This Luxury Tour Company Just Announced Its First-ever Cruise to the North Pole — How to Get on Board

Abercrombie & Kent is chartering Ponant's luxurious icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot, for its first cruising expedition to the North Pole.

Abercrombie & Kent expedition cruise ship pool deck and lounge with mountains in the distance and guests enjoying the view

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If the North Pole is on the top of your travel list, get ready to book the trip of a lifetime. Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) just announced its expedition cruise itineraries for the 2024 — 2025 season, which will include a trip to the North Pole.

"A&K is known for taking our guests to the ends of the earth in luxury, but never before have we been able to offer an experience like this — our first expedition to the North Pole," Stefanie Schmudde, A&K VP of product development and operations, said in a statement released to Travel + Leisure.

Aerial view of an Abercrombie & Kent expedition cruise ship on the ocean

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The 18-day voyage will depart from the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard on Jul. 12, 2024. While the itinerary's specifics are still being finalized, it's likely that passengers will see polar bears, walruses, and seals on your way up north. Guests will set sail on Le Commandant Charcot, a Ponant luxury ship. The ship is a true icebreaker; It's one of the few passenger ships in the world that can actually reach the North Pole, which is often covered by sea ice six- to 10-feet thick.

But that's not the only new adventure on A&K's calendar. The company is debuting two other brand-new itineraries in 2024, as well as bolstering its existing roster, which includes destinations like Tanzania and the Seychelles (a new experience launching this year), Antarctica, and Italy.

Cruise guests on top deck in cold weather looking at scenic icebergs on a Abercrombie & Kent expedition cruise

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"We often hear from past guests who loved their experience and want to discover new destinations alongside A&K’s Expedition Team," Schmudde said. "So, we are introducing new destinations that most travelers have yet to visit, like Saudi Arabia and the Solomon Islands, as well as additional sailings of two of our most popular cruises to Japan and Greece."

The Saudi Arabia itinerary will take place from Oct. 16 through Oct. 30, 2024, and will include ports of call in Turkey and Greece, while the Solomon Islands itinerary will take place from Oct. 17 through Oct. 30, 2024, and include stops in Papua New Guinea.

Prices are not yet available for these new sailings, but you can visit to see the company's full luxury expedition cruise schedule from 2023 through 2025.

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