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 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.  The ship 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 Harbor, Drygalski Fjord

The mountainous backdrop at Gold Harbor 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 stepped ashore onto 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 mist enshrouding the mountains on either side of Fortuna Bay.  After breakfast, we boarded 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. We paused to admire elephant [...]

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 [...]

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 Falklands, many of us welcomed the opportunity to sleep in a bit this morning, before lingering over a hearty breakfast.  We then stepped out on the back deck to greet the day, where we found blue skies and an occasional seabird making a close pass behind 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, where we had hoped to do a landing this morning.  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 sailed for the [...]

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 the 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 [...]

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. 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. The famous island is 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 significant place in history on account of the Shackleton survival saga. What was immediately abundantly clear is that this coastline [...]

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 [...]

5 Rough seas
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 28, 2014 – At Sea en route to Antarctica

Geologist, Henry Pollack, opened the lecture 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 souls today, along with the commensurate burning of fossil fuels, the effects are glaringly evident. Ocean levels have risen 20cm in the past 120 years, [...]

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 we transferred to the beach of Gold Harbour. It gets its name from iron pyrites or “fools gold” in the rocks. Visually the place is one of the most popular on South Georgia, with hanging glaciers and [...]

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

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

Some guests have been up early enjoying the splendour 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, the home of the largest [...]

1 Salisbury Plain
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 25, 2014 – Salisbury Plain and Elsehul Bay, South Georgia

After a fantastic Christmas Eve, everyone was filled with anticipation regarding our arrival at South Georgia. Nothing could have prepared us for the Southern Ocean’s Garden of Eden! ‘Le Boreal’ cruised southwards in the dawn, eventually anchoring in the Bay of Isles, off Salisbury Plain. From the ship we could clearly hear the tens [...]

1 Cookie production
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 24, 2014 – At Sea: En Route to South Georgia

During the night, we moved our watches an hour ahead, on account of having moved so far east. The seas were smooth and the temperature a pleasant three degrees. Dr Patricia (Patri) Silva began the lecture program with “Birds in Tuxedoes-Why do they look so different?” She began with the very accurate premise that [...]

1 Kids review FI visit
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 23, 2014 – At Sea: En Route to South Georgia

The business of life at sea continued as usual and we looked forward to a full program of lectures. Many of us were slow to arrive for breakfast, no doubt sleeping very well on a gently moving ‘Le Boreal.’ The first lecture was provided by marine biologist Larry Hobbs on “Elephants, Lions and Leopards: [...]

1 Port Stanley
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 22, 2014 – Port Stanley & the Falkland Islands

Le Boreal’ made good time overnight and the coast of the Falkland Islands came into sight around 5:00 a.m. Within two hours, we had come up Port William, turned through the Narrows into Port Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, and witnessed Captain Marien bringing ‘Le Boreal’ expertly alongside the FIPASS (Falkland Interim Port [...]

1 Parka exchange
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 21, 2014 – At Sea: En Route to the Falkland Islands

As predicted, we experienced a quiet night as ‘Le Boreal’ steamed down the Beagle Channel. As she cruised out from the shelter of land, the waves began to build, but ‘Le Boreal’ reassuringly responded with only a gentle roll. Early morning found us passing Staten Island, having left Cape Horn behind. Staten Island was [...]

1 Ushuaia
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 20, 2014 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Our group arrived from many different corners of the world at the port of Ushuaia, where we would begin our voyage to Antarctica. Known as El Fin del Mundo (the End of the World), Ushuaia is on the island of Tierra del Fuego, which is situated at the southern end of Argentina. Its setting [...]

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