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Every year we charter the sleek and contemporary Le Boreal and Le Lyrial and reconfigure it into the Antarctic's only all-balcony stateroom and suite expedition ship - you can even have butlers to arrange your cabin cocktails and spa therapies. Both ships have state-of-the-art navigation, safety and stabilization technology to minimise the effect of rough water, and offers the ultimate eco-friendly voyages; A&K has blazed a trail to protect the fragile environment - yet is small enough to ensure unlimited access for shore excursions, including narrow fjords off-limits to larger ships.
Our Abercrombie & Kent Antarctic cruise is about far more than Le Boreal & Le Lyrial . Our team is hugely experienced - on average, each team member has spent 17 years visiting the Antarctic - from the acclaimed conservationists leading the expeditions, to the naturalists driving our Zodiacs and on-board marine biologists, climatologists, photographers and ornithologists. We've been taking travellers to the planet's Deep South for over 20 years - more than 175 expeditions - with an unblemished track record.
You'll enjoy twice-daily guided excursions in Zodiacs (our groups, maximum 12 guests, are the smallest around), onto the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands including Deception and Paulet. Prepare to gorge on an all-you-can-photograph buffet of landscape and nature.
You'll sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, dubbed 'Kodak Alley' for its picture-perfect icebergs and intensely blue water; view prolific wildlife from fin and humpback whales, to penguins, albatross and elephant seals; and visit scientific research projects and redundant whaling stations. Extend your itinerary to include the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, where you can hike part of Ernest Shackleton's famous route.
Why book Antarctica with A&K
More Than 25 Years of Safe Operations
A&K is a pioneer in Antarctic expeditions; we are a 25-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.
Expert Support from Beginning to End
Your extraordinary journey begins before you even set foot on board one of our cruises - 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. 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.
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. In addition, 'Le Boreal' employs the latest environmental practices and technology
A Blend of Luxury and Adventure
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 & ‘Le Lyrial’ configuring them 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.
Suggested itineraries for Antarctica Cruises
Classic Antarctica 2017/18
Nights: 14 | from £11,170
Join A&K's renowned Expedition Team on luxurious 'Le Lyrial' for an unforgettable voyage to the White Continent, which you explore for five days during the best of the Antarctic spring and summer seasons.
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands 2017/2018
Nights: 19 | from £15,880
Set sail with A&K's award-winning Expedition Team on all-balcony 'Le Lyrial,' embarking on a panoramic voyage that includes wildlife-rich South Georgia, the unspoiled Falklands and the wild shores of Antarctica.
The Antarctic Peninsula
Nights: 11 | from £6,920
Antarctica the land of superlatives! This itinerary will have you see some of the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula.
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