High Season Antarctic Cruises 2022
Deciding when you wish to travel is an important consideration as there are amazing, distinct highlights each month. High season is from December to February; temperatures are at their mildest and wildlife at its most abundant. During long days of daylight in December, you can expect to see penguin chicks hatching and humpbacks arriving from their time in the tropics. Encouraged by the 'warm' Antarctic weather at the height of the summer, penguin chicks acquaint themselves with their new home throughout January, while seal pup colonies are equally busy with activity. The continuing melt of the sea ice opens up the greatest access along the Peninsula in February, with wonderful opportunities to see whales as you venture far into the region.
Antarctica Cruises December 2022
December is a month of arrivals. Humpback whales have recently completed their journey from the tropics and penguin chicks begin to hatch from their eggs, first in the Falklands …
Antarctica Cruises January 2022
January is a particularly welcoming month to visit the continent - temperatures are pleasant and the Polar Circle is opening up for navigation. Newly born penguin chicks are …
Antarctic Cruises February 2022
Pleasant temperatures and an abundance of wildlife activity make February a great month to travel to Antarctica. Sightings of whales and leopard seals are at their peak, and …
Shoulder Season Antarctic Cruises 2022
Welcome in the arrival of the summer in November, experiencing the most snowy and icy landscapes of the season. You'll have the privilege and joy of watching male penguins impress their female interests and see how elephant and fur seals mark their breeding spots. Getting ashore on South Georgia is also still possible this early in the season, as prime mating time hasn't begun. March presents opportunities for great encounters with satiated whales who, now less focussed on hunting, are inquisitive and calm with visitors. Grown penguin chicks are in full moulting mode, large colonies of fur seals are playing on the Antarctic Peninsula, and returning home with a collection of mesmerising sunset and night sky photographs is very likely.
Antarctica Cruises November 2022
Experience Antarctica in its most untouched, otherworldly state. Pristine landing areas not only make November a fantastic month for photography, but also lead to great wildlife …
Antarctica Cruises March 2022
One of the best months for whale watching, you can seek close encounters with minke, orca and humpbacks. You'll be able to experience penguin chicks becoming acquainted with the …
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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
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
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