Antarctica in November or February?

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#21
ExPerth, Now Melb Aus
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Originally posted by ms Eden
Is late February and early March too late? Chicks all gone?

We are looking at a Hurtigruten cruise.
It depends on which region you are specifically looking at - and which penguin breed. The regions differ - as do the breeding seasons.
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Sailed aboard - too many to list so just the highlights:
P&O Oriana 1984 (Indian Ocean) and 1986 (Pacific Ocean)
Superstar Virgo 2003 (Indian Ocean)
Kapitan Khlebnikov Nov 2010 (West Antarctica, Weddell Sea, Riser Laarsen Coast, Sth Sandwhich & Sth Georgia Islands)
Kapitan Khlebnikov Dec 2011 (Final voyage - East Antarctica & Heard Island)
Sea Adventurer: Feb 2014 (East side of Antarctica Peninsular, South Georgia Is, Falkland Is).
Radiance of the Seas: Nov 2014 Bravo Theatre Opera cruise - Noumea.

Ortelius: Feb 2014 Bluff NZ, Ross Sea, West Antarctica, Peninsula, Peter 1st Island, Ushuaia
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#22
Florida
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Joined Nov 2011
Originally posted by PerfectlyPerth
It depends on which region you are specifically looking at - and which penguin breed. The regions differ - as do the breeding seasons.


Thank you!

Another question, I am also looking at a late October/early November itinerary that includes FI and SGI. It seems to me Nov is a very good time to go to both, might even be better than Dec or Jan if I want to see elephant seals, is that correct?

Or is early Nov too early?

PS we are more interested in seals and penguins than whales.
#23
ExPerth, Now Melb Aus
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Mid Nov into Dec is excellent for SGI as its when you get the tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of seals and penguins all along the shores. Photographers dream. For the Kings its their fluffy kiwi fruit look times when they are moulting. No chicks - but many many juveniles and adult pairs. Always a lot of Adelies hanging around too. Should be macaronis and rockhoppers at certain landings.

You will still get whales at least daily - just not in mass numbers at that time.
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Sailed aboard - too many to list so just the highlights:
P&O Oriana 1984 (Indian Ocean) and 1986 (Pacific Ocean)
Superstar Virgo 2003 (Indian Ocean)
Kapitan Khlebnikov Nov 2010 (West Antarctica, Weddell Sea, Riser Laarsen Coast, Sth Sandwhich & Sth Georgia Islands)
Kapitan Khlebnikov Dec 2011 (Final voyage - East Antarctica & Heard Island)
Sea Adventurer: Feb 2014 (East side of Antarctica Peninsular, South Georgia Is, Falkland Is).
Radiance of the Seas: Nov 2014 Bravo Theatre Opera cruise - Noumea.

Ortelius: Feb 2014 Bluff NZ, Ross Sea, West Antarctica, Peninsula, Peter 1st Island, Ushuaia
Coming Up:

Hmmmmmmmmm