8 Incredible Whales and Seals of Antarctica

8 Amazing Whales and Seals of Antarctica

The Incredible World Beneath You in Antarctica

Whether on land or beneath the waves, the wildlife in Antarctica is astounding in its variety. Meet some species of whales and seals you’re likely to encounter on your voyage.

Orca Whales

Orcas

Also known as killer whales, orcas are not really whales at all but the largest member of the dolphin family — and also its most powerful carnivore. Known for their intelligent, collaborative hunting efforts, pods of orcas can be seen swimming along Antarctic coasts in search of prey, each easily distinguished by its jet-black top and the wide, white patches behind its eyes. Continue Reading ›

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Discovering the Endless Wonder of Travelling the Northwest Passage

Northwest Passage

As we announce our 2017 expedition, take a look back at our first pioneering voyage across the Northwest Passage.

On August 20, 2015, 186 guests set out on A&K’s The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea, an adventure that soon proved to be one of the most unforgettable luxury expedition cruises ever led by Abercrombie & Kent. Continue Reading ›

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Photo Contest Winners from A&K’s Most Recent Polar Cruise

2015 Polar Cruise Photo Contest Winner

Earlier this fall, guests on A&K’s Luxury Expedition Cruise The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (August 20-September 12, 2015) were invited to submit photos taken during the voyage as part of an A&K-sponsored photo contest. Continue Reading ›

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Video: An Amazing Polar Bear Encounter on A&K’s Northwest Passage Voyage

Guests aboard A&K’s recent Luxury Expedition Cruise, The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea, were treated to a surprising number of polar bear sightings — a total of 32 bears in all! The encounter captured in this video with a mama polar bear and her cub approaching ‘Le Boreal’ on Arctic sea ice was easily one of the most incredible and special.

While cruising through a vast sheet of sea ice en route to the M’Clintock Channel, a mother polar bear and her two- to three-year old male cub approached ‘Le Boreal’ at the edge of the ice, until they were about 30 feet from the ship.

“Polar bears have a very keen sense of smell and both were sniffing the air, perhaps trying to figure out what that fabulous smell of bacon was all about,” said Larry Hobbs, A&K’s expert marine biology lecturer and Expedition Team member. “After a while, the cub began to growl in a way that seemed to be signaling his mother that he was feeling impatient. Our captain is extremely sensitive to animals and slowly backed away, leaving them to their polar bear life.”

Larry shared what a gift the experience had been. “Time stood still for all of us on board ‘Le Boreal,’ and what felt like hours might have been only 30 minutes with these two polar wanderers. But it was a half hour of all else in the world disappearing from our minds and hearts.”

Video courtesy of A&K guest Paul M. who travelled on the 2015 Northwest Passage voyage.

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