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The Best Time to Travel to


Discover the best time of year to travel to Antarctica, the types of ships to get you there, and where to start your expedition from the experts who know.

When to Go

Traveling to Antarctica is a once in a lifetime experience and you'll want to know the best time of year to travel. Different months are great for different types of adventures and interests. 


Are you hoping to see adorable baby penguins? Is kayaking in Antarctica on your bucket list? Do you love a king size bed and fine dining? Here's a bit about when to go and how to choose the ship that will be perfect for you:

Travel Open

Ships travel to the region between November and March.

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Best Weather

The best weather in Antarctica is in December and January.

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See Penguins

Baby penguins are born in mid to late-December.  Only adults will be seen before then. 

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What's Your Ship Style?

There are three kinds of ships to choose from when traveling to Antarctica. Do you prefer luxury amenities and fine dining? Are you interested in kayaking and twin-engine helicopter rides? Or might you prefer more adventurous fellow passengers and simple accommodations? Here are three styles of small ships that travel to Antarctica:


Luxury Expedition Vessel

Like a floating 5-star hotel. Queen or king-size beds and fine dining are all on the menu on these lovely ships.

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Premium Expedition Vessel

Like a floating 4-star hotel. Attractive cabins, spacious public areas, and lower rates might attract you to these ships.


Basic Research Vessel

Like a floating college dorm. If you're in it for excitement more than comfort, you'll meet like-minded travelers here.

Get Our Free Antarctica Planning Guide

Wild Nectar's founder and lead travel planner, Joy Martinello developed this guide after sending over 1,000 clients to Antarctica. Explore her insights and find out everything you need to know to plan your perfect trip in this complimentary guide.

Topics Covered:

  • The Best Time to Travel to Antarctica

  • How and Where to See Emperor and King Penguins

  • The Secret Month We Recommend

  • The Right Itinerary for You

  • Trip Routes with Maps

  • How to Choose From All the Available Ships

  • And More!

"Every time I wanted to travel on an Expedition ship I would contact Joy. She is without a doubt one of the most experienced and caring people in the travel industry."

Judy W.
Brooklyn Heights, NY

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