Penguins To Make You Smile, Exploring Antarctica On Seabourn Quest

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We spent yesterday at Cuverville Island observing penguins. I had fun photographing and filming the penguins. For those of you who can’t be here but would like to be, I created a short video.

Penguins Greet Guests On Half Moon Island: Exploring Antarctica On Seabourn Quest

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Chinstrap Penguin

Chairman of the Antarctica Welcoming Committee. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

After crossing the Drake Passage yesterday, Seabourn Quest held a position for most of the day today off Half Moon Island. All guests who wished to do so were able to go ashore in Zodiacs, except for one wheelchair-bound passenger who will likely get to go ashore under calmer sea conditions later this week.

No Need For TrepiDRAKEtion: On Seabourn Quest, Smooth Seas Across The Drake, Plus, Our First Iceberg Sighting

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Our forecast today. © courtesy passageweather.com

Our forecast today, calm, but a low pressure system threatens in a few days. Websites such as Passage Weather help captains plan their Drake Passage crossings between the low-pressure systems that can cause high winds and swells. © image courtesy passageweather.com

A week ago, as we were leaving Buenos Aires, we were convinced that a fierce storm may have set the tone for our Antarctic adventure (see our video here). Our concern: Crossing the Drake Passage. As any sailor knows, crossing the Drake can be challenging when Mother Nature chooses to not play nice, and we had packed plenty of Dramamine for what we thought might be an “uphill” journey today.

Postcards from abroad 4: Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage

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In part 4 of our series of postcards from abroad, Cruise Specialists host Tom Mullen continues to share his voyage through Asia and soon on to the South Pacific.

Don’t miss part one in Alaska, part two in Japan and part 3 in China. After leaving China, Tom made a stop to see the famed Shangri-la, in Vietnam and Singapore before setting sail to a new adventure in Bali.

Penguins & Pints: Seabourn Quest Calls On Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

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Falkland Islands

Welcome to the Falkland Islands. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

It was to have been just another day at sea. As I wrote yesterday, our stop in Port Stanley was nearly scrapped. Following the technical issue on Monday that caused Seabourn Quest to deviate from its charted course, it looked as though we would spend two or more sea days cruising directly from Puerto Madryn to the Antarctic Peninsula.

On Seabourn Quest: A Diversion Meets With Disappointment, Then Something Remarkable Happened

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Seabourn Quest, Puerto Madryn

Seabourn Quest docked in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. © 2014 Yuriy Rzhemovskiy for Avid Travel Media Inc.

I was in the shower when the announcement came over Seabourn Quest’s public address system on Monday afternoon. It was the captain’s voice, so I knew I had better listen. I shut off the water and poked my head out the shower: There had been a brief power outage to the bridge’s navigation system, and in the interest of safety, we could not continue our voyage as planned.

Postcards from abroad: Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage

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Each day our team now checks the mail with new enthusiasm, hoping for another beautiful postcard from Cruise Specialist host Tom Mullen. Over the last few months he has been treating us to glimpses of his Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage through these special momentos.

See part one of the ms Amerstdam from Holland America launch in Alaska and part two as they arrived in Japan.

In October, Tom delighted us with notes from China!

Headed Toward Adventure, A Stormy Night On Seabourn Quest En Route To Antarctica

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Seabourn Quest Storm

A dark and stormy night as Seabourn Quest sails from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, as we begin our Antarctic adventure. © 2014 Chris Stanley

Cruising to Antarctica is full of adrenaline-filled adventure. Typically, the adventure begins with the crossing of the Drake Passage, a notoriously nasty stretch of water where Mother Nature can — and often does — release her wrath.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Partners With Elisabeth Von Trapp in 2015

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will once again partner with Elisabeth von Trapp – granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music – in 2015 for a variety of special music-themed river cruises.

Uniworld's River Beatrice has won numerous awards and accolades from guests and media alike. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld’s River Beatrice has won numerous awards and accolades from guests and media alike. Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Our Take On Quantum Of The Seas

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Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas Delivers

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas sails past the Statue of Liberty in New York on the evening of Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas sails past the Statue of Liberty in New York on the evening of Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

Aaron Saunders, reporting for Avid Cruiser

The truth of the matter is that two days is not nearly enough to experience everything you can possibly do aboard Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum of the Seas. In fact, two weeks might not be enough. She’s not just a cruise ship that takes you from Point A to Point B; she’s a destination in her own right.