Explorer who crossed Antarctica on foot to sail with Seabourn

Mary Forgione
Los Angeles Times – January 25, 2019

The last time Colin O’Brady went to Antarctica, he made history by walking more than 930 miles in brutal winds and frigid temperatures across the landmass — completely alone. In November, O’Brady will return to the bottom of the Earth in luxury on a Seabourn cruise.

O’Brady, 33, was added as the featured speaker in Seabourn’s Conversations series aboard its first Antarctic sailing of the 2019-2020 season, the company announced Thursday.

The Portland, Ore., athlete and explorer, sometimes pulling a sled filled with hundreds of pounds of food and supplies, finished his epic 54-day solo and unassisted crossing on Dec. 26. “You look out and all you can see is hundreds of miles of blank landscape," O’Brady told Esquire magazine. "You know you’re the only living thing for miles and miles and miles.”

This time O’Brady will be surrounded by passengers aboard the Seabourn Quest who want to hear about about the journey as well as other feats, such as a 2016 speed record he set for climbing the world’s seven highest summits, including Mt. Everest, and skiing to the North and South Poles.

The cruise takes 21 days and leaves Nov. 28 from Santiago, Chile. It stops to see fiords and glaciers along Chile’s coast, visits Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, and tours the Falkland Islands before returning to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The ship spends six days exploring Antarctica.

The Quest has just 229 suites. Prices start at $12,999 plus $750 in port fees per person, based on double occupancy.

Featured speakers in the Seabourn series on other sailings include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in December and wellness guru Andrew Weil in November.