A&K is returning to Antarctica for its 30th season. The company has been in the Antarctic since 1963 and has seen a lot of changes in that time, including the opening of Antarctica to international tourism in 1985.
This season, Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has announced that it would return to Antarctica.
A&K will celebrate its 30th season exploring the White Continent with all four of its planned expedition trips to Antarctica, after a successful beginning with journeys to Greece and Iceland in September. Each trip focuses on a different topic, such as the solar eclipse, climate change, family vacations, and photography.
“To preserve the integrity of our itineraries and minimize any effect on the guest experience, our Antarctica operations this year will be headquartered in a single nation, Argentina,” said Bob Simpson, Abercrombie & Kent vice president of adventure cruising. “Guests must be completely vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in Buenos Aires, have a negative PCR test 72 hours before boarding their aircraft, and submit an online health affidavit confirming vaccination and PCR test status.”
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Before the trip, guests will be able to participate in activities and tour the area.
“They’ll spend two nights in Buenos Aires, sightseeing on a variety of expert-led tours selected by A&K’s local office before joining the ship in Ushuaia,” Simpson added. “We aim to provide the same gratifying experiences that have won A&K plaudits from Travel Advisors for decades; they understand the value of A&K’s expertise operating in one of the world’s most remote locations, where landing spots change based on weather, wind, and ice conditions.”
There are a limited number of places available for people who want to visit Antarctica with A&K this season. Antarctica & the Total Solar Eclipse Cruise, Antarctic Cruise Adventure: A Changing Landscape, Antarctica and South Georgia Island Holiday Voyage, and Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands Cruise: Photography & Exploration are among the options available to passengers.
Travelers aged 12 and above must provide proof of complete COVID-19 immunization.
Sailings take place aboard the environmentally friendly Le Lyrial, which has the feel of a private yacht. Onboard capacity is capped at 80%, and no trip has more than 199 passengers.
The World Health Organization has developed rigorous health and safety procedures aboard, including continuous cleaning and sanitizing of all places onboard, as well as stringent air circulation management with a UV sterilization system. A doctor and nurse are aboard 24 hours a day, and there is access to sophisticated medical equipment and isolation rooms.
A&K also has a flexible reservation policy. Travelers may book any A&K Luxury Expedition Cruise by December 31, 2021 (for travel through December 31, 2022) and have the option to alter their arrangements up to 15 days prior to departure if COVID-19-related issues arise.
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