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:
Ships travel to the region between November and March.
The best weather in Antarctica is in December and January.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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