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 At sea
Classic Antarctica

January 13, 2015 – At Sea, Drake Passage, Beagle Channel

We pulled back the curtains to a great expanse of sea in all directions.  The sea conditions were very moderate, with just enough wind to create a gentle rocking motion.  Reading a good book with a cup of coffee in the Grand Salon was a good way to start the day, followed by a [...]

1 Save the Albatross
Classic Antarctica

January 12, 2015 – At Sea, Drake Passage

We awoke to views of the Southern Ocean in all directions, and an escort of petrels and albatrosses following in our wake.  After such a good night’s sleep, we were fully alert and ready for the talk, “Albatross – We have a problem”, co-presented by Marco Favero and Patricia Silva.  They discussed the issue [...]

1 Port Lockroy
Classic Antarctica

January 11, 2015 – Port Lockroy, Dallman Bay

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 huge mountains topped by wisps of cloud towering overhead. We stepped ashore at [...]

1 Lemaire Channel
Classic Antarctica

January 10, 2015 – Pleneau Island, Petermann Island

Under misty morning light, Le Boreal approached the northern entrance to the legendary Lemaire Channel, often aptly referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its spectacular scenery.  This 7-mile-long and one-mile-wide channel separates Booth Island from the Antarctic continent with dramatic, towering snow-covered mountains lining the route on both sides.  There was hardly a breath [...]

1 Cuverville Island
Classic Antarctica

January 9, 2015 – Cuverville Island, Neko Harbor

We awoke to spectacular Antarctic scenery all around us, with mountain peaks sticking up through ice as far as the eye could see.  Le Boreal was in the beautiful Gerlache Strait, named for Adrien de Gerlache who led the Belgica expedition in this area back in 1897-1899.  After a hot breakfast, we found ourselves [...]

1 Half Moon Island
Classic Antarctica

January 8, 2015 – Deception Island, Half Moon Island

During the early morning hours, Le Boreal entered beautiful Moon Bay, with the spectacular ice-covered mountains of Livingston and Greenwich Islands wrapping nearly completely around the bay.  Captain Olivier Marien dropped anchor off of Half Moon Island, and the zodiacs landed in calm conditions on a cobble beach with several chinstrap penguins in attendance [...]

1 Gourdin Island
Classic Antarctica

January 7, 2015 – Gourdin Island, Brown Bluff

During the night, Le Boreal crossed the Bransfield Strait en route to the entrance to Antarctic Sound, named for the ship used during Otto Nordenskjøld’s fateful 1901-4 Swedish Antarctic Expedition.  Out of excitement, many of us slept with our curtains pulled open during the night, in case a spectacular high latitude sunrise or large [...]

1 Petrel escort
Classic Antarctica

January 6, 2015 – At Sea, en route to Antarctica

We pulled back the curtains this morning to a steel-grey sky, and a walk outside revealed cold, crisp air and a group of cape petrels circling the ship.  These majestic birds spent most of the day with us, playing in the air currents and eddies around our advancing ship.  A light snow was falling, [...]

1 Parka exchange
Classic Antarctica

January 5, 2015 – At Sea, en route to Antarctica

The gentle rocking of the ship made it very easy to remain comfortably tucked under the covers in our beds this morning, especially after the long travel day many of us experienced yesterday.  A light rain was falling outside and, even though this part of the world has quite the reputation for impressive rough [...]

1 Ushuaia welcome
Classic Antarctica

January 4, 2015 – Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, 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 experience the wildlife and landscapes of the magnificent continent of Antarctica. As our respective flights approached Ushuaia, the majestic clouds parted at times to provide us [...]

1 Crew Welfare Chart
Classic Antarctica

December 19, 2014 – Crossing the Drake Passage

After a fantastic Captain’s farewell dinner last evening, we were slow to wake this morning and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast. A gentle south easterly breeze has been assisting our Drake Passage crossing. Some of us have been loving the birdwatching from the pool deck, assisted by our naturalists. These pelagic birds traveling hundreds of [...]

1 Book signing
Classic Antarctica

December 18, 2014 – At Sea: Crossing the Drake Passage

After the euphoria of last evening’s whale sightings, many of us were up late reflecting on a remarkable experience — the weather, the seas and the temperatures could not have been any better in the Antarctic Peninsula. It was a busy morning on board as we returned rental boots and attended two wonderful lectures [...]

1 Penguin highways
Classic Antarctica

December 17, 2014 – Danco Island and Port Lockroy

Zodiac operations began early today at 7 a.m., ferrying guests across to Danco Island in the Errera Channel, and named by de Gerlache after the geophysicist who died on board the Belgica in 1898. A waning tide and rocky conditions created some difficulties for the shore parties, but calm, warm conditions and a glorious [...]

1 Plenty of ice in Lemaire!
Classic Antarctica

December 16, 2014 – LEMAIRE Channel and Paradise Bay

Last night, we went to bed spellbound by the scene of more than 20 orcas which had surrounded our ship during dinner. We watched as they successfully hunted penguins, moving rapidly through the clear water. Three surfaced right at the rear of ‘Le Boreal,’ delighting the bar staff and others positioned there. This was [...]

1 Humpbacks!
Classic Antarctica

December 15, 2014 – Gerlache Strait

After a very calm night cruising southwards along the Antarctic Peninsula, ‘Le Boreal’ anchored early off Enterprise (Nansen) Island. Our plan was to take a 70-minute Zodiac tour of the old whaling bay and nearby ice fields. While we were preparing to board, Captain Olivier announced that two humpback whales were approaching the ship! [...]

1 Snowfall
Classic Antarctica

December 14, 2014 – Half Moon Island and Deception Island

Life on board ‘Le Boreal’ began early this morning with breakfast served at 6 a.m. followed by our first Zodiac tour. Conditions were certainly foggy with light, constant snow as we ferried across calm water to Half Moon Island. For Expedition Leader Marco Favero and ornithologist Patri Silva, it was an especially good visit [...]

1 Antarctica!
Classic Antarctica

December 13, 2014 – Antarctic Sound

Some guests were up at 3 a.m., looking out as we approached the White Continent for the very first time. Nothing can quite prepare one for your very first sightings of the ice and icebergs. We had passed through the South Shetland Islands early (between Robert Island and Nelson Island) and found ourselves in [...]

2 Larry Hobbs
Classic Antarctica

December 12, 2014 – Drake Passage: En Route to the Antarctic Peninsula

After a night of restless seas, we reminded ourselves of Expedition Leader Marco Favero’s words: we had embarked on an expedition and some level of adventure was to be expected! The first lecture of the day was an introduction from marine biologist Larry Hobbs on “Marine Mammals of the Southern Ocean: Where Blubber and [...]

1 Le Boreal at dock
Classic Antarctica

December 11, 2014 – Drake Passage: En route to the Antarctic Peninsula

At 8 a.m., and in beautiful calm, sunny weather, we cast off from Ushuaia and made our way down into the Beagle Channel. Ornithologist Patricia Silva (Patri) presented “Seabirds of the Southern Ocean,” a lecture in which she introduced us to the albatrosses and petrels that would accompany ‘Le Boreal’ throughout the cruise. These [...]

1 Ushuaia
Classic Antarctica

December 10, 2014 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Approaching Argentina and the port city of Ushuaia — the “City at the End of the World” — was an exciting experience by plane, if only for the grandstand views of the Andes Mountains with their striking glaciers, lakes and snow-capped peaks. Located on the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego at the tail end of [...]

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