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Antarctica is a dream destination for photographers. Featuring pristine snow and ice contrasting with sea and sky, abundant wildlife, and seabirds in constant motion, capturing amazing images is challenging. Abercrombie & Kent knows that and is addressing the issue in a luxurious way. Presenting: A&K’s Antarctica.
Abercrombie & Kent’s Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands is a Luxury Expedition Cruise. This series of A&K luxury travel is made up of expeditions to exotic and rarely explored locales, complete with shore excursions conducted by experts in local culture, history and ecology. To enable A&K guests to get the most out of the experience, the Antarctica product features a dedicated photography coach to help guests capture the dramatic and varied landscapes, active wildlife and icebergs.
“Most travellers come to Antarctica to claim their seventh continent, only to discover that it is the most stunning, life-changing destination on earth,” – Bob Simpson, Vice President of Luxury Expedition Cruising for Abercrombie & Kent.
Typically, photographers are drawn to Antarctica in the Austral summer by the long days, more than 20 hours of daylight. Pristine winter and spring snow and ice are attractions when the ice pack breaks up. Dramatic sunrises and sunsets come alive in a stunning experience of color and contrasts. A&K’s Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands are also scheduled at the time of year when penguins are most active with nest building in full swing and chicks hatching.
Photo Coach Richard Harker specializes in wildlife and landscape photography. He addresses the concerns of both novice photographers using point-and-shoot cameras and those with more advanced Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras. Briefings cover the unique challenges of photographing in the changing light and weather conditions, as well as secrets to make landscape panoramas more dramatic, and how to photograph wildlife. Richard Harker is available on deck and on shore throughout the expedition to offer tips, along with individual one-on-one coaching to answer specific camera questions. A second wildlife photographer will be added to the Photography Expedition (Jan 16-Feb 1, 2018), a special-interest departure.
Abercrombie & Kent’s Perfect Blend of Luxury and Adventure
Abercrombie & Kent delivers a legendary blend of luxury, adventure and personalized service in all they do. We’ve seen that on A&K Connections, Small Group Journeys and Signature travel products. That standard continues aboard ‘Le Lyrial,’ one of the most technologically advanced and environmentally-friendly ships sailing in polar waters. Stable Zodiac boats can land anywhere and are equipped with fuel efficient 4-stroke engines to meet the strictest environmental standards. Field naturalists provide knowledgeable commentary on shore excursions in the coastal waters.
Hands-On Exploration with the Finest Guides
Guests enjoy briefings and hands-on guidance, both on board and on shore, with photographer Richard Harker, along with the engaging marine biologists, ornithologists and geologists A%K clients have become accustomed to. A shipboard historian will share memorable tales from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration with topics ranging from the practical (how to master your digital camera) to the personal (a first-hand account of overwintering on a remote sub-Antarctic island).
A&K’s Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands (December 12 – 28, 2017 and January 16 – February 1, 2018) is seventeen days from $16,995 per person, double occupancy (regularly $20,995), which includes pre-cruise lodging in Buenos Aires and sightseeing, on-board lectures, twice-daily shore excursions, most drinks, and crew and staff gratuities. For more information on Abercrombie & Kent’s Luxury Expedition Cruises to Antarctica, contact your travel professional or call 800 554 7094.
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