Solar eclipse cruise in Antarctica onboard Hondius

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Your Antarctica solar eclipse tour begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Over the next couple of days, you will cruise the Drake Passage with potential sightings of fin whales. The ship will be also followed by many different species of albatross.

This is an extended voyage which will give you the chance to sail further than most down the icy coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Entering the Gerlache Straight there will be several opportunities to land and set foot on the Antarctic Continent. There are epic landscapes in this region, with floating glaciers and lots of wildlife including penguins, leopard seals and humpback whales. We will also cruise to South Shetlands and Deception Island where you can find abandoned whaling stations and hot springs. 

Depending on the weather, your Antarctica solar eclipse cruise will enter the Weddell Sea where you will pass more colossal icebergs and arrive at the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. The ship will head deep into the pack ice to find the best possible viewing spot for the solar eclipse and right in the centre of the moon's shadow. 

After the Eclipse, your Antarctica solar eclipse cruise will head north to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

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A chance to see a total solar eclipse in a truly special place

Go further south than most along the Antarctic Peninsula

Get up close to Antarctic wildlife on the Falkland Islands

Tour Itinerary

Day 1-3
Ushuaia Antarctic Peninsula

Your Antarctica cruise begins in Ushuaia heading south on the Drake Passage. Your cruise starts heading towards the Antarctica Peninsula where you will get the chance to meet many species of albatross and perhaps sightings of fin whales.

Day 4-6
Antarctic Peninsula Brown Bluff

This is an extended voyage, so you have the chance to be able to sail even further down the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Here you will have lots of opportunities to land amongst epic landscapes and sight huge glaciers. Gentoo penguins, leopard seals, Weddell seals, humpback whales, and minke whales are often seen here.

On this leg of the journey, we will also visit the South Shetlands, Deception Island and sail into the Weddell Sea to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 7-9
East Antarctic Peninsula Scotia Sea drift ice

Venture into the pack ice to find the best possible position for viewing the solar eclipse. The ship positions itself in the centre of the shadow of the moon, and if possible, some distance into the Scotia Sea drift ice.

Day 10-14
Scotia Sea drift ice South Georgia

Your Antarctica cruise heads northbound towards South Georgia were a Zodiac cruise in Cooper Bay offers a great opportunity to see macaroni penguins. Elephant seals and albatrosses are also found close by.

The cruise may also visit Grytviken, Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour to see whaling stations, the largest colonies of king penguins and other wildlife. You might be able to see the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave.

Day 15-16
South Georgia Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Cross the Antarctic Convergence where nutritious water rises attracting a multitude of seabirds.

Day 17
Port Stanley

Visit the capital of the Falklands with colourful houses, beautiful little gardens and English style pubs. Large clipper ships can be seen here. We would recommend that you wander around town and enjoy local attractions.

Day 18
Falkland Islands

Experience an easily approachable abundance of wildlife. You may even get a chance to spot Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters.

Day 19-20
Falkland Islands Ushuaia

Today you will start your journey back home. Cruising through the westerlies several species of albatross follow the vessel.

What’s Included

Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Included Copy 7 Meals ashore
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Included Copy 20 Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Included Copy 20 Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation
  • Included Copy 20 Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkatio
  • Included Copy 20 All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • Included Copy 7 Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Included Copy 7 pre- and post-land arrangements
  • Included Copy 7 transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia and Ascension and from the vessel in Ascension and Praia
  • Included Copy 7 passport and visa expenses
  • Included Copy 7 Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Included Copy 7 Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance
  • Included Copy 7 excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and
  • Included Copy 7 customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard
Transportation
MV Hondius | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

176 in 83 cabins + 72 Staff & Crew Passengers

Activities

  • Included Sail far down the western Antarctic Peninsula
  • Included Antarctic Continent landings
  • Included Potential landings at South Shetlands and Deception Island
  • Included Solar eclipse viewing deep within the Scotia Sea drift ice
  • Included Zodiac cruise in Cooper Bay
  • Included Visit elephant seals and penguin colonies
  • Included South Georgia Museum and Shackleton’s grave
  • Included Stop over at Port Stanley
  • Included Visit the Falkland Islands
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Duration

20 days

Price from

$16,400 USD

Per person, twin share

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