Seabourn is launching new pre-cruise excursions taking guests to the South Pole on select Antarctica and Patagonia itineraries during the 2016-2017 season.
Guests onboard the Seabourn Quest can choose from two new package extensions that also travel to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including: Polar Quest & Patagonia and Polar Quest, Tierra del Fuego & Iguazu Falls.
Both of the pre-cruise packages include stays at Union Glacier Camp in the southern Ellsworth Mountains, one of a few private seasonally occupied camps in Antarctica. Operated by land-based tour operator Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE), the full-service camp offers double-occupancy sleeping tents; freshly prepared cuisine; and a setting for activities ranging from scenic excursions to technical climbs and ski tours.
Here are the package details:
Polar Quest & Patagonia (14 nights/15 days) - In addition to a transantarctic flight and landing at the South Pole, this overland journey takes guests on an exploration of UNESCO World Heritage Site Torres del Paine National Park that encompasses 450,000 acres of forests, rivers, lakes and virgin pampas in southernmost Chile. Guests can choose from a variety of included excursions providing daily opportunities to explore the various environments, including vivid blue ice pools, raw glacial moraines and abundant wildlife from guanacos to Andean condors. Package rates start at $50,999 per person based on double occupancy; pre-cruise departure December 4, 2016 followed by Seabourn Quest sailing December 19, 2016.
Polar Quest, Tierra del Fuego & Iguazu Falls (16 nights/17 days) - In addition to a transantarctic flight and landing at the South Pole, guests will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls National Park on the border of Brazil and Argentina. There travelers will have the chance to explore the falls and its surroundings from extensive walkways or take options such as inflatable boats or helicopter tours. Package rates start at $53,999 per person based on double occupancy; pre-cruise departure December 26, 2016 followed by Seabourn Quest sailing January 12, 2017.