A&K Celebrates 25 Years of Luxury Expedition Cruising With Six Polar Adventures aboard ‘Le Boreal’
NEW: Explore the Northwest Passage from Western Greenland to the Russian Far East
After more than 175 polar expeditions, luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent celebrates 25 years of providing guests with the ultimate expedition cruise experience. For the 2015-2016 season, A&K will offer six journeys on board the all-balcony ‘Le Boreal,’ including four departures to Antarctica, one to the Arctic in search of polar bears and a brand-new 23-day expedition through the rarely-transited Northwest Passage.
“Twenty-five years of cruising in Polar Regions has enabled us to fine-tune every detail of our expeditions to deliver an incomparable experience, one that tops all others and stays with our guests long after their journey is over,” explains Abercrombie & Kent founder, chairman and CEO Geoffrey Kent. “By privately chartering ‘Le Boreal,’ we control every aspect of our sailings, from the top-notch service to the execution of an expertly-crafted itinerary and the highest crew- and guide-to-guest ratios.”
This exclusive charter of ‘Le Boreal’ also allows A&K to limit the capacity to just 199, guaranteeing a private balcony with every cabin, in addition to a smaller group size – no more than 12 – on twice-daily shore excursions. Guests enjoy enriching lectures and hands-on guidance, both on board and on shore, from top geologists, ornithologists, historians, wildlife photographers and marine biologists. Topics range from the practical (how to master your digital camera) to the personal (a first-hand account of overwintering on a remote Sub-Antarctic island). Zodiac drivers are experienced field naturalists who provide knowledgeable commentary on these once-in-a-lifetime destinations.
NEW: The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (August 20-September 12, 2015)
Journey across the entire sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Learn about the centuries-old indigenous cultures that survive in the vast wilderness. Marvel at geological wonders from the "Smoking Hills" of Franklin Bay to the dramatic Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site teeming with icebergs. Delve into the rarely-visited Yukon Territory, where whaling once thrived and an abundance of wildlife still reigns supreme. 23 days from $24,995 per person (when booked by October 31, 2014).
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Norway, Greenland & Iceland (July 15-29, 2015)
Discover polar bears in their natural habitat on the Svalbard archipelago, then venture to the fjords of the rarely-visited east coast of Greenland, as well as Iceland, to see stunning glaciers, extinct volcanoes and one of its earliest villages. Visit one of the world’s foremost whale research centers, supported by A&K Philanthropy.15 days from $11,995 (when booked by October 31, 2014).
Explore the best of the Antarctic Peninsula: vast penguin and seabird colonies, dramatic icebergs and calving glaciers, on this quintessential two-week journey. 12 days from $9,995 (when booked by December 31, 2014).
Fighting Climate Change (December 9-20, 2015) – Named a “Trip of a Lifetime” by Travel + Leisure, this journey includes the opportunity to learn about the impact of climate change on the region’s environment and wildlife from Antarctic expert Dr. James McClintock, author of Lost Antarctica. Meet the scientists at U.S. Palmer Research Station and present them with vital equipment needed for their research.
Photographic Expedition (January 3-14, 2016) – Join professional wildlife photographer Richard Harker on this photography-focused departure, complete with lectures and hands-on tips, designed for all skill levels.
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
Explore wildlife-rich South Georgia and the unspoiled terrain of the Falklands — spying the regal king penguin, elephant seals and wandering albatross unique to these parts of the Southern Ocean — all before cruising south to Antarctica. Learn about the fascinating life of one of Antarctica's greatest explorers, Ernest Shackleton, and visit his gravesite in Grytviken. 17 days from $14,995 (when booked by December 31, 2014).
A&K Family Holiday Departure (December 18, 2015 – January 4, 2016) - Bring the entire family to celebrate the holidays on the White Continent with all the trimmings.There is a dedicated children's program for young explorers and game room. Spacious two room/two bath suites are perfect for families. Travel as a family and save: Children 7-18 years old priced from $9,495 with one full-fare paying adult per cabin (except in suites).
Photographic Expedition (January 13-29, 2016) – Timed for ideal photographic light, this departure includes photography workshops and lectures led by wildlife photographer Richard Harker.
A voyage to the ends of the earth does not mean forsaking creature comforts. A&K delivers its legendary blend of luxury, adventure and personalized service including a personal butler for cabin categories 6-8. From organizing private cocktails to making spa appointments, an attentive butler responds to every need, quickly and efficiently.
Abercrombie & Kent also maintains a deep commitment to protecting and preserving the wildlife and ecosystems where it operates. In addition to special departures developed to encourage socially and ecologically-responsible travel, the company supports non-profit organizations like Save the Albatross and Allied Whale and the South Georgia Heritage Trust through A&K Philanthropy. Longstanding members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), the region's leader in responsible tourism, A&K also serves on the field staff and executive committees.
MV 'Le Boreal' is environmentally-friendly, equipped with cutting-edge technology that includes the most up-to-date waste water system, recycling facilities, and other measures designed to ensure that the ship operates with minimal impact on the environment. Zodiac boats are equipped with fuel efficient 4-stroke engines that meet the strictest environmental standards. The ship has been "Cleanship" certified by the Bureau Veritas. This label is given to ships whose design and equipment limit emissions and go beyond the MARPOL convention for waste treatment, anti-fouling and propulsion systems.
Abercrombie & Kent offers unrivaled expeditions to the farthest reaches of the globe and the most-inclusive way to experience them, with pre- and post-cruise lodging and sightseeing, charter flights, on-board lectures, twice-daily shore excursions, most drinks, and crew and staff gratuities.
For your chance to travel to the ends of the earth in style on an Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Expedition Cruise, contact your travel professional or go to http://www.abercrombiekent.com/discover/adventure-cruising/ or call 800 554 7094 to speak to a travel consultant.
Prices are per person, double occupancy