Numerous travelers find Antarctica to be a destination that they can only dream about. Antartica is a unique and beautiful continent with a collection of wildlife, towering mountains, and icebergs that are bigger than most cruise ships. Approximately 20,000 people visit the “White Continent” every year. People travel to Antarctica via cruise ship from South America. However, many do not have adequate information about the region; rather, they have a number of misconceptions. If you are considering cruising to Antarctica, you will do well if you contemplate getting some basic knowledge of Antarctic cruises.
“Antarctica has this mythic weight. It resides in the collective unconscious of so many people, and it makes this huge impact, just like outer space. It’s like going to the moon.” ― Jon Krakauer
When Cruising To Antarctica, Size Matters
Just about 50 ships of various sizes visit the waters of Antarctica every year. The size of these ships ranges from small expedition ships, which can hold less than 25 members to traditional cruise ships with a capacity to hold over 1000 guests. Ships with over 500 guests do not permit their guests to go ashore. In such a case, people are only able to sail around the Antarctic Peninsula. Guests will definitely have an opportunity to see the continent and the wildlife from the decks of the ship. Although these cruises offer an excellent view of the continent, reconsider taking them if you want an opportunity to step on the continent.
These expedition ships are often high-priced. Smaller ships are not as expensive. However, these may not be a good choice. This is particularly so for people who are prone to seasickness or those that need to have more amenities, variety in food and better expedition leaders. You can book a ship that is capable of carrying 350 to 450 passengers at an affordable price for excellent food, comfortable cabins, and common areas.
Exercise Fanatics Can Indulge In Their Pastime On Some Ships
Cruise travelers are sometimes concerned that they will not get sufficient exercise when cruising to Antarctica. However, the Antarctic Treaty limits the time and the number of visitors who will be allowed ashore. Therefore, travelers can rest assured they will have more time on the ship than on the destination.
Tiny ships often do not have a fitness center or in most cases have a small one. Although travelers will definitely have an opportunity to go ashore, the time will be insufficient for exercise fanatics. If you have decided to invest your money in one of the bigger ships, you will have access to saunas, exercise equipment, and views like no other in the world. Larger ships also have promenade decks or outdoor walking tracks where guests can get the exercise they want.
Timing is Important
Timing is crucial for people who have decided to experience a memorable Antarctic cruise. The dates you choose will determine the kind of experience you have. People are likely to witness more snowfalls in the months of November and December although they can see plenty of snow during all Antarctic cruises. Nesting season for penguins arrives in December. Those who want to view baby chicks should travel during the months of January and February.
However, if viewing the Penguins is a prime reason behind your travel, you understand that cruise prices soar during the high season, which begins at the end of January and February. At this time, the weather improves, bringing warmer conditions.
Penguins Are Not The Only Attractions In Antarctica
Penguins are part of the five-star wildlife within Antarctica and throughout the world. The continent is also home to various types of seals. The lovely animals can be seen stretching out on the icebergs or just enjoying the warmth of the sun. While it is advisable not to get too close to them, it can definitely be fun to watch them stretch and roll while napping on their chosen spot.
Perhaps the animal that people will not be able to see is the polar bear as it is only found in the Arctic polar regions. However fortunate people who were cruising to Antarctica have reported viewing a tiny insect that is known as the Antarctic midge.