An Antarctica Honeymoon
Some ideas to think about if you're planning a honeymoon to Antarctica...
An Antarctica honeymoon may, perhaps, not be the first destination you would think of when considering your trip of a lifetime but there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t! With luxury cruise boats, fantastic scenery and breathtaking wildlife; it has all the ingredients for a truly unforgettable experience and can easily be combined with a stay in Chile or Argentina.
On this page, we have tried to point out some of the key things to think about when planning a honeymoon to Antarctica:
The main thing to consider when thinking about an Antarctica honeymoon is how long you would like to spend on the cruise boat and whether you want to tie it in with a longer itinerary through Chile or Argentina. Most cruise boats leave from Punta Arenas or Ushuaia, so it’s very easy to add an Antarctica cruise onto a trip to Patagonia and other areas of Chile and Argentina. For those who want the Antarctica cruise to be the focus of their trip, then a longer cruise which takes in the Falklands and South Georgia is a good option. On the other hand, for those who are also keen to visit the highlights of Chile and Argentina on their honeymoon, then a short fly and cruise itinerary will allow you to include a cruise to Antarctica without it taking up the whole trip.
The second thing to consider when planning a honeymoon to Antarctica is how active you want to be. All cruise ships are equipped with a fleet of zodiacs and an on-board expedition team to help you make the most of landing and wildlife viewing opportunities. For those who are keen on their activities and adventure sports then there is also the option to opt for a cruise where kayaking, ice walking and camping out on the ice are also offered.
We would recommend staying on one of the smaller cruise ships as they can generally get passengers off the boat and into zodiacs more quickly, which results in longer and more frequent landings and more opportunities to view wildlife.
Picking a time to visit Antarctica is fairly straightforward as the season only runs from the end of October to the beginning of March, which coincides with summer in South America. December and January are generally the most popular months to travel to Antarctica, when the days are longest and the sunsets most spectacular. Nevertheless, visiting at either end of the season has it’s benefits, so it’s worth having a look at our When to go section for a breakdown of the different months.
If you have looked into the price of Antarctica cruises, you will know that they don’t come particularly cheaply. However, how much the cruise costs will ultimately come down to which boat you choose, how long the cruise is and on which date you travel, so it’s worth considering the points above to get you started. It’s also worth bearing in mind that lots of cruise boats will offer generous early booking incentives, which can help to bring the cost down.
If you’re looking for affordability, then some of the shorter fly and cruise itinerary will give you a taste of Antarctica without using up all of your time and budget. For those who want the cruise to be the main focus of their honeymoon, then most of the luxury cruise ships to Antarctica offer the same services as 5* hotels, with spas, fitness centres and top-class restaurants on board, meaning they’re more than adequate for a honeymoon trip.
We understand that there are a number of different factors and combinations to consider, so, after having a think about the above points, we would suggest having a chat with you to talk through the different possibilities and find out which options you are leaning towards. Are you keen to visit Antarctica to see the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands only? Or are you looking for a real nature and wildlife trip, taking in The Falklands and South Georgia, as well? Are you looking for a cruise which you can combine with other destinations in South America or are you looking for a lengthy cruise which will be the main focus of your honeymoon?
If you’d like to speak to us about the different options and selecting the right cruise for your Antarctica honeymoon, then please give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be very happy to help!