Earlier this year, in Tips for Making a Travel Bucket List, I wrote that Alan and I would be checking an item off our bucket list in 2015 with an Antarctica trip. Well, it’s almost here! We’re so excited to be experiencing an active boomer travel adventure that’s at the very top of our want to do list.
We’ll be cruising on the 450-passenger Seabourn Quest through South American fjords to the tip of the continent and then across the sometimes stormy (hopefully not) Drake Passage to Antarctica and beyond, finally ending in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Take a look at our Antarctica trip itinerary:
- Pre-cruise night in Santiago, Chile at the Ritz-Carlton Santiago
- Seabourn Quest departs from Valparaiso, Chile
- Cruise Reloncavi Sound
- Puerto Montt, Chile
- Castro, Isla Chile
- Cruise the Gulf of Corcovado
- Chilean Fjords
- Scenic cruising to El Brujo Glacier
- Cruise Canal Sarmiento
- Strait of Magellan
- Punta Arenas, Chile
- Cruise the Beagle Channel
- Ushuaia, Argentina
- Explore the Antarctica Peninsula for 6 days
- Grytviken, South Georgia for 2 days
- Montevideo, Uruguay
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
I’m calling this a hybrid adventure cruise because it contains elements of a typical luxury cruise plus the added excitement of once-per-day zodiac landings in Antarctica (adventure cruises are on smaller ships and include two landings per day). It also suits our purposes of escaping for the holidays—it’s not our turn to host family—while also spiffing up for New Year’s Eve, something that Alan and I enjoy. And with enough sea days to satisfy our relaxation needs, this cruise itinerary is absolutely perfect.
Packing has been a challenge. It requires warm weather clothing for the early part of cruise and the days in Montevideo and Buenos Aires plus lots of cold weather gear for Antarctica. And then there’s all the camera paraphernalia. Let’s just say that it took two tries to make it all fit.
We’ve booked flight arrangements through LAN from Los Angeles to Santiago and Buenos Aires to Los Angeles. Alan’s thrilled to be flying again on the Dreamliner. And we’ll travel a day early domestically, spending the night in LA, to ensure that our plans go smoothly (crossing my fingers here because it’s currently snowy in Montana).
For the best cabin choices, book an Antarctica trip as early as possible. Be sure to confirm the cruise line’s cancellation policies, just in case your plans change.
Of course there will be plenty of trip-based articles once we return. But I’ll also write about our packing list (there’s already been a request) plus other tips for preparing for an Antarctica adventure. And I’ll update the Boomer Travel Gear pages to introduce you to the travel products that we used. In the meantime—and if Internet connectivity allows—we’ll be posting photos and short posts on the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and in our News for the Week articles published each Saturday.
Whoo-hoo! We’re going to Antarctica! And because some of you are going to ask, this is a personal trip that we’ve paid for ourselves.
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