A&K Founder Geoffrey Kent Leads Adventure Cruise to Japan Aboard the Intimate Clipper Odyssey
Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) is reviving its popular cruise to Japan – and Geoffrey Kent, A&K founder, chairman and CEO, is signing on as the first guest. Next spring, Abercrombie & Kent and Geoffrey Kent will take guests on a 12-night journey aboard the ‘Clipper Odyssey’: Wonders of Japan (May 24-June 7, 2013). Explore remote islands and little-known sites in Japan and Korea in the company of A&K expedition staff, natural experts and cultural specialists.
This carefully-crafted itinerary, designed around the unique capabilities of the intimate, 118-passenger ‘Clipper Odyssey,’ balances ancient castles and opulent temples with Japan's lovely natural landscapes and meticulously-tended gardens (late-May/early-June is the ideal time to see the gardens in full bloom).
The small size of ‘Clipper Odyssey’ makes it possible to visit remote islands and ports, many of which are not accessible by land or larger cruise ships. These include the tranquil island of Miyajima, home to the Sacred Shinto Shrine whose torii gates seem to float in the water, and the Itsukushima-jinja Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to three sea goddesses.
“I’m always on the lookout for unique ways to experience a beloved destination,” says Kent. “Exploring Japan aboard the ‘Clipper Odyssey’ will allow us to see out-of-the-way sites, some of which even I have never visited.”
Travel back in time as you explore Kyoto, founded in the seventh century and home to twenty percent of Japan’s national treasures. In Yufuin, learn about the traditional crafts of the region during private demonstrations of glass blowing, weaving and paper-making by hand. Stroll through hundreds of excavated monuments, temples, tombs and pagodas from the Shilla Dynasty at Kyongju, a World Heritage Site often described as the world's finest open-air museum. In Hiroshima and Nagasaki, visit historic World War II sites. Venture well off the beaten path to Sado Island, a stunning setting with verdant rice paddies, bamboo groves and a surf-pounded coastline – where political exiles, deposed emperors and intellectuals were once "banished" to live. Our experts share their insights on shore and back on board, conduct informative lectures and recap the day’s discoveries in informational get-togethers.
The Adventure Cruising Difference
On board, comfort and service are paramount. Guests enjoy the intimate atmosphere, personalized attention and superb service made possible with a crew to guest ratio of better than 1:2. All staterooms have an ocean view, a private well-appointed bathroom and sitting area with sofa. Public areas include an open-seating, window-lined dining room featuring international cuisine, a lounge, library, gym, outdoor pool and masseuse.
Hands-On Exploration with the Finest Guides
Shore excursions become in-depth enrichment experiences in the company of some of the industry’s leading experts – selected based on their education, experience and knowledge of each port of call. A&K’s on-board expedition team accompanies guests while on shore and conducts stimulating discussions of each day’s events at sea and in the evenings.
A&K’s expedition cruises have been recognized by Travel + Leisure for “World’s Best Service.” National Geographic Traveler said “this top-of-the-line operator has a lot of experience” and is the “best for travelers interested in an educational experience.” A&K has been cited for “best program” and “best shore excursions” by Cruise Reports and is featured in Fodor’s “Best Cruises” and “100 Best Cruise Vacations.”
Experience the myth and mystique of this ancient land aboard ‘Clipper Odyssey.’ Call Abercrombie & Kent at (800) 554-7094 or download the latest information at abercrombiekent.com. Twelve nights from $9,995 per person, double occupancy.
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