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Antarctica 2014

It's not too late to book for Antarctic cruises in early 2014. Check for availability and deals.

If you're starting to plan a trip to Antarctica for later this year, you can see the options for November and December below.


Antarctic Cruise Guide

We'll help you find your cruise style according to your appetite for adventure:

- Skip the Drake Passage with cruises that include flights to Antarctica
- The standard Antarctic Peninsula in 9-12 days
- Abundant wildlife of Falklands & South Georgia
- Go further southThe Antarctic Circle
- Travel in style with Luxury Antarctic Cruise   
- Antarctic kayaking & camping with Active cruises


>> View our Antarctic Cruise Guide

February - March 2014

There is still some availability left for Antarctic cruises in the next few months.

Have a look at the dates and availability for cruises in February 2014 and cruises in March 2014.

Antarctic expeditions in January to March  

Ultimate Antarctica Voyage

Visit the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula, with two planned landings per day, aboard a small ...

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10 days


Weddell Sea Expedition

This Antarctic Cruise takes you to some of the less visited sites, such as the beautiful, ...

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12 days


Onto the Antarctic Ice

An amazing adventure which gets you onto the ice snow shoeing, camping or kayaking in the ...

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11 days


November to December 2014

Fly and Cruise

Have a look at availability of Fly & Cruise trips in November 2014 and December 2014.

There is limited availability left for the popular Fly and Cruise trips in 2014-15. Get in touch now to book your place.

Other Cruises

There is still availability on most departures in late 2014, so to see our other types of cruises and choose the best trip for you, read our Antarctic cruise guide or our cruises page and let us know what you'd like to do.

Take a look at the availability of cruises in November 2014 and December 2014.

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Which month?


Summer is in full swing with penguin chicks hatching all fluffy and grey, you'll see them earlier in the South Shetland Islands and later in the month to the south of the Peninsula. In January watch out for:

- Fur and leopard seal pups getting bigger, sticking close to their mums on the beaches.

- Penguin colonies are a hive of activity, with parents finding as much food as possible for their young, fending off giant Skua birds that prey on baby penguins.

Find out more about visiting Antarctica in January


February is still summertime and the continuously receding ice means that ice breakers can explore further south, visiting the Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea. Expect to see:

- Young penguin chicks are starting to get strong and big and can be seen huddling in 'penguin creches'. 

- The concentration of fur seals increases

- February is prime time for whale watching with a variety of breeds feeding in the Antarctic Peninsula

Find out more about visiting Antarctica in February


By March, Autumn is well and truly here. The days begin to get shorter and the temperature starts to drop as the sun sinks below the southern horizon. Extensive walks into the South Shetland Islands are possible as although you may experience some winter frost during the night, snow cover is at its minimum.

- Young penguins are now in a state of adolescence and are interested and inquisitive in visitors

- Adult penguins are molting, making them look strangely shabby! They spend a lot of their time teaching their young to go to sea

- Whale watching is still very good at this time of year and there's a high chance you'll get near to lots of them

Find out more about visiting Antarctica in March


November is springtime in Antarctica, and as the ice begins to break and melt thanks to the sun's energy, Antarctica gets a burst of life - with plankton blooming on the ice and krill swelling in abundance. After a long, dark winter, Antartica's creatures make the most of the spring to fatten up before darkness strikes again. In November you'll see:

- Crabeater seals (born between September and November)

- Penguin courting rituals, nest building and stone stealing

- Penguin, petrel and comorant eggs are laid in November

- Elephant alpha seals aggressively guarding their harems on the beach until December

- Seals lounging on many icebergs

- Minke, Southern right whales and humpbacks arriving to feed

Find out more about visiting Antarctica in November


We're in early summer now, and many animals are being born, parents are searching for food for their young, and the variety of wildlife that can be seen on the icebergs, ice cliffs and Antarctic beaches is extraordinary. You'll see:

- whales feeding in Antarctica's food rich waters

- Petrel and comorant eggs are still hatching

- Penguin eggs start to hatch at the end of December in South Shetland Islands

- Days are lengthening so you should be getting near to 24 hours of daylight

Find out more about visiting Antarctica in December

Your Antarctic Cruise Style

We'll help you find your cruise style according to your appetite for adventure:

Visit our Antarctic Cruise Guide here.


How can we help you?

We have helped all sorts of people arrange their trip to Antarctica and we provide the following services:

1) Impartial advice from Antarctica specialists: how, when, where, what, with which operator and vessel.

2) Antarctica is vast - we'll help you work out which type of Antarctic Cruise itinerary is right for you.

3) We'll help you find the best expedition vessel for your own style, budget and aspirations for your trip.

4) If you have specific holiday dates we'll help you find available cabins for your travel plans. 

5) We help solo travellers find likeminded travel companions to share a cabin and any expensive single supplements.

6) Want to visit Patagonia as well? We'll help you design a great itinerary to explore both destinations.