Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent

Fodor’s Expert Review

Cruise StyleRiver
Ship SizeSmall
Price Range$$$$

Founded in 1962 as a safari-tour operator, the upscale travel company known as A&K offers canal and river cruising on barges that carry no more than 22 passengers—and some that carry as few as six. Areas of operation in continental Europe include France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Britain, and Ireland.Read More

Pricing is all-inclusive, from accommodations to three sumptuous meals daily with wine, guided sightseeing, and entry fees. Even transfers and bar drinks are included on most vessels. A&K cruises receive high marks for personalized, friendly service.

A&K cruises have excellent theme voyages suited to particular interests. Oenophiles should board the Wines of Burgundy(Grand Cru) Cruise on Amaryllis (from the Orient Express Cruise Collection) and sample the 33 Grand Crus of Burgundy. Passionate about horticulture and gardens? Consider a luxury river cruise on Magna Carta in England, passing through lush green countryside and quaint towns along the Thames.

Is This Line Right for You?

Choose this Line If
Don’t Choose this Line If
You’re traveling alone—more singles are onboard, individual accommodations are readily available, and tour directors provide escorted journeys.
Your passions include wine, gastronomy, gardening, and theater—all-inclusive theme cruises are well organized and substantial.
Creature comforts are essential—A&K cruises have garnered high praise and loyal customers for providing top-of-the-line amenities and ship cabins to rival a five-star luxury hotel.
You’re traveling with kids. The slow-moving barges do not offer any programs or facilities for younger ones who will most assuredly get bored.
Money is an object. The luxury barge Amaryllis Burgundy tour costs a cool $50,000.
You prefer standard port-intensive itineraries and megaship activities. This line’s focus is on savoring the journey itself, both on board and on shore.

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