Our Best Antarctica Cruises 2019
Still deciding which Antarctic cruise is right for you? Here is a selection of our most popular trips, with countless opportunities to experience Antarctica in 2019.
The ultimate Antarctic adventure, this trip is specifically for the active traveler. Spend 5-6 days kayaking, hiking, camping, mountaineering and snowshoeing, all included in the price. A medium-sized expedition ship acts as your floating ‘basecamp’. Great value for money backed…
Alongside the obvious highlights of the destinations themselves, we like this voyage for this ship’s renowned stability ensuring more comfortable sea days. Combined with a sizeable expedition staff and an extensive programme of activities, Southern Ocean travel doesn’t come much…
Looking for an Antarctic adventure without compromising on comfort and service? Look no further. Benefitting from a $10 million refurbishment, this stylish 110-passenger ship, with its cavernous suites, fine dining and compelling itinerary, offers a very polished Southern Ocean adventure,…
High Season Antarctic Cruises 2019
In January, summer is at its peak bringing the pitter patter of penguin chicks and baby seals. In February, inquisitive penguin chicks who are starting to fledge dominate the rookeries, whale sightings and leopard seal predation reach their peak. The arrival of December ushers in the beginning of high season and the busiest time for wildlife in the whole Antarctic calendar. With the warmer temperatures, the ice is starting to break up allowing exploration of the smaller bays.
Antarctica Cruises January 2019
The penguin rookeries are a hive of activity with the adult birds kept busy round-the-clock feeding and protecting their fluffy and photogenic young.
Antarctica Cruises February 2019
February is prime time for both whale sightings, particularly in Wilhelmina Bay, and heading south to the Polar Circle.
Antarctica Cruises December 2019
By December, the Antarctic summer is in full swing. Long days for exploring, hatching penguin chicks and the return of humpbacks all mark the beginning of High Season.
Shoulder Season Antarctic Cruises 2019
By March, as the Antarctic season starts to draw to a close, keen whale watchers get their best chances for close encounters, while young penguins are busy fledging and learning to swim. With the sun now lower in the sky, photographers love March for the soft light conditions and dramatic sunsets. November then marks the beginning of a new season in Antarctica. Set against the pristine whiteness of early season, the penguins return to their rookeries and busy nesting, while battling Elephant Seals on South Georgia provide plenty of drama.
Antarctica Cruises March 2019
March marks the dividing line between summer and autumn in Antarctica. Wildlife numbers aren’t as plentiful, but whale sightings are at their best.
Antarctica Cruises November 2019
November is springtime in Antarctica. Early visitors get to enjoy pristine snow conditions and heavy ice. Photographers love the soft light and antics of the courting penguins.
For those who like to plan ahead, which we always recommend when it comes to Antarctica, the winter 2019/20 dates and prices are now available. We've got a wide range of voyages with a choice of 21 small expedition ships.
What our customers think
We are back and are slowly getting back to earth! As for the Polar expedition it was "Wow!" everyday. Truly an experience of a lifetime. We were blown away by the calibre of the people taking us around, so very knowledgeable and yet very approachable. Even the captain of the vessel was amazing, turning around the ship to allow for a closer view of whales!!!
Lucien & Marie-Eve, South Africa January 2018
It was an incredible and awe-inspiring place. The place met my expectations and the encounters there exceeded my expectations.
Kushal, UAE March 2018
Mind blowing, once-in-a-lifetime trip. I would go back in a heartbeat. It far exceeded any expectations I had and I absolutely fell in love.
Deidre, New York December 2017
Do not miss the opportunity to visit Antarctica. The quiet. The pristine nature. The fresh and unpolluted air. The clear crystal water. The penguins....I mean where to begin and finish....I am simply speechless. Most of us left crying! Heck I am even going to mention it in my resume.
Yiheli, Chile December 2017
The experience was fantastic, all and more than we had hoped for!! The highlight was the enormity of the scale of the peninsular and the pristine, untouched solitude of the environment. The landscape was overwhelming and all encompassing, with a grandeur that we had not expected.
Sue, Gavan & Jenni, Australia February 2018
Booking with Swoop was a pleasure. The guidance was sound and the responsiveness excellent. I will recommend Swoop again.
Carla & Ross, Canada January 2018