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.

Crew welfare chart
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 18, 2013 – At Sea, Drake Passage, Beagle Channel

We pulled back the curtains to a great expanse of sea in all directions. Conditions were very moderate, with just enough wind to create a gentle rocking motion. An occasional black-browed albatross made a pass by the ship, investigating the “unusual large grey object” plying its way northward through the Drake Passage. Reading a [...]

Goodbye Antarctica!
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 17, 2013 – At Sea, Drake Passage

The Drake Passage showed its kind face this morning, with only a gentle rocking of the ship as we steamed northwards. A dense fog enveloped the ship creating a mysterious feel to the morning, augmented by the fact that not a single bird was seen around the ship for several hours. Some of us [...]

Lemaire Channel
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 16, 2013 – Port Lockroy, Neko Harbor

We began our final day in Antarctica with a walk out on deck to again soak in the incredible scenery here along the Antarctic Peninsula. Following breakfast, our rubber chariot sliced through the dark sea en route to Port Lockroy, with its huge mountains topped by wisps of clouds. We stepped ashore at one [...]

Crabeater seal
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 15, 2013 – Wilhelmina Bay, Cuverville Island

We awoke to spectacular Antarctic scenery all around us, with mountain peaks rising up through ice as far as the eye could see. ‘Le Boreal’ was in the famed Gerlache Strait, named for Adrien de Gerlache who led the Belgica expedition in this area in 1897-1899. Soon the ship angled south into Wilhelmina Bay, [...]

Charley Wheatley
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 14, 2013 – At Sea, Penguin Island

We awoke to a special visitor this morning playing in the winds on the starboard side of the ship: an Antarctic petrel! This species is one of only three bird species that nests exclusively on the Antarctic continent itself (the other two being the South polar skua and the emperor penguin).  The bird stayed [...]

Shipshape
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 13, 2013 – At Sea, En Route to Antarctica

As the night progressed, the strong low pressure system moved further and further to the east of us, and the seas began to lay back down. By morning, the outer decks were again open to us, and there was an optimistic buzz at breakfast as we left the rough sea adventure behind us. We [...]

Rough seas
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 12, 2013 – At Sea, En Route to Antarctica

The roller coaster ride began late last night, with the swell from a nearby low pressure system building as 40-knot winds continued to blow. Still, the time change back last night gave us an excuse to sleep in a bit before carefully making our way to breakfast to fuel up for the day. Naturalist [...]

Drygalski fjord
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 11, 2013 – Drygalski Fjord, At sea en route to Antarctica

The blue skies and calm seas of yesterday seemed a distant memory this morning when we pulled back the curtains. Strong winds tore across the sea surface, sending spray and white water into the air. Our plan for a Zodiac tour at Hamilton Bay was impossible in these conditions, so Captain Etienne Garcia took [...]

St Andrews wildlife
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 10, 2013 – St. Andrews Bay, Grytviken

With some blue sky peaking through the clouds, we arrived at yet another spectacular South Georgia site called St. Andrews Bay. As we approached, we excitedly spied the stunning scenery of towering mountain peaks and heard the calls of king penguins echoing out across the bay. It was truly amazing to be in the [...]

Right Whale Bay
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 9, 2013 – Right Whale Bay, Stromness

Under cover of fog, Captain Etienne Garcia carefully maneuvered ‘Le Boreal’ into the Bay of Isles and lowered a Zodiac into the water to check the landing at Salisbury Plain. However, due to the incessant wind, a hefty swell was pouring into the bay and causing large waves to break on the beach. Expedition [...]

IAATO briefing
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 8, 2013 – At Sea, Shag Rocks

The strong tailwind continued, with white caps glowing brightly under a clear blue sky. Following a time change forward the night before, most of us opted for a late breakfast before gathering in the Theater for ornithologist Patricia Silva’s introduction to penguins entitled, “Birds in Tuxedos: Why Do They Look Different?” Patricia began with [...]

Decktime
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 7, 2013 – At Sea, En Route to South Georgia

We awoke to a strong wind pushing ‘Le Boreal’ in the direction of South Georgia, and a number of wandering albatrosses following along with the ship. With the wind behind the vessel, the ride through the Scotia Sea was quite smooth. Many of us slept in a bit before socializing over scrambled eggs and [...]

Two-banded Plover
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 6, 2013 – Sea Lion Island, Bleaker Island

Under a glorious sunrise, ‘Le Boreal’ dropped anchor just outside the kelp forest ringing Sea Lion Island. The sound of bellowing elephant seals reverberated from the beach, while blue-eyed shags flew past the ship as they traveled back and forth to their nesting sites on the island. We went ashore and landed on a [...]

Parka exchange
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 5, 2013 – At Sea, En Route to Falkland Islands

As we stepped outside with a cup of coffee in hand this morning, the last remnant of the South American continent was just barely visible off in the distance behind us. During the night, ‘Le Boreal’ had left the shelter of the Beagle Channel, and we could now feel the power of the Southern [...]

Ushuaia
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 4, 2013 – Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

We landed in the small city of Ushuaia, all of us arriving from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason: to embark on an expedition to experience the wildlife and landscapes of the Falklands, South Georgia and the magnificent continent of Antarctica. As our respective flights approached amid striking views of the [...]

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