The ‘White Continent” Antartica is one of the most isolated and untouched places on Earth. It is massive in size, twice as big as Australia. Logistically very tricky, with no permanent human habitation, but well worth the challenge it takes to reach. You would fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina to start your journey.
Antartica is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it’s massively gaining popularity especially on social media with videos of Drake Passage crossing.
The most common way to visit Antartica is by a cruise ship. Most cruises depart from Ushuaia, Argentina and less often from Australia or New Zealand. The best time to visit Antartica is during the summer months, from October to March. During this time, the temperature is at its mildest, and the sea ice has melted enough to allow easier access to some landing sites. The long daylight hours also make it possible to spend more time exploring the continent. During the summer, there are micro-seasons to be aware of when planning your trip.
VISITING ANTARCTICA IN EARLY SUMMER (OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER)
Early summer is the Antarctic awakening. After such low temperatures, it’s finally warming up and millions of ocean-going penguins and seabirds return to Antarctica to begin their breeding season. Mating rituals take place, and the penguins will also lay their eggs. In South Georgia island, gigantic bull elephant seals battle for control of harems on the beaches.
VISITING ANTARCTICA IN HIGH SUMMER (DECEMBER AND JANUARY)
High summer delivers the warmest weather, nearly continuous daylight, and frenetic wildlife activity. This is the best time to observe fluffy penguin chicks in their nests. Vast numbers of whales arrive in Antarctica to begin feeding, and king penguins and fur seals pack South Georgia’s beaches.
VISITING ANTARCTICA IN LATE SUMMER (FEBRUARY AND MARCH)
A late summer cruise to Antarctica is the prime time for viewing maturing penguin chicks and seal pups. An abundance of young animals and their predators set the stage for dramatic events and fantastic photo opportunities. Late summer is also the best time for whale encounters of all kinds.
When planning an Antarctica trip, you’ll notice that the itineraries are not as specific as cruises to other destinations. For example, they’ll say “Days 3-4 cruising the Drake Passage, Days 5-9 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.” This is because expedition cruising is very dependent on the weather, so the itinerary will be flexible without guarantees about where you visit and how much time you spend there. Obviously length of the trip and the budget should be clearly defined. Since this is a once in a lifetime destination, it is important to get it right first time around.
Although many mainstream cruise lines will sail the Antartica, we always recommend going with a specialized small ship, expedition style. Booking early will insure some great bonuses, at this time with ATLAS OCEAN VOYAGES has amazing promotions for their 2025 Polar Expeditions. They perfected intimate yachting expeditions with onboard luxury they offer with amazing inclusions, butler service, open bar and 24 hour room service, currently offering 2nd guest free and free cultural immersion. Also you can’t go wrong picking Lindblad Expedition National Geographic.
Booking Antartica and getting bonuses and discounts for early bookings, is not the only way to secure best possible pricing. If you are spontaneous and adventurous, last minute bookings on the ships that haven’t completely sold out, can result in some amazing values.
So whether you are impulsive and can get on a ship in the next few weeks, or would like to plan a 2025 Antartica trip, don’t hesitate to reach out to DC or Gabrielle, so we can design a perfect White Continent Getaway for you.