Abercrombie & Kent became the latest expedition operator to confirm a return to Antarctica this season — it’s 30th exploring the White Continent.
Following what A&K said was a successful restart with voyages around Greece and Iceland in September, the company will operate all four of its scheduled expedition cruises to Antarctica, each with a different focus: solar eclipse, climate change, family holidays, and photography.
‘Our Antarctica operations this year will be based in a single country, Argentina, to maintain the integrity of our itineraries and minimize any impact on the guest experience,’ said Bob Simpson, VP of expedition cruising.
“Guests will be required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in Buenos Aires, have a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to boarding their flight, and complete an online health affidavit verifying vaccination and negative PCR test status. They will begin with two nights in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, exploring a choice of expert-led excursions curated by A&K’s local office, prior to boarding the ship in Ushuaia. We intend to deliver the same kind of rewarding experiences that have earned A&K accolades from Travel Advisors for decades; they recognize the importance of A&K’s experience operating in one of the world’s most remote places, where landing sites vary depending on weather, wind, and ice conditions,” he added.
Travelers (12 and older) will be required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival in Buenos Aires, have a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to boarding their flight, and complete an online health affidavit verifying vaccination and test status.
Each trip will begin with two nights in Buenos Aires, exploring a choice of expert-led excursions curated by A&K’s local office, prior to embarking on Le Lyrial in Ushuaia.
Abercrombie & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with the first African photographic safaris in 1962. Today its award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than 100 countries on all seven continents. A&K’s custom itineraries and small-group journeys offer one-of-a-kind inspiring experiences, while more than 55 on-site offices ensure invitation-only access to the people and places that make every destination unique.
The secret of the company’s success begins with its history. Geoffrey Kent’s life began, much as he continues to live it today, amidst excitement and adventure in an exotic location. He was born while his parents, Colonel John and Valerie Kent, were on safari in Northern Rhodesia, which is now Zambia. Growing up on the family farm in the Aberdare Highlands of Kenya, Kent’s childhood was spent in the wilds untamed Africa. He attended the then-new Duke of York School in Nairobi, which would ultimately produce many of Kenya’s business and science leaders.
The U.S. headquarters for Abercrombie & Kent is just outside Chicago in Downers Grove, Illinois. The Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies has over 55 offices around the world in more than 30 countries employing more than 2,500 travel professionals.