With the advice of our wonderful Travel Team consultant, Jennifer, we decided on Seabourn’s Antarctica, Patagonia
& South Georgia cruise from Valparaiso(Santiago), Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina –a 24 night adventure.
We had heard a lot about Seabourn, but this was our first cruise with them. Truly a six star experience!
The cruise took us down the Chilean Coast, visiting Puerto Montt, Castro, the Chilean Fjords and Punta Arenas, before reaching Ushuaia (Argentina), the departure point for our Antarctic adventure.
The Antarctic Wilderness is simply stunning. Words cannot express the sights, feelings and emotions we experienced. Truly amazing and yet somewhere very few people get to visit, let alone land on the Antarctic Continent itself! Seabourn Quest is equipped with zodiacs for landings and sightseeing, and kayaks for the more adventurous.
With a highly experienced Expedition Team on board, we were in for a treat. We saw Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, Antarctic birds and other wildlife. We also received a warm welcome from the crew at the Gonzalez Videla Base (a Chilean outpost) in Paradise Bay, who were very happy to show us around their home for six months of the year.
The cruising was highlighted with lectures by the Expedition Team, sightings of Orcas, Humpbacks and the rare Blue Whale, sea birds
and the most amazing scenery we could ever imagine. We cruised amongst the imposing icebergs – many bigger than our ship!
We were again blessed with great weather for our tours of Cooper Bay, Grytviken (the old whaling station) and Salisbury Plain, home
to 500,000 pairs of King Penguins, as well as many different species of seals. I’ll never forget standing on our verandah, watching
large pods of dolphins swimming, jumping and diving close to the ship.
Then it was on to Montevideo (Uruguay) and Buenos Aires, where we relaxed for a couple of days before returning home.