From its Melbourne headquarters, luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent offers ground handling services to the world’s major cruise companies including Carnival Group, Royal Caribbean International, Crystal, Silversea, Ponant and The World.
Offering shore excursions, land programmes and turnaround services, A&K prides itself on innovation and creating new experiences. In the Northern Territory, the company has spent over a year working in conjunction with Tourism NT engaging with the local townships of Yirrkala in Arnhemland and Wurrumiyanga in the Tiwi Islands to develop authentic experiences for guests aboard Ponant’s Le Soléal.
On a maiden voyage to the area, guests were invited to Yirrkala’s art centre for a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony with an inspiring few hours spent engaging with the locals. At Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island, passengers were treated to a dance performance at the local school with some of the children being invited to board the ship for a tour with the Captain – a heart-warming and humbling experience for all concerned.
A&K was a finalist in the 2015 Seatrade Cruise Awards in the category of Innovative Shorex of the Year. Other recently pioneered destinations in Australia include Mornington and Portland in Victoria.