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Antarctica Cruises 2015

Looking to explore Antarctica in 2015?

Early 2015:  For those wanting to visit in Jan, Feb and March 2015, you'll need to book soon in order to secure a space on your preferred voyage as availability is becoming increasingly limited.

Late 2015:  If you're planning ahead for November and December 2015, then (at time of writing in Summer 2014) you should have your pick of voyages and cabins, although not all itineraries have yet been released by the operators. 


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November - December 2015

Things to know about voyages in Late 2015:

If you're planning ahead for November and December 2015 then (at time of writing in Summer 2014), you should have your pick of voyages and cabins.  The December voyages are obviously more popular and often at a small premium, but you'll enjoy longer days and the penguin chicks will be older and more active.

Most operators have released their dates and rates now for this season, however we expect a few more itineraries to be released in the coming weeks, so contact us to recceive updates on new voyages.

Please contact us for any early-booking or early-payment deals that may be available.

Note:  Fly & Cruise voyages get booked up a long way in advance; book now to secure your preferred dates.

Airfares and schedules won't be released until early 2015, but we can provide indicative quotes for the flight from your home to Ushuaia or Punta Arenas.

To get an idea of which type of voyage is right for you, take a look at our Antarctic cruise guide.

Take a look at Antarctic voyages in 2016.


Mating season for penguins, you'll be treated to courtship displays and a flurry of activitiy as they build their nests.  November's also the time for seals - crabeater, fur, elepehant, weddel and leopard - to mate, and for landscape photographers to visit, as the giant icebergs form distinctive outlines against the sea and sky.

November 2015 Voyages >>



December's the height of summer for Antarctica as the continent bathes in 20-24 hours of daylight.  You could also spot minke, orca and humpback whales as they begin to return to their replenishing feeding grounds.  Like November, seals abound as they seek suitable mates and landscape photographers are treated to the still-crisp edges of great icebers.

December 2015 Voyages >>


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

Antarctic Vessel Guide

-  Luxury & Fine Dining    Silver Explorer | Sea Explorer | Sea Spirit

-  Fly and Cruise               Ocean Nova | Sea Explorer

-  Authentic Expedition    Ushuaia | Polar Pioneer | Plancius | Ortelius | Akademik Ioffe | Akademik Vavilov

-  Comfort & Adventure    Ocean Diamond | Ocean Endeavour | MS Expedition  | Sea Adventurer

>> Read more about the Antarctic Vessels

Feeling inspired & ready to start planning?

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He understands how crucial it is to choose exactly the right trip and is experienced at guiding polar travellers through the maze of options to the perfect voyage.

Still researching?  Do read our:
   10 questions to ask before you book
   Advice on when to go to Antarctica
   Choosing the right Antarctic ship

Antarctic Cruises

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 south - The Antarctic Circle

Travel in style with Luxury Antarctic Cruise   

Antarctic kayaking & campingwith Active cruises

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

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.