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Old 09-11-2016, 04:04 PM   #1
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Antarctica timing?

Starting to plan a visit (cruise) to Antarctica. This has been on my bucket list forever, and it has finally worked its way up near the top.

Since these trips basically run from late November through early February, I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on what part of that time frame might be best?

I should add that DW assumes we will use Lindblad because our Alaska trip with them was so great, but I'm entirely open to using another expedition company.

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Old 09-12-2016, 06:19 AM   #2
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No suggestion but it is on my list too so I will follow this thread with interest.

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I was there in February with my late wife. In the time we were there we had all 4 seasons. One day blowing snow, another warm enough to use the hot tubs.
Suggestion: go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy a pair of cement boots. You will need these for walking through the penguin poop. The lower picture is the boot washing station.
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:08 AM   #4
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I went in late January. Weather was great. One rainy/sleety day but otherwise fine to be outdoors every day.

Regarding bringing boots, I bought the suggested rubber boots, and then found out that my ship had dozens of pairs left behind by other passengers. Worth asking before you buy a pair.

One other key point. The size of your ship matters. There are rules about how many passengers can be ashore at a time. On a large ship, you will have to wait your turn. On my small ship they could land every passenger (35-40) at the same time.

We used Aurora Expeditions out of Ushuaia, and were very happy with our choice. Expert biology/wildlife guides, but not too expensive because they kept the food and cabins basic.

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I went during the end of January, and it was mostly not too cold. On deck at night, I'm glad to have had head, ear, and hand coverings. But most of the other times, it wasn't such a big deal to cover everything.

The picture of fellow passengers on deck was during the crossing of the Drake.

The picture taken on an aft deck of the Marco Polo was about 10pm, near Port Lockeroy. I don't think we lingered out there a real long time, but it was not brutal, or my Dad would have gone for his big red coat, lol!

On the extreme end, the least bundled up was the day my BIL and I went swimming at Deception Island. My Dad drew the line there, and didn't get in the water.
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