They say Cubs fans will travel anywhere to cheer on their team…even to the ends of the earth. We made sure of that by celebrating the Cubs’ 2016 World Series win by flying the W flag on a recent Luxury Expedition Cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
Two guests from Chicago, Hilary and Elias, even brought the Championship banner to share with some of the locals.
Eileen Ogintz, family travel writer from takingthekids.com, joins us on our Family Antarctica departure this year. She is sharing the kids’ perspectives on what an A&K cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands is all about. Take a look at her day-by-day experience and why this is the perfect destination to inspire all ages.
On a Cruise to Antarctica – 34 Kids and a Whole Lot of Enthusiasm
December 21, 2016 – By Eileen Ogintz
“Heaps of Albatross,” reports Thomas, 13, from Melbourne, Australia.
“Rockhopper penguins were jumping,” adds Marcos, 12, from Montclair, NJ.
“Two whale spouts,” declares Ryan, 13, San Diego, CA.
And it’s just the first day aboard ‘Le Boreal’ heading on two-week adventure cruise from Southern Argentina to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Islands and Antarctica. Even more amazing than the wildlife, perhaps, is that these Young Explorers, part of the group of 34 kids on board — a record number for this Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) — trip, are already such fast friends.
They hadn’t even met until this morning; by lunchtime, after a get-to-know-you game (TRUTH or LIE: “I’ve petted a cheetah!” “I’ve broken both wrists!” “I’ve been on the Great Wall of China!” “I have four cats!”) and a scavenger hunt around the ship organized by the two experienced Young Explorer leaders on board, Jeff Manker and Kristin Wornson, a gaggle of them had commandeered a table together for lunch and were chattering as if they ate lunch together everyday.
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Fresh from A&K’s Instagram takeover, #instantarctica, these images captured by photographer Rick Sammon tell the tale of his recent Antarctic adventure. Take a look as this A&K on-board photo enrichment coach shares a few of his captivating images and some of the secrets behind the magic. Whether you pack a digital SLR or a smartphone camera, you’ll experience expert photo coaching from Rick himself when you join A&K’s December 19 departure of Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands. This special family departure features A&K Young Explorers Guides, exhilarating shore excursions and expert insights from a host of Expedition Team members like Rick. Continue Reading ›
Travel has helped shape the lives of countless millions, none more so than that of A&K founder Geoffrey Kent. In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Geoffrey recounted how experiences in a half-dozen incredible destinations proved pivotal to his personal and professional development.
“I was born and raised in East Africa, and when I turned fifteen, my parents arranged for me to go on a hunt, which was a rite of passage for young men in Kenya in that era. I tracked, shot and killed an elephant. From the moment I watched the most magnificent beast I’d ever laid eyes on fall, I was heartsick and made a vow to myself: to only shoot with a camera, not with a gun. That’s why A&K became the first safari outfitter to introduce refrigeration, so we could serve fresh food in the bush, while other companies continued to rely on hunting to feed their guests.”
“Uganda is considered the ‘Pearl of Africa’ with deep lakes, soaring mountains and the greatest treasure of all — one of the two remaining strongholds on earth of the highly endangered mountain gorilla. The first time I saw these animals in their remote jungle home was an experience that has always stayed with me. Looking into their eyes, you gain a profound understanding of the bond that exists between them and us. When I first met Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, I encouraged him to set aside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as a reserve to protect these gentle primates. Today almost half the world’s surviving mountain gorillas live there.”
3. The Galápagos Islands
“The Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are one of the world’s most rewarding destinations: an open-air wildlife museum that is home to an astonishing variety of endemic species. Observing their adaptations to this remote, isolated environment, Charles Darwin was able to formulate his theory of evolution. I found the marine life in the Galápagos so fascinating myself that, on one dive, I kept on descending without realizing it, and almost succumbed to the ‘raptures of the deep’ or nitrogen narcosis. My visit made me realize how important it was to preserve this special place, and to let more travellers experience it firsthand, as I did.”
“After Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997, HRH Prince Charles asked me to take their son, Prince Harry, on safari. I chose Botswana and the Okavango Delta, a vast wilderness where I knew photographers would not be able to find him. It is the predator capital of Africa, where the lion, leopard, cheetah and the rare African painted dog are all endemic. Botswana faces the same challenge of balancing the needs of human and animal populations as the rest of Africa, and A&K Philanthropy has successfully forged public/private partnerships that protect wildlife while supporting local communities.”
“Antarctica is one of the world’s great wildlife destinations with magnificent landscapes, pristine glaciers and millions of penguins. There are few other places in the world where you feel such a sense of vastness and isolation. But I know many of our clients cannot leave their businesses for a 14-day expedition cruise, whether to the White Continent or elsewhere.”
“Palau has some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling in the world. From the Blue Corner — made famous by Jacques Cousteau — to the Big Drop Off and Ulong Sandbar, and from the German Channel and Shark City, to the submerged wreck of ‘Iro,’ a Japanese ship sunk during World War II, it is a diver’s paradise. Come November, Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent: Treasures of Palau — the first in a series of Ocean Explorations and Expeditions in Style, in partnership with the Oceanographic Institute Foundation Albert I, Prince of Monaco — will explore this tropical Pacific island chain as never before.”
September 13, 2015, marks National Grandparents Day and the chance to honor some of the most important people in our lives. The best way to celebrate? Give the gift of family travel with one of these five A&K Family Journeys, perfect for delivering all-ages family adventure and lasting memories in the world’s best destinations.
1. Spot “Big Five” Wildlife on an African Safari
WHY GRANDPARENTS LOVE IT: Electronics and gadgets be gone! In the African bush, all ages are completely captivated by extraordinary wildlife, prehistoric craters and the tribes that protect it. Stays in luxurious camps and safaris led by Resident Tour Directors in A&K-owned vehicles mean jaw-dropping sights in total safety and comfort.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR KIDS: Seeing lions, elephants and the rest of the Big Five in their own wild environments; adventures like market scavenger hunts; meetings with local tribesmen; and visits to animal sanctuaries. Continue Reading ›