pros & cons of the
Early Antarctica
cruise season

November to

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Early Season
November to mid-December


Landing areas are still pristine because they have not yet been trundled upon by thousands of Antarctica tourists.

Iceberg and icescape shapes are at their dramatic best.

Cruise fares are typically lower and discounts are higher. Cruises are less likely to be sold out and, therefore, could be less crowded.


Sea ice may not have sufficiently melted, making some landings inaccessible.

Weather is colder and seas are somewhat rougher.

There are fewer daylight hours for sightseeing.

You see less wildlife activity, from ship and on shore.


The above advantages and drawbacks are more pronounced in the first several weeks of November.

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