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What you’ll see on an Antarctica expedition cruise

Please only travel when it’s safe to do so.

When it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, the great white southern continent shakes off its heavy winter coat.

It’s summer in Antarctica – and the time when you can do an Antarctica expedition cruise.

Antarctica expedition cruise
We loved seeing all the penguins on our Antarctic expedition cruise

The penguins in Antarctica will mate and give birth.

Weddell and leopard seal pups will sun themselves on the ice.

Weddell seal on an Antarctica expedition cruise
A Weddell seal on the beach at Whaler’s Bay, Deception Island – cute, eh?

Whales will cavort in the icy waters.

And while Antarctica is a harsh frozen place during its winter, it really isn’t all that cold during its summer.

Between November and March, the Antarctic Peninsula (the area most visitors explore) averages about 20 F (-6 C). Mild enough that you can even go for a quick polar dip :-).

Icebergs in Antarctica seem to radiate an incandescent blue light

Antarctica expedition cruise photos

Here are some of our photos from cruising Antarctica with Lindblad Expeditions:

Lemaire Channel
Cruising in Antarctica’s spectacular Lemaire Channel
Cruising Antarctica
Two lonely penguins survey their surroundings (at least they have each other!)
Antarctic expedition cruise
Exploring the Weddell Sea by Zodiac
Antarctica scenery
Can scenery get any more dramatic?
Weddell seal
A Weddell seal scratches his (er… her?) nose
Cruising through the Lemaire Channel on an Antarctic cruise
Cruising through ice and snow in the Lemaire Channel
Port Lockroy
A colony of Gentoo penguins inhabits Port Lockroy (where there’s even a post office!)
Kayaking in Port Lockroy
Kayaking in Port Lockroy
Antarctic cruise
Hmmm… There’s a big iceberg in the way
A mushroom-shaped iceberg

About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the owners and founders of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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