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southernmost town of Ushuaia, to board the state-of-the-art expedition ship, the MV Le Boreal. Abercrombie & Kent has exclusively chartered this spacious new all-balcony expedition ship. With an elegantly thin silhouette design and innovative, cutting-edge marine technology, Le Boreal is considered the leading expedition vessel in Antarctic waters. It is appointed to the highest specification – Wi-Fi throughout, a choice of restaurants including al-fresco dining, gym and spa, library and lecture theatre – offering an elevated adventure cruise experience with access to crystal- clear bays and narrow fjords that the big cruise ships simply cannot reach.

will be on hand throughout your cruise to assist you and will lead lectures focusing on specific photo techniques.

10-11 DECEMBER 2011 Drake Passage As you sail southward toward Antarctica, your lecturers begin their informal series of enlightening seminars on the flora, fauna, and history of the exploration of Antarctica. While cruising through this historic passage, named in honor of Sir Francis Drake’s voyage in the 16th century, you may spot marine mammals and seabirds such as albatross from the deck. A professional staff photographer

12-16 DECEMBER 2011 Antarctica The sense of excitement and anticipation when voyaging these remote waters with vistas of icebergs and wildlife in the nesting and chick rearing season is indescribable. The daily schedule in Antarctica is dependent upon weather, ice and sea conditions and your Captain and Expedition Leader will determine the daily stops, based on their long experience in Antarctica. Each day is

different in Antarctica and flexibility is the key to an exceptional expedition. A typical day in fair weather conditions may begin with a landing after breakfast to observe penguins on a snowy isle. After lunch on board, you may again board Zodiacs and glide upto a sheltered beach to discover basking elephant seals or perhaps explore the remnants of a former Antarctic whaling station. If weather permits, hike with your naturalist up to an extinct caldera.

On other days, Zodiac excursions may take you in search of remote beaches with chinstrap, gentoo or Adélie

penguin colonies. Visit sites such as Paradise Bay, the rocky Cuverville Island, home to thousands of gentoo penguins, and the breathtaking Lemaire Channel, affectionately referred to as ‘Kodak Alley’. We also plan to visit a working research station or historic site as well as Deception Island, formed from the caldera of a volcano. Weather conditions permitting, you will have a chance to take a plunge in the Antarctic Ocean in the thermally-heated waters of Deception Island.

Back on board Le Boreal, gather in the lounge prior to dinner for a recap of the day’s adventures, and, after dinner, enjoy time on deck for photos in the long twilight of Antarctica.

17-18 DECEMBER 2011 Drake Passage Today the lecturers will recap on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent as you sail northwards to Ushuaia via the Drake Passage, leaving behind the Antarctic Peninsula. Spend time on board with new found friends reflecting on the adventures you have experienced throughout your journey.

19 DECEMBER 2011 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires Early this morning disembark Le Boreal and spend some time in town before your transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires Aeroparque Airport. Enjoy a traditional evening dinner and tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel before returning to the Sofitel Buenos Aires overnight.

20 DECEMBER 2011 Buenos Aires/London Today your journey ends as you take your memories back home with you on an overnight flight from Buenos Aires.

This voyage in Antarctica will cost from £7,735 per person including all accommodation, flights, transfers, meals and open bar on board.

Please call 0845 0700 614 to speak to an expert or visit www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

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