When do I need to book?
In short, it’s a case of ‘the earlier the better’. To be confident of securing your first choice you need to be booking at least 10 – 18 months in advance; this is doubly important for the most popular trips and during peak times like the Festive Season. Being organised and booking ahead also means you may be able to take advantages of any early booking incentives.
However, we know that many people aren’t used to planning holidays or simply aren’t able to commit to set dates this far ahead and it’s perfectly possible to book an Antarctic trip only 3 – 6 months before you go. But expect to have less choice if you do due to restricted cabin availability.
Ready to start planning? Get in touch and start the conversation with one of our experienced Travel Specialists who can help guide you to exactly the right trip for you.
How do I get to Antarctica?
The easiest way to get to Antarctica is from Chile and Argentina. Both countries have southern hubs from where most ships and cruises depart. Punta Arenas is wherevmost ships leave from Chile and Ushuaia is where the leave from Argentina. To get to those places, there are several daily direct flights from their respective capitals. When booking your Antarctic cruise with us, we can sort out your transportation right from your home country.
While sailing from southern Chile and Argentina to Antarctica is the traditional route, and remains the most common, for those time-short travellers or anxious sailors, flights to Antarctica are becoming increasingly popular.
How do I choose the right trip?
This is an important question. There’s an exciting selection of Antarctic cruises to choose from ranging from 6 – 35 days in duration. Whether you are considering the Antarctic Peninsula, the Polar Circle, South Georgia or the Falkland Islands, simply get in touch with one of our Travel Specialists who can talk you through the options and help speed up the process of matching you to the right trip.
How much will it cost?
A trip to Antarctica is a big ticket item in anyone’s book and it’s important to understand from the outset what to expect and what influence on the final cost options you’re considering will have.
There are a lot of significant variables which influence price, and no two ship operators are the same. The size of the ship, standard of accommodation, and quality of food and service all play a part. But there are less obvious factors too: the calibre of the expeditionary staff, what clothing is provided, whether wine is included, staff to passenger ratio and the variety of complimentary activities.
Price Guide (prices per person in British Pounds):
Classic Antarctica Peninsula cruise (10-12 days) – £5,000 – 10,000
Fly & Cruise Antarctica (8 days) – £8,000 – 22,000
South Georgia, Falklands & Antarctica cruise (18-23 days) – £8,000 – 18,000
What wildlife will I see?
Wildlife lies at the heart of every Antarctic trip. On the Antarctic Peninsula you’ll get to see loads of penguins – chinstraps, gentoo & adelie – in their hundreds, if not thousands, as well as a number of different species of seal. You’ll also almost certainly see whales, with minke, humpbacks and orcas being the most frequently sighted.
Check out the monthly guide above to find out which animals you are likely to see at each time of the year.
Can I combine an Antarctic cruise with Patagonia?
Almost all Antarctic voyages depart from the southern tip of Patagonia, providing an unmissable opportunity to also explore this captivating region before or after your cruise. It’s a brilliant and proven combination.
Our specialists can provide you with ideas and help with booking this part of your trip. This has the advantage of all your travel plans coming under one roof, ensuring that nothing is missed or overlooked.
Can I walk on the ice?
You certainly can. Almost every ship operate daily excursions on the mainland, including hikes where you can get closer to the penguins and spot more wildlife. To get there you simply jump in a small zodiac and get taken in small groups to the mainland. You can also kayak, SUP, camp out on the ice and much more.