Surrounded by mammoth glaciers, heaping snowdrifts, and a menagerie of wildlife, two new pre-cruise, ultra-luxury expeditions from Seabourn lead guests into the rugged and mystic terrain of Antarctica and Patagonia. Aboard the Seabourn Quest, passengers will have the opportunity to choose between two travel packages that ferry them to UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Polar Quest and Patagonia is a 14-night overland trip (December 4 through 19) that takes travelers on an awe-inspiring expedition through the 450,000 acres of sprawling forests, rivers, lakes, and virgin pampas of Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile. Led by a skilled and knowledgeable staff, adventure awaits as guests can explore vibrant blue ice pools, glacial moraines, and an abundance of local wildlife such as guanacos and Andean condors.
The Polar Quest, Tierra del Fuego, and Iguazu Falls is a 16-night (December 26 through January 12) voyage that travels into one of the most remote locations in the world: Iguazu Falls National Park, situated on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Guests will have an exclusive chance to explore the vast array of complex waterfalls—scattered from Santiago to Buenos Aires—by way of extensive walkways, inflatable boats, or helicopter tours.
Both cruise packages include exclusive amenities and activities such as complimentary Zodiac landings to select locations, digital photography workshops, a personal Seabourn parka and backpack, wildlife sightings, guidance from a skilled expedition staff member, and an inspiring enrichment program with special guest speakers. In addition, Seabourn has prepared the Seabourn Quest for this incredible journey by modifying the cruise liner to ensure that it is prepared for the conditions in and around Antarctica. Pricing for the Polar Quest and Patagonia and the Polar Quest, Tierra del Fuego, and Iguazu Falls begins at $51,000 and $54,000 per person based on double-occupancy, respectively. (seabourn.com)