High Season Antarctic Cruises 2021
Antarctica's wildlife and weather are both at their best between December and February. The austral summer is in full swing in December, with warmer temperatures and longer days seeing more sightings of seals and the arrival of humpbacks. In January, penguin chicks chase their parents along the shoreline, where baby seals are enjoying the 'warmth'. Great numbers of humpback and minke whales and orcas also frequent the waters. February is likewise a very active month. Penguin chicks are learning to swim, leopard seals are predating, and whale spotting season is at its height.
Antarctic Cruises December 2021
It's high summer and the penguin rookeries are fully populated and in full swing, while humpbacks are starting to arrive and seals are sighted more regularly.
Antarctic Cruises January 2021
To enjoy a packed itinerary January is a great time to visit, with its long summer days and warmth (warm by Antarctica standards). The recession of the ice opens up more …
Antarctic Cruises February 2021
With +21 hours of daylight a day and calm weather, February is a fascinating month to experience awe-inspiring camping and capture spectacular photography. You'll also get to …
Shoulder Season Antarctic Cruises 2021
November is an exciting time of year to be in Antarctica as it's the start of summer when everything seems to be waking up from the long and dark winter. Penguin rookeries are a hive of activity whilst elephant seals are busy battling on South Georgia Island. Come March, as the winter draws closer, you can expect the closest encounters with whales. Watch waddling groups of penguin adolescents and experience an increase in predator activity.
Antarctica Cruises November 2021
Plenty of snow makes for great photographs and opportunities to ice hike, snowshoe and ski. If you're up for an adventure, kayaking and camping are also possible. Penguins begin to…
Antarctica Cruises March 2021
With the barometer heading south penguin chicks are busy fledging and learning to swim ahead of winter. There are fewer ships and generally lower prices.
Antarctica Cruises 2021
We've rounded up some of our most popular 2021 trips, to help you decide the course of your adventure in the White Continent.
This classic Peninsula trip stands out for its generously proportioned cabins, value for money and stylish 114-passenger ship. Spend 4-5 days experiencing Antarctica’s highlights, with optional camping and kayaking. Complimentary hotel stay in Ushuaia and a parka jacket are nice…
Sail to The White Continent aboard one of the most luxurious ships currently available. Unsurpassed comfort and true 5* service are this operator’s hallmarks. From the discreetly attentive, Relais & Chateaux cuisine and 24/7 butler service to the beautifully appointed…
By including optional kayaking and diving, these late season voyages offer the chance to maximise your polar crossing experience by exploring Antarctica both on and under the water. Travelling at that time provides excellent photographic and whale watching conditions, alongside…
For those who like to plan ahead, which we always recommend when it comes to Antarctica, 2021 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 loved the antics of the penguins and the curiosity of the chicks. Up close viewing of seals and whales was awe inspiring. Our outstanding leaders helped to deepen our understanding and appreciation of this amazing world.
Sue Australia February 2018
The highlight was watching a leopard seal peeping up to check the icebergs, diving back in, swimming under our zodiac and eventually deciding on a flattish iceberg. Rolled on its back to give himself a good scratch, then fell asleep in the sun!
Lucien & Marie-Eve South Africa January 2018
We were privileged to see a large pod of humpback whales in a feeding frenzy one evening; the captain stopped the ship for an hour or so and the whales were feeding all around us.
Steve and Tina UK February 2017
The trip was amazing. Michael particularly liked the whales that were diving within 10-15 feet of our zodiac; my favorite was seeing all the penguins and, in particular, the chicks.
Joan & Michael New Jersey January 2018
Very happy with the wildlife we saw - the best thing was the killer whales hunting a seal by creating waves and breaking the ice from below.
Anna UK November 2016
The cruise is almost over and was absolutely fantastic. We were blessed with beautiful weather and saw incredible wildlife and scenery. I can't say enough about the entire expedition team and crew. After two weeks on board, I am so incredibly spoiled.
Phil Texas December 2015