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.
Things to know about voyages in Early 2015:
You'll want to book quickly for a place on your preferred voyage soon, especially if you want your pick of the different cabin categories. The cheapest cabins tend to get booked up in advance.
Sadly, all the Fly & Cruise trips are now fully booked.
Voyages in March (towards the end of the season when the days are a little cheaper) tend to be slightly discounted on the peak season voyages in January.
Take a look at our cruise guide to get an idea of what type of voyage would suit you best.
Visiting in Antarctic in January means visiting at the very height of summer - the days are longest (as many as 20 hours of daylight each day). This is a great time for landscape photographers as great floating icebergs cut distinct lines against the sky and sea. You'll also see penguin chicks going crazy, and many species of seals abound.
It becomes possible cross the Antarctic Circle in February due to the weakend and receeding ice of summer. The life that summer breathes into the Antarctic Ocean means that it is peak season for whale spotting as these great mammals return to its waters. By February, penguin chicks have strengthened and are forming "penguin creches".
By March, the penguin chicks are grown up enough to be inquisitive about visitors. Like February, it's also a great time for whale spotting as they feast in preparation for their next migration. You'll also see green and pink alage blooming in the waters. Days are starting to get shorter, but the prices do reflect this.
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.
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.
With such a unique destination, the deals on offer can sometimes require a certain degree of flexibility - if you enjoy this luxury, then you could save $1,000s on your voyage to the Great Antarctic!
Past offers have inclued:
- Cabin upgrades
- Discounted domestic flights
- Free hotel nights en-route in Santiago
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 south - The 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
>> Read more about the Antarctic Vessels
Questions? Need help?
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
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.