Everything you need to know to choose your perfect voyage
There’s a lot to consider when choosing the right voyage, from itinerary, to dates, to accommodation class, to adventure activities – and it can be hard to know where to start!
Our handy booking guide will walk you through the decisions you need to make. Choose a topic to get started! Links to more information in the sections below will open in a new tab.
When Should You Go?
The number one question we get asked is, “When is the best time to go to Antarctica?”
The truth? It’s always the best time! Sure, there are subtle differences between the Antarctic spring, summer, and fall; and if you have a choice, you can hone in on what’s most important to you. Visit our When to Travel page for more details.
But if you have a set time that you can go, and you’re worried that it’s not during “peak” season, rest assured that Antarctica is an incredible experience any time! It’s no coincidence that 98% of our guests say they would recommend their voyage to others – regardless of when they traveled.
Pro tip: Prices tend to be higher between mid-December and mid-February because that’s when most people can travel, not necessarily because it’s a “better” time to go. Oct-Nov and Feb-Mar are spectacular for their own reasons – the beginning of the season is when the landscape is at it’s most pristine and ice formations are at their largest, while the end of the season is when whale sightings are at their peak.
All About Pricing
We know it can be confusing sometimes to look at trip prices and get a clear idea of what you’ll pay for your voyage. Here are some important things to understand as you start to plan your journey.
Prices are always shown on a per-person basis. When you’re looking at the price of a stateroom or suite, you need to multiply that by the number of people in your party. If you’re traveling alone, we will pair you with another single traveler of the same gender who booked your same cabin class. (You will also share your included hotel nights with them.) If you do not want to share, you may request to remain a single, and we will charge you the per-person cabin rate times 1.7.
All voyage prices include the following:
⇒ 2 Hotel Nights plus Transfers and Breakfasts
⇒ All Excursions (Landings) in Antarctica, the Falklands, or S. Georgia
⇒ All Food and Drink on board – Alcohol included
⇒ Custom designed Expedition Jacket, yours to keep
See our full list of voyage inclusions
- Deposit due within 7 days
- Departures Nov 2022 to Mar 2023 – $1500 pp
- Departures Nov 2023 to Mar 2024 – 20% pp
- Final Payment due 120 days prior to departure
- We accept all major credit cards
- Payment Plans available – contact Sales
Early Booking Discount
Early Booking Discounts and other promotional pricing can be found on our Rates and Dates page.
*Does not apply to group bookings, exclusive voyages, or charter sales.
Choosing an Itinerary
No matter which voyage you choose, two things are guaranteed. You will visit the Antarctic Peninsula, and you will see penguins. Some itineraries will give you additional destinations, like the Falklands and S. Georgia, or the Antarctic Circle, which is further South than our standard itineraries go. Check out some of our recommended books about Antarctica for more information on the destinations themselves.
Most trip dates start on the date you should arrive at the hotel, and end on the date you walk off the ship.* The number of days includes 2 days prior to embarkation in your departure city and the day you disembark (which happens in the morning.) Usually the final day of the itinerary is the day you will fly home. Plan for at least 1-2 days of travel on either side of your arrival and departure dates.
*The exception is the one voyage per season that departs from Puerto Madryn. These dates include 1 hotel night prior to embarkation and 1 hotel night on the day you walk off the ship. The total number of days is the same, they’re just configured slightly differently.
All International flights land in Buenos Aires. You will continue from there on a separate domestic flight to Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn.
Individual itineraries will show you the day-by-day details, but generally speaking, it takes 2-3 days to travel between port and the Peninsula, which means on a 12-day itinerary, you spend approximately 5-6 days exploring Antarctica.
Pro tip: Choose the longest itinerary that you can afford from a time and money perspective. By far the most frequent comment we receive from returning guests is, “I wish I had more time.” You will never regret adding that extra day if you can manage it.
Staterooms and Suites
All of our staterooms and suites can acommodate two guests, with a limited number available for parties of three. Groups of four or more will need to be booked into multiple cabins. Groups of 6 or more may be eligible for a group discount.
Here’s everything you need to know at-a-glance to choose the stateroom or suite that’s right for your party. Click the cabin type to see a representative drawing.
The only staterooms that can accommodate three people. Standard Triples are configured with 3 twin beds or one queen and one twin.
Located on the lowest passenger deck of the ship, Portholes are best for those with seasickness. They are less ideal for outdoor views.
Located on Decks 4 and 5, Windows are good for outdoor views. This is the most prevalent cabin class, giving you the most choice of location.
These suites feature a sliding glass door with access directly onto the Promenade deck.
Verandas have private balconies. They generally sell out before any other cabins.
Only on Island Sky. Penthouse suites include an oversized private balcony.
Owner’s Suites are our largest cabins with large private balconies.
Camping, Kayaking, and More
Every itinerary has available activities that you may want to consider when you book. Some activities are extremely popular and sell out quickly, and those you will want to book at time of deposit.
CAMPING – $295: Get a taste of of what it must have been like for the earliest Antarctic explorers (albeit with better gear!) Sleep in a tent or under the stars in a bivvy sack. Don’t worry – you’ll be plenty warm in your insulated sleeping bag!
Camping is only available on Antarctica itineraries 13 days or longer. Camping is not available on Falklands, S. Georgia itineraries. Weather permitting, we camp once per voyage.
Camping sells out quickly. Be sure to sign up at time of deposit.
KAYAKING – $895: The most intimate way to explore Antarctica, just inches above the water, navigating glacial ice dating back 30,000 years.
Kayaking is available on all voyages. We kayak daily while in Antarctica (weather permitting!)
Kayaking sells out quickly. Be sure to sign up at time of deposit.
CITIZEN SCIENCE – INCLUDED: All guests have the opportunity to help us collect data for ongoing real-world scientific research projects. There are a number of projects you can take part in, so be sure to check out the sign-up sheets when you board the ship.
You do not need to sign up in advance to participate in our Citizen Science program.
PHOTOGRAPHY – INCLUDED: On every voyage, a dedicated photography coach will be at your disposal with invaluable tips and advice on how to capture the natural beauty of this unique landscape
You do not need to sign up in advance to participate in our Photography program.
Pro tip: If you think there’s a chance you will want to camp or kayak on your voyage, sign up when you book, even if you’re not sure. Your deposit amount will be the same either way, and it’s always easier to take yourself off the list than decide at the last minute that you want to join!