Top Tips for Cruising Antarctica

Posted September 4th, 2014

Antarctica is often considered the ultimate notch on any avid cruisers belt. It's certainly a destination that is a once in a lifetime trip which can be vary daunting when it comes to planning, booking and departing on your much anticipated cruise holiday!

Read below for our top tips for cruising Antarctica.

What cruise line is best?

When it comes to choosing a cruise line or planning an itinerary, talking to a cruise specialist is an absolute must. Travelling to Antarctica is a once in a lifetime trip so you need to make sure that you  are matched to the best cruise line and itinerary to suit you.

When is the best time to go?

The best time to cruise Antarctica is over our summer months, from December to January, with most cruises departing from Ushuaia; Argentina. Take advantage of the departure point and see a bit of South America while you're there.

What kind of ship should I look for?

You can choose between larger cruise ships or smaller expedition cruises. The larger ships with more than 500 passengers are not actually allowed to land any passengers on shore, while in Antarctic waters.

Alternatively, if you're looking for an experience that will allow you to get up close and personal with wildlife, then an expedition ship is the one for you. These ships are purpose built just for Antarctic waters and only carry about 150 passengers. They generally have two zodiac excursions a day and often have a number of historians and scientists on board who hold various lectures on the region as well.

What do I need to pack?

Pack wisely and allow for lots of layers. Day time temperatures are normally just above freezing but the air is quite dry so it doesn't actually feel as cold as you might expect. It's also crucial to take a great camera with you. On the bright, sunny days, lower your exposure setting to avoid losing the contrast of the white icebergs and glaciers with the mountains.

Can I extend my stay?

Definitely! Make the most of your Antarctica adventure and add on some other travel plans before and after your cruise. Departing from Ushuaia means that Buenos Aires and the region of Patagonia are easily accessible. On your way home, stop over in the USA and check out the bright city lights of Los Angeles and New York before making your way home.

For cruises to Antarctica and more great destinations, contact a Cruise Specialist or call 0800 22 11 00. 

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