Best Antarctica cruise?

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This is the one we are booked in a Veranda suite on:

This one goes to South Georgia but was just too expensive for us.
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If you can afford it, it really is worth doing the longer trip which includes the Falklands and South Georgia. You won't regret it.
You can still do it relatively cheaply on an old Russian icebreaker. Not recommended unless you like to share facilities.
Check out Hapag Lloyd expedition ships and do it in 5 star luxury.
Have a look at Noble Caledonia , we are with them in November. 2nd visit.
National Geographic have great reviews.
Hurtigruten also.
But go it is amazing.

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As others have suggested, go for the longest trip you can afford and include the Falklands and South Georgia. All of our Antarctic (and Arctic) trips have been on Hurtigruten's Fram: she offered (for us) the best compromise on cost and comfort along with itineraries which suited us.

Each trip has been booked as soon as the brochure has been published, so almost two years before the sailing. That has produced good prices with Early Bird discounts and low flight costs as we could book as soon as flights were released. Last minute didn't make too much sense as the savings would be reduced by significantly higher air fares and we would not be able to have the choice (if any!) of itinerary and cabin that early booking offered.

If you need to reduce cost, don't pay-to-sway! Cabins lower down in the sjip are almost always lower cost than those higher up and, in less calm weather, the ship's motion is much less noticeable. Add to that that you are hardly ever in your cabin.