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January 15, 2008

Abercrombie & Kent’s adventure Cruise to Alaska Aboard “Clipper Odyssey”

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Alaska has long been a popular destination for cruise ship passengers who travel in large groups on huge ships. But Abercrombie & Kent believes there’s a better way to explore America’s last frontier: an adventure cruise focused on out-of-the-way islands and remote stretches of coastline not accessible to larger cruise ships. The intimate, 118-passenger ‘Clipper Odyssey’ carries a fleet of Zodiac boats that make it possible to land where there are no piers or docking facilities. Exploring in small groups with a naturalist guide affords a close up view of glaciers, centuries-old Arctic communities and abundant wildlife. July and August are the perfect months to travel to this untamed wilderness where the spirit of adventure lives on.

BRIDGING THE BERING SEA July 15 – July 29, 2008 For centuries, the Bering Strait has been a route for human beings as well as wildlife to cross between Asia and the Americas. The Pribilof and Aleutian islands are the “stepping stones” for this crossing. The adventure begins in Anchorage with Iditarod Champion Martin Buser. Then learn about the harsh realities of life in these remote outposts and view the abandoned stilt village on King Island. Meet the fourth generation to run a traditional set net fish camp on Bear Island. Fifteen days from $8,995 per person, double occupancy.

ALASKA’S HIDDEN INSIDE PASSAGE July 28 – August 9, 2008 Explore the hidden coves and fjords of the Inside Passage from the same perspective as the early pioneers. Enjoy a close up view of the stunning Hubbard and Le Conte Glaciers and cruise through the narrow fjords of Prince William Sound, not accessible to larger cruise ships. See abundant wildlife, including bears, eagles, and Orcas. Visit the Hidden Falls Hatchery and the “Waterfall Coast” of South Baranof Island before cruising through Misty Fjords accompanied by a Tlingit elder. Thirteen days from $6,995 per person, double occupancy.

Expert Lecturers and Guides
Abercrombie & Kent’s award-winning expedition staff has planned experiences designed to challenge and inspire, hosted by a carefully selected team of naturalists and historians, chosen for their enthusiasm and ability to convey the authentic essence of each destination. They accompany guests while on shore and conduct stimulating lectures and discussions on board throughout the cruise. National Geographic Traveler said “this top-of-the-line operator has a lot of experience” and is the “best for travelers interested in an educational experience.” A&K has been cited for “best program” and “best shore excursions” by Conde Nast Traveler, Cruise Reports and is featured in Fodor’s “Best Cruises” and “100 Best Cruise Vacations.”

Travel in Comfort
Large enough to travel the Pacific in comfort and safety, ‘Clipper Odyssey’ is the perfect size for a voyage of discovery. On board the atmosphere is relaxed, intimate and friendly. Cabins are comfortable and well-appointed, meals delicious and service impeccable. All staterooms have an outside view and many include a balcony. Beds can be configured as two twins or one queen. Choose from multi-course fine dining in the Main Dining Room, which can accommodate all passengers in a single seating, casual dining poolside or room service expertly crafted by a team of international chefs. Soft drinks, juices, coffee, bottled water, bar drinks and house wines are included in the cruise price.

Treasures of Japan: Hemeji to Otaru May 26 – June 10, 2008
Russian Far East & Kamchatka: Nome to Nome July 2 – 16, 2008
Bridging the Bering Sea: Nome to Seward July 15 – 29, 2008
Alaska’s Hidden Inside Passage: Anchorage to Vancouver July 29 – August 9, 2008
Polynesian Paradise: Papeete to Papeete Oct 24 – Nov 7, 2008
South Seas Adventure: Papeete to Fiji Nov 5 – 22, 2008
New Zealand by Land and Sea Dec 17, 2008 -Jan 3, 2009
Lost Islands of the Pacific Feb 16 – March 5, 2009
Voyage to Melanesia March 2 – March 20, 2009
Voyage to Micronesia April 9 – 26, 2009

To request a ‘Clipper Odyssey’ brochure, call Abercrombie & Kent at (800) 554-7094.
Download the latest information at: www.akodyssey.com

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