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Goldring Travel's 2015 Culinary & Cultural (formerly Food & Wine) Cruise - Seabourn Quest - Part V (Honningsvag) - Ventures By Seabourn



The 2015 Goldring Travel Culinary and Cultural Cruise on the Seabourn Quest took a marked turn away from the standard travel activities when we reached Honningsvag, Norway as we approached the most northern tip of Europe well above the Arctic Circle.  This is where I was able to experience the new Ventures by Seabourn program that was launched with our sailing on the Seabourn Quest.
Puffins
Seabourn Quest Ventures by Seabourn - Off the coast of Nordkapp, NorwayThe Ventures by Seabourn program provides its guests with the opportunity to do things as simple and relaxing as a casual zodiac ride to kayaking to exhilarating hikes while accompanied by members of the Seabourn Expedition team.
Our (ad)venture was to birdwatch for puffins, gannet, kittywakes, white-tailed sea eagles and more from one of Seabourn?s zodiacs with one of the five members of the Seabourn Expedition team and then an open water journey, ending with a hike up to Nordkapp, The Top of the World.
Seabourn Quest and a Ventures by Seabourn zodiacOur (ad)Venture started out with a special 5:30 a.m. room service breakfast (typical of Seabourn it was the full menu with our table properly set!) and then meeting our 27 other guests (ranging in ages from early 40?s to at least late 70?s) and the four naturalists (one for each zodiac) in The Club for check-in, fitting us with inflatable (and very comfortable) life vests and a quick safety briefing.  Then it was off to the zodiacs!
The ship stopped briefly on its way to Honningsvag so that the zodiacs could be offloaded and then we could board.  Once the eight of us were onboard our naturalist, Luciano (?Luqui?) Bernacchi, and a crewmember (to later drive the empty zodiac back to the ship) made sure everyone knew how stable the Seabourn zodiac was and how to sit comfortably.  (Later in the cruise I was able to observe the zodiacs used by Le Ponant?s Le Boreal and Seabourn?s are of far higher quality, size and comfort).  Nesting GannetsWe then headed off to an island filled with birds both on land and flying all about us.  In fact, at one point it looked like a cloud of puffins was approaching.  
Puffins fishing
CormorantsBlack GuillemotWhite-tailed Sea EagleOur activities were, from time to time, monitored by the local authorities:  A seal or two.

It was then an 8.5 mile run in the zodiacs to the base of Nordkapp.  While underway we looked for some additional wildlife, but it was more of a boat ride than a wildlife viewing period.  It was refreshing and a great way to get some perspective as to the size of the massive granite shorelines we have been viewing for days.  (Note that we actually passed the absolute further point north...which is two longitudinal minutes north of our destination, Nordkapp.  So only our group technically reached the Top of the World.)
We eventually arrived at the beautiful protected, but very rocky, shoreline, passing a herd of reindeer that were ...
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