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A unique Emperor Penguin sighting

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Few travellers to Antarctica see Emperor Penguins, the largest in the penguin family. Emperors tend to stay further south than most Antarctic passenger cruises reach.

However, vessel Le boreal was recently able to make its way South in the Weddell Sea to Snow Hill Island where there is a colony of Emperor Penguins.

This is an extremely rare event, one that has not been achieved in over 10 years and a few seasons ago, another vessel was was ice-bound for days in the same spot.

This opportunity was the result of expedition leader Larry Hobbs having reviewed the ice-charts in advance. Mr Hobbs had also received input that the forecast was that ice was likely to shift further south than is normal. Due to the speed and stability of Le Boreal (and aided by very good weather) the ship was able to arrive at Snow Hill early enough on December 12 to accomplish this amazing landing.

With its vast expanses of ice untouched by civilisation, Antarctica remains one of the most beautiful places in the world. Combining adventure and the wonder of nature, Antarctica is the perfect destination for the enthusiastic voyager.

For the past 20 years, Abercrombie & Kent have been offering award winning cruises to Antarctica. A&K's new cruiser vessel, Le Boreal, boasts the highest standards in comfort, design and safety and journeys are accompanied by an expert group of lecturers and researchers.

Abercrombie & Kent's Antarctic cruises take travellers to the heart of this pristine wilderness, bringing you face-to-face with nature at its best.

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