Abercrombie and Kent Adventures in Antarctica
Experienced globe-trotters have discovered that there are benefits to travelling in these challenging times, including once-in-a-lifetime incentives on dream vacations. “Look past the economy. Instead, think about the opportunity,” says Geoffrey Kent, founder, chairman and chief executive office of award-winning travel company Abercrombie & Kent. “One of the best investments you can make right now is to travel with your family. Attractive prices have brought many destinations you’ve dreamed of within reach.”
Antarctica is consistently at the top of travellers’ wish lists but often inaccessible to multi-generational families due to the cost of additional cabins to accommodate extended family. Now, it is no longer just a dream, but an exceptional value as Abercrombie & Kent has waived single supplements aboard ‘Minerva,’ A&K’s luxury boat cruise, on select Antarctic departures when booked before August 31, 2009.
Follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest adventurers of all time: Sir Ernest Shackleton on Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands. Land on the Antarctic Peninsula and explore Deception Cove where hot springs make it possible to swim. Cruise along the glacier-carved coves and rugged shores of South Georgia, a nearly-submerged continuation of the Andes. Step back in time on the Falkland Islands where nature still reigns. The 21-day tours depart from December 17, 2009 until January 5, 2010, January 2 – 21, January 28 – February 16 and February 13 – March 4, 2010.
Luxury boat cruise Minerva’s world-class expedition team and lecturers — naturalists, geologists, zoologists, historians and ornithologists — provide a comprehensive enrichment program described by Conde Nast Traveler as “still the one to beat for high-quality, hands-on exploration.” Historian Dr. David Wilson, great-nephew of the great polar adventurer Edward Wilson who died with Captain Scott on his return back from the South Pole in 1912, shares his passion for the history of Antarctic exploration with family pictures and rarely seen material drawn from family archives.
On other cruises to different destinations, Minerva carries up to 300 passengers. But in Antarctica, A&K limits her complement to just 199 guests. That’s an important difference: with fewer passengers, there are more shore excursions each day, as well as outside cabins for everyone. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats – safe, stable, motorized rubber rafts – make it possible to land on even the most remote shores. Additionally, guests enjoy attentive on-board service with nearly a 1:1 staff-to-passenger ratio, unequalled in the expedition cruise industry.
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