Captain Bjarne Bahne Larsen, 48, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 while aboard the Seabourn Quest in Antarctica. Seabourn Quest was en-route from Ushuaia (Argentina) to Port Stanley (East Falkland Island).
Captain Larsen who was originally from the Northern Region of Denmark, had extensive experience sailing ice-rated exploration vessels in the Arctic and Antarctic. Larsen was an ice expert with significant nautical operations experience in Antarctica and Scandinavia.
Captain Larsen joined Seabourn Cruises in May 2009. Prior to Seabourn Cruises he worked for Fred Olsen Cruise Line from 2007 to 2009 and Hurtigruten Cruise Line from 2001 to 2007.
After spending most of his career sailing through ice, he was the one who encouraged Seabourn to fortify the Quest and try expedition cruising.
Captain Bjarne Larsen was a graduate of the Svendborg Navigation School. Larsen also served in the Royal Danish Navy and was a reserve officer in the Danish Navy.
Larsen had just broken the record of a cruise ship going south (66 degrees 54 minutes latitude) before he died in his sleep.
The remains of Captain Bjarne Bahne Larsen are arriving in Denmark Thursday, March 15, 2018, where he will be laid to rest on the beautiful island of Fyn. There he will be overlooking the Svendborg Sound. The ceremony will be held at, St. Jörgens Church, Address: Brydegaardsvej 17, 5700 City of Svendborg Denmark. Saturday 17 March at 11:00.
See Captain Bjarne Bahne Larsen in Antarctica video on on our Cruise Bruise Blog post.