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Seabourn Quest Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Fabulous itinerary and fabulous ship - just go!

Review for Seabourn Quest to South America
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Sail Date: Dec 2013

My husband and I researched all the Antarctic cruise choices thoroughly. Some ships are very small without stabilizers but they allow passengers to make zodiac landings. Other ships are large but because of the limitations of the IAATO rules which state that only 100 people are allowed to go ashore at one time, they do not make any landings. We picked Seabourn Quest because it is mid-sized, offered zodiac landings in the Antarctic, plus we knew we would be more comfortable and we thought they would look after us well. The Antarctic is an unforgiving place, the Drake Passage is one of the worse bodies of water in the world, and we wanted a ship with a strengthened hull and good stabilizers. The itinerary was excellent: busy but with some days at sea to rest a bit.

We began in Valparaiso and made our way down along the Western side of South America. The Chilean Fjords are lovely, and shore excursions there interesting and fun. But everyone started to get more and more excited when the captain announced that, because there was an opening with good weather, he wanted to make a run across the Drake to the Antarctic peninsula sooner than scheduled. We would be in Ushuaia a day ahead and then head south.

At Ushuaia we took on an extra pilot with experience in ice filled waters, who had previously served with the US Coast Guard in Alaska. So now we had 2 pilots, plus there was a large expedition team of naturalists, zodiac drivers, and researchers on board to help. The Quest took about 400 passengers, so we rotated in groups to land once we arrived at the Antarctic peninsula, and it worked out very well.

Cabin Review

All the veranda cabins are about the same. Lots of room. Shower and separate bath, double sinks. Separate sitting area that can be closed off from the bed area with a curtain. Nice balconies with 2 chairs, a footstool and table. We were previously on Odyssey and our cabin was on deck 6, but we were just as happy on Deck 5. It was quiet, and the laundry room was just down the hall...very convenient for washing any off any penguin poo!

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