Most of our business is that of helping people plan their own private land-based or cruise-based vacations. But we also lead several groups per year to various places in the world...both cruise AND land-based trips!
So that you don't have to go through all of our blog entries to find all of the upcoming trips we hope to escort, here is a summary of them.
If you have a few friends or family members who want to go to a specific part of the world, let us know and we will put a custom trip together for you!
Here is the summary of our upcoming escorted trips:
This photo of a Gentoo penguin family was taken by our owner Carl on one of his previous trips to Antarctica. In December of 2017 he hopes to lead another group on a luxury expedition trip to Antarctica, this time aboard the Silver Cloud from Silversea Cruises.
The itinerary on this sailing will be much different than those he previous led. He is very excited that this time the cruise will also visit South Georgia Island. This special place in the world is known for its king penguins and elephant seals. There are also stops in the Falkland Islands.
For further information about the itinerary on this 19-night cruise departing December 21, 2017 click on and download the PDF flier below and/or contact our office. There is absolutely nothing like Antarctica!
Since returning from Antarctica in 2015, we have posted hundreds of photos of our spectacular trip. If you missed them, Click Here ... they can be viewed right here on our website.
Most ships that go to Antarctica are older "explorer" vessels. But with this trip, you get the expedition experience but will cruise in luxury aboard the Seabourn Quest, known by many as the best service at sea! It is truly the best of both worlds.
Because these trips sell out very early, we recommend that you hold the best cabins as soon as possible. The deposit is fully refundable. For more information about this cruise, the itinerary and the pricing, click on the icon below. It will open up a flyer that you can view and/or print out. Pricing may be different than that shown on the flyer...call me for the most up-to-date rates.
** We are scheduled to escort a group on this voyage. However a minimum number of people are required so there is a chance we may not get to go.
Our voyage to Antarctica on the Seabourn Quest was not only spectacular with regard to service, staff and scenery...it was also a very educational trip. Before I left home, I didn't know one penguin from another. And, while there were many penguin species we did not see, we became very familiar with several species. Below are some photos of the penguins we visited. To view our entire Antarctica Album Click Here
The Gentoo Penguin is recognizable by its bright orange beak.
This is the Adelie Penguin...very common along the Antarctic Coastline.
The Chinstrap Penguin got his name for obvious reasons.
Earlier this year I had the incredible privilege of leading a group of travelers on a trip from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso (Santiago). The trip included six nights in Antarctica. I've likely been on over 100 cruises in my career as a travel agent...and I really think that I can rank this trip as #1. Even though I have traveled to Antarctica before, on my previous journey we were not allowed to get off the ship. On this one we made six landings or Zodiac tours. It made all the difference in the world.
I plan to make several entries to this Blog about the trip, primarily about the Antarctica portion of the journey. This entry will serve as an introduction and overview of the trip itself.
During the several days it took for us to get from Buenos Aires to our first sighting of Antarctica, the ship did an excellent job of building the excitement. This photo shows just some of the items we were given on various days to prepare us for the trip. Our complimentary cold-weather parka...our (rented) boots...books about the birds and sea life we'd see. One day we even got a cookie in the shape of a penguin placed near our pillow.
Not only were the landings themselves spectacular, the captain and the expedition team did all they could to make sure our trip was as good as it could be! Prior to the trip I didn't know one penguin from another...now I can recognize the various species....like the Gentoo penguin family shown below.
While I took over 5,000 photos on this trip, I've posted only the best of the best in the Photo Album section of this web site. The various parts of the trip have been placed in multiple collections. As of the date I'm writing this blog entry I have not yet posted all of the photos from the trip. However, for those who want to view some of the sites and sea life we saw on this cruise should Click Here to go to the home page for these South America and Antarctica photos.
We've generated quite an interest in this trip from the photos. We can help you plan your Seabourn adventure. Just let us know that you'd like more information. We may even lead another group in early 2017.
The photos seen on this post were some I took on our last voyage to Antarctica. It was one of my favorite trips. On that trip I was on a luxury cruise ship but we were not able to get off the vessel to explore Antarctica.
"Next time I go to Antarctica" I said, "I'm going on an explorer ship so I can do landings and more scenic photography." As it ends up, I'm hoping to do something better! With the Seabourn Quest you get the best of both worlds! Aboard the Quest, for six days, you will have Zodiac landings and touring...yet rather than being on a 30-year-old explorer vessel, you will be sailing on a top-of-the-line luxury cruise ship!
Seabourn is offering this incredible cruise itinerary several times this coming winter (summer in Southern hemisphere). We hope to escort the January 13, 2015 sailing. Contact us for more details and current pricing.
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