If you have less time to explore Antarctica, bypass the Drake Passage at the beginning and end of your voyage to spend the most time with your boots on the ground, exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. From young elephant seals to the enchanting Weddell seal, November brings these majestic creatures in droves to the South Shetland Islands. In December, keep your eyes on the water during a Zodiac safari, as during this time there’s an increase in sightings of baleen and humpback whales amid the Peninsula. On shore landings, look for the Gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins in their courtship rituals. FREE private charter jet service takes you between Punta Arenas and King George Island. A FREE 1-night pre-cruise and 1-night post-cruise hotel stay in Punta Arenas offers the utmost comfort to rest and relax before and after your journey.