Abercrombie & Kent
Abercrombie & Kent ShipsClipper Odyssey
- High-end cruises on chartered small cruise ships and river boats
- Itineraries to all seven continents
- Land tours feature local guides and behind-the-scenes visits
- Most trips include shore excursions, drinks, wines and gratuities
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OnboardWith such a variety of vessels and itineraries, there is no one onboard experience common on all Abercorombie & Kent sailings.
Luxury canal and river cruising is nearly all-inclusive. Pricing includes accommodations, three meals with wine, guided sightseeing and entry frees. Even transfers and bar drinks are included on most vessels. An A&K cruise is a fully escorted journey. Such care, along with small passenger capacity, leads to a relaxed social atmosphere.
Theme cruises are geared towards special interests, such as wine or horticulture. Qualified staff present lectures, facilitate discussions onboard, show videos and make themselves available for passengers' questions.
Adventure sailings explore the Galapagos, Peru, Antarctica, Alaska and more.
Sea sailings aboard either the 64-passenger Sea Cloud or 94-passenger Sea Cloud II are dually romantic and adventurous, reminiscent of the time of windjammers, yet with the high safety standards and luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships.
Journeys include itineraries in the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas.
About Abercrombie & KentAbercrombie is a pioneering, upscale international tour operator that began by operating East Africa safaris in 1962. Founded by the Kent family who lived in Kenya, the firm continues to be chaired by their son Geoffrey Kent, born in Zambia and raised in Kenya. His former wife, Jorie Butler Kent, is vice-chairman. They are both owners in conjunction with Fortress Investment Group, headquartered in New York.
A&K markets high-end cruises, tours and independent travel arrangements to more than 100 countries on seven continents to individuals and groups, as well as through travel agents. A&K prides itself on using tour directors who live in the destination country, offering an excellent lecture/naturalist staff and keeping groups small. Behind-the-scene visits to museums, archeological sites, historic properties and native settlements are a trademark.
For nearly all the programs that involve small-ship, river and canal cruises, land extensions are either an integral part of the tour or can be arranged privately. Generally, the trips are inclusive of shore excursions, bar drinks, table wines and gratuities.
Cruise itineraries include Alaska, Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia, the Galapagos, rivers and canals in Europe, cruises on the Nile and the Yangtze, and expedition trips along the Pacific Rim.
A&K Destination Management, in conjunction with Royal Celebrity Tours, provide the pre- and post-cruise programs for RCI, as well as Celebrity and Azamara in China, Australia, New Zealand and South America. Furthermore, Abercrombie & Kent develops and leads the land tours for The Scholar Ship, the university ship that provides educational cruises to an international student body.
Abercrombie & Kent FleetAbercrombie & Kent has charter and sub-charter arrangements with the ships and river vessels it uses.
The 5,218-ton Clipper Odyssey, built in Japan in 1989, can carry 122 passengers in roomy surroundings on expedition-style cruises along the Pacific Rim from Alaska and the Russian Far East south to Japan, South Korea, China, Southeast Asia and Australasia. The ship offers all outside cabins, a main lounge for receptions and lectures, a library bar, a main restaurant, a buffet lounge, an outdoor swimming pool, and ample deck space.
A&K uses the 1996-built Explorer II/Minerva for its Antarctic and South Georgia program. The 12,231-ton ship will permanently be renamed Minerva when the Swan Hellenic brand is revived in spring 2008. During the Antarctic season, the ship takes just 198 passengers, while at other times of the year under Swan Hellenic, the capacity increases to 362. The ship, originally designed for Swan Hellenic's largely British clientele, has attractive English country hotel-style interiors, moderately sized outside cabins and a generous number of single cabins. The public rooms include a main lounge for lectures, receptions and dancing, a comfy lounge bar, a very large library, a smoking room, a card room, a main restaurant and a buffet restaurant. Outdoor deck space is ample, with an outdoor pool and a wraparound promenade. Twelve Zodiacs take passengers ashore.
Sun Boat IV, A&K's Nile cruiser, was built in 1996 and holds 80 passengers in all outside cabins with two picture windows. The ship features 36 doubles, measuring 196 square ft., while two sets of two suites measure 468 square ft. and 638 square ft. Cabins have minibars, TV's with CD players, and hairdryers. There is a lounge, bar, library, dining room, outdoor swimming pool and gym, as well as ample deck space both open and under cover. Sun Boat IV cruises are a part of a larger Egyptian itinerary with extensions to the Middle East.
European canal and river barges carry a minimum of 6 passengers to a maximum of 22 on waterways all over France, Germany, Holland, Eastern Europe, Great Britain and Ireland. The smaller barges are available for charter, and special themes may include food and wine, walking tours, or art and painting. Exploring the cuisine of a region and sampling the food aboard the barge are often very important parts of these holidays.
Safari Quest is a 120-ft. small cruiser which takes up to 20 passengers on adventure trips in Alaska. Cabins fall into three categories, and they all come equipped with VCR's. The lounge is equipped with a big screen TV for showing videos, and there is an additional quiet reading area. This cruiser also features a dining room and ample deck space.
For its Galapagos program, A&K uses the 48-passenger Ecuadorian-registered Eclipse, a 1,610-ton ship built in 1998. The four-deck ship has 27 outside cabins with windows or portholes, and two are reserved for singles. All public spaces are wood-trimmed and include a dining room, observation lounge and library. The crew numbers 29, and usually 4 naturalists accompany. Family departures are operated during school holidays.
The 192-passenger East Queen and 180-passenger East King (Orient Royal Cruises) are riverboats that A&K uses for the Yangtze River portions of longer China and Tibet itineraries. Both ships were built in 1995 and refitted in 2005. All outside cabins have picture windows, minibars and satellite TV's. The line offers both Chinese and international cuisine.
Fellow PassengersAll regular programs are in English; most well-heeled passengers come from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The ages will vary greatly depending on the type of trip and its length. The Galapagos cruises attract all ages including families, and Egypt increasingly gathers multi-generational travelers as well.
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