Monday, November 9, 2015

Seabourn Introduces Kayak Excursions in Antarctica

Seabourn has a cool new way to bring guests even closer to the natural wonders of Antarctica with its new "Ventures by Seabourn" kayaking excursions. Participants will be able to explore Antarctica's exceptional scenery and wildlife close up and at sea level after launching directly from the ship's fold-out watersports marina. Led by qualified guides, kayakers can paddle amidst white-blue icebergs, penguins, seals, and other wildlife in specially designed cold climate dry suits. In addition to Antarctica, Ventures by Seabourn optional kayak excursions will also be offered at South Georgia Island and Port Stanley (Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas).

"The wildlife and wonders of Antarctica never fail to amaze, and Ventures by Seabourn allows our guests yet another up close and personal opportunity to experience its natural beauty," noted John Delaney, Seabourn's senior vice president of marketing and sales. "With our knowledgeable world-class expedition team leading the kayak adventures, it's an off-ship excursion that guests won't want to miss and will never forget."

Introduced aboard Seabourn Quest in the summer of 2015, Ventures by Seabourn is an informative and educational—not to mention exhilarating—way to enhance the cruise experience for adventurous guests. The optional excursions are guided by knowledgeable and experienced expedition teams of scientists, scholars, and naturalists who are part of the vessel's Seabourn Conversations program. In Antarctica, Seabourn Quest's kayak guide will be Matt J. Dolan, who has kayaked the entire Inside Passage from Seattle to Muir Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska—a journey that encompassed more than 1,300 miles and a feat few have accomplished.

Beginning Nov. 29, 2015, Seabourn Quest returns to Antarctica for its third season beginning on a series of four 21- to 24-day voyages between Valparaíso, (Santiago) Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Each includes days exploring the Chilean coast and fjords, Beagle Channel, Glacier Alley, the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park, the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas, Montevideo, and six days of cruising and landings on the Antarctic Continent in Seabourn luxury. A 24-day Holiday version, departing Dec. 20, 2015, will include two days exploring the sub-Antarctic wildlife Eden of South Georgia, renowned for its beauty and its vast, teeming rookeries of king penguins and other seabirds, as well as breeding elephant and fur seals. Guests may book Ventures by Seabourn shore excursions online.

Image Courtesy Seabourn

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