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Setting sail from Santiago (San Antonio)
Chile's cosmopolitan capital is a smart, sophisticated place, where life plays out against the backdrop of the snow-capped Andean mountains. Santiago's moneyed elite congregate in the upmarket districts of the Barrio Alto, while Centro is home to museums, theatres and shopping malls. It's a leafy and eminently liveable city, in spite of the fact that more than a third of the population of Chile lives in Santiago. The city continues to grow outwards and upwards, its skyline crowned by the Costanera Centre, South America's tallest building, but an excellent metro system makes it easy to get around, and there are several lovely parks that afford plenty of breathing space.
Get around using the reliable metro system. At night taxis are cheap and reliable, but make sure you have the address written down if you don’t speak Spanish.
Chile: Robinson Crusoe Island
Situated 400 miles off the coast of mainland Chile, Robinson Crusoe Island is part of the Juan Fernández archipelago, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The sailor Alexander Selkirk was marooned here from 1704 to 1709, and his story is thought to have inspired Daniel Defoe’s famous novel.
Chile: Alejandro Selkirk Island
Chile: Hanga Roa (Easter Island)
The enigmatic moai statues of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) remain one of the world’s most intriguing archaeological mysteries. Descendants of the Polynesian settlers who carved them still live here, though these days the island belongs to Chile, despite being separated from the mainland by over 2,000 miles of Pacific Ocean.
Pitcairn Islands: Ducie Island, Henderson Island
Pitcairn Islands: Pitcairn Island
The remote South Pacific island of Pitcairn was settled by a party of British sailors and Tahitians following the famous mutiny on the HMS Bounty in 1789, and their descendants still live on the island. The tiny capital, Adamstown, has a population of around 50 people.
French Polynesia: Mangareva
Mangareva is the largest of the Gambier Islands, over 1,000 miles to the south east of Tahiti, and is set on a beautiful lagoon used by the locals to farm black pearls. Don’t miss the 19th-century St Michael’s Cathedral, famous for its intricate altar decorated with mother of pearl shells.
Arriving in Papeete
If you are in search of paradise, don't expect it to be easy to get there! It's a long old haul to get to Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. And once you are there, Papeete itself is by no means the most magical spot - you need to venture forth to see the other islands, and luxuriate in the turquoise lagoons, white sand beaches fringed with palm trees, rugged mountain peaks and coral reefs. Expensive and remote, these islands have maintained their uncommercial magic, with excellent hotels and a warm Polynesian welcome everywhere you go.
The island of Raiatea – extraordinary scenery, like being in Jurassic Park.
Your home from home
Seabourn became the latest ultra-luxury cruise line to enter the expedition market in 2022 with the launch of Seabourn Venture, followed by sister ship Seabourn Pursuit in 2023.
What we love
Seabourn Venture and Pursuit bring the trademark Seabourn style and sophistication to the world of expedition cruising, with interiors by designer Adam D Tihany, sumptuous veranda suite accommodation and high-tech toys including a pair of six-seater submarines.
|The contemporary décor appeals to a sophisticated and cosmopolitan crowd, and the familiar Seabourn style of cruising is enhanced by an experienced expedition team.
Tailor-make your trip
Where to stay in Santiago
We really like The Aubrey, a privately owned boutique hotel in Bellavista.
See more of Chile
If you can take some extra time, don’t miss the Atacama Desert – fly to San Pedro and plan a visit of two to three days if you are able.
Extend your stay in French Polynesia
For the ultimate eco-hotel experience, go for the Brando! Eye wateringly expensive, but a bit special.
Explore the islands
If you are visiting Bora Bora tour the island by open bus - Le Truck.