Antarctica and Patagonia: An Adventure on the Seabourn Quest – Part VI (Captain Larsen and Class, Crossing the Southern Polar Circle & Breaking Records)
Captain Bjarne Larsen is the master of the Seabourn Quest for her Antarctic cruises. He has been doing this since Seabourn started the program five years ago.
|Seabourn Quest Captain Bjarne Larsen|
So how did this occur? We sailed from my favorite location so far, Peterman Island, to Crystal Sound, located between the coast of Graham Land and the Biscoe Islands. After time at sea we cruises through an amazing and awe inspiring maze of icebergs. The Seabourn Quest was so close to some of them you felt like you could almost reach out and touch them.
If you want my definition of a “Seabourn Moment”, there it is!
Al fresco breakfast in the Seabourn Quest’s Colonnade
below the Southern Polar Circle (Icebergs included!)
Plan was for each group to have a zodiac ride around the numerous beautiful icebergs, but as much as Mother Nature cooperated with our reaching here, she kept most of use from being able to get out on the seas as the swell increased so much it just wasn’t safe.
|Zodiac tours below the Southern Polar Circle|
Honestly I was not disappointed as just taking in the magnificence of the area was visually and emotionally more than enough for me.
And, of course, the best place for me to take it in was the forward hot tub!
|What a view!|
After another excellent al fresco lunch in the Colonnade (I could not get enough of the view)…and yes, it was cool but comfortable for me (though most would have had to bundle up) I listened to an excellent presentation by Kirstie Yeager, a member of the Expedition Team, on diving under the ice. Everyone on the team brings something special. Kristie strikes me as a super-intelligent, super-devoted, scientist that discusses things at a higher level than one would ever expect on a non-scientific cruise. Loved it!
Afterward was the Polar Plunge into the Seabourn Quest’s pool. With all the excitement of the day’s success, there was great enthusiasm and participation.
|Polar Plunge on the Seabourn Quest|
|Some “Juan” had to take the Polar Plunge!|
|Did Captain Bjarne Larsen take the Polar Plunge?|
What happens on the Seabourn Quest
stays on the Seabourn Quest!
A truly inspiring day for so many reasons. And our evening ended with our being given Certificates commemorating Captain Bjarne Larsen’s feat!
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