Alaska & British Columbia Ventures Team
Seabourn is heading back to Alaska & British Columbia this summer with an exciting lineup of not-to-be-missed, guided Ventures by Seabourn™ shore excursions. These optional, for-charge excursions offer you the opportunity to explore the extraordinary natural beauty and wildlife of The Last Frontier and Canada's Inside Passage via double sea kayak, Zodiac, catamaran and guided hikes.
Ventures by Seabourn adventures take you into the heart of the region, right at sea-level or on winding trails in the company of qualified guides. The program also offers informative complimentary lectures by knowledgeable and articulate teams of scientists, scholars, naturalists and more. Our beautiful new Ventures by Seabourn video gives you a glimpse of all the wonders you can experience in Alaska & British Columbia on one of these amazing optional shore excursions.
Meet our 2018 Expedition Team who are eager to show you an up-close view of this remarkable region:
Robin West, Director of Expedition Operations
Born and raised in South Africa, Robin West could either be found in the ocean or on the rugby pitch while growing up. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Port Elizabeth, his love for adventure developed into a career when he became an owner and operator of two outdoor adventure companies.
Robin then sought out adventure beyond Africa, setting his mind to global expedition travel. With a solid base of business and tourism, Robin began working on cruise ships, covering all corners of the world over the course of 12 years. Working with numerous companies and private super yachts, he has not only gained tremendous experience in the operations of the expedition business, but he has also developed a deep knowledge of some of the most remote and exciting places in the world.
With this experience and knowledge of the luxury industry, Robin joined Seabourn as Manager of Expedition Operations & Planning, placing him in charge of all aspects of expedition operations. When not exploring the far corners of the world, Robin now calls The Netherlands home.
Juan Carlos Restrepo, Expedition Leader
With a passion for the great outdoors and adventure, Juan has explored all the continents and oceans of the world. He left his homeland in 2002 and traveled non-stop round the world. His adventure took five years, of which the last year was spent riding a motorcycle across two continents, Australia and South America.
During his time abroad, Juan began his career in the expedition industry as a Dive Master on board luxury mega yachts in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean — from Mexico to Thailand. He then took his love for expedition to the Polar Regions. As a lecturer and as an Expedition Leader, Juan spends three months of the year in the Arctic and three months in Antarctica and the rest of the year in many places in between. His expedition experience includes the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, sailing throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.
When not on expedition ships, Juan can be found flying high at international paragliding competitions, taking motorbike treks across the Andes Mountains or exploring new areas throughout the world.
Chris Srigley, Expedition Leader
Chris Srigley has spent as many as nine months of each year on expedition ships – always spending the full seasons in the Antarctic and Arctic. Serving as Assistant Expedition Leader, General Naturalist and Zodiac Driver, his extensive experience covers some of the most remote areas of the world, with emphasis in some of the more extreme environments.
In the Arctic region, in addition to his regular duties on the Expedition Team, Chris serves as a Polar Bear Guard, spending much of his time advancing landing parties and then keeping a watchful eye while guests experience the wonders of such places like Svalbard, Greenland and Canada.
Considering himself a "generalist," Chris has become well versed in all aspects of the regions in which he travels. He has accumulated many intriguing stories and stunning photos along the way, many of which have been displayed in galleries and donated for auctions.
Once you have traveled with Chris, you will realize that his only hope is to transfer his passion and knowledge as you travel through stunning places and experience incredible adventures.
Nicki D'Souza, Assistant Expedition Leader
Nicki D'Souza grew up in the beautiful region of Bavaria in Germany. After obtaining a university degree in languages as translator and interpreter, Nicki started traveling extensively throughout the world.
Since 2008 she has been working for both expedition as well as classic cruise ships and has made her way up to Expedition Leader, leading voyages along the West Coast of Africa, South America, Europe and Asia.
Nicki now makes her home both in Germany and India, and takes little time to rest. During her holidays she can be found exploring Asia, trekking and horseback riding.
Greg Horn, Kayak Guide
A Johannesburg native, Greg was raised on a farm in South Africa, where he developed an entrepreneurial spirit that had him raising tropical fish, crafting skateboards and a variety of other business ventures while still in school. Following his schooling and military service, he fueled his dual interests in business and adventure by starting a SCUBA diving center at the Heads in Knysna on South Africa's Garden Route and later running a dive resort in Mozambique. Greg acquired Commercial 150 Ton Skippers & Yacht Master's certifications along the way.
He has explored almost every corner of Southern Africa and several of the Indian Ocean islands. Greg has over 5,000 dives in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea; hiked most of South Africa's trails; traveled over 14,000km by off-road motorbike through Southern Africa and has kayaked many of the country's rivers. He has viewed much of the country from the air as a paraglider, the highlight of which was sharing a thermal one day with a pair of majestic black eagles.
Greg has worked for Seabourn since November 2014 in the Antarctic, Patagonia, Brazil/Amazon and in the Arctic region and has used his passion for adventure and wealth of outdoor experiences to accumulate tremendous knowledge about the natural world. He has developed a keen eye that benefits his photography. Naturally gregarious and an avowed "people person," Greg's respect, admiration and love for the natural world also make him a responsible adventurer.
Other members of this impressive team include:
Natasha Hanson, Adam Jenkins, Meredith Bass, Jennifer Fought, Lisa Baldwin, Peter Damisch, Alex Borowicz, Kirstie Yaeger, Will Wagstaff, Brent Houston, Corey Accardo, Joe Cockram and Aaron Saunders along with Photo/Videographer Aidan Klimenko. Kayak guide Nicki Bunting and Zodiak Operators/Naturalists including Captain Al Barnard, Bill Fletcher, Ross Ellingwood, Cam Cormier, August Gengenbach, Eric Holst, Jese Hake and Rory Martin.
Find out more about these exceptional team members.
Join us on Seabourn Sojourn's ultra-luxury voyages, including:
12-Day Wellness in the Wilderness with Dr. Weil
Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage)
June 16, 2018
12-Day Ultimate Alaska & Inside Passage
June 4; September 25, 2018
14-Day Ultimate Glacier & Fjord Adventure
Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver
June 28; July 23; August 17; September 11, 2018
11-Day Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn
Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage)
August 6, 31, 2018
For more information about our 2018 season in Alaska & British Columbia and Ventures by Seabourn, Book by June 12 to enjoy our Extraordinary Opportunity Event special offers, call Seabourn