When is the best season to go to Antarctica?
The Antarctic cruising season starts late October and runs until March. These are the only months of the year when temperatures are known to reach above 0 degrees Celsius during the day on the Antarctic Peninsula, and though the east tends to be colder, it is still more tolerable at this time of the year.
How many people will be on the ship?
It depends on the ship but the majority of our ships carry between 50 and 150 passengers. A few of the mega-yachts and purpose-built cruise ships carry around 250 passengers.
Is it a problem if I am sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently to sea conditions whether during the crossing of the infamous Drake Passage to Antarctica, or even during calmer seas. However, our vessels are built for maximum stability and comfort to ensure that even in rough conditions, sea and motion sickness are kept to a minimum at all times.
To avoid seasickness, ask your doctor to prescribe an appropriate seasickness medicine for you and make sure you have enough for the whole trip.
Tips: If you are prone to motion sickness, it is best to avoid alcohol, tobacco, excess liquids and confined spaces.
What do I need to bring?
Antarctica is an extreme environment and although Antarctic cruises depart during the spring and summer months, the weather can change dramatically, with no warning and so you need to be prepared for conditions in this harsh region.
- A Parka, but don’t bring your own, it will be provided.
- Waterproof boots and pants
- Warm socks, gloves, scarf and a hat
- Sunscreen, sunglasses
- Zip lock plastic bags or dry sacks for carrying camera, batteries, etc.
Is it safe to travel to the Antarctic Peninsula?
All our tours are 100% tried and tested to ensure that when you travel with us, you are doing so in a controlled and safe environment with trained experts. Also, one of our biggest concern is the weather conditions to ensure you have the best adventure without risk of injuries to you or the vessel. For your safety, activities may occasionally need to be rescheduled or cancelled.