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Plan Now for a 2025 Trip to Antarctica

by Eugenia Lazaris

Dec 15, 2023

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If you’ve ever considered a trip to Antarctica, you are probably aware it isn’t a trip you can plan on the spur of the moment. Visiting one of the most difficult-to-reach regions of the world takes plenty of research and planning. While 2025 may seem impossibly far away to plan a vacation, read on to discover why now is the perfect time to start planning your bucket-list Antarctica vacation.

 

The season for cruising Antarctica is relatively short, so cruises sell out quickly and cruise lines specializing in these unique cruises recommend booking a year in advance. In addition, the sailing season to Antarctica is relatively short, running November through March, limiting the availability of cruises to choose from.

 

You’ll want to devote plenty of effort to choosing just the right cruise for your goals and expectations, such as whether or not you intend to go ashore and set foot on the continent. Visiting Antarctica comes with its own unique regulations and challenges that may directly impact your expectations, like rules limiting the number of passengers who can go ashore each day.

 

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators set the number of passengers who can go ashore at no more than 100 people at a time. This means if you travel on a large-capacity cruise ship expecting to go ashore each day your ship is on the continent, you will face some pretty stiff competition making your dreams come true.

 

To make matters worse, ships carrying more than 500 passengers are not allowed to land at all. While you will still cruise the continent and enjoy amazing views of the world’s most remote destination, one very few people get to see, you won’t have any opportunity to go ashore, so planning which cruise line to book your trip with is crucial.

 

Some cruise lines go above and beyond to make sure guests have an unparalleled experience and get to discover Antarctica in a variety of ways, such as Australian-based Scenic Luxury Cruises. With Scenic Eclipse, a ship designed specifically for polar exploration, passengers get an ultra-luxurious cruise combined with a host of unique opportunities. Guests not only get plenty of opportunity to go ashore (the ship sails Antarctica with a maximum of 200 passengers), but the Eclipse also comes equipped with both helicopter and submarine tours of the continent, along with a team of scientists on hand to share their expertise about the continent and its unique ecosystem.

 

While all of the above can certainly justify putting the time and effort into planning ahead for a tour of the world’s most remote continent, a pretty significant reason to start your planning early is the cost. Cruises visiting incredible ports around the world can be had for great prices, especially when cruise lines offer sales, but Antarctica cruises tend to come with a hefty price tag. The cheapest options can run as low as $5,000 per person, but if you really want to get the most out of the experience, be prepared to shell out as much as $18,000 or more per person. The cost may seem astronomical, but the experience will be well-worth it for a trip you will never forget.

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