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.

Please note: Our current Antarctica cruise is sailing at a latitude with extremely limited Internet access. Logs will be posted as they become available.

1 Decktime broth
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 28, 2015 – At Sea, Drake Passage, Beagle Channel

We awoke to a great expanse of sea in all directions and moderate conditions, with just enough wind to create a gentle rocking motion. Reading a good book with a cup of coffee in the Grand Salon followed by a full breakfast was a good way to start the day — our last here [...]

1 Crew Welfare chart
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 27, 2015 – At sea, Drake Passage

This morning, the Southern Ocean dominated our view in all directions, complete with an Antarctic petrel and an entourage of cape petrels dancing in the wind around the ship. Sea conditions were perfect —as gentle a Drake Passage as one can imagine — and quite different from our other sea crossings on this adventure. [...]

1 Lemaire entrance
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 26, 2015 – Pleneau Island, Petermann Island

The legendary Lemaire Channel was painted in an ethereal and ominous light as ’Le Boreal’ approached through the northern entrance. Often referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its spectacular scenery, the Lemaire Channel was spectacular and we lined the outer decks to take in the scenery while the Captain maneuvered the ship amidst the ice. Waiting [...]

1 Halfmoon Island
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 25, 2015 – Half Moon Island, Deception Island

Under clear skies, ’Le Boreal’ entered beautiful Moon Bay, with the spectacular ice-covered mountains of Livingston and Greenwich Islands wrapping nearly completely around the bay. Captain Erwan Le Rouzic dropped anchor off of Half Moon Island, and the Zodiacs landed in calm conditions on a cobble beach with several chinstrap penguins in attendance to greet us. [...]

1 Cruising Gourdin Island
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 24, 2015 – Gourdin Island, Brown Bluff

After a close pass by Elephant Island last night, we pulled back our curtains this morning and saw the northwest tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, its ice caps and glaciers gleaming white in the sun. With a fresh breeze blowing and a bit of swell at the back platform, we donned our cold weather [...]

3 Waiting boots
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 23, 2015 – At sea, en route to Antarctica

As the previous night progressed, we began to feel the influence of a low pressure system moving through the Weddell Sea to the south of us. The ship began pitching, and it was quite the experience to feel ourselves rising and falling in our beds as ‘Le Boreal’ plied into the waves. After breakfast, [...]

1 Bob’s favorite heroes
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 22, 2015 – At sea, en route to Antarctica

The time change back last night gave us an excuse to sleep in a bit before making our way to breakfast to fuel up for the day. ‘Le Boreal’ gently rocked and creaked in the moderate swell, while visibility came and went with the fog. Marine biologist Larry Hobbs gave the first lecture of [...]

1 Gold Harbor
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 21, 2015 – Gold Harbour, Drygalski Fjord

The mountainous backdrop at Gold Harbour glowed in the morning sun as ‘Le Boreal’ dropped anchor in this most picturesque of South Georgia landscapes. The Zodiacs were lowered into calm waters, and soon we were setting foot on what is easily one of South Georgia’s most beautiful beaches. The air was filled with a symphony [...]

1 Immature King
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 20, 2015 – Fortuna Bay, Grytviken

We awoke to calm conditions and to mist enshrouding the mountains of Fortuna Bay. After breakfast, we boarded our Zodiacs and soon found ourselves ashore at the head of the bay, from where we began a one-mile hike to a king penguin rookery well up the glacial valley. Of course, we had to stop [...]

1 Salisbury Plains beach
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 19, 2015 – Salibury Plain, Elsehul

After fueling up with a big breakfast, we donned our layers, our parkas and our boots for the first outing in South Georgia, Salisbury Plain, in the Bay of Isles. Fronted by a broad black-sand beach, this large glacial outwash plain is home to one of South Georgia’s largest king penguin colonies. The wind was light and swell [...]

1 Penguin lecture
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 18, 2015 – At sea, Shag Rocks, en route to South Georgia

The lumpy sea this morning was made all the more atmospheric by the periodic driving snow that accompanied it. With a time change forward the night before, many of us opted for a rather late breakfast before gathering in the theater for ornithologist Patricia Silva’s introduction to penguins entitled, “Birds in Tuxedos: Why Do [...]

1 Deck time
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 17, 2015 – At sea, en route to South Georgia

After our busy day yesterday exploring the Falkland Islands, many of us welcomed the opportunity to sleep in a bit this morning, before lingering over a hearty breakfast. Out in the deck, we found blue skies and an occasional seabird making a close pass behind the ship. The plan today was to spend the [...]

1 High winds!
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 16, 2015 – Stanley, Falklands

We awoke to the sound of the anchor being lowered off of Bleaker Island. However, with wind gusts up to 40 knots, the scouting party determined that the conditions were not safe for a landing there this morning. So ’Le Boreal’ continued sailing toward the town of Stanley, where we hoped conditions would be more conducive [...]

1 Isla de los Estados
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 15, 2015 – At Sea, en route to Falklands

We awoke to a brisk wind and fantastic views of Staten Island just to the north of us, the last bit of Tierra del Fuego we would see until our return to Ushuaia several weeks from now. After a long travel day yesterday, many of us took full advantage of the opportunity to sleep [...]

1 Le Boreal in Ushuaia
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 14, 2015 – Ushuaia, Argentina

We converged on 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 the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. As our respective flights approached, the majestic clouds parted at times to provide us with striking views of the southern [...]

1 Rob Caskie
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 3, 2015 – Crossing Drake Passage and Sailing the Beagle Channel

There was a general lethargy on board as guests were slow to rise, contemplating packing, editing photographs and onward flights from Ushuaia. Rob Caskie provided the first lecture of the day, “South with Scott.” At a time where guests are perhaps feeling emotional and mindful of our unique voyage coming to an end, Scott’s [...]

1 Le Boreal Boutique
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 2, 2015 – At Sea on Drake Passage to Ushuaia

After the sublime whale-watching last evening, and subsequently later dinner, it was a slow start to the day at sea. On a beautifully calm, balmy “Drake Lake,” we proceed towards Ushuaia, saddened by the knowledge that this once-in-a-lifetime expedition is almost over. Today would be a day at sea complete with a full program [...]

5 Cuverville Gentoos
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 1, 2015 – Portal Point, Errera Channel, Cuverville Island and Melchior Islands

At 7 a.m. the corridors were deserted, as were the dining rooms-clear evidence of a late, great night last evening! Guests began to appear gradually, most wanting coffee. As the first day of 2015, nobody could have asked for finer weather or calmer seas. The morning excursion to Portal Point was significant on many levels. It [...]

3 Polar plunge
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 31, 2014 – Deception Island and Half Moon Island

With a beautifully calm sea overnight, we waited up to watch the 11:30 p.m. sunset and were rewarded with many whales in a pink ocean. In the early morning, Marco called on the PA system that Neptune’s Bellows would come up in 15 minutes at 6:45 a.m. as ‘Le Boreal’ repositioned to Deception Island. Actually [...]

2 Kovaliks & Yaryuras
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 30, 2014 – Elephant Island: Point Wild and Cape Lookout

On a perfectly calm ocean, Elephant Island materialized out of the early morning fog. The excitement at breakfast and on the decks was palpable as we clambered to get our first view of this place that played an important role in the Shackleton survival saga. What was immediately clear is that this coastline is bleak, exposed, [...]

7 Studying penguins
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 29, 2014 – At Sea en route to Antarctica

The sea became increasingly calmer during the night, and we appreciated the rest. Quite a bit of snow was falling during the morning and some distant icebergs were spotted. The lecture program started with Richard Harker’s popular series on getting the best out of our camera. Today’s talk, “The Perfect Penguin and Other Tips for [...]

5 Rough seas
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 28, 2014 – At Sea en route to Antarctica

The sea was moving again today, though we were comforted aboard the sturdy ‘Le Boreal’ and a day of fascinating lectures with the Expedition Team. Geologist, Henry Pollack, opened the program today with a presentation on the earth’s changing climate. From a population of a million people 18,000 years ago to 7 billion today, [...]

Safety Boat
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 27, 2014 – Gold Harbour and Drygalski Fjord

Today turned out to be a topsy-turvy one in many respects. At 7 a.m., the first Zodiacs were transferred to the beach of Gold Harbour, which gets its name from iron pyrites or “fools gold” in the rocks. It is a stunning place, with hanging glaciers and vertical cliffs rising straight out of the [...]

St Andrews’ Kings
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 26, 2014 – St. Andrews Bay and Grytviken, South Georgia

Some guests rose early today to enjoy the splendor of South Georgia sliding past the ship. Our luck continued today with some fantastic weather! The morning was somewhat overcast but, most importantly, there was still very little wind to trouble our landing in South Georgia at St. Andrews Bay, home to some 150,000 pairs of king penguins—the [...]

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