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Antarctica Solar Eclipse 2021

Duration
20 Days
Prices From:
US$ 23,396

Witness a once in a generation event on this unforgettable journey to Antarctica. Join an expedition crew and venture to Antarctica in time to see the total solar eclipse in December 2021, the first time this rare phenomenon will have been visible from the South Pole since 2003.


This 20-day Antarctic vacation takes you to the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Falklands in time to experience a solar eclipse, which only occurs every 20 years or so at the South Pole. It features first-class accommodations aboard an ice cruiser, shared tours, and is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for adventurers to take in this unforgettable event.


Your journey begins in Ushuaia, at the southernmost tip of Argentina. Spend a night in this frontier town before joining your vessel, the Ocean Diamond, and beginning your journey across the Beagle Channel and south to Antarctica. The Ocean Diamond is a fully-equipped super-yacht capable of holding up to 189 passengers on its journeys through Antarctic waters. You’ll spend two days crossing the Drake Passage, the stormy waters dividing South America and the South Pole. During your time on board, you’ll prep for the days ahead by learning about the history and wildlife of the southernmost continent from the expedition crew. You’ll also have a good chance of spotting migrating whales in the waters below, as well as seafaring birds like albatrosses and storm petrels in the airs above.

You'll first lay eyes on Antarctica in the South Shetland Islands. You’ll spend three days exploring these islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Each day, head on zodiac excursions with the expedition crew to explore the frozen landscape. You’ll hike to penguin colonies and have the chance to see chinstrap, Adelie, and Gentoo penguins. You’ll also spot all manner of seals, from Weddel to fur to crabeater. Be sure to bring an excellent camera with you as you’ll need it to shoot fabulous images of these animals, as well as the minke whales that show up in the icy bays. If you’re feeling particularly bold, you can even take the polar plunge in the chilly Antarctic waters.

After exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, you’ll spend two days crossing the Scotia Sea between the South Orkney Islands and South Georgia. During this time, you’ll learn about astronomy from retired NASA scientist, Fred Espenak, and get prepped on what to expect from the solar eclipse. On the third day, it’s time for the main attraction: the solar eclipse. Head on deck to watch the moon block out the sun for one minute and 40 seconds. The eclipse sits much lower on the horizon at this extreme southern latitude, which makes it much more difficult to spot, but once you do spot the eclipse through your special viewing glasses, you’ll be rewarded with a sight you’ll remember for the rest of your life. After the sun has returned to the sky, celebrate with a champagne lunch with your fellow passengers.

Reach South Georgia Island and spend four days exploring one of the most fertile spots in southern waters. You’ll spot all manner of penguins and seafaring birds on the island, as well as remnants of whalers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Hike alongside abandoned bases, skirt whaling stations on the coast, and visit Grytviken, one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters, and the resting place of iconic Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton.

Return to sea and spend another two days crossing the waters on route to the Falkland Islands. In the Falklands, you’ll head on zodiac excursions to visit penguin colonies and spot other fascinating birdlife that live on the islands. You’ll also have a chance to visit Stanley, the capital of the Falklands and a rugged British outpost with a quiet atmosphere. You’ll then head back to sea and return to Ushuaia.

When you reach Ushuaia, you’ll bid farewell to your fellow explorers and disembark.

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Duration
20 Days
Prices From:
US$ 23,396

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Day 1

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port at the tip of South America. It's the ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a cafe in town.

Day 2

Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration18 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Diamond

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    Ocean Diamond



    The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions. As one of the newest, fastest, and most eco-friendly ships in Antarctica, it is also ...

    The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions.

    As one of the newest, fastest, and most eco-friendly ships in Antarctica, it is also one of the most comfortable. There are 101 elegantly designed cabins and suites, all with exterior views, and expansive common spaces, a club lounge, and a spacious restaurant. The ship offers numerous adventure options, plus on-board features such as interactions with photography instructors. After a full day of exploration, passengers can relax, browse books or DVDs in the well-stocked polar library.

    Passengers traveling to one of the world's most remote destinations will also do so in a "greener" fashion; the Ocean Diamond is the first ship in Antarctica, and in polar to offer certified Carbon Neutral voyages.

    Facilities

    • Doctor on Call
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Massage Treatments
    • Theater

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Day 3

Crossing the Drake Passage

Your days at sea are filled with presentations led by your Expedition Team who will prepare you for the wildlife, glaciology and history that will greet you upon your arrival.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Crossing the Drake Passage

In between presentations, spend time on deck looking for wildlife or chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

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Day 5

South Shetland Islands and Antarctica Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica.

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Day 6

South Shetland Islands and Antarctica Peninsula

You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you'll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment you'll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each excursion, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adelie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

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Day 7

South Shetland Islands and Antarctica Peninsula

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you'll treat yourself to an extra special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional paddling excursion (at an extra cost) or cast reason aside and jump into Antarctic waters for the Polar Plunge!

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Day 8

At Sea

Say goodbye to the Antarctic Peninsula, as your next destination is the Scotia Sea, between the South Orkney Islands and South Georgia, where you'll witness a rare natural phenomenon: a total eclipse of the sun in Antarctica!

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Day 9

At Sea

Our Expedition Team will prepare you in advance with expert presentations and workshops on astronomy, meteorology and other related topics to help prepare you for that once-in-a-lifetime event: total solar eclipse in Antarctica. Joining you for the eclipse is world-renowned eclipse expert Fred Espenak. Known as ''Mr. Eclipse,'' Fred is a retired NASA scientist and has participated in 29 eclipse expeditions around the world.

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Day 10

Solar Eclipse at Sea

Early this morning, you will be summoned on deck to witness an extraordinary, much-awaited moment: a solar eclipse, the very brief period (1 minute, 40 seconds) when the moon blocks the sun's light, plunging the polar regions into darkness. Every guest will be provided with a pair of eclipse glasses before the momentous event. You'll savor the stillness of this magical moment with your fellow umbraphiles (eclipse chasers), knowing you're among the few to have witnessed this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. As with all eclipse sightings, visibility is influenced by the weather and cloud conditions.

Unique to this experience will be its location at sea, and the more extreme latitude which places the eclipse low on the horizon, making a successful sighting that much more difficult, and more rewarding should all the stars align for the eclipse to be visible. After the eclipse concludes around breakfast time, feel free to celebrate the unforgettable moment or return to your bed. In addition to the eclipse glasses, guests will also receive an invitation to a special celebratory toast to commemorate their special total eclipse voyage.

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Day 11

South Georgia

South Georgia is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins. It won't take you long to realize that you are in a bird paradise, as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance.

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Day 12

South Georgia

You'll find that South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by.

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Day 13

South Georgia

Your Expedition Team will help bring those days to life while you visit old whaling stations and enjoy presentations on the South Georgia of then and now.

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Day 14

South Georgia

One of the most significant sites you will visit on the island is Grytviken. This settlement is one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is home to the remains of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

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Day 15

At Sea

Today, you are enroute to Falkland Islands.

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Day 16

At Sea

Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your incredible experiences.

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Day 17

Falkland Islands

Upon your arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), your camera will get its first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of this sub-Antarctic region. The archipelago contains two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, which you will explore during daily Zodiac excursions and landings.

Stanley, also known as Port Stanley, is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with eclectic charm. You'll be free to explore, grab a pint at the local pub or visit numerous churches and museums.

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Day 18

Falkland Islands

In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins. If you're lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see black-browed albatross, plus two endemic bird species - the flightless Falkland steamer duck and possibly the elusive Cobb's wren.

Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna, making the most out of your time in the Falklands.

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Day 19

At Sea

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins.

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Day 20

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. Airport transfers will be provided for those departing on the first homeward flights. Other guests will be transferred to town.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Ocean Diamond
2021
: Nov 25

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Total Eclipse (weather permitting)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Hiking
  • On board presentations
  • Polar Plunge
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships' galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • Beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • An official Expedition parka to keep
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night's pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.)
  • Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
  • Group departure transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport or to luggage storage facility

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Airfare unless otherwise specified in itinerary
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Telecommunication charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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