Thanks, Tutles06. Of course, you are right. We are doing our main research on which would be the better month for our needs and expectations specifically -- early November or mid-February for the 24 day trip to Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia. My husband and I are amateur photography buffs (he does stills, I shoot video), and love spectacular scenery AND wildlife (have done many trips to Africa). We are trying to decide if November is better because it's more pristine, even if a little colder, or February is better because of penguin chick activity. We're not so much interested in whales. Any suggestions? Or are we simply overthinking this? Ideally, we wish Nat Geo offered the extended trip in December or January, but apparently they only do the shorter version of their trip (just Antarctica) in those months. We're pretty set on doing Nat Geo and not another cruise line. We like the smaller Orion ship, and we are in our early 70s and feel more comfortable with Nat Geo.I just had to smile a bit at your asking as to whether or not you may be "overthinking" the trip. I debated over various types of Antarctic trips - not only relative to the different companies but also whether to sail or fly over the Drake, etc. for probably the past 10 years or more. I got to the point where I realized that if I simply kept doing more and more research and holding those 'should I or shouldn't I' internal debates with myself, it became obvious that it could go on forever and I might possibly never wind up embarking on a trip that even gets close to Antarctica. I finally decided to just do it and went with the easiest, most uncomplicated trip I could find although it was certainly not as extensive and many people would say as authentic an experience as is available. It worked for me. As many people told me...no matter how you decide to go...just be sure you go! Best of luck to you. I'm sure you'll find the trip that works best for you!
I might add to plan on doing BOTH stills and video. I always do both. For this trip especially, you'll be glad you have some video as well. The scenery is spectacular. You'll find that whatever trip you go on, there will be LOTS of people with very good photographic equipment . This is not your average trip where most people are taking shots with their iPhones (although I saw a good number of people doing that). Enjoy!!