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Antarctica & South American Gems

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 Cruise Length
33 Days
 Cruise Starts
San Antonio
 Cruise Finishes
Rio de Janeiro
Cruise Line
Seabourn
Ship
Passengers
458
Crew
335
Launched
2011
Refurbished
2018
Cruise Code
W4S32A

Overview

Begin your journey in San Antonio and cruise through to Rio de Janeiro onboard the Quest and enjoy exclusive savings and cruise inclusions with Seabourn and Global Journeys.

Cruise Itinerary

Departs: 17:00

Santiago, Chile’s capital, is a vibrant city set against the stunning backdrop of the Andes. The historic Plaza de Armas, founded in 1541, is the cultural heart of Santiago, where you can admire the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral and the Central Post Office's architecture. Nearby, the National Museum of Fine Arts showcases Chilean and South American art.

Bellavista, known for its colorful street art and lively atmosphere, is home to La Chascona, the house of poet Pablo Neruda. For a taste of local flavors, the bustling Mercado Central offers a variety of fresh seafood and traditional dishes, making it a culinary highlight of the city.

Port:San Antonio

One of the busiest ports on the western coast of South America, the port of San Antonio is the gateway to Santiago which is around an hour and half away.

Santiago is nestled at the foot of the Andes in the Maipo River Valley and inland lies the sun-kissed wine regions of Casablanca and Maipo Maipo Valley, Chile's renowned wine region.

Stroll down bustling Alameda, the city’s main thoroughfare to steal a look at the ornate 16th century architecture including the famed San Francisco church. Here you can climb the lovely Santa Lucia hill and take in some of the best views of the sprawling city below and the Sanhattan's skyscrapers.

Arrives: 10:00 Departs: 20:00

Puerto Montt, located in the southern reaches of Chile, serves as the gateway to the Chilean fjords, Patagonia, and the Andes Mountains. This port city is vital for its role in connecting the more remote parts of southern Chile. The Angelmó market, famous for its array of fresh seafood, vibrant handicrafts, and woollen goods, encapsulates the local culture and is a hub for culinary and artisanal exploration.

The nearby Lake District offers dramatic volcanic landscapes and lush forests, making Puerto Montt a central point for accessing natural wonders such as the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, where the Petrohué Falls and Osorno Volcano are key attractions. The city’s blend of natural beauty and cultural richness reflects the diverse offerings of the region.

Arrives: 6:00 Departs: 15:00

Castro, nestled on the east coast of Chiloé Island in Chile, is distinguished by its vividly painted wooden stilt houses, or 'palafitos', that line the waterfront. This charming city, the third oldest in continuous existence in Chile, melds the rich cultural heritage of the Chilote people with breathtaking natural surroundings. The San Francisco Church, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands as a brilliant example of the unique wooden architectural style of the Chiloé Archipelago.

Exploring Castro offers a peek into the island's traditional crafts at the bustling local markets where wool, wooden items, and basketry are in abundance. Additionally, the surrounding landscape provides ample opportunities for bird watching and enjoying the serene beauty of southern Chile's lush countryside.

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 21:00

Punta Arenas, perched on the southern tip of Chile's mainland, serves as a crucial gateway to the Antarctic, drawing explorers from around the world. This city is steeped in maritime history and is the largest population centre in Patagonia, offering a fascinating mix of cultural influences evident in its architecture and local customs. The Nao Victoria Museum, featuring replicas of historic ships, and the poignant Monumento al Ovejero, celebrating the region’s sheep farming heritage, are key highlights.

The rugged, windswept landscapes surrounding Punta Arenas invite outdoor enthusiasts to explore. Nearby Torres del Paine National Park offers spectacular trekking opportunities, while the Strait of Magellan provides panoramic sea vistas and a chance to spot diverse marine wildlife, making this region a hub for natural and historical exploration.

The Strait of Magellan, a navigational route located at the southern tip of South America, is steeped in maritime history and dramatic landscapes. This historic waterway, named after the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who first navigated it in 1520, offers a passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, bypassing the treacherous Cape Horn. Today, it draws visitors with its rugged beauty and the chance to witness a variety of wildlife, including penguins, whales, and dolphins in their natural habitats.

Cruise travelers through the strait can experience the raw, untouched wilderness of Patagonia. The surrounding scenery, characterized by steep cliffs and remote islands, is often shrouded in mist, adding to the mystique of this legendary maritime route. This journey offers a unique perspective on the fierce natural elements that early explorers faced.

Arrives: 7:00 Departs: 18:00

Depending on weather, ice conditions and reported wildlife distribution during your voyage, your captain and expedition team will program an additional day of discovery and adventure for you in Antarctica.

Guests will be accompanied by a veteran Expedition Team, who in many cases have made Antarctica the focus of their life’s work. They’ll tell you what they know, point out what they think you ought to see, and step ashore with you to share the profound experience of adventure and discovery that brings them back year after year.

When you cruise with Seabourn, we promise a voyage that is nothing short of magical. See penguins, whales and other diverse wildlife, kayak around icebergs and massive glaciers, hike along the majestic continent and see the wonders of Antarctica up close.

Arrives: 7:00 Departs: 18:00

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 17:00

The Falkland Islands, a remote South Atlantic archipelago, offer a unique blend of rugged landscapes and rich wildlife. Stanley, the capital, is known for its quaint British charm, with colorful houses, cozy pubs, and the historic Christ Church Cathedral. The Falkland Islands Museum provides fascinating insights into the islands’ history and culture.

For nature enthusiasts, the islands are a paradise. Visit Volunteer Point to witness one of the world’s largest king penguin colonies. Gypsy Cove offers excellent opportunities for spotting Magellanic penguins and other bird species. The pristine beaches and dramatic coastlines make the Falklands a perfect destination for hiking and wildlife photography.

Port:Port Stanley

Your ship will anchor in Port Stanley’s harbor and you'll be tendered ashore. The town center is just a short walk from the tender pier, allowing for easy exploration on foot. This charming capital of the Falkland Islands offers a glimpse into British heritage with its quaint streets and vibrant wildlife. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, from visiting the historic Christ Church Cathedral and the Whalebone Arch to exploring the Falkland Islands Museum. Wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby Gypsy Cove, just 7 km (4.3 miles) away and home to Magellanic penguins and other seabirds.

Arrives: 7:00 Departs: 15:00

The Falkland Islands, a remote South Atlantic archipelago, offer a unique blend of rugged landscapes and rich wildlife. Stanley, the capital, is known for its quaint British charm, with colorful houses, cozy pubs, and the historic Christ Church Cathedral. The Falkland Islands Museum provides fascinating insights into the islands’ history and culture.

For nature enthusiasts, the islands are a paradise. Visit Volunteer Point to witness one of the world’s largest king penguin colonies. Gypsy Cove offers excellent opportunities for spotting Magellanic penguins and other bird species. The pristine beaches and dramatic coastlines make the Falklands a perfect destination for hiking and wildlife photography.

Port:New Island

New Island, located in the Falkland Islands, is celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife. This remote island serves as a sanctuary for diverse bird species, including rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatrosses, and king cormorants, making it a paradise for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.

The island's rugged coastline features dramatic cliffs and secluded coves, perfect for hiking and exploring. Historical sites, such as old whaling stations, add a touch of human history to the natural beauty. New Island's unspoiled environment and rich biodiversity offer a unique and tranquil escape in the heart of the South Atlantic.

Arrives: 13:00 Departs: 20:00

Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, boasts a relaxed atmosphere complemented by a rich cultural tapestry. This city is known for its captivating European-style architecture and broad boulevards like the famous Avenida 18 de Julio, which is lined with shops, cafes, and theatres. Key attractions include the historic Solis Theatre, a beacon of the performing arts, and the vibrant Mercado del Puerto, renowned for its steak and seafood.

The city’s coastline, with its rambla stretching over 20 kilometres along the serene Rio de la Plata, invites leisurely walks and offers ample space for cycling and jogging. Montevideo’s blend of cultural influences is especially evident in its music, particularly in the local tango scene, which visitors can experience in the city's lively milongas (tango clubs).

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 17:00

Passionate and alive with an infectious energy, Buenos Aires is a breathlessly romantic city, which blends colonial architecture with a down-to-earth Latin American clamour. Famed for steamy tango interplays and expertly seared steaks, this city is a fiery fiesta for the senses.

Visitors can choose to visit Caminito, the colourful street museum, shop at San Telmo Market, stroll through Recoleta Cemetery or cruise the Tigre River delta. Ships will dock at the Terminal de Pasajeros Benito Quinquela Martin which is a 30 minute drive from the airport and a 10 minute drive to the city centre.

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 17:00

Punta del Este, situated on Uruguay's southeastern coast, is renowned for its stunning beaches, elegant seaside homes, and vibrant nightlife. The city divides the Rio de la Plata from the Atlantic Ocean, offering both gentle waters and energetic surf, ideal for various water activities. Its iconic sculpture, La Mano, a giant hand emerging from the sand, has become a symbol of the area.

For those interested in culture, Punta del Este also boasts a thriving arts scene with numerous galleries and the striking Ralli Museum, which houses an impressive collection of Latin American and European art. The city's harbour is bustling with yachts and is lined with upscale boutiques and gourmet restaurants, making it a centre for luxury and leisure.

Arrives: 8:00 Departs: 17:00

Ilhabela, located off the coast of São Paulo in Brazil, is an archipelago renowned for its pristine natural beauty and adventurous allure. The name Ilhabela translates to 'beautiful island,' a title well-deserved given its mountainous landscape, cascading waterfalls, and stunning beaches. The island is a paradise for outdoor activities, offering excellent opportunities for hiking, sailing, and diving, especially around the wrecks scattered around its waters.

The historic village, with its charming cobblestone streets, hosts quaint shops and cafes, while the island’s coast is dotted with sophisticated beachfront restaurants. Ilhabela also protects a substantial portion of the Atlantic rainforest, making it a vital ecological sanctuary where visitors can experience rich biodiversity and the tranquil beauty of untouched nature.

Arrives: 7:00

In Rio De Janeiro endless buildings flow around densely-forested mountains that roll down to an evocative waterfront. Incredible natural attractions, spontaneity that transforms everything into a party and world-famous monuments all make this city an unforgettable destination. Ships will dock at Pier Maua.

Top Things to Do in Rio De Janeiro:

  • Ascend Mt. Corcovado to get up close to the Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Relax on Ipanema or Copacabana beach
  • take a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain
  • explore Tijuca National Park

Arrives: 6:00

In Rio De Janeiro endless buildings flow around densely-forested mountains that roll down to an evocative waterfront. Incredible natural attractions, spontaneity that transforms everything into a party and world-famous monuments all make this city an unforgettable destination. Ships will dock at Pier Maua.

Top Things to Do in Rio De Janeiro:

  • Ascend Mt. Corcovado to get up close to the Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Relax on Ipanema or Copacabana beach
  • take a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain
  • explore Tijuca National Park
Note: Ship ports may not be located in the starting & ending cities listed. Port and transfer details will be provided in your travel documentation. The provided itinerary is for informational purposes only. Activities and sightseeing attractions listed may not be available or achievable within the time in port.

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