years in Tanzania, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan and Canada. Her parents were avid adventurers and introduced her to the outdoors. By the time she was 16, Mary had climbed the hills of the Khyber Pass, explored the poppy fields of Kashmir, swam off the beaches of Nigeria, hiked the Bitterroots of Montana and spent several summers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She followed a more traditional career path after graduating from Stanford University and Harvard Business School; however, after a decade of life working in the technology sector, she decided to return to the outdoors.

                  Moving away from California and having grown up around horses her entire life, Mary bought a farm and began raising and showing Arabian Horses outside Portland, Oregon. Her passion for horses has also entered into her travels as she has ridden horses across the Mongolian steppes, both in summer and in winter. She has galloped steeds across the Arabian Desert as well as ridden horseback through the Andalucía Mountains of southern Spain.

                  Mary has also spent quite a bit of time back in Africa reliving many of her early memories of her childhood and studying the ecology, culture, history and wildlife of the continent. She has spent several weeks camping in Namibia and Botswana by 4x4. Mary has visited a variety of safari camps throughout Southern Africa. She has also traveled up the West Coast of Africa and into the central deserts of Mali.

                  Travel has now become a more complete part of her life. She spends most of the year traveling, whether it’s leading trips or exploring the world independently. Mary has traveled to over 120 countries on all seven continents. These explorations have included the Arctic -- Russia’s Franz Josef Land and White Sea; Norway’s Svalbard; and Greenland. Her passion for the outdoors has also led her underwater to explore nature in a whole different dimension. Having spent four seasons in the sub-Antarctic and Antarctic, Mary has acquired a deep passion for the natural habitat and wildlife of this magical place. She joins the Seabourn expedition team as Zodiac driver and naturalist.

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                  Rory M. Martin
                  Naturalist/Zodiac Diver

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, 11 December 2013, 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Mary Thurber MartinReared as a dependent of a career foreign service officer, 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. Throughout his business career, Rory took every opportunity to travel – whether for business or for pleasure.

                  Rory’s travel adventures have been varied and widespread. Aside from expedition travel experience throughout the world, he has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as the volcanoes of the Atacama Desert in Chile. He has hiked throughout the Eastern and Western United States and New Zealand. Rory also enjoys horses and has completed several horseback treks in the Okavango Delta (Botswana) and across the Dordogne Region of France. In awe of nature, Rory always has his camera in his hand and patience to watch wildlife for hours. He has traveled to over 120 countries on all seven continents, including three seasons in Antarctica.

                  As Zodiac driver and naturalist, Rory looks forward to sharing his passion for the natural world, especially penguins, icebergs and the raw adventure of Antarctica.

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                  Rupert Pilkington
                  Naturalist

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Rupert PlinkingtonRupert joins the Seabourn staff for the 2014 Antarctic season with ten years’ experience as a guide working in some of the world’s remotest regions, including Alaska, the Russian Far East, the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard.

                  Coming originally from Scotland, Rupert is a Canadian as well as a British citizen, reflecting a life profoundly influenced by travel and exploration. He studied natural resource management and conservation at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, culminating in a Master’s Degree from Aberdeen University. Later, he worked for both the US National Park Service and for Parks Canada, in Alaska, Colorado, Utah and Alberta, contributing to and administering a wide variety of wildlife management studies, mostly in relation to large mammals.

                  During his years with the national parks, Rupert developed a special focus on bears and the management of conflict between bears and people, as a key study within his overarching interest in the preservation of wilderness and a very broad view of whole-ecosystem conservation. Initially, this work centered mostly on brown and black bears, but after a number of years it expanded to include polar bears and new opportunities to work in the Arctic as a guide in the expedition cruise industry. In 2011 Rupert established his own company, Blue Planet Expeditions, which offers small-ship expedition trips in Svalbard.

                  While principally a specialist in the northern hemisphere, Rupert brings the knowledge and experience gained in the Arctic, such as life at sea, sea-ice, inflatable boat driving, and looking after guests on ship and on shore, to Seabourn for its Antarctic and South American cruises for 2014. While being affable and enjoying a good conversation, and being able to speak French and German, Rupert is keen to share his knowledge of Antarctic wildlife and exploration. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he has a consummate interest in geography, and a global perspective of ecology and conservation which is fundamental to his work as a guide.

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                  Ignacio Rojas
                  Zodiac Diver/Wilderness Guide

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, 11 December 2013, 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  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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                  Paul Hart
                  Zodiac Diver/Wilderness Guide

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, 11 December 2013, 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  Paul HartIn 2013, Paul was named by the Telegraph Newspaper as one of the UK’s leading adventurers and outdoor experts. He has had a genuinely eclectic career history. Paul served in the Army, where he gained his Royal Marines Commando qualification. He then joined the Royal Navy and became one of only two navy officers to pass the selection course of the Parachute Regiment. However, his real passion in life has always been the great outdoors and seeking adventure and life-enhancing experiences. After completing his initial degree in Oceanography, Meteorology and Geology at Plymouth University, Paul joined a four person team taking a classic sailing vessel home to Risør in Norway from Vigo in Spain. The journey was cut short when the vessel began to break-up in a storm in the Bay of Biscay and it was only with extreme luck that the team managed to survive, limping back to a north Spanish port, only just afloat.

                  Paul’s adventures have continued in similar vein over the past 25 years. A noteable achievement was in 1991 and 1992 when he led a small team to complete a kayak journey around the ‘Outside Passage’ of Alaska. This journey, totalling some four months of kayak travel, was fraught with danger from bears to immense seas; sometimes reaching nearly 50 ft in swell height. Amongst many great moments on the expedition was when the team found themselves being investigated by a pod of orcas, one of whom decided to jump over three of the kayakers when rafted together!

                  In 2012, Paul led the first man-haul crossing of the Antarctic Peninsula while conducting science as part of the Centenary anniversary commemoration of Captain Robert Falcon Scott Royal Navy reaching the South Pole. Paul was also involved in the national celebration of Captain Scott and organized three national commemorative events on behalf of the Royal Navy. As an avid fan of Scott and someone who has researched his expeditions in depth, Paul was truly honored to have been associated with the celebration of Scott. His scientific work on the Peninsula is now feeding into projects relating to climate change in Antarctica.

                  As well as pursuing a life of outdoor activities, Paul has also sought to challenge his mind. He has gained a PGCE teaching qualification from Plymouth University, a Distinction at Master’s level in International Relations from Cambridge University and has a variety of formal psychology, coaching and leadership qualifications. He also has instructor qualifications in kayaking, diving, skiing and mountaineering. He is trained to operate in the polar regions and has recently returned from training a group of Scouts for a North Pole attempt in 2014. He is a qualified medic and boat operator and is looking forward to sharing his experiences in life with anyone willing to sit and chat over a cup of coffee.

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                  Matt Dolan
                  Zodiac Diver

                  *Seabourn Quest Voyages 20 November 2013, 11 December 2013, 04 January 2014, and 25 January 2014

                  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. In June 2011, he and three friends departed from Seattle, WA and began kayaking the entire Inside Passage. Sixty-five days and over 1,300 miles later, they all reached Muir Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, AK. This ambitious paddle took them through an epic display of wildlife, incredible scenery in notoriously dangerous waters, and along a journey that created an unbreakable bond between four paddlers.

                  In between the long hitches at sea, he lives with his brother outside Lake Tahoe. In October 2012 he competed in the X-Terra off-road triathlon U.S. National Championship in Snowbasin, Utah, placing 4th in his age group. He continues to explore throughout the high-mountain desert peaks and Sierra mountain range in Nevada, California, and Oregon. He also volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician in the Reno/Tahoe area.

                  Being his first season to “The Ice,” Matt hopes his love for exploration and appreciation of authentic nature will enhance everyone’s experience.

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                  *Subject to change without notice.

                  Antarctica & Patagonia

                  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.


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                  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.

                  Footwear

                  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.

                  Accessories

                  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.

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                  IAATO

                  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.