Lonely Planet Writer

Luxury cruise line launches South Pole and Patagonia experiences

Exciting new pre-cruise excursions to the South Pole and Patagonia have been launched by Seabourn luxury cruise line for 2016 and 2017.

Seabourn Cruise ship on the Neumayer Channel in Antarctica.
Seabourn Cruise ship on the Neumayer Channel in Antarctica. Image by Seabourn Cruises

Trips will be accessible to guests boarding the Seabourn Quest cruise, with two new travel packages available to choose from.

Passengers explore the Antarctic on board the Zodiac lander.
Passengers explore the Antarctic on board the Zodiac lander. Image by Seabourn Cruises.
View from on board the Seabourn Cruise in Antartica.
View from on board the Seabourn Cruise in Antartica. Image by Seabourn Cruises

The “Polar Quest & Patagonia” excursion is a 14-night trip that will bring guests overland on an exploration of UNESCO World Heritage Site Torres del Paine National Park, a beautiful region that encompasses 450,000 acres of forests, rivers and lakes in South Chile.

Paine River in UNESCO World Heritage Site Torres del Paine National Park
Paine River in UNESCO World Heritage Site Torres del Paine National Park

Another excursion is the “Polar Quest, Tierra del Fuego & Iguazu Falls” package and features an exciting 17-day journey complete with trans antarctic flight and landing to the South Pole with a trip to UNESCO World Heritage Site Iguazu Falls National Park on the border of Brazil and Argentina.

The stunning Iguazu Falls in Argentina.
The stunning Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

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. The full-service camp is operated by land-based tour operator Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions and offers double-occupancy sleeping tents, freshly prepared gourmet cuisine and a selection of activities including scenic excursions, technical climbs and ski tours.

Antarctic penguins can be spotted on the excursions.
Antarctic penguins can be spotted on the excursions. Image by Seabourn Cruises

“Seabourn has made its reputation for offering guests astonishing experiences in places that are beyond the ordinary, and there are few travel opportunities less-expected or out-of-the-ordinary than a visit to the South Pole,” said Robin West, Senior Manager, Expedition Planning and Operations for Seabourn. “These experiences will be the icing on the cake for guests bound for Antarctica aboard Seabourn Quest over the season ahead.”

The beautiful Antarctic icescape.
The beautiful Antarctic icescape. Image by Seabourn Cruises
Searbourn passengers at Neko Point.
Searbourn passengers at Neko Point. Image by Seabourn Cruises

Each cruise to Antarctica and Patagonia includes digital photography workshops, Zodiac small vessel landings to selected areas.