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February 07, 2019 Words: Bill Bradley and Noah Davis

Why Antarctica?

There are so many reasons to visit the land of the South Pole, and even more to visit on Seabourn Quest.

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Antarctica is not the first place you might think about when you think of adventure luxury travel. But you should. The most desolate continent on the planet offers one of the most unique experiences, serving as the ultimate destination for the experienced traveler. It's larger than Europe with some of the most fascinating and varied wildlife anywhere in the world. And the scenery is stunning, with gorgeous ice flows, massive icebergs, and more stretching as far as the eye can see. It's truly the trip of a lifetime. And going on Seabourn Quest means that you’ll stay in luxurious suites while being surrounded by finest in dining and entertainment. Read on for four reasons why you don't want to miss out on the adventure.

A Majestic, Unexplored Landscape

The remoteness of Antarctica means it sees few visitors, ensuring that your touring experience will be one of a kind. Daily Zodiac landings offer an opportunity to get your feet on land where only a few have gone before while you catamaring the Beagle Channel and kayaking South Georgia Island are other highlights. There's also hiking and other chances to take a walk on your wild side. You'll have plenty of time to see everything you want from the friendly, luxurious confines of the ship. Better yet, before you reach Antarctica for the six-day tour, you'll sail by volcanos, fjords, and lakes on the Chilean coastline, along with the imposing and beautiful glaciers of Patagonia.

Astounding Wildlife

Penguins and seals and whales, oh my! The animals of Antarctica are unusual, large, and, because they rarely encounter humans, curious. The sites will impress, everything from the one hundred thousand breeding pairs of chinstrap penguins on Deception Island and the leopard seals that love to eat them to humpback whales and orcas. The flighted bird life is just as spectacular, with frequent sightings of snow petrel and Antarctic skua, along with wandering albatrosses, which might follow your cruise, gliding along with their nine-foot wingspan.

Antarctica is not the first place you might think about when you think of adventure luxury travel.

Images to Last a Lifetime

If you don’t get a pic, did it really happen? Antarctica presents some unbelievable opportunities for photography and even a rank amateur can come home with dozens of images to impress their friends or fill their social media feed for days. The huge icebergs, the astonishing animals, the sprawling spaces, and more present nearly endless vistas for shooting your shot. Better yet: the experts conducting the on-ship digital photography workshops will help you turn your images into works of art.

Unparalleled Luxury

If you’re going to make the trek to Antarctica, you should do so in style. And there’s no more stylish way to go than on Seabourn Quest. The ship boasts plush and beautiful ocean-view suites, perfect for any type of traveler. There are award-winning dining venues in partnership with Chef Thomas Keller so you can be sure to stay fueled up on your adventures along with the Club and Sky Bar for vittles and libations as well as Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, featuring an exclusive mindful living program. If that’s not enough, expand your mind further with Seabourn Conversations, featuring visionary experts who share expert insights on a wide range of fascinating topics. With these excellent accommodations, you might not even want to leave the ship. Who are we kidding? Of course you will. (And if you want to go again, make sure to get more information about the expedition cruise debuting in 2021.)

Aerial view of Seabourn passengers on kayaks amongst a variety of icebergs.
A penguin sits on an ice cliff as a Seabourn ship passes. The animals of Antarctica are unusual and because they rarely encounter humans, they're quite curious.
An inflatable boat, with Seabourn passengers, sets on an excursion amongst ice cliffs. Daily zodiac landings offer an opportunity to get your feet on land where only a few have gone before.
An inflatable boat approaches the Seabourn ship after an excursion amongst ice cliffs.
Seabourn cruise ship overlooks icebergs off the shores of Antarctica There's no more stylish way to go to Antarctica than on Seabourn Quest.

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