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  • 1. ® Antarctica Abercrombie&Kent ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528568 antarctica@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013-2014 2013-2014 ANTARCTICA 2013 ® luxury SMAll GrOuP JOurNEyS Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYsmALLgroUpjoUrneYs ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8003237308 (M-F 8-7, Sat 9-1 CST) luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 ® Abercrombie&KentconnectionS2013 WOrldWide GrOup JOurneys 2013 ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528018 ak-connections.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 ® luxury SMAll GrOuP JOurNEyS Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYsmALLgroUpjoUrneYs ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8003237308 (M-F 8-7, Sat 9-1 CST) luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 Please call your travel professional or Abercrombie & Kent at 866 252 3836 or visit our web site at akmarcopolo.com. INVITATIONAL JOURNEYS ® Marco Polo Club International Journeys Private Luxury Travel Connections Worldwide Group Journeys Luxury Small Group Journeys ® AntArcticA Abercrombie&KentAntArcticA ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528568 antarctica@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013-2014 2013-2014 Antarctica 2013 ® WORLDWIDE HOTEL PORTFOLIO 2013 ® luxury SMAll GrOuP JOurNEyS Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYsmALLgroUpjoUrneYs ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8003237308 (M-F 8-7, Sat 9-1 CST) luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 ® Abercrombie&KentconnectionS2013 WOrldWide GrOup JOurneys 2013 ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528018 ak-connections.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 ® luxury SMAll GrOuP JOurNEyS Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYsmALLgroUpjoUrneYs ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8003237308 (M-F 8-7, Sat 9-1 CST) luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 Please call your travel professional or Abercrombie & Kent at 866 252 3836 or visit our web site at akmarcopolo.com. INVITATIONAL JOURNEYS ® Marco Polo Club International Journeys Private Luxury Travel Connections Worldwide Group Journeys Luxury Small Group Journeys ® AntArcticA Abercrombie&KentAntArcticA ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528568 antarctica@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013-2014 2013-2014 Antarctica Please call your travel professional or Abercrombie & Kent at 866 252 3836 or visit our web site at akmarcopolo.com. INVITATIONAL JOURNEYS ® Marco Polo Club International Journeys 2013 ® luxury Private travel Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYPrivAtetrAveL ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528403 luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 Luxury Private Travel Worldwide Hotel Portfolio Connections Worldwide Group Journeys Luxury Small Group Journeys ® AntArcticA Abercrombie&KentAntArcticA ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528568 antarctica@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013-2014 2013-2014 Antarctica ABERCROMBIE&KENTWORLDWIDEHOTELPORTFOLIO ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 XXXXXXXXX xxxxx@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 Please call your travel professional or Abercrombie & Kent at 866 252 3836 or visit our web site at akmarcopolo.com. INVITATIONAL JOURNEYS ® Marco Polo Club Invitational Journeys 2013 ® luxury Private travel Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYPrivAtetrAveL ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528403 luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 Luxury Private Travel Connections Worldwide Group Journeys Worldwide Hotel Portfolio Luxury Small Group Journeys ® AntArcticA Abercrombie&KentAntArcticA ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528568 antarctica@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013-2014 2013-2014 Antarctica
  • 2. 1 Antarctica our adventure cruiser nimbly navigated a painted landscape of icebergs as tall as skyscrapers.
  • 3. 1800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com FiveDecadesofLeadershipinLuxuryTravel In 1962, we led our first safaris in East Africa, setting a new standard for luxury in the wild. Fifty years later, our name is synonymous with luxury, authenticity and inspiration, in more than 100 countries on all seven continents — including Antarctica, where we have been operating for 22 years. Created by on-the-ground experts, led by the finest expedition team in the region, operated exclusively by A&K on board luxury cruiser ‘Le Boreal’ and backed by an unmatched global network, the expeditions in this brochure reveal the world’s most remote destination at its astonishing best. Our in-house experts have been to the White Continent’s farthest corners, and are eager to help you with forthright, firsthand advice. Enjoy reading this brochure, and start dreaming of a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to earth’s final frontier. Geoffrey Kent Founder, Chairman & CEO Abercrombie & Kent
  • 4. 2 Antarctica strolling amid a king penguin rookery, we took in every single detail — big and small.
  • 5. 3800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com 22 Your Guides to the Antarctic Meet the expert scientists, historians and naturalists leading your adventure. 24 ‘Le Boreal’: Strength, Comfort and Agility Explore the finest all-balcony ship in the Southern Ocean. A&K is a long-time full member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. Founded in 1991, this organization advocates, promotes and practices safe and environmentally sound travel to the Antarctic. Staff and crew follow the highest codes of conduct to ensure that the presence of ‘Le Boreal’ and her passengers has minimal effect on the landscapes through which they travel. INTER NATIONAL ASSOC IATION ANTARC T IC A T O U R O PE RATORS IAATO 8 Classic Antarctica Delve into the heart of the White Continent on this comprehensive departure. 32 An Expedition to Remember Recall the journey with our complimentary, custom logbook. 28 A Living Classroom All Around You Find out what you’ll see, do and learn on your journey. 30 A Day in Antarctica Get a taste of a typical day spent in an extraordinary destination. 6 Which Journey Is Right for You? From family expeditions to philanthropic travel, there is a perfect departure for you. 12 Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands Gain in-depth perspective of the Southern Ocean’s best. 16 The Americas Extensions Extend your Southern Hemisphere adventure for the most complete vacation yet. 20 A&K and Antarctica: Over 20 Years of Experience Discover why A&K continues to be a leader in Antarctic journeys, after over 175 trips. A&K in Antarctica
  • 6. “Glittering white,shiningblue,ravenblack— inthelightofthesun,thelandlookslikea fairy tale.Pinnacleafterpinnacle, peakafterpeak, crevassedandwildasanylandonourglobe, itliesunseenand untrodden.” —RoaldAmundsen(1911)
  • 7. 6 Antarctica Which Journey Is Right for You? A&K offers unforgettable voyages to Antarctica for every type of traveller. While Antarctica is rugged, A&K brings the incredible within your reach. Select A&K Antarctica departures also feature special programming, whether you are looking to make a difference in the world or for a holiday for the whole family. Choose the perfect program for you. ClassicAntarctica December11,2013 We schedule this quintessential journey for the peak of the Austral summer, when weather conditions and wildlife viewing (especially of newborns) are optimal. Highlights include four days exploring Antarctica on twice-daily excursions led by expert naturalists. This departure is also specially designed as an Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy-supported journey called Fighting Climate Change in Antarctica. Activities include a visit to the Palmer Research Station to meet its scientists and present them with valuable equipment during a special ceremony. See page 8 for more details on this departure and its philanthropic elements. Antarctica,SouthGeorgia &theFalklandIslands December21,2013&January5,2014 A panorama of the Southern Ocean’s best. December and January departures ensure great weather and the most active period for penguin hatchings. Set foot on wildlife- rich South Georgia and the unspoiled terrain of the Falklands — then cruise south to Antarctica. The December 21 departure is an A&K Fa mily Holiday, featuring a dedicated Children’s Activity Coordinator that leads child-friendly activities throughout the voyage, including knot-making classes, wildlife safaris and bridge visits. Photo aficionados should book the January 5 Photographic Expedition, a departure timed for the most ideal lighting for photography. See page 12 for more details on these special departures. ExploringicebergsonboardsturdyZodiacs
  • 8. 7800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com A n t a r c t i c C i r c l e FALKLANDISLANDS Often referred to simply as “the Falklands,” these islands are an archipelago in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, located 300 miles from the coast of mainland South America. The capital, Stanley, is located in the East Falklands, while the West and Southeast Falklands are scantily populated wildlife havens. Southshetlandislands The South Shetland Islands lie just north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Highlights include Half Moon Bay, Penguin and Deception islands, and a visit to a scientific research station. The cruise to these islands includes crossing the breathtaking Lemaire Channel. Antarcticpeninsula The northernmost part of mainland Antarctica, this peninsula boasts jaw-dropping vistas of soaring peaks, towering glaciers and drifting icebergs. Shore excursions include Neko Harbour, with coastlines teeming with nesting gentoo penguin. southgeorgia This remote island is considered the “Galápagos of the Southern Ocean” for its astonishing biodiversity. In fact, recent reports indicate that it may be more biologically diverse than the Galápagos themselves, thanks to its remote location at the crossroads of warm and cold ocean currents. Home to nearly 1,500 recorded species of birds and marine life, South Georgia is just as well-known for Ernest Shackleton’s historic crossing in 1916, in which he covered 22 miles overland to reach help for his stranded expedition party. Ushuaia Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Widely regarded as the southernmost city in the world, picturesque Ushuaia is located in a large bay, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range and the Beagle Channel on the south. deceptionisland This island’s forbidding name belies its reputation — for years, it has been considered a safe island for refuge from storms and icebergs. Conditions permitting, you may have the opportunity to swim in the thermal waters at Whalers Bay. An abandoned hangar and scientific research buildings also dot the island. Discover the Southern Ocean TIMEDIFFERENCE: EST plus 2 hours (Antarctic Peninsula and Falkland Islands); EST plus 3 hours (South Georgia) VISAS: No visa required for U.S. passport holders. HEALTHREQUIREMENTS: No vaccinations required when you travel directly from North America. argentina ANTARCTICA chile
  • 9. 8 Antarctica Classic Antarctica 12 days, visiting Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands (including Paulet, Half Moon, Deception, Cuverville, Penguin and Anvers), Paradise Bay and Lemaire Channel Priced from $12,395 Limited to 199 guests December 11-22, 2013: Fighting Climate Change in Antarctica A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Cruise in style and comfort on board ‘Le Boreal,’ the only all-balcony vessel in Antarctica when chartered by A&K ›› Discover some of the world’s rarest wildlife and terrain on excursions led by the region’s most seasoned guides ›› Learn about Antarctica’s environment — and efforts to conserve it — on a visit to a working scientific research station ›› Gain a deep understanding of the region with enriching lectures by award-winning experts ›› Leave the details to us — this all-inclusive journey includes on-board gratuities, unlimited drinks (except premium wines, premium liquors and champagne) and all port charges on ‘Le Boreal’ ›› Save time with private charter flights to and from Ushuaia DAY 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina Arrive this morning to Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged. Enjoy some time to relax before this afternoon’s city tour. As complex as it is energetic and seductive, this port city has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries, bringing many porteños (as locals are known) into its boundaries. Although it is reminiscent of a European city, the spirit of Buenos Aires is evident in its diverse and distinctly local neighborhoods. Meet your fellow adventurers this evening for a welcome cocktail reception. Hotel Sofitel Buenos Aires | Meals: B “The naturalists and guides were passionate, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and all-around fantastic. They were informative and made sure every land and Zodiac outing was one you’d never forget.” — B.B., Dallas, TX DAY 2: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia Today, take a flight down to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and a charming seaside town. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing (time permitting) and a traditional Patagonian barbecue lunch. Later this afternoon, arrive at your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Only on A&K journeys to the White Continent, the passenger-friendly, stylish ‘Le Boreal’ features all-balcony staterooms and suites. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage. ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D DAYS 3–4: Cruising the Drake Passage The southward journey toward Antarctica is an exciting one. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Drake Passage is a 600-mile-wide swath of water where the Southern Ocean currents are squeezed between South America’s southern tip and Antarctica’s northernmost reaches. Its stormy waters and icy conditions often made the journey around Cape Horn a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped ‘Le Boreal’ handles it easily. The krill-rich waters of the Drake Passage are a particular favorite with marine mammals and seabirds. As you travel in the comfort of your luxury cruiser, enjoy several enriching lectures every day by leading experts on topics spanning Anemperorpenguin,araresighttospotoutsideoftheAntarcticcontinent
  • 10. 9800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com topreserveandprotect The December 11 departure is dedicated to raising awareness about climate change and its effects on Antarctica, with special programming, lectures and excursions focused on environmental conservation. This Classic Antarctica departure is an A&K Philanthropic Journey, developed with Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) to encourage socially and ecologically responsible travel. AKP was founded as a nonprofit over 25 years ago to help preserve natural habitats, support indigenous communities and protect wildlife in all the places we visit — including in fragile Antarctica. On this journey, named Fighting Climate Change in Antarctica, travel in the company of Dr. James McClintock, noted Antarctic researcher and a long-standing favorite of A&K’s Antarctica programs. Antarctica, a primordial place as extreme as it is fragile, is a key habitat for research into the effects of climate change. There is no better expert to lead this expedition than Dr. McClintock, an endowed university professor of polar and marine biology whose work focuses on the chemical ecology of Antarctic marine invertebrates. He has led over 12 expeditions to the White Continent, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and has a point on land named after him in McMurdo Sound in the Ross Sea. On board, Dr. McClintock shares how climate change is rapidly influencing marine life on the Antarctic Peninsula, tales of what life is like at an Antarctic research station, his own research and diving adventures in the world’s most frigid waters, and his drug discovery program that recently found an anti-cancer compound in marine invertebrates. Yet the highlight of the Fighting Climate Change in Antarctica journey is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the U.S. Palmer Research Station (conditions permitting). On this unforgettable, specially arranged visit, you meet the scientists during a behind-the-scenes tour and present them with scientific equipment used for climate change research during a special ceremony. Learn more about the projects we support by visiting akphilanthropy.org. final print akp icon final web akp icon
  • 11. 10 Antarctica Antarctica, from birdlife and geology to photography and history. After lunch, join your naturalists on the deck to look for various species of whales and abundant seabirds, all just a taste of the wildlife you will encounter in the days to come. Later in the evening, chat with experts about the wildlife spotted today and discuss the next day’s itinerary. ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D DAYS 5–9: Antarctica As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. While day-to-day itineraries depend on the weather, water and wildlife conditions, two excursions are carefully planned for each day by the captain and expedition leader. (See page 30 for an example of a day in Antarctica.) Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast. Afterward, venture out in swift Zodiacs — guided by expert drivers and accompanied by lecturers, in groups of no more than 12 guests — to a number of sites, which may include the penguin-filled islands in the South Shetlands of Half Moon, Penguin or Deception; islands off the continental coastline such as Cuverville, Paulet or Vortex; and, weather permitting, the fabled Antarctic Peninsula. ‘Le Boreal’ also plans to sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its stunning, camera-ready vistas of towering icebergs and deep blue waters. After a morning exploring native species and striking terrain, return to ‘Le Boreal’ for lunch and perhaps some time to relax and scan the wildlife- rich waters that surround you. In the afternoon, set out for the day’s second excursion, which may include a visit to a scientific research station, the remains of turn-of- the-century whaling and sealing stations, a sheltered beach teeming with basking elephant seals or simply circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. Return to your cruiser to relax and chat over cocktails in the cozy, comfortable lounge and enjoy dinner in the dining room. Afterward, you may choose to recap the day’s discoveries with your naturalist guides or enjoy time on deck, taking photos in the stunning low light characteristic of Antarctica’s long, ethereal twilight. ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D DAYS 10–11: Drake Passage Bid farewell to wondrous Antarctica and begin your cruise back to Ushuaia. The ship’s return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and reflection, with time to compare notes with your expert lecturers on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent. Spend time on board with newfound friends in the
  • 12. 11800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com A&KguestsapproachPauletIsland comfortable common spaces of ‘Le Boreal,’ relax in your spacious cabin and absorb the fascinating lectures by your excellent expedition team. While cruising through this historic passage, you may spot various species of whales and seabirds such as skuas and albatrosses. The latter are an especially beautiful sight to behold — these birds boast a wingspan of 11.5 feet on average, using their powerful wings to glide through the air for hours at a time in search of food. ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D watch as the sun rises over antarctica’s otherworldly landscapes from your very own balcony on board ‘le boreal.’ DAY 12: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires/Depart ‘Le Boreal’ docks at Ushuaia this morning, where after breakfast you bid farewell to the A&K staff and ship’s crew and disembark. Afterward, transfer to the airport to board your flight home via Buenos Aires. Meals: B NOTE: For full details on departure dates and pricing, please see page 43. Apowerfulhumpbackwhaledisplayingitsfluke CHILE ANTARCTICA Argentina D R A K E PA S S A G E Air Cruise DeceptionIsland PauletIsland SouthShetland Islands Ushuaia BuenosAires
  • 13. 12 Antarctica Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands 17 days, visiting Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Falkland Islands (New and Carcass), South Georgia, Scotia Sea, Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands (including Paulet, Half Moon, Deception, Cuverville and Penguin), Paradise Bay and Lemaire Channel Priced from $17,995 Limited to 199 guests December 21, 2013-January 6, 2014: A&K Family Holiday January 5-21, 2014: Photographic Expedition A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Enjoy convenient private charter flights to and from Ushuaia ›› Only with A&K, every guest on board ‘Le Boreal’ enjoys a stateroom or suite with its own balcony ›› Marvel at the life of one of Antarctica’s greatest explorers, Ernest Shackleton, when you visit his gravesite in Grytviken ›› Visit an active research station and observe preservation efforts to protect this one-of-a-kind habitat ›› Go ashore in Zodiacs for a closer view of the land and wildlife, taking in the remarkable biodiversity of the Southern Ocean ›› Enjoy the hassle-free benefits of all-inclusive cruising — all on-board gratuities, port charges and drinks (except premium wines, liquors and champagne) are included on your journey DAY 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina Arrive in Argentina’s capital city, where immediate check-in has been arranged. With its wide boulevards and European-style buildings, romantic Buenos Aires boasts an energy all its own. Relax before this afternoon’s optional tour of the city’s highlights, including the Plaza de Mayo, the stately Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. You may drive past the colorful La Boca District or San Telmo, the birthplace of tango. Get to know your fellow guests this evening at a welcome cocktail party. Hotel Sofitel Buenos Aires | Meals: B DAY 2: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia Fly to the port city of Ushuaia, located at the southern tip of South America. Take in some sightseeing (time permitting) and enjoy a Patagonian barbecue lunch. Later, board ‘Le Boreal’ and settle in for a first night on the water. Walk the decks and explore the common spaces as you familiarize yourself with the luxury cruiser, your home during your Antarctic voyage. You may even want to toast your journey in the bar with your fellow guests. ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D DAY 3: At Sea As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your expert lecturers begin their informal series of enlightening daily discussions on the flora, fauna, geology and history of the region. In the past, lectures have covered diverse topics such as seabirds and penguins of the Southern Ocean, the formation of sea ice over thousands of years, and personal accounts of living and working in Antarctica. Although a professional photography enrichment coach is on hand to assist you with specific camera and composition questions and lead lectures on various s kills, the January 5 departure in particular focuses on photography (see page 15 for details). The cool waters in these parts are rich in krill, making them a favorite with local wildlife searching for food. Alongside your naturalist guides, spot various species of whales and seabirds from ‘Le Boreal’s’ deck. ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Falkland Islands Spend the day exploring the Falklands. Depending on your itinerary, you either visit Stanley, the Falklands’ capital, strolling its charming streets and exploring the surrounding wilderness areas; or you discover the Aleopardsealemergesfromtheicywatersontoanicefloe
  • 14. 13800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com AFantasticFamilyVoyage The December 21 A&K Family Holiday to Antarctica introduces young guests to the Seventh Continent with specially planned activities through A&K’s Young Explorers Program, led by dedicated Children’s Activity Coordinators. Find out how A&K makes Antarctica accessible to guests of every age. EducationalWorkshopsonBoard During sea days, Young Explorers attend educational, hands-on workshops created just for them. Designed to teach children about the history and ecology of the region, activities include learning to identify wildlife in the field, squid dissections, special bridge visits and nautical knot making. PhotoWorkshopSeries Antarctica through the eyes of a child is a unique experience, one that Young Explorers learn to document through special digital photo workshops, on board and in the field. Select photos are featured in an Antarctica memory book designed by the young sharpshooters themselves. EnhancedFieldExplorations The highlight of any Antarctic expedition is the time spent in the field, immersed in the environment. During selected landings, Young Explorers enjoy field activities, such as a hike through fascinating terrain, a special visit with a researcher in the Antarctic or a Zodiac cruise focusing on what they want to see. GamesGalore In case of a rare restless moment on board, ‘Le Boreal’ features a Leisure area, equipped with a Nintendo Wii station and fun video games to play with other Young Explorers. The Leisure area also comes stocked with plenty of board and card games. AntarcticaScrapbook Throughout the voyage, Young Explorers write, draw and photograph their surroundings through creative activities led by the Children’s Activity Coordinators, who collect these memories and create a one-of-a-kind, custom book. This souvenir is later mailed to every child as a keepsake of their journey. Special pricing for a child (7-18 years old) sharing with adult(s) is available on the December 21 A&KAntarcticaFamilyHoliday departure. Please see page 43 for details.
  • 15. 14 Antarctica southeast Falkland islands of Sea Lion or Bleaker, home to unspoiled wildlife habitats. ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D DAYS 5–6: Cruising the South Atlantic As the ship approaches South Georgia, deck-side sightings of whales, seals and other wildlife become more frequent. The time spent cruising to South Georgia is once again filled with informative lectures — as well as casual talks with your guides — that soon have you scanning the seas like an expert. ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D DAYS 7–9: South Georgia South Georgia is a nearly submerged continuation of the Andes mountain range, and your days here are spent exploring its glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. Visit Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay or Gold Harbour, all home to vast colonies of king penguins as well as fur and elephant seals. You also have the opportunity to retrace part of the route taken by Ernest Shackleton during his historic crossing of South Georgia in 1916. Weather permitting, you may visit his gravesite in Grytviken alongside your on-board historian, an expert on the great explorer’s life. ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D DAYS 10–11: Cruising the Scotia Sea During your time cruising the Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — your expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia. They also enlighten you with more enriching lectures of what’s to come once you set foot on the Seventh Continent, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this forbidding but beautiful environment. ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D DAYS 12–14: Antarctica The ship’s itinerary calls for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. Other possible island visits may include Cuverville, Paulet and Goudier. There are also plans to sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, the latter often referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its breathtaking, picture-perfect beauty. You also enjoy additional opportunities for exploration, including a stop at a scientific research station. While on board ‘Le Boreal,’ you may view whales and birdlife from the deck or from your own cabin’s private balcony. (See page 30 for an example of a day in Antarctica.) ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D DAYS 15–16: Drake Passage Bid farewell to Antarctica as you cruise back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, where there are plenty of opportunities to observe more marine and birdlife. Reflect
  • 16. 15800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com DistinctivekingpenguinscrowdtheshoresofSouthGeorgia and compare notes on your incredible journey with your fellow guests. ‘Le Boreal’ | Meals: B L D DAY 17: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires/Depart Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport. Meals: B SlidingdownaftertrekkingupasnowyslopenearBrownStationinParadiseBay CHILE ANTARCTICA Argentina D R A K E PA S S A G E Air Cruise DeceptionIsland ElephantIsland SouthShetland Islands Ushuaia BuenosAires Falkland islands Stanley South Georgia Island Photographic Expedition January 5, 2014 On a journey to a destination as epic as Antarctica, you want to make sure you come home with memories — and photographs — to last a lifetime. Join professional wildlife photographer and A&K photo coach Richard Harker as he provides hands-on tips and lectures on this departure that is specially timed to take place during the austral summer. Take advantage of the season’s dramatic sunrises and sunsets, long daylight hours, and pristine ice. In addition, this is the best time to observe penguin rookeries on South Georgia and Antarctica at their most active and camera-ready. NOTE: For full details on departure dates and pricing, please see page 43.
  • 17. 16 Antarctica Extend your inspiring journey with one of these short add-on itineraries. The Americas Extensions Easter Island 5 days; priced from $2,495 Day 1: Cross 2,500 miles of the Pacific to arrive at Easter Island. Remote Rapa Nui — Easter Island’s name in the local language — lies between Tahiti and South America, and its traditions and relics reflect the unique culture that developed here centuries ago. Upon arrival, you are welcomed with a traditional floral collar reception. Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa (Gold)/Hotel Altiplanico (Silver) Day 2: Stop at Rano Raraku volcano, where 95 percent of the iconic moai statues were carved. There are over 880 of these statues peppering the island, with the tallest one reaching 33 feet in height. Continue to Ahu Tongariki. After lunch on the beach, proceed to Vaitea. Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa (Gold)/ Hotel Altiplanico (Silver) | Meals: B L Day 3: See stone walls in Ahu Vinapu and proceed up the Rano Kau volcano to Orongo, where cliffs are adorned with petroglyphs of the “Bird Man” rituals. The rituals were part of a cult that began in the mid-16th century, and the petroglyphs closely resemble ones found in Hawaii. Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa (Gold)/ Hotel Altiplanico (Silver) | Meals: B Day 4: Trek or ride horseback from Ahu Akivi to Maunga Terevaka, the largest of the three extinct volcanoes on Easter Island, for a bird’s-eye view of the lush landscapes below. Otherwise, you might hike to Ana te Pahu, a huge cave complex, and explore its nooks and crannies. Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa (Gold)/ Hotel Altiplanico (Silver) | Meals: B L Day 5: Transfer to the airport. Meals: B Chilean Wine Country 3 days, visiting Colchagua Valley; priced from $3,085 Day 1: Visit a kaleidoscope of Chile’s prestigious vineyards, sampling wines aged to perfection throughout the scenic Colchagua Valley, a winemaking sub-region of the Rapel Valley. Your first stop is at the sensational Altaïr Winery, where you will learn the techniques employed in the creation of the two wines made here: Altaïr and Sideral. Continue to the Viu Manent vineyard, touring the impeccable grounds and savoring its Malbecs and Carmenere, for which the vineyard is known. Clos Apalta Winery & Lodge | Meals: L D Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a horseback ride through the grape plantation surrounding your lodge. Continue with a visit to the Casa Lapostolle winery to learn about their careful winemaking process. The Marnier-Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, are better known for producing spirits, but the family has been involved in wine production for generations. Continue to the Museum of Colchagua to see one of Chile’s largest and most impressive displays of paleontology, archaeology and pre-Hispanic art. Clos Apalta Winery & Lodge | Meals: B L D Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast, depart from your hotel to visit Viña Neyen. The grounds are the perfect blend of tradition and modernity, with their privileged location within the picturesque, horseshoe-shaped Apalta Valley. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, transfer back to Santiago. Meals: B L
  • 18. 17800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com Bariloche 3 days; priced from $1,715 Day 1: Fly from Buenos Aires to Bariloche, nestled in the heart of Argentina’s Lake District, at the foot of the Andes and on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Transfer from the airport to your resort. Llao Llao Hotel & Resort (Gold)/Aldebarán Hotel & Spa (Silver) Day 2: Set off on a sightseeing tour of Bariloche, often referred to as Argentina’s “Little Switzerland” for its European-style charm. Bariloche was settled in the late 1800s primarily by Austrian, German and Slovenian immigrants, whose cultural influences are evident in the town’s architecture, crafts and cuisine. During your tour, see some of the most stunning scenery in the country; idyllic Bariloche is set within a natural backdrop of deep-blue lakes and lush greenery contrasted against snow-capped Andean peaks and cloudless skies. Discover the Llao Llao Peninsula on Lake Moreno and the beautiful Lopez Bay. Then stop by the Cerro Campanario chairlift — Bariloche is also known for its world-class skiing — to gain breathtaking views of the valley below. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Bariloche’s lovely streets at your own pace or enjoy the resort’s many activities. Llao Llao Hotel & Resort (Gold)/ Aldebarán Hotel & Spa (Silver) | Meals: B L Day 3: Enjoy breakfast this morning and a morning at leisure. Early this afternoon, transfer to the airport to board your onward flight. Llao Llao Hotel & Resort (Gold)/ Aldebarán Hotel & Spa (Silver) | Meals: B Iguassu Falls 3 days, visiting Brazilian and Argentine sides of the waterfalls; priced from $1,445 Day 1: Fly to Iguassu Falls and explore the Brazilian side. The 275 cascades span a gulf of almost two miles. Join your guide on a tour through the national park to a catwalk that is just an arm’s reach from the falls. Hotel Das Cataratas/Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa Day 2: Visit the Argentine side of the park to walk the trails above and along the falls. You have the option of walking out onto a catwalk that extends 3,600 feet over the tropical basin of Devil’s Throat. The remainder of your day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s amenities. Hotel Das Cataratas/Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa | Meals: B Day 3: Board your flight back to Buenos Aires. Meals: B Estancia Experience 3 days, visiting San Antonio de Areco; priced from $2,395 Day 1: Drive to San Antonio de Areco. The charming 18th-century town, with its narrow colonial-era streets, is considered the cradle of gaucho culture. Learn about the Argentine cowboy heritage, including their masterful leather and silver handicrafts, during a visit to the Ricardo Güiraldes Gaucho Museum. Estancia La Bamba de Areco | Meals: B L D Day 2: Spend the day enjoying the resort’s many activities. Watch a polo match; explore the pampas on horseback or by mountain bike; walk on trails; or simply relax poolside at your colonial-style resort. Estancia La Bamba de Areco | Meals: B L D Day 3: Drive back to Buenos Aires for your onward flight.
  • 19. “IleftAntarcticawithaverystrongfeelingoftheimportanceofprotecting thebeautyofwhatwehaveonthisplanet.Iwasalsogratefulforthenaturalists andscientistsonboard,suchasDr.JimMcClintock,whoclearlyhavesucha passionfor thisplaceandfor protectingitfor futuregenerations.” —H.P.,Chicago,IL
  • 20. 20 Antarctica MoreThan20YearsofSafeOperations Since A&K began exploring the White Continent more than 20 years ago, our crew and staff have been hired based on their experience in Antarctic waters. A&K is a pioneer in Antarctic expeditions; we are a 22-year full member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators and have even had staff serve as advisors on tourism affairs at the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM). A&K boasts an immaculate safety record, successfully completing more than 175 expeditions. What’s more, each expedition team member has more than 17 years of experience on average — meaning you are in safe and extremely knowledgeable hands. A&K and Antarctica: Over 20 Years of Experience Since A&K began exploring the White Continent 22 years ago, our crew and staff have been hired based on their experience in Antarctic waters. Discerning travellers trust our longstanding presence in Antarctica and proven record of successful expeditions, as well as our signature blend of luxury and adventure. Find out for yourself how our expertise sets us apart. ExpertSupportfromBeginningtoEnd Your extraordinary journey begins before you even set foot on board ‘Le Boreal’ — our home office staff boasts years of expertise in pre-planning every aspect of your journey. Our ground office in Buenos Aires, Argentina, provides around-the-clock support and ensures that strict A&K standards are always in place. In fact, A&K is the first international tour operator to establish fully owned local offices in South America, now in four countries. And A&K Antarctica journeys are all-inclusive, meaning that pre- and post-departure lodging and sightseeing, on-board lectures, shore excursions, equipment, most drinks, and crew and staff gratuity are included. MakingalandingbyZodiaconAntarctica’sotherworldlyshores
  • 21. 21800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com SafetyFirst,atAllTimes ‘Le Boreal’ is equipped with the latest communication, navigation and safety equipment, including a GMDSS emergency communication system and a satellite weather system, receiving real-time satellite images of cruising conditions in the area. The staff, lecturers and crew alert passengers on safe conduct and current conditions both on board and ashore. English is the primary language aboard, so, in the unlikely event of an emergency, instructions will be clear. Eco-FriendlyVoyages A&K operates under two equally important guidelines: to provide our passengers with comfort and safety and, at all times, to protect the integrity of the fragile Antarctic environment. A&K’s Antarctica expeditions exceed all environmental protocols of operation as set by IAATO, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Antarctic Treaty Party nations. We also focus on educating and providing guests the opportunity to participate in conservation efforts. (See page 9.) In addition, ‘Le Boreal’ employs the latest environmental practices and technology, including: • a computerized dynamic positioning system that eliminates the need to drop anchor in fragile marine reserves; • thermal and phonic insulation in engines and propulsion systems to reduce energy consumption; • the cleanest-burning marine gas oil fuel; and • Zodiacs that feature fuel-efficient motors. ABlendofLuxuryandAdventure A voyage to the ends of the earth with A&K does not mean you forsake comfort. On the contrary — you experience A&K’s legendary blend of luxury, adventure and authenticity at every step of your journey. On A&K departures, we exclusively charter ‘Le Boreal’ (see pages 24-27), configuring it into the only all-balcony stateroom and suite vessel sailing to Antarctica today. It strikes the right balance between on-board amenities and full-fledged wilderness excitement. Smaller IsBetter Unlike other travel companies — some carrying over 400 passengers, which limits their landing frequency to a maximum of once a day and number of sites they are allowed to land on — A&K’s voyages are small enough to grant us Category I status. That means that there is no limit to the number of registered sites we can land on for shore excursions, providing countless possibilities to explore the best of the region according to the conditions of any particular day. NEW FOR 2013 PersonalButlersonBoard Guests who book select cabin categories enjoy the best in personalized service, even at the ends of the earth: a butler on board throughout the journey. From ensuring your suite is always up to your standards to organizing private cocktails in your cabin and making spa appointments, your attentive butler responds to your every need, quickly and efficiently. (Available on Deck 6, cabin categories 6-8.) Discover Antarctica alongside Dr. Jim McClintock A&K lecturer Bob Burton specializes in Antarctic history
  • 22. 22 Antarctica Your Guides to the Antarctic A&K’s Antarctica expedition leader and team occupy a category all their own. Their expertise in the history and wildlife of the seventh continent is matched only by their commitment to the success of your voyage, which they oversee down to the last detail. We carefully hire our expedition guides for their knowledge and credentials as leaders in their fields, whether as scientists, wildlife photographers or habitat conservationists. On an A&K journey, expect enriching lectures and exceptional guidance both on board and on shore. In addition, our experienced Zodiac drivers are also seasoned field naturalists who provide knowledgeable commentary as you cruise. And with our guide-to-passenger ratio of 1:12, expect to leave Antarctica an expert yourself. ExpeditionteammemberLarryHobbsbriefsguestsofallages
  • 23. 23800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com Dr. Marco Favero, expedition leader. Marco is affiliated with the University of Mar del Plata in Argentina. He is the current Chairperson of the Advisory Committee for the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP). Marco has worked with Dr. Patricia Silva (see bio) on researching Antarctic ornithology and marine biology, as well as the ecology, conservation and study of relationships between the demography of seabirds and climate change. He and Patricia are also integrally involved in seabird conservation initiatives and activities. Jannie Cloete, cruise director. A native of South Africa, Jannie has travelled to all seven continents. He has worked as cruise director and expedition leader for over 29 years on board ships large and small, from a mega-liner with 2,500 passengers to a Russian icebreaker bound for the North Pole. This is Jannie’s 10th season welcoming A&K guests to Antarctica. Larry Hobbs, lecturer on marine biology. A marine mammal biologist and lecturer for more than 35 years, Larry has served as director of the Marine Mammal Tagging Office for the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce and as principal research scientist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory. In addition to over 20 seasons of leading expeditions in Antarctica, Larry has also led trips in Greenland and Iceland; the Amazon and Orinoco rivers; and in the South Pacific and Indian oceans. Dr. Jim McClintock, lecturer on climate ecology. Jim is a marine biologist and field ecologist who leads Fighting Climate Change in Antarctica, an A&K Philanthropic Journey (December 11; see page 9 for details). He is an endowed professor of polar and marine biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and has decades of field work in the Antarctic Peninsula in association with UAB and the National Science Foundation. In 1999, a point on the Peninsula was named after Jim in recognition of his explorations. He was selected in 2010 by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Polar Research Board to serve on a group to report on the effects of climate change. Dr. Patricia Silva, lecturer on ornithology. Patricia conducts research with Argentina’s University of Mar del Plata. She is the current editor of the IAATO Save the Albatross Campaign newsletter, focused on the conservation of albatross and petrel in fisheries of the Southern Ocean. Bob Burton, lecturer on Antarctic history. Bob worked for the British Antarctic Survey as a zoologist and meteorologist, overwintering twice at remote Signy Island. He has also served as director of the Whaling Museum on South Georgia. An Antarctic historian with over 30 books to his name, Bob received the Polar Medal for his research, and a South Georgia cove has been named in his honor. Russ Manning, naturalist and Zodiac driver. Russ is a veteran of the British Royal Marines. As winter base commander at Signy Island, he was awarded the Polar Medal. For the past 14 seasons, Russ has travelled to Antarctica as a Zodiac driver and naturalist. Rich Pagen, naturalist and Zodiac driver. Rich began his career in conservation biology as an educator. After receiving a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, he worked as a field supervisor on a study of birds in the Amazon. As a biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, he has led tagging studies of sea turtle and shark. For the past eight years, Rich has conducted shipboard surveys for seabirds. Richard Harker, photo enrichment coach. Richard has been a professional photographer for over 20 years, specializing in underwater, wildlife and landscape photography. Richard’s works have appeared in more than a dozen books and magazines, and he is equally comfortable using a state-of-the-art digital SLR and 19th-century large-format field cameras. He joins ‘Le Boreal’ as a photographic expert to give A&K guests tips for capturing memories of their journey, and leads the photography-focused A&K Antarctica departure (January 5; see page 15 for details). Learn to get the perfect shot with A&K photo enrichment coach Richard Harker
  • 24. 24 Antarctica An A&K journey to Antarctica is an opportunity to experience the best: the finest expedition staff, most comprehensive itineraries, and the safest and most comfortable voyage, courtesy of ‘Le Boreal.’ Whichever A&K voyage you choose, ‘Le Boreal’ delivers you there in elegance and comfort. ‘Le Boreal’: Strength, Comfort and Agility Cruise to the White Continent with confidence on board ‘Le Boreal,’ featuring all-balcony staterooms and suites on every A&K journey. ‘LeBoreal’effortlesslynavigatesAntarcticwaters Thesleekreceptionarea StrengthandStyle ‘Le Boreal’ features sophisticated design and innovative marine technology. The vessel boasts a convenient layout, aided by three passenger elevators. She offers a single-seating dining room, al fresco dining, an outdoor heated pool and a theater, as well as a spacious gathering area and library. A full-service salon, steam room, spa and fitness center complete the amenities. On other cruises to different destinations, she carries more than 264 passengers. But in Antarctica, A&K limits her complement to just 199 guests. Fewer passengers means more opportunities for shore excursions each day, an unbeatable guide-to-guest ratio of 1:12 and cabins with private balconies for every guest (an A&K exclusive). A smaller vessel also provides A&K voyages with Category I operation status in Antarctica, resulting in no limitations to the registered sites we can land on or explore. Combined with our staff and crew’s expertise on the region’s varying conditions, our expeditions are designed to be flexible and maximize your Antarctica experience.
  • 25. 25800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com SHIP’S DATA Overalllength: 466 feet Beam: 59 feet Draft: 15.3 feet Averagespeed: 16 knots Iceclass: 1C Passengerdecks: 6 Passengercapacity: Limited to 199 on Antarctica cruises Crew: 142 Grosstonnage: 10.700 GRT ElectricMotors: 2 x 2.3 MW Standards: USPHS – U.S. Coast Guard’s Rules Comfort Class 1 – “Clean” Ship Certification Flag: French INFORMATION & AMENITIES ›› On-board language: English ›› All outside staterooms and suites with private balcony when chartered by A&K ›› NEW— Butler service for Deck 6, categories 6-8. ›› Sun deck and multiple outer deck observation areas ›› Outside heated pool (subject to conditions) ›› Library with extensive selection of books and reading areas ›› Two restaurants offering exquisite dining experiences ›› Panoramic Lounge and Panoramic Terrace ›› Three bars and a boutique ›› Three passenger elevators ›› Fitness center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment ›› Hairdresser offering full-service hair styling, manicures and pedicures ›› Spa and hammam (steam room) ›› 24-hour on-board medical facilities with certified doctor ›› 24-hour room service and laundry services ›› The Club lounge for live music and dancing ›› Open bar (excluding premium wines, premium liquors and champagne) ›› Theater seats more than 200 guests, with unobstructed views ›› Wireless Internet access throughout the ship* ›› Electricity: 110/220 volts ›› All gratuities on-board are included ›› Dynamic positioning system ›› “Clean” ship standard (meets or exceeds all IMO, EPA and IAATO operating standards) *Note: Due to the remote destinations visited, Internet access and connection speed may vary depending on location and number of users. SafetyandComfort Safety is first and foremost on board. The ship features the latest communication, navigational and safety equipment, and A&K’s English- speaking staff is readily available to assist and instruct on safety at all times. In addition, ‘Le Boreal’ is outfitted with a technologically advanced stabilizing system to minimize the effects of rough conditions at sea and keep passengers comfortable at all times. See page 21 for more details. EnvironmentallySound Operations In keeping with A&K’s longstanding commitment to environmental conservation, ‘Le Boreal’ is equipped with the most eco-friendly technology available today. See page 21 for more details. RestandRelaxation Redefined Each evening, end a day of discoveries — and recharge for the next day’s adventures — in your very own balcony stateroom or suite, an A&K exclusive on board ‘Le Boreal.’ Enjoy ‘Le Boreal’s’ elegant guest quarters, among the most comfortable available on any Antarctic cruise. On an A&K expedition, the ship features 108 outside, fully equipped balcony cabins and suites. Bedding configurations range from king-size beds to two single beds. Prestige and Premier Two-Room Suites feature a sofa seating area and a king- size bed, and the option to convert into a two-room cabin — perfect for families (see page 13 for details on the family-friendly departure). Cabin amenities include a mini bar, safe, flat-screen closed-circuit TV, in-house movies, iPod docking station, individually controlled heat/air conditioning, wireless Internet access and telephone. Bathrooms come equipped with a shower (or shower/bath), hair dryer, designer amenities and bathrobes. Laundry services and 24-hour room service are available throughout your cruise. And new for the 2013 sailing season, cabin categories 6-8 on Deck 6 receive the complimentary service of a private butler, for the ultimate in comfort in adventure cruising. A stylish Two-Room Suite A spacious Prestige Suite The comforts of a Stateroom
  • 26. 26 Antarctica TheFinest PublicAmenities Spacious and elegant, ‘Le Boreal’s’ common areas invite casual conversation with fellow guests as well as private reflection in quiet corners. SpacetoMeetandMingle ‘Le Boreal’ sets high standards of comfort in her public quarters as well. The Panoramic Lounge and Terrace offer spacious areas — ideal for social gatherings, afternoon tea or just relaxing with ocean views. The Club provides the perfect evening place, offering an elegant atmosphere with live music and dancing. The Theatre is a show lounge with unobstructed views for all. It is the ideal venue for nightly entertainment or a variety of special functions, such as enrichment lectures and movies. An exceptional library offers a wide range of titles with cozy reading areas and guest computer stations with Internet access. InternationalCuisine ‘Le Boreal’ features two restaurants: The Restaurant, offering gourmet and international cuisine, and the Compass Grill, with casual indoor and outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch and themed dinners. There is always a selection of light fare and vegetarian dishes, and most special diets can be accommodated with advance notice. In-cabin room service is also available 24/7. ScheduledBridgeVisits A visit to the bridge can be arranged by the captain. The chic Panoramic Lounge, offering expansive views Wind down in The Club bar
  • 27. 27800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com For the comfort of A&K guests: PackforAdventure There are no formal evenings on board the ship. While you will want to change out of your daywear, “dressing for dinner” doesn’t mean a tuxedo or gown. Spa Through a partnership with the luxe Carita™ brand, ‘Le Boreal’ offers a full-service spa and steam room, with a vast selection of massages and aromatherapy treatments. FitnessCenter For the most active guests, the Fitness Center offers a range of equipment, including a kinesis wall and treadmills. Pool An al fresco heated pool, fringed by comfortable deck chairs, is the perfect place to unwind and watch the magnificent views that surround ‘Le Boreal.’ Smoking While smoking is not permitted in any indoor area of the vessel, it is allowed in designated outdoor areas. On-BoardPhysician ‘Le Boreal’ has an on-board medical facility and carries an accredited, practicing physician as a member of the ship’s staff. Diningandrelaxingbythealfrescopool The Restaurant, serving international fare State-of-the-art Fitness Center Relax in the soothing Carita Spa after an excursion
  • 28. 28 Antarctica ShoreExcursions The experienced A&K expedition team knows just where and when to position ‘Le Boreal’ for maximum access to wildlife and spectacular views. With the exception of days at sea, two shore excursions are planned for each day (weather conditions permitting). Your expedition leader precedes each excursion with a briefing on safety and conditions on shore. Board your Zodiac — sturdy, motorized rubber boats — with a group of no more than 12 guests, and head to shore. While on the Zodiacs, you are in the capable hands of A&K’s seasoned drivers, each boasting (on average) over 17 years’ experience navigating Southern Ocean waters. On shore, activities vary depending on terrain, but expect your expert guides to explain and demystify every sight you see. Encounter wildlife from just a few feet away, ready subjects for your camera. In the Falkland Islands, hike for better views of a thousand-strong penguin colony. On South Georgia, visit Sir Ernest Shackleton’s gravesite in the company of a historian with lifelong experience in the great explorer’s life. And in Antarctica, tiptoe around gentoo penguin waddling by or caring for their chicks. On-BoardActivities Our expeditions take full advantage of days at sea to shed light on the quintessential sights as well as the elements you probably never considered. Thoughtful lectures in the Theatre cover topics ranging from the practical (mastering your digital camera) and the enriching (an introduction to Southern Ocean whales) to the thought- provoking (the role of penguins in Antarctic exploration) and personal (a firsthand account by lecturer Bob Burton on overwintering on Signy Island). Our expedition staff is also constantly on the lookout for marine life from the deck, and impromptu whale and seabird sightings are enhanced by the “play-by-play” of expert guides. Palmer ResearchStation On the A&K Philanthropic Journey (see page 9), you may visit the Palmer Research Station. The station monitors changes in climate and how they affect habitats, regional oceanography and seabird nesting sites. During your visit, meet the scientists carrying out this valuable work, and observe A&K’s research staff conducting live video chats with educational facilities worldwide. A Living Classroom All Around You A&K Antarctica journeys bring you into direct contact with the exciting world around you. On board, our expert lecturers share their intimate knowledge of fascinating Antarctica — and then they and the rest of the expedition team take you to the heart of its wilderness for up-close encounters. ExploringakingpenguinrookeryontheshorelinesofSouthGeorgiaIsland
  • 29. 29800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com Meet the Natives The Southern Ocean’s stunning scenery is home to equally extraordinary, unique wildlife. Below are a few of the creatures you will get to know on your visit. GentooPenguin Gentoos sport brightly colored bills and feet. They measure between 20 and 36 inches tall and are the fastest underwater swimmers. They are frequently spotted in the summertime with their chicks on the Antarctic Peninsula. HumpbackWhale The humpback’s distinctive features include long pectoral fins, a knobby head and formidable length (about 53 feet). Known for breaching and slapping the water, these gentle giants feed in polar waters during the summer months. WanderingAlbatross With an average wingspan of 11.5 feet, these birds can glide for hours at a time. (In fact, they never flap their wings mid-air.) The AKP-sponsored Save the Albatross project is devoted to helping save these magnificent seabirds from dying needlessly on long-line fishing hooks. ElephantSeal This is the world’s largest seal — the Southern elephant can be over 20 feet in length and weigh up to 8,800 pounds. Their name stems from the appendage resembling an elephant’s trunk on the males’ heads, which they use to produce a “roar” during mating season. KingPenguin This regal bird is the second-largest penguin species, reaching a height of up to 30 inches. Adults boast black heads and vivid-orange ear patches, while chicks sport brownish down. Around 100,000 king penguin call South Georgia Island home. Rockhopper Penguin Rockhoppers — the smallest Antarctic penguins — bear striking features, including a black forehead, red eyes and bright-yellow eyebrows. They nest in the Falklands, with chicks hatching in mid- December through January. The spacious Theatre, the ideal “classroom” for informative lectures
  • 30. Early this morning, with a cup of coffee in hand, we stepped out onto our private deck. Our butler had just dropped off a warm, hearty breakfast, which we savored while watching ice floes float by. We were entering the ice-choked Weddell Sea, and we were glad to see it from our own balcony in the soft morning light. A couple of hours later, we heard that our eagle-eyed expedition team had spotted the rarest sight at these upper latitudes: emperor penguins. Back on board, we warmed up with a cup of tea and learned that none of our expedition team members — who boast 215 collective years of experience in the region — had ever seen all the Antarctic penguin species on one trip. We reminisced about having spotted the world’s largest iceberg a few days ago and marveled at our good fortune of experiencing such special, once-in-a-lifetime sights. We layered up, boarded our sturdy Zodiacs and navigated through the brash ice in search of the emperors, sight of which would complete our penguin “grand slam” — seeing all eight Antarctic species. Before long, we were slowly cruising amid the largest penguins in the world as they rested on flat-topped ice floes, and marveling at the surreal scenery of sea ice peppered with looming icebergs. A Day in Antarctica: Weddell Sea & the Danger Islands No two days are the same on an A&K Antarctica voyage — but every day is an exciting new adventure that brings you closer to understanding the most remote wilderness in the world. Wander shorelines teeming with penguin rookeries, sit in on fascinating lectures by our on-board experts and circle majestic glaciers as tall as skyscrapers. For a taste of what’s in store on our journey, read a day’s account below. 7:00 1:0012:0011:0010:009:008:00
  • 31. After lunch and a bit of a rest, we listened to our expert historian as he briefly introduced us to Roald Amundsen’s South Polar Expedition. We soon learned that a thick line of dense ice blocked our passage to the afternoon’s scheduled stop at Paulet Island. Yet thanks to the A&K expedition team’s quick thinking and deep knowledge, our afternoon excursion was diverted last-minute to the rarely visited Danger Islands, typically unreachable because of sea ice but accessible today, given weather and geographic conditions. We pulled ashore to a natural spectacle none of us would ever forget: an estimated 300,000 breeding pairs of Adélie penguins, the largest colony of this species in Antarctica. Many of us spent our time here on the beach just watching these birds, as mothers fed their chicks and groups hunted for fish. Some of us walked around taking photos of the stunning scenery and the cacophonous colony, while others strolled alongside our on-board scientists and naturalists for hands-on lessons that never failed to surprise and inform. The ride back to the ship was smooth. After warming up with a soothing shower, we gathered for the day’s recap and later joined our fellow shipmates in the bar, where storytelling and laughter filled our early evening. After a gourmet dinner, some of us lapped the outer deck as the ship proceeded north to the open waters of the Bransfield Strait and tomorrow’s new adventure. We passed the lunch hour on deck soaking in the sun and savoring a delicious, freshly prepared barbecue spread as ‘Le Boreal’s’ musicians played lively songs. Most of us ate on the pool deck so we didn’t miss any wildlife sightings or the astounding views surrounding us. As lunch drew to a close, a call came from the bridge that a large group of humpback whales was feeding up ahead. We quickly grabbed cameras and binoculars and made our way to watch the show. 8:007:006:005:004:003:002:00 After lunch and a bit of a rest, we listened to our expert historian as he briefly introduced us to Roald Amundsen’s South Polar Expedition. We soon learned that a thick line of dense ice blocked our passage to the afternoon’s scheduled stop at Paulet Island. Yet thanks to the A&K expedition team’s quick thinking and deep knowledge, our afternoon excursion was diverted last-minute to the rarely visited Danger Islands, typically unreachable because of sea ice but accessible today, given weather and geographic conditions. We pulled ashore to a natural spectacle none of us would ever forget: an estimated 300,000 breeding pairs of Adélie penguins, the largest colony of this species in Antarctica. Many of us spent our time here on the beach just watching these birds, as mothers fed their chicks and groups hunted for fish. Some of us walked around taking photos of the stunning scenery and the cacophonous colony, while others strolled alongside our on-board scientists and naturalists for hands-on lessons that never failed to surprise and inform. The ride back to the ship was smooth. After warming up with a soothing shower, we gathered for the day’s recap and later joined our fellow shipmates in the bar, where storytelling and laughter filled our early evening. After a gourmet dinner, some of us lapped the outer deck as the ship proceeded north to the open waters of the Bransfield Strait and tomorrow’s new adventure. We passed the lunch hour on deck soaking in the sun and savoring a delicious, freshly prepared barbecue spread as ‘Le Boreal’s’ musicians played lively songs. Most of us ate on the pool deck so we didn’t miss any wildlife sightings or the astounding views surrounding us. As lunch drew to a close, a call came from the bridge that a large group of humpback whales was feeding up ahead. We quickly grabbed cameras and binoculars and made our way to watch the show. 8:007:006:005:004:003:002:00
  • 32. 32 Antarctica Testimonials “You know that with A&K, the level of care and service will always excel — and it did. The organization and planning of every little detail on such a trip was well beyond expectation. All staff and expedition team were very well-versed in their fields — intelligent, excellent teachers, experts and also extremely caring to all passengers. Thank you!” —R.C.,Montreal,Quebec,Canada “ ‘Le Boreal’ and crew were superb.” —E.S.,NewYork,NY “The A&K Children’s Activity Coordinators provided an excellent Young Explorers program that far exceeded our expectations.” —P.T.,Driffield,NorthYorkshire,UnitedKingdom “We couldn’t have imagined a better trip! The geologist was awesome — extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and such a delight to have on board. But truly, everyone else on the expedition staff was superb. We couldn’t be more impressed. This team treats Antarctica and its wildlife with the highest respect and integrity.” — W.C.,Seattle,WA An Expedition to Remember When you travel to Antarctica with A&K, you make discoveries and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. But don’t take it from us — take it from recent A&K travellers to this frozen wonderland, and start planning your own journey. The A&K ‘Le Boreal’ Voyage Log Classic Antarctica: 9-19 December 2011 1 ‘LE BOREAL’ VOYAGE LOG: CLASSIC ANTARCTICA 2011 ® ‘LE BOREAL’ VOYAGE LOG: ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA & THE FALKLAND ISLANDS 2012 ®
  • 33. 33800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com 8 Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands: 19 December 2011-4 January 2012 Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands: 19 December 2011-4 January 2012 9 Sitting and enjoying that day’s first glorious cup of coffee, staring out the window and enjoying the conversation around the table at breakfast, you could not imagine another day comparing to the excitement of yesterday. The thrill we felt watching fin whales breach and the magic of minke whales dancing below the water’s surface seemed singular and not to be repeated. However, we were soon proven wrong by the Southern Ocean. It did not take long for the excitement of our day to begin. Within minutes of ornithologist Patricia Silva beginning her lecture, “Birds in Tuxedos: Why Do They Look So Different?” in The Theatre, she was interrupted by Captain Marchesseau again calling over the ship’s speakers for our third whale sighting of the trip! Ahead of ‘Le Boreal’ were a group of humpback whales. Captain Marchesseau positioned the vessel to provide the best viewing possible to all gathered on the outer decks. Explaining their behavior over the ship’s speakers, marine biologist Charley Wheatley mentioned spy hopping, pectoral slapping and a behavior we hoped to see: bubble feeding. Although we were unable to see the latter, we spent the next hour glued to these huge and graceful creatures going about their business as if they were putting on a show. In fact, we watched so long that Patricia was unable to continue her lecture. With South Georgia just over the horizon, the Expedition Team needed to take care of a few things to make sure that we were properly prepared for the journey, beginning with a mandatory briefing with our Expedition Leader Larry Hobbs. Afterward, Cruise Director Jannie Cloete announced a slight change to our afternoon’s schedule to allow for Patricia to finishing her much- anticipated lecture on penguins. Eagerly we joined her in The Theatre for her grand finale. The next step in our preparations for arriving in South Georgia tomorrow was to make sure all of our outer gear was clean. On the Marina Deck aft, naturalists Pete Clement, Russ Manning and Chris Srigley and marine biologist Charley Wheatley were available to help us make sure our boots were scrubbed and clear of any organic matter that may have been brought along from the Falkland Islands or from home. In reception, naturalists Suzana Machado D’Oliveira Harker and Jen Clement and ornithologist Patricia Silva made sure all the Velcro straps and our pockets were clear of the same. With warming temperatures in these parts of the world, anything that might be introduced as an alien species could wreak havoc in such a fragile ecosystem. While we scrubbed boots and made sure our gear was clean, Captain Marchesseau had pulled ‘Le Boreal’ alongside Shag Rocks, a seamount two-thirds of the way between the Falklands and South Georgia. Rising from the ocean floor to hundreds of feet above sea level, these rocks create an ocean oasis for the creatures that call this place home. The closer the ship approached, the more abundant the wildlife became. Once again, not to disappoint, a southern right whale appeared on our starboard side. Another gift, on another wonderful day at sea. Although he had introduced himself during our first night on board, we were not aware of how lucky we were to have historian Bob Burton onboard. As we joined him in The Theatre for his talk, “The Island of South Georgia: The Jewel in the Crown,” we listened intently. The more information he gave us the more we realized how integral a person Bob is in what we see today. With a gift of gab unmatched, Bob built our excitement of the coming days to the point of unbearable. Tomorrow morning, as early as we would need to wake up, could not come soon enough. Like an oasis in the desert, South Georgia began to rise from the depths of the ocean as ‘Le Boreal’ made its approach. What started as a tiny speck on the horizon soon became a mountain range covered in glaciers, like it had been sliced out of the Alps and dropped in the sea. By the time we were sitting down for our breakfast, Captain Marchesseau had dropped anchor just off our morning’s destination, Salisbury Plain. Salisbury Plain is home to a king penguin colony said to be 60,000-plus breeding pairs strong and, from this vantage point, possibly as many fur seals. By 6:30 a.m., the Expedition Team had the Zodiacs in the water and were headed to shore to scout it out while we finished our breakfast. After two days at sea and five in total onboard, we could hardly wait to finally get our chance to board the Zodiacs and head to shore. We loaded the boats from the Marina Deck guided by the crew of ‘Le Boreal.’ Their expertise evident, we quickly shed any nervousness we may have had. Approaching shore, our drivers explained that due to the swell on the beach this morning we would be doing stern landings. This meant reversing the Zodiacs into shore while staff onshore, in chest waders and dry suits, came out into the surf to catch us. So many times already had we heard the Expedition Team talk about South Georgia; mention its abundance of wildlife and its beauty. Yet nothing could have prepared us for what we found once ashore. As far as the eye could see in either direction along the beach, fur seals and king penguins mingled, while skuas and giant petrels flew overhead and mingled as well. And the orchestra sounds and smell! Suffice it to say that it is difficult to put into words what we were experiencing in person. It seemed as though we had only been onshore mere minutes before it was time for us to return to the landing site. The winds had begun to blow and the surf was picking up as the Zodiac drivers surfed their way into shore on the waves before they took a full boat back to the ship. Back onboard we joined the Expedition Team in The Theatre for a briefing on tomorrow’s activities before another wonderful lunch served by the galley team. As we ate, the winds continued to blow as the swell increased and wet snow began to fall. We wondered out loud what the chances would be of getting out in the Zodiacs again. As ‘Le Boreal’ made its final approach into Elsehul, although windy and raining quite hard, the thought was everything would go as scheduled. Unfortunately, as Captain Marchesseau dropped anchor and positioned the ship for operations, it became evident that the swell coming onto the Marina Deck was much too dangerous. With that, our Zodiac tour was canceled and the anchor heaved. Before the anchor had been completely stowed, however, alternative plans were already made and Larry announced we would be heading to Right Whale Bay, just a short steam back to the east. With a shortened amount of time available because of our delay earlier, we headed out into Right Whale Bay for a 45-minute Zodiac tour. The beaches were lined with even more fur seals than we had seen at Salisbury Plain! Every bit of free space was filled to capacity with pups, females and fighting males. We were extremely interested to see how high up the slopes in the tussock grass we could see seals, some one hundred feet or more up the slope. After a cheerful round of holiday carols in the Grand Salon with the Expedition Team, we gathered for our special Christmas dinner in La Licorne. We couldn’t have ended such a perfect day in any better way. Friday,23December2011 • ScotiaSea,EnRoutetoSouthGeorgia Saturday,24December2011 • SalisburyPlain/Elsehul,SouthGeorgia Temperature:45˚F (7˚C) Windspeed:15knots Cloudcover:100% Precipitation:None Temperature:36.5˚F(2.5˚C) Windspeed:10knots Cloudcover:90% Precipitation:None 6 Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands: 4-19 January 2012 Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands: 4-19 January 2012 7 A brisk wind greeted us when we stepped out on deck. Captain Marchesseau had found some shelter from the ocean swell on the west side of Bleaker Island, but the wind continued to howl. Expedition Leader Larry Hobbs and Assistant Expedition Leader Dr. Marco Favero took a Zodiac ashore to scout the landing, and found a protected spot where we could land and get ashore on Bleaker Island. So we bundled up for the wind and sea spray we might experience on the blustery Zodiac ride in. Bleaker Island is long and thin (never more than two miles wide), and extremely low-lying. Most of it is less than 40 feet in elevation, and its spectacular coastline is a mix of gorgeous sandy beaches and low rocky headlands. From the landing, we hiked past Magellanic penguins peeking out of the tussac grass to a very large blue-eyed shag colony in the middle of a grassy meadow. Several thousand pairs of cormorants were perched upon their columnar nests, busily regurgitating food for their hungry chicks, which were at this point of the season already nearly the same size as the adults. An array of predators ranging from skuas to dolphin gulls flew over the colony or perched on its outskirts, awaiting any opportunity to secure their next meal. Further along, the trail dropped down to the other side of the island, where a rocky platform hosted several sub-groups of nesting rockhopper penguins. It struck us as amazing that a rockhopper penguin can exit the water on such a rough and exposed stretch of rocky coast and, one hop at time, ascend the steep slippery rock face to the top. The penguin chicks were balls of fuzz, with brown downy feathers on their heads and backs, and white downy feathers lining their fronts. They lazily napped, or huddled with other penguin chicks in small groups called crèches, awaiting the return of their parents. Groups of young shags gathered on the rock ledges as well, while gleaming white snowy sheathbills wove in and out looking through the guano on the rock for partially digested morsels of goodness to eat. We walked back across the island to the landing, from where we enjoyed an exhilarating ride amid wind and waves back to the ship. While we shared stories over lunch, Captain Marchesseau repositioned ‘Le Boreal’ to the east side of Bleaker Island, which we were to explore this the afternoon. Soon we were back on the Zodiacs heading directly toward a brilliant sandy beach, where the water just offshore glowed turquoise as the sun peeked out from behind the clouds. Groups of penguins lounged above the high tide line, and we walked past the Magellanic penguin burrows, which seemed to go on forever. Walking further up the hill, we encountered clusters of gentoo penguins with their very large chicks. Gentoo penguins lay two eggs, and in a year with ample food, both chicks will fledge. We observed numerous feeding chases, where an adult ran through the colony with two huge hungry chicks in hot pursuit. Often, these chases resulted in the chicks crashing into one another or into another penguin that happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We spotted a lone king penguin loafing amid a group of gentoos, as well as many pairs of skuas carefully guarding their tiny tan-colored chicks. Soon we were back down on the beach, and boarding Zodiacs for the ride back to the ship. After watching ‘Le Boreal’ make its passage out to the east, we stopped in one of the bars for a drink, before heading to our first Expedition Recap of the voyage. Naturalist and Falkland native Pete Clement answered questions about life growing up in the Falklands, and geologist Jason Hicks spoke about the recent discovery of an offshore oil deposit just north of the Falklands. Following dinner, we retired for a quiet evening at sea onboard ‘Le Boreal.’ Well rested from a good night sleep, we socialized over scrambled eggs before embarking on what was to become a day of learning and wildlife watching. The first lecture of the day, “Fur-lined, Web-footed Wonders of the Antarctic: An Introduction to the Seals of the Southern Ocean,” was presented by marine biologist Charley Wheatley. Charley gave us an excellent introduction to the elephant seals and fur seals (both of which are spotted more frequently in the Antarctic), as well as to the “ice seals,” which are truly at home in and around the ice. Particularly interesting was the fact that elephant seals dive for 90 minutes to depths of over 5,000 feet, and that more than 80% of crabeater seals have scars from encounters with leopard seals and orcas when they were young. After the lecture, we stepped outside to greet the day head on, and to join the Expedition Team in scanning for seabirds and whales. A minke whale was briefly spotted, but the seabirds were most definitely the stars of the show. Several giant petrels followed us resolutely, and gave us several close passes so we could see the color of their bill tips and accurately determine which of the two species (northern or southern) were in attendance. Their decision to follow us was tied to their hope that our ship’s propellers would stir up some food or that we would turn out to be a fishing vessel that might discard fish parts overboard. Their latter assumption was erroneous, but on several occasions the petrels settled down on the water in our wake, picking at something appetizing that had apparently come up to the surface behind us. After sipping lattes in the Grand Salon, we headed back to The Theatre for a presentation by geologist Jason Hicks entitled, “Gondwana: The Origins of Antarctica.” Jason gave a detailed overview of the geologic processes involved in the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates, using the San Andreas Fault in California, and the hotspots of Iceland and the Hawaiian Islands as obvious examples of these processes in action. He then focused in on how these processes, small changes taking place over a very long period of time, caused the breakup of the former supercontinent of Gondwanaland and resulted in the formation of the Antarctic continent, in its current location at the bottom of the world. Following lunch, each of us had to confront the difficult and deeply personal decision whether to go exercise in the gym, or to take a nap. Judging by the near-empty gym, most everyone was evidently well rested for deck time with the Expedition Team come mid-afternoon. And good thing, as fin whales were in the area, and we needed as many eyes on deck as possible to spot the next whale blow. Fin whales are the second largest whale in the world (after the blue whale), and one of the fastest. They spend the austral summer in these productive waters feeding on the abundant fish and krill. The railings on the pool deck were lined with red parkas as we all scanned ahead of the ship for the next blow. We then met photo coach Richard Harker in The Theatre for his presentation entitled, “Photographing Antarctica: Taking Charge of Your Digital Camera.” Richard went into detail on many of the features of today’s digital cameras, including concepts like histograms and exposure compensation, which would help us greatly in capturing Antarctica in photos. Over cocktails, we met the Expedition Team in The Theatre for a Recap, during which historian Bob Burton told us the many virtues of tussac grass. Marine biologist Charley Wheatley followed by introducing us to the Antarctic Convergence, the boundary between warm temperate water and icy cold Antarctic water, which we would be crossing during the night. Some of us listened to some live piano music in the bar after dinner to wrap up what had been be a very relaxing, educational and eventful day. Friday,6January2012 • BleakerIsland,FalklandIslands Saturday,7January2012 • AtSea,EnRoutetoSouthGeorgia Temperature:45°F(7°C) Windspeed:25knots Cloudcover:70% Precipitation:None Temperature:41°F(5°C) Windspeed:22knots Cloudcover:85% Precipitation:None In addition to the many memorable moments documented in photographs and shared in good company over a hearty meal or warming drinks, A&K provides every adventurer on an Antarctica expedition with a detailed, full-color Voyage Log at the conclusion of their journey. This A&K exclusive is tailored to your itinerary, recounting all the special, day-by-day sights and experiences, a handy checklist of wildlife encountered, and a detailed list of the staff and other passengers on board. Whether for reference or just to relive the adventure, the Voyage Log is the perfect souvenir to an unforgettable journey. View previous expedition logs online at abercrombiekent.com/travel_logs.
  • 34. 34 Antarctica our on-board geologist knew the name of every towering peak — and exactly how it came to be.
  • 35. 35800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com Award-Winning Standards, Time and Time Again Since we began in 1962, our inspiring journeys have won the praise of travellers and professionals alike. Across the decades and around the world, A&K sets the standard. Here is a sample of some recent recognition. 2010 GLOBAL VISION AWARD WINNER Top Tour Operators & Safari Outfitters Leadership Winner – Philanthropic Travel Best Tour Operator — Africa Best Worldwide Tour Operator Top Tour Operators: Poverty Relief & Preservation – Environmental/Cultural Best Luxury Tour Operator — International Best Africa Tour Operator Best Luxury Tour Operator Best Luxury Destination Management Company — Worldwide Best Tour Operator — Africa WORLD’S BEST AWARDS 2011
  • 36. 36 Antarctica Booking Your Air with Abercrombie & Kent The best way to fly. LANPremiumBusiness Abercrombie & Kent offers special LAN Airlines fares on flights timed to work best with your itinerary. And, while airline prices are guaranteed only on the day you buy your ticket, you can reserve our quoted rates now and pay for your ticket later on the same schedule as the rest of your trip. A&K can cancel and refund air tickets up to the day before departure, less a fee, for our special LAN Airlines fares. (Tickets you book yourself may be non-refundable and are usually paid for within 24 hours of booking.) Get the mileage credit offered by your frequent-flyer club. Most special-rate tickets don’t earn miles, but reservations booked through A&K earn mileage credit where applicable. Choose your seat when you make your reservation. Many other special-fare vendors won’t assign you a seat until check-in at the airport. Whenever possible, A&K reserves your preferred seat at time of booking. A&K has a long-standing relationship with LAN Airlines and its affiliates. LAN offers service from 35 North American cities — including Miami, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles — to more than 80 South American destinations, including daily non-stop flights to Buenos Aires, as well as Santiago, Lima, Quito and Bogota. LAN’s new Wonders of South America routes offer travellers the opportunity to visit multiple iconic South American destinations in one trip, including Cuzco and Machu Picchu in Peru, Brazil’s Iguassu Falls, Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands and the moai of Easter Island in Chile. In flight, LAN earns its reputation as one of the top airlines in the world with extensive in-flight entertainment, comfortable seating — including full flat beds in Premium Business class — and superior food and wine selections. StatedbenefitsandconditionsofpurchasethroughA&Karecorrectattime ofpublication,butmaybesubjecttochangeatanytime.
  • 37. 37800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com Passenger Travel Protection Program One more reason to travel with A&K. Abercrombie & Kent knows the value of planning for every travel contingency. Circumstances can force you to cancel your trip at the last minute, return home early or seek emergency medical treatment overseas. That’s why Travel Guard has developed the Passenger Travel Protection Program to meet the needs of A&K travellers. The option to buy is included on your departure invoice. There are no additional forms to fill out; simply indicate that you wish to purchase the plan, pay the amount shown and you are enrolled. ThePassengerTravelProtectionProgramisdesignedtoprovidebroadcoveragethatincludes:* ›› Coverage due to pre-existing medical conditions ›› Medical coverage for illness or injury sustained while travelling. Optional upgrade is available for primary coverage ›› Baggage loss, theft, delay or damage coverage including an option to upgrade to primary coverage ›› Plan also includes toll-free 24/7 assistance with medical, dental or legal emergencies, lost travel documents, emergency cash transfers and more Enjoy your journey with Abercrombie & Kent’s Passenger Travel Protection Program. *Thisisonlyabriefdescriptionofthecoverage(s)available.ThePolicywillcontainreductions,limitations,exclusionsandterminationprovisions.Insuranceis underwrittenbyNationalUnionFireInsuranceCompanyofPittsburgh,Pa.,withitsprincipalplaceofbusinessinNewYork,NY.Coveragemaynotbeavailable inallstates.TravelassistanceservicesareprovidedbyTravelGuard.
  • 38. 38 Antarctica Adventures Off the Beaten Path Two ways to experience a one-of-a-kind journey. Call A&K or ask your travel professional for details on Marco Polo Club Invitational Journeys or Extreme Adventures. MarcoPoloClub® Invitational Journeys Marco Polo Club Invitational Journeys are specially designed to bring the most adventurous travellers to the most exotic destinations. These are often the first A&K journeys offered to emerging destinations — Marco Polo Club travellers were the first A&K guests to visit Madagascar and North Korea. Journeys for 2013 include: ›› Uganda: Gorillas & Beyond ›› Sri Lankan Serendipity ›› English Gardens & the Chelsea Flower Show Marco Polo Club members receive a 5% savings on most A&K journeys, as well as other benefits. Visit akmarcopolo.com for details. ExtremeAdventures Find your limits — and go beyond them. From the South Pole to the Inca Trail and all points in between, Abercrombie & Kent Extreme Adventures challenge you to meet nature face to face. With more than 20 expeditions to choose from, there’s an Extreme Adventure for every type of traveller, including: ›› Nepal: Ascent to Everest Base Camp ›› Morocco: The Desert Road Rally ›› Mexico: Kayaking the Baja Coast Learn more at akextremeadventures.com. TrekkingnearEverestBaseCamp,Nepal Oneoftheworld’srarestprimatesatSanctuaryGorillaForestCamp,Uganda
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  • 40. 40 Antarctica INCLUDED IN ESCORTED GROUP PROGRAMS: Prices are valid from December 1, 2013, to January 31, 2014, and include all accommodations as noted in the itinerary; meals as specified; arrival and departure transfers (regardless of days of arrival and departure); fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary (including park and entrance fees); local bottled water during sightseeing; selected beverages with group meals; services of an A&K Tour Director; handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international flights (other conditions/restrictions may apply for internal routes; please refer to BAGGAGE section); hotel taxes; and gratuities throughout, except to the Tour Director (please see separate section on gratuities for more details). SPECIAL NOTES: ON ESCORTED GROUP PROGRAMS: Services on escorted group programs may be modified to accommodate a small group. ON EXTENSIONS: All extensions are locally guided and require a minimum of four (4) passengers to operate. GRATUITIES: ESCORTED GROUP PROGRAMS: Gratuities are included for hotel and restaurant staff, porterage and local guides and drivers. Gratuities are also included for A&K Expedition Team and crew on board ‘Le Boreal.’ INDEPENDENT PROGRAMS (SIGNATURE AND TAILOR MADE): Gratuities are not included in the program price and are at the discretion of the traveller. Recommended guidelines will be provided in A&K’s pre-tour documentation. NOT INCLUDED IN ESCORTED GROUP PROGRAM PRICES: Passenger Travel Protection Plan; international and internal airfares, unless otherwise noted; costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas; airport departure taxes, unless otherwise noted; Ushuaia Customs & Migration Tax; Argentina Reciprocity Fee; excess baggage charges; meals other than specified in the itinerary; beverages other than noted in your pre-tour documentation; sightseeing not included in the itinerary; personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges and optional activities (which are subject to availability). ITINERARIES: Accommodations including vessels and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Abercrombie & Kent’s control. Every effort will be made to operate itineraries as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued. A&K also reserves the right to withdraw a program or any part of it, to make such alterations to the itinerary or the program inclusions as it deems necessary or desirable, and to pass on to tour members any expenditures or losses caused by delays or events beyond its control. SPECIAL REQUESTS: Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking rooms and special dietary needs should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure a special request; however, it cannot be guaranteed in advance of travel. PRICES AND ARRANGEMENTS: Quoted program prices include planning, handling and operational charges and are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of July 2012. A&K reserves the right to increase program prices to cover increased costs, tariffs, taxes and V.A.T. received after prices are published and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange markets. A&K is under no obligation to give a breakdown in costs involving any Escorted Group, Signature or Tailor Made program. Modification of program content to accommodate a smaller group size will not affect the published program price. Early Booking Discount rates are based on double occupancy bookings only, are not valid for single bookings, are subject to availability and may be discontinued at any time prior to the published expiration date. IMMEDIATE CHECK-IN: On programs where immediate check-in has not been included in the program price, A&K has requested that all hotels provide the service when possible; however, it cannot be guaranteed. Most hotels allow check-in to take place during the mid- afternoon. Should you wish to have a guaranteed room ready for your immediate check-in upon arrival, it can be arranged for an additional charge. Please ask A&K for details and prices. EARLY ARRIVAL: A&K recommends that you arrive a day or two before the start of your planned program to allow time to relax and refresh after your journey. To prepare for the start of your tour, A&K has negotiated favorable overnight rates at many hotels; please ask for details at time of booking. Departing early from the U.S. and Canada during the winter months might be recommended, due to possible flight disruptions and cancellations caused by inclement weather. Please ask your travel consultant for details. ACTIVE ELEMENTS: Some active elements have been incorporated into select itineraries. To enjoy the trip as intended, a minimum level of fitness is required. A&K will require notice if any participant has any physical or other condition or disability that could create a hazard to him or herself or to other members of the group. A&K reserves the right to decline acceptance of anyone whom it considers unsuitable due to fitness level. A&K also reserves the right to remove from the trip, at the participant’s own expense, anyone whose condition is such that it could create a hazard to him or herself or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers. SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED ANY CLARIFICATION ABOUT A SPECIFIC PROGRAM, PLEASE ASK FOR DETAILS AT TIME OF BOOKING. A&K’S PASSENGER TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN: Our specially designed travel protection plan, which provides cancellation coverage, medical coverage and protection against lost or damaged luggage, is not included in the program price and is strongly recommended. Due to Antarctica’s remote location, A&K requires proof of a minimum of $50,000 per person in emergency evacuation/ repatriation insurance. This minimum amount is included in A&K’s travel protection plan (please see page 37 for more details); upgrades can be purchased for higher coverage on request. If you do not purchase the A&K travel protection plan, we will require proof of alternative coverage. PLEASE NOTE: Emergency evacuation insurance provides for covering the cost associated with emergency evacuation and repatriation up to the limits of the respective policy; however, it does NOT guarantee the timing, method or mode of such evacuation and repatriation, which is subject to weather and other conditions or variables outside of A&K’s control. CHILD POLICY: On non-family A&K escorted group programs, unless otherwise indicated on the individual tour, a minimum age of 10 years is required. On the December 21 family departure, a minimum age of 7 is required. Special rates for December 21 family departure apply for children ages 7-18 travelling with full-fare paying adult passenger(s). Some terms and conditions apply; please call A&K for full details. PLEASE NOTE: A&K RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MARGINALLY EXCEED THE PUBLISHED MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE ON FAMILY PROGRAMS TO ACCOMMODATE A FAMILY. PASSPORTS AND VISAS: Valid passports are required for all international destinations. It is recommended that you check with A&K and the U.S. Department of State web site for the latest passport and visa requirements. Please note that non-U.S. passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry. Passports must be valid for six (6) months after the return of your journey and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. A&K cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements. A copy of your valid passport must be submitted to A&K in order to confirm air reservations. ARGENTINA RECIPROCITY FEE: U.S. citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee of $140, payable in cash or by credit card; this one-time charge is good for the life of the passport. (Reciprocity fee as of July 2012 and subject to change.) REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE: A deposit of $2,450 per person is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 120 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request in order to secure confirmation. CANCELLATION CHARGES: Cancellations received by A&K 120 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a $500 per person/per tour cancellation fee; 119–90 days prior to departure will be subject to 20% of the program price; 89–60 days prior to departure will be subject to 50% of program price; 59 days or less will be subject to 100% of program price. A 100% cancellation charge applies to internal air cancelled less than 90 days prior to departure, where applicable. CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR EXTRA SERVICES: Additional hotel nights and other extra services booked in connection with A&K programs are subject to the following: Cancellations received 31 or more days prior to the service will be refunded in full; cancellations received 30–15 days in advance will be charged 50% of the price; and cancellations received less than 15 days in advance will be charged 100% of the price. EXCEPTIONS: Payment and cancellation terms and conditions for all Signature and Tailor Made programs, Extensions, Internal Air and Tailor Made Portfolio Hotels may vary from those noted above. Please ask A&K for details. AIR TRANSPORTATION: Internationalairfaresarenotincludedin programpricing.Abercrombie&KentUSA,LLC,hasspecialagreements withmanycarriersandcanofferquotationsfromanygateway.Pleaseask yourtourconsultantaboutourspecialfares.Allinternationalandinternal airquotesaresubjecttochangeandcancarrypenaltiesandsurcharges untilfinalpaymenthasbeenreceivedbyA&K. Flightconfirmationisbased onavailability.Airreservationscannotbeconfirmeduntilapassportcopy isreceivedbyA&K.PLEASE NOTE THAT CERTAIN AIRFARES ARE SUBJECT TO A SERVICE FEE. Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. These programs may use the services of any IATA carrier. International air carriers are subject to international air conventions limiting their liability. The limitations of liability are contained on the reverse side of the airline ticket or e-ticket receipt, or on the carrier’s web site, and form part of the terms and conditions of this package. The passage contract in use by these companies, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the companies and the purchaser of these travel programs and/or passage. BAGGAGE: Abercrombie & Kent provides handling of two pieces of baggage per person. Weight restrictions on some routes on internal/ domestic flights may apply; details will be provided with pre-tour documentation. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner’s risk throughout the travel program, and A&K assumes no liability for lost or damaged baggage. Please check with your international carrier for other baggage restrictions applicable to your international flights. CLAIMS AND REFUNDS: Refunds are not made for any missed services, except for verifiable extenuating circumstances. Please see our LIMITS ON ABERCROMBIE & KENT’S RESPONSIBILITY clause below. For verifiable claims to be considered, they must be received in writing within 30 days of the termination of the program and be accompanied by supporting documentation and/or a statement from the local destination company verifying the claim. Any adjustment considered will be based on the actual price of the services involved and not on a per diem basis. Adjustments will not be made for unused sightseeing trips or meals. A&K will not accept any liability for any claims that are not received within 30 days of the termination of your travel program. All claims for days missed while travelling should be made in writing within 30 days of the termination of the program. PHOTOGRAPHY DURING TRAVEL: Abercrombie & Kent reserves the right to take photographs during the operation of any program or part thereof and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a program with A&K, program members agree to allow their images to be used in such photographs. Program members who prefer that their images not be used are asked to identify themselves to their Tour Director at the beginning of their program. LIMITS ON ABERCROMBIE & KENT’S RESPONSIBILITY: Abercrombie & Kent, USA, LLC, its employees, shareholders, officers, directors, successors, agents and assigns (collectively A&K), does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip. It purchases transportation (by aircraft, coach, train, vessel or otherwise), hotel and other lodging accommodations, restaurant, ground handling and other services from various independent suppliers (including from time to time other affiliated Abercrombie & Kent companies). All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result A&K is not liable for any negligent or willful act of any such person or entity or of any third person. Terms & Conditions
  • 41. 41800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com In addition and without limitation, A&K is not responsible for any injury, financial or physical loss, death, inconvenience, delay or damage to personal property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from but not limited to acts of God or force majeure, illness, disease, acts of war, civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of services, food poisoning, mechanical or other failure of aircraft or other means of transportation or for failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time. There are many inherent risks in adventure travel of the type involved here, which can lead to illness, injury, or even death. These risks are increased by the fact that these trips take place in remote locations, far from medical facilities. Passenger assumes all such risks associated with participating in this trip. TRAVEL ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS: It is the responsibility of the traveller to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.S. State Department’s travel web site at travel.state.gov or by phone at 888 407 4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location(s) of the trip, should the traveller still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, the traveller assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against. ARBITRATION AGREEMENT: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these TERMS AND CONDITIONS, to the LIMITS ON ABERCROMBIE & KENT’S RESPONSIBILITY clause, to the brochure, to any information relating in any way to the trip, to the trip itself, or to any products or services related to the trip, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Chicago, Illinois, in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association, except that (a) in lieu of a personal appearance at arbitration, the arbitration may be conducted by telephonic means, (b) arbitration is the exclusive forum for dispute resolution (no court actions), and (c) except as otherwise provided by statute, each party shall bear its own costs and expenses and an equal share of the arbitrator and administrative fees. TRAVELLERS REPRESENTATIONS: The traveller represents that neither he nor she nor anyone travelling with him or her has any physical or other condition or disability that could create a hazard to himself or herself or other members of the tour. A&K reserves the right to decline to accept anyone on a trip, and to remove from the trip, at his or her sole expense, anyone whose condition is such that he or she could create a hazard to himself or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers on the trip. ANY PAYMENT TO ABERCROMBIE & KENT CONSTITUTES YOURACCEPTANCEOFTHETERMSANDCONDITIONSSETOUT HEREINANDINMORESPECIFICPRE-DEPARTUREPASSENGER DOCUMENTATION,INCLUDINGTHEPERSONALINFORMATIONFORM. Abercrombie & Kent accepts all major credit cards. © 2012 Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC. 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Endres, Julia Evanoff, Andrzej Gibasiewicz, Daisy Gilardini, Gwen Shabka Photography, Richard Harker, Hemis, Melissa Hookway, Ian Johnson, Earle Keatley, Philip Kramer, Lan Airlines, Dan Leffel, Russ Manning, Masterfile, James McClintock, Rich Pagen, Photoshot Holdings Ltd, Keren Su/China Span, Hiroshi Takeuchi, Top-Pics TBK, Danny Warren, Daniel Wiedemann, Peter A. Wiesner, Matt Wilson, Steve Zalan OneName:OneUnparalleled StandardWorldwide Throughoutthisbrochureandonabercrombiekent.com,you’llsee referencesto“Abercrombie&Kent”(orsimply“A&K”).Thisisourshorthand forthemanyindependentA&KcompaniesthatworkwithAbercrombie& KentUSA,LLCofDownersGrove,Illinois,toprovideitstravellerswitha consistentworldwidestandardofexpertiseandexcellenceintravel.Their independenceallowsourgueststobenefitfromtheuniquelocalknowledge andspecializedservicesavailableonlyfromdestination-basedoperating companiesaroundtheglobe. UnitedStatesTour OperatorsAssociation Abercrombie&KentUSA,LLC,asanActiveMemberofUSTOA,is requiredtopost$1MillionwithUSTOAtobeusedtoreimburse,in accordancewiththetermsandconditionsoftheUSTOATravellers AssistanceProgram,theadvancepaymentsofAbercrombie&Kent USA,LLCcustomersintheunlikelyeventofAbercrombie&KentUSA, LLC’sbankruptcy,insolvencyorcessationofbusiness.Further,youshould understandthatthe$1MillionpostedbyAbercrombie&KentUSA,LLC maybesufficienttoprovideonlyapartialrecoveryoftheadvancepayments receivedbyAbercrombie&KentUSA,LLC.Completedetailsofthe USTOATravellersAssistanceProgrammaybeobtainedbywritingto USTOAat275MadisonAvenue,Suite2014,NewYork,NY10016,orby emailtoinformation@ustoa.comorbyvisitingitswebsiteatUSTOA.com. ASTATOPTourOperatorProgram Abercrombie&KentUSA,LLCisalsoamemberofthe AmericanSocietyofTravelAgentsTOPProgram,openonly toselecttouroperators. 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  • 42. 42 Antarctica ‘Le Boreal’ Deck Plan CABIN LAYOUT WC WC Balcony Bathtub Desk Bar Balneo shower Wardrobe Dinner Area Owner’sSuite (Category8) Cabin: 484 sq. ft. (45 sq. m.) Balcony: 97 sq. ft. (9 sq. m.) Bar WC WC WardrobeWardrobe Dressing TableDesk TV Balneo shower WCWC Sofa Balcony Bathtub Prestige&PremierSuites (Categories5and 7) Cabin: 400 sq. ft. (37 sq. m.) Balcony: 86 sq. ft. (8 sq. m.) WC TV Bar Dressing Table Wardrobe Balcony Bathtub Sofa PrestigeSuites (Category 6) Cabin: 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m.) Balcony: 54 sq. ft. (5 sq. m.) WC Shower Bar TV Wardrobe Dressing Table Balcony Staterooms (Categories1-4) Cabin: 200 sq. ft. (18.5 sq. m.) Balcony: 43 sq. ft. (4 sq. m.) CabinCategories n Category 1: Classic Balcony Stateroom n Category 2: Deluxe Balcony Stateroom n Category 3: Premier Balcony Stateroom n Category 4: Superior Balcony Stateroom n Category 5: Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite CABINSIncludINGbutlerservice: n Category 6: Prestige Balcony Suite n Category 7: Prestige Two-Room Balcony Suite n Category 8: Owner’s Balcony Suite Wheelhouse Zodiac Zodiac SunDeckBar Open-airBar 610626 426 226 816 416 615 605609526 326 916 602 601603 604 BarBar Internet Library Panoramic TerracePool The Compass Grill Grill Buffet ThePanoramic Lounge 504 502805 605635 435 235 035 825 425 025 615 215 015 503 501515 115 905 705 505725 325 915935 735 535 335 135 Bridge Photo desk Fitness Sauna Main Lounge & BarTheTheatre 604 404 204434 234 034 824 624 424 224 024 814 614 414 214 014 804 514 114 904 704 504 304 104524 324 124 914 714734 534 334 134 924 724 shop shop Reception Desk Excursion Desk Main Lounge & Bar Medical Center Shop Bar The Club 433 233 033 823 623 423 223 023 813 613 413 213 013 803 733 533 333 133 923 723 523 323 123 913 713 513 113 903 Dance Floor shop shop Main Lounge & Bar The Restaurant Elevator Marina Elevator Elevator Elevator Elevator ElevatorElevator Elevator Elevator Leisure AreaShowers & Steam Room Hair Dresser Massage DECK 7 DECK 6 DECK 5 DECK 4 DECK 3 DECK 2
  • 43. 43800 652 8568 • abercrombiekent.com Expedition Cruise Dates & Pricing TheAmericasExtensions EnhanceyourAntarcticajourneywithoneoftheseshortitineraries,designedtobeaddedbeforeorafteryourcruise. Internalairfareavailableuponrequest.Basedondoubleoccupancy. PAGE# PRICEDFROM #OFDAYS EasterIsland 16 $2,495 5 ChileanWineCountry 16 $3,085 3 Bariloche 17 $1,715 3 IguassuFalls 17 $1,445 3 EstanciaExperience 17 $2,395 3 NEW! BUTLERSERVICEINCLUDED CABIN CATEGORY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Classic Balcony stateroom deluxe balcony stateroom Premier balcony stateroom Superior balcony stateroom premier two-room balcony suite Prestige Balcony Suite Prestige two-room balcony suite Owner’s balcony suite ClassicAntarctica December11-22,2013:Fighting Climate Change in Antarctica PerPerson,DoubleOccupancywithEarlyBooking Discount*if reserved by February 28, 2013 $9,895 $10,895 $11,895 PerPerson,DoubleOccupancy $12,395 $13,395 $14,395 $15,395 $17,995 $18,495 $19,995 $24,995 SingleSupplement $6,195 $6,695 $7,195 $9,235 $16,195 $17,095 $18,495 $23,595 Antarctica,SouthGeorgia&theFalklandIslands December21,2013-January06,2014:A&K Family Holiday PerPerson,DoubleOccupancywithEarlyBooking Discount*if reserved by February 28, 2013 $14,995 $15,995 $16,995 PerPerson,DoubleOccupancy $17,995 $18,995 $19,995 $21,495 $24,995 $25,495 $27,595 $32,995 SingleSupplement $8,995 $9,495 $9,995 $12,895 $23,695 $24,295 $26,195 $31,295 Child(7-18yearsold)sharingwithadult(s) $8,995 $9,495 $9,995 $10,695 Formoredetails,pleasecontactA&K. January05-21,2014: Photographic Expedition PerPerson,DoubleOccupancywithEarlyBooking Discount*if reserved by February 28, 2013 $15,995 $16,995 $17,995 PerPerson,DoubleOccupancy $18,995 $19,995 $20,995 $22,495 $25,995 $26,695 $29,595 $34,995 SingleSupplement $9,495 $9,995 $10,495 $13,495 $24,795 $25,195 $28,195 $33,295 *EarlyBookingDiscountislimitedtodoubleoccupancybookingsonlyinCabinCategories1to3.Offerisnotvalidforsinglebookings,issubjecttoavailabilityandmaybewithdrawnatanytime. Note:TripleandquadpricingisavailableforCabinCategories5and7two-roombalconysuitesuponrequest. PrivateCharterAir Fortheultimateinexclusivecomfortandconvenience,A&KprivatelychartersyourflightbetweenBuenosAiresandUshuaia, timingittoyourAntarcticacruise. BuenosAires/Ushuaia/BuenosAires From$750 Perperson,roundtrip.Taxesareincluded.Allairquotesaresubjecttochangeandcarrypenaltiesandsurcharges.Flightconfirmationsarebasedonavailability. PleasecheckwithA&Kforourspecialinternationalairfares.
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