Antarctic Cruises 2013
For the best choice of Antarctic cruises, cheaper cabins and departure dates, your best bet is to book in advance. Here we'll share a range of exciting cruise and Fly-and-Cruise options for both early and late 2013.
Antarctic Cruise Availability
Early 2013 (Jan, Feb, Mar)
Fly and Cruise trips
66 Degrees South Circle Crossing 16th Feb
Trip of a Lifetime Air-Cruise 17th Jan (limited spaces available), 27th Jan, 1st Feb 2013
7-Day Fly and Cruise Expedition 22nd Jan and 6th Feb 2013
Express Tour of Antarctica 14th Jan
Antarctica Peninsula Trip
Active Antarctica 25th Feb (TBC), 7th Mar 2013
Ultimate Antarctica Voyage 18th Jan, 6th Mar, 16th Mar, 25th Mar 2013
Crossing the Polar Circle
66 Degrees South Circle Crossing 16th Feb 2013
Polar Circle Crossing 23rd Feb 2013
Crossing the Antarctic Circle 28th Jan & 7th Feb 2013 (Limited Availability)
Visiting the Falklands & Beyond
Falklands, South Georgia & Weddell Sea Voyage 22nd Feb & 28th Feb 2013
South Georgia Antarctic Cruise 10th Jan, 12th Jan & 26th Jan 2013 (Limited Availability)
Late 2013 (Oct, Nov, Dec)
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Antarctica offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to see glaciers, icebergs and wildlife; and remains one of the world's true wildernesses.
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Summer is in full swing with penguin chicks hatching all fluffy and grey, you'll see them earlier in the South Shetland Islands and later in the month to the south of the Peninsula. In January watch out for:
- Fur and leopard seal pups getting bigger, sticking close to their mums on the beaches.
- Penguin colonies are a hive of activity, with parents finding as much food as possible for their young, fending off giant Skua birds that prey on baby penguins.
February is still summertime and the continuously receding ice means that ice breakers can explore further south, visiting the Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea. Expect to see:
- Young penguin chicks are starting to get strong and big and can be seen huddling in 'penguin creches'.
- The concentration of fur seals increases
- February is prime time for whale watching with a variety of breeds feeding in the Antarctic Peninsula
By March, Autumn is well and truly here. The days begin to get shorter and the temperature starts to drop as the sun sinks below the southern horizon. Extensive walks into the South Shetland Islands are possible as although you may experience some winter frost during the night, snow cover is at its minimum.
- Young penguins are now in a state of adolescence and are interested and inquisitive in visitors
- Adult penguins are molting, making them look strangely shabby! They spend a lot of their time teaching their young to go to sea
- Whale watching is still very good at this time of year and there's a high chance you'll get near to lots of them
November is springtime in Antarctica, and as the ice begins to break and melt thanks to the sun's energy, Antarctica gets a burst of life - with plankton blooming on the ice and krill swelling in abundance. After a long, dark winter, Antartica's creatures make the most of the spring to fatten up before darkness strikes again. In November you'll see:
- Crabeater seals (born between September and November)
- Penguin courting rituals, nest building and stone stealing
- Penguin, petrel and comorant eggs are laid in November
- Elephant alpha seals aggressively guarding their harems on the beach until December
- Seals lounging on many icebergs
- Minke, Southern right whales and humpbacks arriving to feed
We're in early summer now, and many animals are being born, parents are searching for food for their young, and the variety of wildlife that can be seen on the icebergs, ice cliffs and Antarctic beaches is extraordinary. You'll see:
- whales feeding in Antarctica's food rich waters
- Petrel and comorant eggs are still hatching
- Penguin eggs start to hatch at the end of December in South Shetland Islands
- Days are lengthening so you should be getting near to 24 hours of daylight
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