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  • Janeen Christoff | January 21, 2016 6:00 PM ET

    The World Is Your Classroom in Antarctica

    The World Is Your Classroom in Antarctica

    PHOTO: A family poses with Penguins in South Georgia. (Photo courtesy Abercrombie & Kent)

    Once thought of as merely the providence of professional explorers, Antarctica is currently in the midst of a surge in popularity for adventurous travelers. To meet this demand,  Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has launched an additional sailing of its once-in-a-lifetime Antarctica itinerary.

    As a mom who is interested in the concept of “worldschooling” this type of trip provides a stunning example of why I believe these educational opportunities are just about the best gift you can give a child.

    According to A&K, the Antarctica journey is a learning vacation designed to provide meaningful experiences that go beyond the typical vacation and introduce young people to careers in science — moms and dads rejoice.

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    The idea is that kids will return with an increased awareness of the natural world and the concept of sustainability; the latest findings in marine science and Antarctic ecology; and a new understanding of the complex relationship between humans and the natural environment.

    “Parents find that sharing this kind of wilderness experience – and the chance to watch researchers at work – often inspires a passion for science,” said Abercrombie & Kent President Phil Otterson.  “The history of exploration in Antarctica also has special appeal for multigenerational families.”

    Antarctica: The Ultimate Classroom sailing to South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica will take place during the holidays in 2016 from Dec. 19 to Jan. 4. 

    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 onboard.

    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 polish their portfolio 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.

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    The journey begins in Buenos Aires and then heads to the southern city of Ushuaia, Argentina. There, guests board their home for the journey, the luxurious Le Boreal.

    The first stop is in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Then, the ship sails for South Georgia, where guests disembark to explore glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. Three days are spent in Antarctica before an epic sailing through the Drake Passage and back to Ushuaia.

    There are two other sailings of this itinerary, leaving Dec. 13 and Jan. 17, and pre- and post-excursions are also available. Prices start at $15,995 per person.

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Janeen Christoff Are We There Yet: Tips For Family Trips

Janeen Christoff Janeen Christoff caught the travel bug while living in London, England. After two years on the road, she settled in Los Angeles and focused her writing on what she loved best — exploring the world. Today, she’s a well-traveled mother of two, the managing editor of Agent@Home and Vacation Agent magazines, an adventurer and a world wanderer. Want to know where she is headed next? Check out her blog at
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