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Abercrombie & Kent Cruise Highlights

Why Go?

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.

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Abercrombie & Kent Overview

Abercrombie & Kent (known colloquially as A&K) offers high-end tours, cruises and independent travel arrangements that visit more than 100 countries and all seven continents.. Each of the company's small-ship cruises provides a tour director who lives in the destination country, a staff of lecturers and naturalists, and behind-the-scenes visits to a variety of sites. A&K was founded in 1962.

Who goes on Abercrombie & Kent cruise ships?

Each Abercrombie & Kent cruise is different, and who you'll be sailing with depends a lot on where in the world you're sailing and what type of cruise you're on (river cruise, sailing ship, expedition, etc.). Generally speaking, passengers are affluent and hail from English-speaking countries with a smattering of Europeans onboard from time to time. Ages vary greatly. The company's river cruise charters, for instance, tend to draw an older crowd, while its expedition charters attract somewhat younger travelers, along with families. The minimum age on most expedition sailings is 10; it's 12 on most river cruises. 

Do I have to dress up on an Abercrombie & Kent cruise?

The dress code on an Abercrombie & Kent cruise depends on which cruise ship you're sailing. Some of the chartered ships maintain stricter dress codes at night, so you'll want to check when creating your packing list. On almost all sailings, at the very minimum, you'll want to bring a nice outfit or two for the welcome and farewell dinners.  

What are Abercrombie & Kent's most popular activities?

Travelers choose Abercrombie & Kent in order to explore the world in comfort, and it's the shore excursions and guided sightseeing with local guides, lecturers and naturalists that drive the experience. Behind-the-scenes visits to museums, archaeological sites, historic properties and native settlements are among A&K hallmarks.

On the ship, destination-oriented lectures are some of the most popular activities; beyond that, what's popular depends on the ship and the amenities it offers. If there's a spa, many cruisers will opt for a relaxing massage during their downtime.

Is everything free with Abercrombie & Kent?

No, but quite a lot is. The fares include accommodations (which might include a pre- or post-night hotel); all meals onboard the ship (and selected meals on land); guided sightseeing (plus all entry fees); airport transfers to/from the hotel/ship; Wi-Fi where available; laundry (up to eight items); coffee, tea, soft drinks and water; and local wine and beer at the welcome and farewell dinners on expedition cruises, and at all lunches and dinners on European river cruises. Cruisers on the expedition sailings also get an expedition parka and backpack to keep, plus use of waterproof pants and trekking poles during the sailing.