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Classic Antarctica 2019 Cruise with Abercrombie & Kent

Embark on an award-winning Luxury Expedition Cruise for the centerpiece of the Southern Hemisphere — extraordinary Antarctica, where towering icebergs, massive glaciers and abundant wildlife make for the ultimate adventure destination.

Special Offer

Book now and save $12,000 per couple on stateroom categories 1, 2 and 3,
and save $4,000 per couple on all other stateroom categories.

*Based on savings per person, double occupancy.
Offer subject to availability and may be withdrawn or reduced at any time.

 

Ports of Call: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Cruising The Drake Passage, Antarctica, Ushuaia


Highlights
  • Cruise for 10 nights aboard luxurious 'Le Lyrial' with guaranteed balcony accommodations for all guests, only when exclusively chartered by A&K
  • Begin your journey with a two-night stay at the luxurious Palacio Duhau — Park Hyatt on famed Alvear Avenue in Buenos Aires
  • Sail with an exceptional team curated by A&K, featuring our award-winning Expedition Team, an experienced service staff and crew, and one of the best personnel-to-guest ratios at 1 to 1.3
  • Enjoy all-inclusive cruising with included gratuities, unlimited house drinks, onboard meals, all Zodiac rides and excursions, expedition gear, port charges, and — our newest offerings — complimentary Wi-Fi and Traveller's Valet laundry service
  • Experience an enhanced photography departure, enjoying added programming led by dedicated A&K photo coaches
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula for five action-packed days with excursions led by the region's best guides
  • Discover some of the world's rarest wildlife on a voyage ideally timed with the peak of the austral summer and the arrival of the season's first penguin chicks
  • Learn about efforts to protect Antarctica's changing environment from experts at the forefront of conservation
  • Take advantage of A&K internal flights to and from Ushuaia, guaranteeing timely arrival to your ship
  • Drinks are complimentary and unlimited.
  • Choose from a selection of fine wines, champagnes, spirits, mineral waters and non-alcoholic drinks.
Important Terms
  • Note: This cruise includes regular Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes. Due to the nature of expedition cruising, this itinerary is subject to change and is for guidance purposes only.
  • Prices are based on best available cruise fare per person, inclusive of all discounts.
  • All prices based on cash or cheque payment - credit card fees may apply.
  • Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply.

Cruise ID 33802 Book By 30May19
Embarkation Ushuaia, Argentina Disembarkation Ushuaia, Argentina
Departure Dates 07Dec19 Duration 12 nights
Arrival Dates 19Dec19 Region Polar Regions, South America
Cruise Line Ponant Cruise Ship Le Lyrial
Cruise Type Ocean Cruise Package Type Cruise-Tour

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Grand Deluxe Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 7
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Grand Privilege Three-Room Balcony Suite - Category 8
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Owner's Balcony Suite - Category 9
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Privilege Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6
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Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 5
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Deluxe Balcony Stateroom - Category 2
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Premier Balcony Stateroom - Category 3
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Prestige Balcony Suite - Category 4
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Classic Balcony Stateroom - Category 1
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* All prices quoted are PER PERSON in Australian Dollars and include taxes, fees and port expenses (if applicable).  Prices for alternative departure dates may vary. Gratuities included. For real time availability, talk to your travel specialist.

 

Special Offer

Book now and save $12,000 per couple on stateroom categories 1, 2 and 3,
and save $4,000 per couple on all other stateroom categories.

*Based on savings per person, double occupancy.
Offer subject to availability and may be withdrawn or reduced at any time.

 


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Day 1

Arrive Buenos Aires

Arrive in Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where you spend the rest of the day at leisure. Meet your fellow adventurers for a welcome cocktail reception this evening.
Accommodation: Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

 

Day 2

Buenos Aires, Vibrant Latin American City

Latin passion and European Romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary pleasures and parrillas (steakhouses). Dive into its best treasures under the wing of expert A&K local guides, choosing from a selection of included excursions. Opt to explore the city on a guided tour complete with a tango demonstration; spend the day at an authentic estancia (ranch), where you pause for a traditional lunch; or discover a burgeoning art scene on a guided tour focused on Buenos Aires street art.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

 

Day 3

Ushuaia, Gateway to Antarctica

Fly to the charming port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. On arrival, enjoy a gourmet lunch at the Arakur resort, enjoying panoramic city and mountain vistas while you dine. Time and weather permitting, take a guided walk in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve or simply relax with a cappuccino and enjoy scenic views ofUshuaia. This afternoon, transfer to your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage. From your private balcony or the outside decks, take in views as you cruise the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to sea.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Lyrial’

 

Day 4-5

Cruising The Drake Passage, Epic Passage

The journey south toward Antarctica is an exciting one, furthered by singular, voyage-long access to our knowledgeable Expedition Team and enrichment experts — both on board and on shore. Set out into the Drake Passage, a 600-mile-wide swath of water where the Southern Ocean currents are squeezed between South America’s southern tip and Antarctica’s northernmost reaches. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, its stormy waters and icy conditions once made the journey a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped ‘Le Lyrial’ handles it with ease. After lunch, join your naturalists on the deck to look for various species of whales and abundant seabirds, which join other mammals in feasting on the krill-rich waters of the Drake Passage; it’s all just a taste of the wildlife you will encounter in the days to come. Later in the evening, chat with experts about the wildlife spotted today and learn about the next day’s itinerary.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Lyrial’

 

Day 6-10

Antarctica, The White Continent

As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. Travel in the comfort of your luxury cruiser, enjoying enriching lectures from members of the Expedition Team on topics ranging from birdlife to photography and history. Your Captain and Expedition Team carefully plan your active, curated itinerary, which is dependent on weather, sea, ice and wildlife conditions. With that in mind, daily excursions may include exploration of the following areas:

Antarctic Sound: At the northernmost tip of the Antarctic mainland, this body of water features some of the best sightseeing on the peninsula and a proliferation of giant icebergs. Noted for its vast numbers of bird species, the sound is home to the largest breeding colonies of Adelie penguins in Antarctica. Landings here may include Paulet, Vortex or Terror islands. You may also make your first continental landing at sites such as Brown Bluff or Esperanza Station at Hope Bay.

South Shetland Islands: Antarctic research stations, remarkable history, amazing geological features and abundant wildlife define these islands off the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula. Island visits may include Penguin, Half-Moon and Deception, where you may cruise into this flooded caldera to explore geothermal black sand beaches and abandoned whaling stations.

Danco Coast: Bordering the South Shetland Islands along the Antarctic continent, the Danco Coast is famed for its scenic, jaw-dropping waterways. From the comfort of ‘Le Lyrial,’ you may sail through the Gerlache Strait, Paradise Bay and photogenic Lemaire Channel. Landings may include Neko Harbour, Cuverville Island and Wilhelmina Bay.

Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast followed by a morning excursion on swift Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats). Guided by expert drivers, each Zodiac excursion is accompanied by lecturers and joined by groups of no more than 10 guests. After mornings discovering native species and striking terrain, return to ‘Le Lyrial’ for lunch, and time to relax and observe the wildlife-rich waters that surround you, searching for everything from fin whales, humpback whales and orcas, to Antarctic and imperial shags. By afternoon, set out for the day’s second excursion, which may include visiting a working scientific research station, hiking on a sheltered beach packed with basking Southern elephant seals, or circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. After full days of adventure, evenings aboard your luxury cruiser invite you to unwind over cocktails in the cozy lounge before dinner in the elegant dining room. At night, choose to recap the day’s discoveries with your naturalist guides; chat on deck with fellow guests; or seize the opportunity to capture photos in the stunning low light characteristic of Antarctica’s long, ethereal twilight.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Lyrial’

 

Day 11-12

Cruising The Drake Passage, Memorable Return

Bid farewell to wondrous Antarctica and begin your cruise back to Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina. The ship’s return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and reflection, with time to compare notes with your expert lecturers on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent. Spend time on board with newfound friends in the comfortable common spaces of ‘Le Lyrial,’ enjoy quiet relaxation on your own private balcony or absorb more fascinating lectures by your captivating Expedition Team. While cruising through this historic passage, you may spot various species of whales and seabirds, including the elusive albatross and the giant petrel, an opportunistic predator and scavenger nicknamed the “stinker.” The immense albatross is an especially stunning sight to behold. These wandering birds boast a wingspan approaching 12 feet and are capable of gliding through the air for hours at a time in search of food.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: ‘Le Lyrial’

 

Day 13

Depart Ushuaia

‘Le Lyrial’ docks at Ushuaia this morning. After breakfast, bid farewell to your crew and fellow guests before disembarking. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you connect to your international flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast





Area: 18 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery

  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi



Area: 27 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • Private balcony. Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand

  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi
  • Butler service



Area: 45 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • 108 sq.ft. private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players

  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi
  • Butler service



Area: 54 m²
Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • 12m² private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • 2 King-size bed or 2 twin beds
  • Shower and bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players

  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi
  • Butler service



Area: 18 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery

  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi



Area: 36 m²
Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • 8m² private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery

  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi



 

Area: 36 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • 8m² private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players

  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi
  • Butler service



Area: 54 m²
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • The Owner’s suite is situated on Deck 6. It has been decorated by French interior designers and will provide you with a breathtakting panoramic sea view.Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed
  • or twin beds Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery

  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Butler service
  • Internet acces wifi
  • 1 private transfer (round trip): Airport – Hotel – Port
  • 1 free hour of Spa treatments



Area: 21 m²
Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

Amenities:

  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players

  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi


Le Lyrial

Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Lyrial like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

 

Interior Design

Ponant have been inspired by the destinations visited and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

 

Accommodation

Elegance and flexibility of the suites and staterooms, decorated by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.

  • Flexible capacity: from 112 to 122 suites & staterooms.
  • Maximum configuration: 13 suites & 108 staterooms.
  • Maximum number of suites configuration: 24 suites & 86 staterooms.
  • Magnificent ocean views: 114 staterooms and suites with balcony

 

Deck plan

Length  466 ft
Beam  59 ft
Draft  15.3 ft
Cruising speed  14 knots
Ice class  1 C
Classification  Bureau Veritas
Flag  French
Guest decks  6
Guest capacity (double occupancy)  up to 260 PAX
Normal crew size  140
Fleet of expedition Zodiac®  (Mark V HD)
Gross tonnage  10 992 UMS
Electric motors  2 x 2300 KW
Installed power  7 200 KW
Construction  Fincantieri-Ancône-Italy


Le Lyrial


Ponant

Ponant is a French cruise ship operator. It was founded in April 1988 by Philippe Videau, Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy and launched the first French cruise ship.



 

Call a Luxury Cruise Specialist on 1300 308081 and Quote #33802

Call a Luxury Cruise Specialist on 1300 308081 and Quote #33802