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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica - Solar Eclipse Voyage

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A total solar eclipse occurs only every few years, and to witness it in Antarctica is, without doubt, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Embark on the Sea Spirit in Ushuaia, Argentina where you set sail for the rugged landscape of the Falkland Islands. Make your way to South Georgia, for incredible wildlife viewing opportunities before heading south to see the total solar eclipse from the Scotia Sea. Finally, discover the incredible beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, and the South Shetland Islands before heading north across the fabled Drake Passage where you will disembark back in Ushuaia. This experience is truly an adventure like no other!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Ushuaia | Embark
Day 3 : At Sea | South Atlantic Ocean
Days 4-6 : Falkland Islands
Days 7-8 : At Sea | Southern Ocean
Days 9-13 : South Georgia Island
Days 14-15 : Total Solar Eclipse in the Scotia Sea
Days 16-17 : At Sea | Southern Ocean
Days 18-20 : South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 21-22 : At Sea | Drake Passage
Day 23 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Experience the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness a Solar Eclipse while in Antarctica
  • See King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and Gentoo penguins
  • Admire the stunning beauty of the white continent
  • Discover an abundance of wildlife on the Falkland Islands

Ship

Sea Spirit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A group of penguins in the Falkland Islands Icebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay Total solar eclipse An elephant seal peeks out of the water around South Georgia Icebergs near South Shetland Islands

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and the starting point of your expedition. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel, which has been previously arranged and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore the city on your own. Take advantage of souvenir shopping and a variety of dining options in the city center.

Day 2 Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
In the afternoon you will be transferred to the pier and welcomed aboard your expedition ship. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as you slip your moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as you sail through the Beagle Channel on your first evening is wonderful and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3 At Sea | South Atlantic Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, head northeast toward the Falkland Islands. Keep a lookout for dolphins and whales. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Presentations by the experts prepare you for your arrival in the Falkland Islands.

Day 4-6 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. Spend two days in the remote outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters around the archipelago are home to cetaceans such as Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins. The exact route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these isolated and windswept islands. 

You also might visit the port of Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with an impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

Day 7-8 At Sea | Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From the Falkland Islands, head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. Cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from the experts prepare you for your arrival in South Georgia.

Day 9-13 South Georgia Island

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. The route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on weather conditions. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. Take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place.

South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivaled paradise for subantarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. Grytviken is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.

Your days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by the experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 14-15 Total Solar Eclipse in the Scotia Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As the time of the eclipse nears, leave South Georgia and proceed southwest across the Scotia Sea toward Antarctica. The goal now is to get into perfect position for observing a total solar eclipse. To accomplish this remarkable feat, the captain will navigate the ship precisely onto the narrow path of totality—the relatively small area from which one can see the sun’s light become totally obscured by the moon—at the precise time of the predicted eclipse. 

Essentially, you will try to meet the center of the moon’s shadow as it moves swiftly across the Scotia Sea during its rare and brief appearance in Antarctica. This may bring you within sight of the Weddell Sea pack ice, adding a great polar ambiance to this amazing celestial event. With the advantage of sophisticated ice charts and meteorological forecasts—and a little luck—gather on deck in the early morning of Friday, December 4th, under clear skies to observe a total eclipse of the Antarctic sun in the most pristine wilderness on Earth.

Day 16-17 At Sea | Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After the mesmerizing spectacle of the solar eclipse, continue west toward the Antarctic Peninsula. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. Also, encounter enormous tabular icebergs drifting north from the Weddell Sea.

Day 18-20 South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities, some with a gift shop and post office.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be your first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter.

Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the gorgeous Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies. At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs.

The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate your route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition. Exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery and excursions via Zodiac.

Day 21-22 At Sea | Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From Antarctica, head north through the Drake Passage toward South America. Presentations and workshops by your expert staff, as well as your range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for the end of voyage ceremonies including a slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 23 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, say farewell to the crew in the city of Ushuaia, where you started. You will be transferred to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

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Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance coverage with a minimum $200,000 (Antarctica) and $150,000 (Arctic) emergency medical coverage. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

Cruise Rates Include:
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure;
  • Group transfer to the ship on the day of embarkation;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by the experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log.
Cruise Rates Do Not Include:
  • Airfare;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service);
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 200,000;
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses;
  • Staff gratuities
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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