Seabourn Goes To Antarctica, The Right Way – Discovery To Replace Ocean Countess – MS Hamburg To Sail To Antarctica

          THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com

          by Kevin Griffin

     The Cruise Examiner for 3rd September 2012

Seabourn Quest © Robin West

Last week came news from Seabourn that it would be sending the Seabourn Quest to the Antarctic in 2013/14. This is a first for the line, although its now parent company Holland America Line, has been sending ships to the Antarctic for some time now. The difference is that Seabourn will make actual landings, instead of just cruising by. The whole idea of going to Antarctica without making any landings can best be compared to a date without a goodnight kiss! The surprise news also broke over the weekend that Voyages of Discovery will be chartering its Discovery to Cruise & Maritime Voyages as a replacement for the Ocean Countess. Voyages of Discovery, meanwhile, will take delivery of its newly-refitted single-sitting Voyager (above) in early December. Finally, Plantours is planning a return to the Antarctic in 2013 with its newly acquired MS Hamburg.

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