Abercrombie & Kent Travel Logs

Wonder what it feels like to travel with A&K? Read our travel logs for a first-hand look at our latest adventures, captured live on select A&K journeys that include voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic.

Breakfast (2)
Classic Antarctica

December 18, 2012 – at sea/Beagle Channel, on route to Ushuaia

Enjoying a leisurely breakfast, our gaze fixed upon the buzz of activity outside, we reminisced about the last several days, grateful for the emotional high we would carry with us on our journeys home and beyond. We had come from many corners of the globe, all strangers with a common interest.  But this morning [...]

Southern Fulmar
Classic Antarctica

December 17, 2012 – Drake Passage, on route to Ushuaia

We were once again plying the waters of the dreaded Drake Passage, though we could not be convinced of its reputation. As it had been during our journey south, we awoke only to the slightest of movement; you almost had to remind yourself you were on a ship. Even though there were some among us [...]

Classic Antarctica

December 16, 2012 – Petermann Island/Neko Harbour, Antarctica

Having remained north of the Lemaire Channel overnight, Captain Garcia turned south to complete our transit just after 0500 this morning. The clouds remained, but the snow stopped and made it possible for us top steal some amazing views. One view, however, was of a channel choked with ice, and there was some doubt about [...]

Palmer Station
Classic Antarctica

December 15, 2012 – Palmer Station, Antarctica

We had spent a pleasant night swinging lazily on the anchor chain in Port Lockroy. Just before 0600, ‘Le Boreal’ lifted the anchor and set off the short distance towards Palmer Station and the day’s activities. Arriving just after eight, we took a short Zodiac tour of the islands around Palmer Station. Torgerson Island was [...]

Gentoo in zodiac
Classic Antarctica

December 14, 2012 – Enterprise Island/Cuverville Island, Antarctica

Not wanting to miss anything, many of us woke early to watch the magical world of black, white and magnificent blues that surrounded us. Cruising south and deeper into the peninsula, the mountains stretched into the clouds, their tops obscured and mysterious. We could hardly wait for our Zodiac tour this morning. ‘Le Boreal’ slowed [...]

Supply vessel
Classic Antarctica

December 13, 2012 – Halfmoon Island/Deception Island, Antarctica

Although the “weather people” were wrong to promise sunny skies this morning, we would not be disappointed. Even with cloudy conditions and falling snow, we had reasonable temperatures, little-to-no wind, and the magnificent White Continent before us. With our earliest start to this point in our voyage, we boarded the Zodiacs for Halfmoon Island [...]

1st cruise
Classic Antarctica

December 12, 2012 – Antarctic Sound/Brown Bluff

Those of us awake early this morning were not sure what kind of day was in store. Winds were reaching 20 knots and the sleet was coming down. But then, like a switch at 0600, the sleet stopped and the winds died. The sun began to peek through the clouds to the Southeast and [...]

Classic Antarctica

December 11, 2012 – Drake Passage, on route to Antarctica

The famed Drake Passage had transformed overnight, from that of a millpond to a lake. It seemed as though those in charge of the weather still had everything under control and we couldn’t have dreamed of a better crossing towards Antarctica. The excitement of the day began before we even had time to wipe [...]

Parka exchange
Classic Antarctica

December 10, 2012 – Drake Passage, on route to Antarctica

After our first night on board ‘Le Boreal,’ we woke to calm seas. Fortunately for us, the dreaded Drake Passage had not reared its ugly head. Yesterday as we first entered our suites, we were happy to see A&K’s signature red parkas laid out for us on our beds.  This morning our first job [...]

Le Boreal
Classic Antarctica

December 09, 2012 – Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

After long journeys far and wide, we finally reached the southernmost city in the world and the Capital of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, Ushuaia — also known as El Fin del Mundo. This is where we would board our ship ‘Le Boreal’ and begin our adventure to the White Continent. We found a city [...]

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