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Total solar eclipse

Antarctic Solar Eclipse Voyage

from £14,636 excluding flights

  • 13, 15, 19, 21, 22 nights
  • Nov

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Highlights

In pictures
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Encounter adelie, gentoo, chinstrap and king penguins

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Enjoy shore landings and Zodiac cruises past glistening icebergs

Solar eclipse

Witness a total solar eclipse

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Visit the Falklands and South Georgia

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Encounter a wealth of wildlife including seals and seabirds

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Marvel at towering mountains and exquisite blue-hued icebergs

Why this trip...

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Choice of vessels

We offer a wide choice of small ships from simple budget-conscious options to purpose-built luxury vessels

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Special interest

Leading experts from renowned scientists to professional photographers accompany select departures

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

Overview

Experience a total eclipse from the unique perspective of a polar expedition ship, anchored at the very edge of the Antarctic sea ice in the remote Weddell Sea. This once in a lifetime voyage will also visit the far flung islands of the Falklands and South Georgia, as well as exploring the many natural attractions of the Antarctic Peninsula.

To witness the total eclipse, each ship will position itself in the centre of the shadow of the moon and if weather conditions allow, within the sea ice to provide a superb viewing opportunity whether you want to just observe or take photos. As well as experiencing the eclipse each expedition will sail the Drake Passage, visit the Falkland Islands and the spectacular wildlife-filled South Georgia as well as exploring the Antarctica Peninsula.

During the austral summer months, large areas of the Peninsula are ice-free making exploration possible and affording truly amazing photographic opportunities such as curious penguins, seals hauled out on ice floes and intricate ice sculptures. These eclipse expeditions departing in late November offer the ideal time to explore this remote area of the world.

Select departures will be accompanied by leading experts, from renowned scientists to professional photographers - see below for details.

For those short on time, also available are 14, 16 and 17-day itineraries which do not visit the Falklands and/or South Georgia, but focus primarily on the Antarctic Peninsula. Further details can be found in the prices section below. 

Itinerary

Day 1 embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Your voyage begins where the world ends, from Ushuaia, the southernmost city on the planet. Departing in the afternoon, set sail for the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel.

Your voyage begins where the world ends, from Ushuaia, the southernmost city on the planet. Departing in the afternoon, set sail for the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel.

Days 2-3 crossing the Drake Passage

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage you'll enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions in years gone by, from cool salt breezes, rolling seas and maybe spot a whale or two. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you enter the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Here you will notice a change in wildlife and is a great area for keen birders with many different varieties flying the skies.

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage you'll enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions in years gone by, from cool salt breezes, rolling seas and maybe spot a whale or two. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you enter the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Here you will notice a change in wildlife and is a great area for keen birders with many different varieties flying the skies.

Days 4-6 Antarctic Peninsula

Explore the icy coast of the western Antarctic Peninsula. Once in the Gerlache Strait there are several opportunities for landings where you can set foot on Antarctica itself. Often seen in this area are Gentoo penguins, leopard seals, Weddell seals, minke whales and the mighty humpback whale. If ice conditions allow, the ship will sail into the Weddell Sea where colossal icebergs welcome you as you arrive on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. There is the possibility of visiting Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound as well as Paulet Island, with its large population of Adélie penguins.

Explore the icy coast of the western Antarctic Peninsula. Once in the Gerlache Strait there are several opportunities for landings where you can set foot on Antarctica itself. Often seen in this area are Gentoo penguins, leopard seals, Weddell seals, minke whales and the mighty humpback whale. If ice conditions allow, the ship will sail into the Weddell Sea where colossal icebergs welcome you as you arrive on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. There is the possibility of visiting Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound as well as Paulet Island, with its large population of Adélie penguins.

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Days 7-8 at sea

Giant icebergs and a good chance of sighting fin whales are the highlight of these days as the ship aims to venture into the pack ice to find the best possible position for viewing the total solar eclipse.

Giant icebergs and a good chance of sighting fin whales are the highlight of these days as the ship aims to venture into the pack ice to find the best possible position for viewing the total solar eclipse.

Day 9 Weddell Sea & the Solar Eclipse - 4 Dec, early morning

The ship will positions itself in the centre of the shadow of the moon, and if possible, some distance into the Scotia Sea drift ice. Some coordinates for the path of the moon’s shadow: 7.06 UTC: 58.47.7 S – 42.45.2 W, 1.39 minutes, 8 degrees above horizon 7.08 UTC: 60.42.4 S – 40.59.8 W, 1.42 minutes, 9 degrees above horizon 7.10 UTC: 62.22.3 S – 39.48.0 W, 1.44 minutes, 11 degrees above horizon

The ship will positions itself in the centre of the shadow of the moon, and if possible, some distance into the Scotia Sea drift ice. Some coordinates for the path of the moon’s shadow: 7.06 UTC: 58.47.7 S – 42.45.2 W, 1.39 minutes, 8 degrees above horizon 7.08 UTC: 60.42.4 S – 40.59.8 W, 1.42 minutes, 9 degrees above horizon 7.10 UTC: 62.22.3 S – 39.48.0 W, 1.44 minutes, 11 degrees above horizon

Day 10 at sea

Along the route there may be ice and the chance to spot some south polar skuas and snow petrels trailing the ship north.

Along the route there may be ice and the chance to spot some south polar skuas and snow petrels trailing the ship north.

Days 11-14 South Georgia

Arrive at the spectacular island of South Georgia. Some of the areas you may visit are Cooper Bay, Grytviken, Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, St Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour. Cooper Bay is a great place to spot macaroni penguins, fur and elephant seals. Grytviken is an abandoned whaling station where king penguins walk the street. Fortuna Bay offers beaches inhabited by various penguins and seals, plus you have the chance to follow the final leg of Shackleton’s route to the abandoned whaling village of Stromness. Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour are sites that not only house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia, they are also three of the world’s largest breeding beaches for southern elephant seals. Watch as the four-ton bulls keep a constant vigil, and occasionally fight, over their territories where dozens of females have just given birth.

Arrive at the spectacular island of South Georgia. Some of the areas you may visit are Cooper Bay, Grytviken, Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, St Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour. Cooper Bay is a great place to spot macaroni penguins, fur and elephant seals. Grytviken is an abandoned whaling station where king penguins walk the street. Fortuna Bay offers beaches inhabited by various penguins and seals, plus you have the chance to follow the final leg of Shackleton’s route to the abandoned whaling village of Stromness. Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour are sites that not only house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia, they are also three of the world’s largest breeding beaches for southern elephant seals. Watch as the four-ton bulls keep a constant vigil, and occasionally fight, over their territories where dozens of females have just given birth.

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Days 15-16 at sea

Along this stretch the temperature gradually cools meaning nutritious water rises to the surface colliding with water columns which usually attracts a multitude of seabirds flying close to the ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels, prions, and skuas.

Along this stretch the temperature gradually cools meaning nutritious water rises to the surface colliding with water columns which usually attracts a multitude of seabirds flying close to the ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels, prions, and skuas.

Day 17 Port Stanley, the Falkland Islands

The capital of the Falklands and home to the vast majority who live on the islands, Port Stanley offers a charm of British life from yesteryear with its colourful houses, well-tended gardens and friendly English-style pubs and red telephone box. You will also see several century-old clipper ships nearby, a reminder of the sailors who lived here in the 19th century.

The capital of the Falklands and home to the vast majority who live on the islands, Port Stanley offers a charm of British life from yesteryear with its colourful houses, well-tended gardens and friendly English-style pubs and red telephone box. You will also see several century-old clipper ships nearby, a reminder of the sailors who lived here in the 19th century.

Day 18 The Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands offer an abundance of wildlife that is easily approachable and very curious. These islands are largely unknown gems, home to multiple species of birds and offering the chance to see Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters.

The Falkland Islands offer an abundance of wildlife that is easily approachable and very curious. These islands are largely unknown gems, home to multiple species of birds and offering the chance to see Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters.

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Day 19 at sea

Several species of albatross are likely to follow the vessel into the westerlies, along with storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels. Enjoy your last night aboard the ship as you cruise towards South America.

Several species of albatross are likely to follow the vessel into the westerlies, along with storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels. Enjoy your last night aboard the ship as you cruise towards South America.

Day 20 disembarkation, Ushuaia

Every adventure must sadly come to an end, and today you will disembark in Ushuaia with a head full of memories and a camera full of photos.

Every adventure must sadly come to an end, and today you will disembark in Ushuaia with a head full of memories and a camera full of photos.

Vessel Finder

There are a choice of vessels available for this voyage. Compare the facilities of up to three ships at a glance then talk to our Travel Specialists who will be happy to advise which one is right for you.

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Sea Spirit

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 114
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Hondius

New for 2019, the M/V Hondius is one of the strongest vessels of its category in the polar regions.

New for 2019, the M/V Hondius is one of the strongest vessels of its category in the polar regions.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 174
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Plancius

The M/V Plancius is a traditional ex-research vessel, with proven experience in icy waters.

The M/V Plancius is a traditional ex-research vessel, with proven experience in icy waters.

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 116
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Ortelius

A former scientific-research vessel, the Ortelius offers the classic small ship experience.

A former scientific-research vessel, the Ortelius offers the classic small ship experience.

  • Category: Simple
  • Passengers: 116
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Helicopter: on selected dates
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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World Explorer

The World Explorer is a new state of the art, purpose-built expedition vessel, among the fastest and most luxurious in our fleet of small ships.

The World Explorer is a new state of the art, purpose-built expedition vessel, among the fastest and most luxurious in our fleet of small ships.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 176
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ocean Diamond

One of the fastest ships in our fleet, the Ocean Diamond is also the first Carbon Neutral polar vessel, with all emissions being offset.

One of the fastest ships in our fleet, the Ocean Diamond is also the first Carbon Neutral polar vessel, with all emissions being offset.

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 189
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Greg Mortimer

Brand new for 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

Brand new for 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 120
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ocean Endeavour

The Ocean Endeavour is a bright and spacious purpose-built expedition ship, with excellent facilities, a range of optional activities and a focus on health and wellbeing.  

The Ocean Endeavour is a bright and spacious purpose-built expedition ship, with excellent facilities, a range of optional activities and a focus on health and wellbeing.  

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 199
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of boots
  • Optional activities available
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M/V Janssonius

Built specifically for exploring the Polar regions, the M/V Janssonius is amongst the strongest and most environmentally friendly vessels on the Polar seas.

Built specifically for exploring the Polar regions, the M/V Janssonius is amongst the strongest and most environmentally friendly vessels on the Polar seas.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 170
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Sylvia Earle

The sister ship to the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features the same cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

The sister ship to the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features the same cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 126
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available

Select 2-3 vessels to compare.

Excursions

Special Guest Lecturers

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Paul M Sutter

Sea Spirit 20 November 2021

This departure will be accompanied by guest lecturer, Paul M Sutter. Paul is an acclaimed astrophysicist, author, speaker, producer, and host for TV and podcasts, and currently holds the post of Cosmological Researcher and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Ohio State University’s Department of Astronomy and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics. His humorous and down to earth approach makes science accessible for all, ensuring you will be entertained as well as educated.

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Dr Michelle Thaller

Greg Mortimer 24 November 2021

Dr Thaller is the Assistant Director for Science Communication at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and will be the main lecturer for the voyage. Dr Thaller will conduct a series of talks alongside Dr Andrew Booth, a lead engineer on NASA’s WSFIRST mission to unravel the secrets of dark energy and matter, on the solar eclipse, Antarctica and wider astronomical questions.

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Fred Espenak

Ocean Diamond 25 November 2021

This voyage will include special presentations from the widely-respected Fred Espenak, a retired NASA astrophysicist and scientist emeritus at Goddard Space Flight Centre. Espenak, who’s known as Mr. Eclipse, has participated in 29 eclipse expeditions around the world.

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David Baron & Babek Tafreshi

World Explorer 26 November 2021

Guests will enjoy special presentations from eclipse experts David Baron and Babek Tafreshi. David Baron, author of “American Eclipse,” witnessed his first solar eclipse in 1998. He experienced such a visceral connection to the universe that it changed him forever. The veteran science journalist and radio broadcaster is also known for his hugely popular Ted Talk: “You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse.”

Babek Tafreshi is an award-winning science journalist-photographer who has documented solar eclipses on seven continents. He’s passionate about Earth and night sky photography, which he believes can act as a bridge between science, people and cultures through their shared interest in astronomy. Tafreshi is the night sky photographer for National Geographic.

Prices and Departures

Price from £14,636 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Group transfer from ship to airport
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2021 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from Special Interest
20 Nov 2021 23 days Sea Spirit £19,436 Guest Lecturer
23 Nov 2021 20 days Plancius £14,636
23 Nov 2021 ~ 16 days Sylvia Earle £15,036
24 Nov 2021 20 days Ortelius £14,636 - Waitlist
24 Nov 2021 22 days Greg Mortimer £21,039 Guest Lecturer
25 Nov 2021 20 days Janssonius £14,636
25 Nov 2021 20 days Ocean Diamond £19,596 Guest Lecturer
26 Nov 2021 20 days Hondius £14,636
26 Nov 2021 * 17 days World Explorer £19,196 Guest Lecturers
29 Nov 2021 ~ 14 days Ocean Endeavour £11,665

* This voyage visits the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia only
~ This voyage visits the Antarctic Peninsula only

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  • activity paddleboarding Paddleboarding
  • activity photography Photography
  • activity snorkelling Snorkelling
  • activity snowshoeing Snow-shoeing
  • activity kayak tester Kayak taster session

NOTES

  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Ushuaia is included with the Sea Spirit, Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle, Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Diamond and World Explorer.
  • The inclusions for this cruise are dependent on the vessel chosen, though those shown are applicable to all.
Please contact us for full details and to discuss the best ship/departure for you.

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