In response to the growing interest from families in travel to the seventh continent, Abercrombie & Kent has added a second family departure of Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands (Dec 19, 2016-Jan 4, 2017) on board the luxurious, all-balcony ship, ‘Le Boreal. ‘ The luxury tour operator is also offering a competitive rate for families wishing to explore the beauty of Antarctica during their holiday break. For both the December 13 & 19 departures, save up to $6,000 per couple and exclusively for the December 13 departure, save 25% on suite cabins and the second child travels free. Learning vacations are all about discovery and exploration and Antarctica promises thrilling new discoveries every day. Learning vacations are all about discovery and exploration and Antarctica promises thrilling new discoveries every day.Throughout the cruise, children ages 7-18 have the opportunity to engage in many different activities, on the ship, on Zodiac cruises, and on shore. Guided learning sessions with some of the world’s top experts cover subjects ranging from marine biology to climate change. New for 2016, A&K’s dedicated Young Explorers program features two distinct groups for younger and older children – Young Explorers and Senior Explorers – to ensure the most engaging and age-appropriate activities for all ages on board. Hands-on workshops designed to challenge and inspire include Marine Mammal Identification, Squid Biology, Charting the Ship’s Course, Fish of the Southern Ocean and Drawing Penguins. Budding photographers can up their game with organized photography competitions and workshops taught by A&K’s resident photo coach, who shares tips and tricks for capturing stellar wildlife scenes and animals. This is a learning vacation designed to provide meaningful experiences that goes beyond the typical vacation and introduce young people to careers in science. They will return with an increased awareness of the natural world and the concept of sustainability; the latest findings in marine science and Antarctic ecology; a new understanding of the complex relationship between humans and the natural environment. Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands Family Holiday Departure: Dec 19, 2016-Jan 4, 2017 Days: 17 | From: $15,995 (was $18,995) Cruise for 15 nights aboard the luxury all-balcony expedition ship ‘Le Boreal’ Gain a deeper understanding of the region with enriching lectures by award-winning experts, including scientists, historians and educators Learn about the fascinating life of Sir Ernest Shackleton at his gravesite in Grytviken Visit an active research station and observe preservation efforts to protect Antarctica’s one-of-a-kind habitat Twice daily excursions in Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats) for close up views of the land and wildlife Children’s programming, spirited celebrations and unforgettable landings Experience the benefits of all-inclusive cruising: Onboard gratuities, unlimited house drinks and all port charges on ‘Le Boreal’ are included Enjoy convenient A&K charter flights to and from Ushuaia Environmentally-Responsible Abercrombie & Kent’s expeditions exceed all environmental protocols, including those set by International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency and Antarctic Treaty Party nations. ‘Le Boreal’ employs the latest environmental practices and technology, including a computerized dynamic positioning system that eliminates the need to drop anchor in fragile marine reserves; thermal and phonic insulation for engines and propulsion systems; the cleanest-burning marine gas oil fuel; and Zodiacs with fuel efficient motors. This A&K expedition offers the most rewarding and all-inclusive way to experience Antarctica, with pre- and post-cruise lodging and sightseeing, charter flights, on-board lectures, twice-daily shore excursions, most drinks, and crew and staff gratuities.