A luxury Antarctica cruise had been at the top of our travel bucket list for a long time. When it finally happened, Alan and I chose to cruise to Antarctica with Seabourn.
We traveled on the 450-passenger Seabourn Quest through South American fjords to the tip of the continent and then across the Drake Passage to Antarctica and South Georgia before disembarking in Buenos Aires.
Take a look at our luxury Antarctica cruise 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
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.
We booked flight arrangements through LAN from Los Angeles to Santiago and Buenos Aires to Los Angeles. Alan was thrilled to be flying again on the Dreamliner. And we traveled a day early domestically, spending the night in LA, to ensure that our travel went smoothly.
Cruising to Antarctica on the boomer adventure of a lifetime
Packing was a challenge. It required warm weather clothing for the early part of cruise and the end in Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Of course the time in Antarctica required lots of cold weather gear. And then there was all the camera paraphernalia. Let’s just say that it took two tries to make it all fit in our luggage.
The true adventure began when Quest reached Antarctica to explore for seven days before continuing to South Georgia. With zodiac rides and hiking adventures, this was an active trip that we’ll never forget!
Cruising to El Brujo Glacier
On our way to Antarctica, Christmas Day began with a 6:00 a.m. wakeup call to see the icy toe of El Brujo Glacier in the Chilean Fjords. Click on Cruising to El Brujo Glacier to read more about this amazing excursion.
6 Questions About Cruising to Antarctica
I asked My Itchy Travel Feet Facebook readers what questions they have about cruising to Antarctica. Click on 6 Questions About Cruising to Antarctica to read the questions and answers.
Cruising in Neumayer Channel
Cruising the Neumayer Channel at the end of a sunny Antarctica day was worthy of an addition to our travel bucket list. Click on Cruising in Neumayer Channel to read all about the experience.
How to Visit Half Moon Island
After a surprisingly calm crossing of the Drake Passage, we began the adventure of arriving at Half Moon Island. Click on How to Visit Half Moon Island to find out more about our experience.
Cooper Island: A First Look at South Georgia
The plan for the day is a zodiac ride across Cooper Bay for wildlife viewing along the coastline of Cooper Island, our first look at South Georgia. Read more about Donna’s adventure exploring South Georgia’s Cooper Island.
We have so much more to write about this boomer travel adventure!
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