The world ultimate can be used all too often when it comes to cruising but this has never been the case with Seabourn. There has never been a single case where Seabourn has named an itinerary “ultimate,” that is until now. Even still, it was an incredibly hard decision for the cruise line to take but having looked up the word in the dictionary to be met with the descriptions of “1. farthest” and “2. Best or most extreme,” their minds were made up that they had the perfect itinerary to suit the title. The itinerary in question is the “Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia” and for passengers looking to see something truly unique, this is the cruise for you.
Having delved deep into the itinerary and its many extraordinary highlights, we decided it was time we shouted out to the world about this amazing cruise opportunity. Let us take you on a journey through the awe inspiring Antarctica and Patagonia experience. The cruise is a three week adventure jam packed with pulsating exploration opportunities along with spectacular scenery, exotic wildlife and fascinating cultural discoveries. Ask anyone that has cruise the Patagonia Passage what they thought and you will be met with an overwhelming response of popularity. Passengers love this part of the world and it’s certainly not hard to see why. Once a destination rarely visited, Seabourn decided to take the step and introduce this superb itinerary taking them deeper into this glorious part of the world than ever before. Not only can you sail the stunning sights of Patagonia but the luxury cruise line have also introduced five sensational days in the incredible bucket list destination that is the entrancing white continent of Antarctica. You can choose between four departure dates beginning from the November 2013 and even have the opportunity, should you wish, to extend your holiday with a two day stay in the wildlife Eden of South Georgia Island.
Seabourn are considered one of the most luxury cruise lines in the world and there are many reasons why. The cruise line consists of a highly impressive six star ultra-luxury fleet that has established itself as a uniquely celebrated and loved cruising experience. Having won a vast array of accolades over the years, Seabourn continue to provide the most majestically indulgent cruise holidays and when taking in one of the world’s most spectacular regions, you deserve to be travelling with the most spectacular cruise line. With Seabourn, you most certainly are.
Aboard a Seabourn cruise, intimacy and enchantment are brought to life. Heading off the beaten track to offer the most unique itineraries, these remarkable ships provide the chance to see hidden corners of the globe that you never thought possible. Seabourn’s all suite vessels provide the holiday of a lifetime and we could not think of a better cruise line to see this wonderful part of the world.
Let’s take a closer look at the ports of call included in the “Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia” adventure:
Patagonia is a mesmerising destination to see but without a doubt, the heart of this voyage revolves around the five glorious days spent exploring Antarctica. Part of the pleasure here is simply cruising the magnificent landscapes taking in the views along the way along with the chance of seeing a wide variety of wildlife along the way. Cruising The Lemaire Channel is a show stopping moment otherwise known as Kodak Gap. Sailing here takes you through the area separating Graham Land and Booth Island, something you will not want to miss.
Paradise Bay – Garlache Strait
The name says it all. This destination is truly fascinating and offers a surrounding of gorgeous scenery as you cruise the Gerlache Strait taking you through the channel between the islands of the palmer Archipelago and the peninsula. This is a great place to spot exotic wildlife and also provides a great location to see humpback whales, often known for using this area as a regular feeding spot.
South Georgia Island
This is the most incredible place for colonies of breeding wildlife. The sightseeing opportunities here are absolutely amazing and there is never a dull moment. Here you’ll take in views of the huge rookeries of king penguins as well as fur seals and elephant seals. South Georgia Island offers the chance to really get up close.
An interesting difference here to Antarctica is the huge amount of green vegetation. Passengers are often surprised at the diversity of the landscapes.
Puerto Montt, Chile
Having departed Valparaiso, the first port of call on your list will be Puerto Montt. Known for its rich agriculture, this destination is a key highlight of the itinerary as it offers the opportunity for guests to travel overland to the hugely popular lakes district. Take in the superb views and excursions with Seabourn also provide the chance to visit local towns along the way. One of the main location attractions here is the beautiful Lake Llanquihue. Alternatively, if you prefer, another fascinating excursion here is to take in the Osorno volcano and the Petrohue Cascades.
Castro is the capital of Chiloé Island, the largest island of the Chiloé Archipelago off the coast of Chile. Although a capital, this destination is very rugged and somewhat of an outpost in comparison to the larger more vast ports of call you will visit. The architecture here, especially at the waterfront, revolves around coping with the extremely drastic tides the area experiences year round. Most of the buildings and homes located at this point are on stilts in order to avoid damage. By now you may not be getting the best perception of this port of call. So far I’ve described it as rugged with drastic tides, not the most popular of descriptions you want to hear when cruising but this destination really is special. Seabourn are a luxury cruise operator renowned for visiting some of the best ports of call the world has to offer and Castro is no exception. The temperate rain forest showcases one of the rarest environments on earth and the many excursions available here provide a thorough insight into the areas fabulous highlights. The location revolves completely around locals making their living from the forest and the sea, something you have the chance to learn all about as well as enjoying sampling some of the finest seafood you could possibly imagine. Sound better now? Thought so.
This wonderful port of call offers a wide variety of things to see and do. One of the most popular attractions here is to head over the first ridge of the Andes and take in the dramatic Rio Simpson Valley, famous around the world for monster sea-run trout, not forgetting its incredible setting. Excursions include the chance to take in the valley by various means including the opportunity for a horse back adventure or you could even take the drive to the destination most unspoiled towns, in particular the town of Coyhaique.
The options available when visiting here are brilliant. See the penguin colonies at Otway Sound or head for the town and its array of museums and historic mansions. The choice is yours.
One of the most unique and exciting excursion options available here when cruising with Seabourn is the chance to enjoy a flight tour to the captivating Torres del Paine National park. Sightings include Patagonian wildlife such as condors and small llamas named guanacos.
This really is a phenomenal part of the world. The Chilean Fjords welcome cruise ships to sail intricate threads between mountainous humps of glacier rock. As your eyes wander from the waters to the sky you will follow the glacier faces upwards leading into snow dusted peaks with shimmering waterfalls cascading down to the sea. One of the most impressive glaciers to see here is the Amalia Glacier. This is included in the Seabourn itineraries and a must when cruising the Chilean Fjords.
The Beagle Channel is world renowned for its broad passage between two dramatically towering peaks either side. Within the Beagle Channel you will discover Glacier Alley, a wowing stretch that provides the chance to see a series of hanging and sea-run glaciers. The channel boasts a wide range of wildlife including seals, dolphins and many bird species.
Certain itineraries will not call in at South Georgia Island and will instead pay a visit to see Port Stanley. This is the capital town of the Falkland Islands and provides colourful welcome to all who arrive. The harbour is awash with vibrant, vivid colour from the painted rooftops.
Seabourn itineraries here flow back and forth so depending on the voyage you have chosen, this beautiful port of call will either be your first or your last chance to see penguins as it is the only place outside of South Georgia with breeding king penguins. A visit here gives you the chance to get right up close to the adorable rockhoper penguins. Seabourn provide a brilliant excursion to a private farm setting where you can learn more about the loveable creatures and even see how the colonies squabble over floor space.
As you can see, the range of destinations really is sensational and Seabourn, despite offering a wide range of exciting itineraries, have never delved as deep as this into Antarctica. For a once in a lifetime holiday this is the choice.
With destinations covered, next on the list of points to address for these itineraries is what to wear! That’s right. This is often the last thing on people’s mind when getting excited in the run up to a holiday but is certainly worth considering when looking to cruise this extravagant part of the world. Antarctica is not your usual, mainstream holiday destination. You will have no need for bikinis and board shorts here. The trick to the Antarctic is to focus on layers. When heading off on an adventure to explore the sights the last thing you want to be is cold so we recommend planning for three key items. Firstly a base of thermals, then a fleece or woollen piece of clothing and finally a wind proof outer layer and shell. On Seabourn cruises to this region, the cruise line are excellent and even provide guests with shell parkas and protective layers as well as backpacks for passengers to carry items such as cameras. Seabourn also provide a dedicated website for all passengers sailing here to guide you on the outfitting specifics you should consider. For specific items that take your fancy such as insulated boots, you can even rent these on board for a very reasonable price to avoid having to pack large amounts of items in your luggage. Seabourn really do think of everything and this is no ordinary cruise.
Now for the specifics:
- 21 Day Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia – Buenos Aires to Valparaiso 20 November 2013
PLUS $500pp Shipboard Credit
PLUS Complimentary Veranda Upgrades
- 24 Day Holiday Antarctica – Patagonia & South Georgia Island – Valparaiso to Buenos Aires
11 December 2013
PLUS $500pp Shipboard Credit
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