Antarctica and Patagonia: An Adventure on the Seabourn Quest - Part VI (Captain Larsen and Class, Crossing the Southern Polar Circle & Breaking Records) - Travels Blogs

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 LarsenOn this cruise something very special happened.  Captain Larsen was able to sail the Seabourn Quest across the Southern Polar Circle; a, 'er um, "quest" of his since he first was master on many of these Seabourn Antarctic sailings.  (Jumping forward in time a bit, when I mentioned this to some of the expedition folks on a Quark Expedition ship in Ushuaia, Argentina they gave me the "Damn that's impressive" nod.)

Once the ship reaches Antarctica, there are more general plans (unlike when you are sailing port to port) so Captain Larsen has much discretion in where the Seabourn Quest sails, taking into consideration weather, wind and ice...as well as places where Seabourn can obtain clearance for an unobstructed 12 hours of shoreside operations.  (Yes, it takes that much time to organize, have all the groups of guests able to enjoy the experience, the kayakers on the water and then packing everything up.)  The logistics, especially with the ever changing weather and ice conditions, make it very challenging, though the guests on board have only a bit of a clue...as it should be. Anyway, with all of these factors; especially with varying ice and wind conditions and providing an experience for the Seabourn guests, crossing the Southe...
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