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To experience a total solar eclipse anywhere on earth is something truly spectacular. But to see the Earth’s moon conceal the sun while surrounded by the seabirds, rugged ocean and wild islands of the Antarctic is a once in a lifetime opportunity. On December 4th 2021, a total solar eclipse will be viewable only from some of the Earth’s most southern latitudes – an exclusive and unique phenomenon that will be celebrated with a designated voyage from South America. After sailing east to the eclipse zone, take the opportunity to explore a less frequently trodden side of the Antarctic Peninsula, traversing the Weddell Sea and Antarctic Sound and visiting the historic Elephant Island before experiencing the sights and sounds of the Peninsula’s penguin-abundant north western shores. After this east-west traverse of Antarctica’s phenomena, its history, its wilderness and inhabitants, give a salute to the frozen continent and the witnessing of a once-in-a-lifetime event to the backdrop of a Shetland Islands sunset before turning north. Solar Eclipse 2021 is a truly unique itinerary and a rare glimpse of a dark Antarctica contrasted with its gleaming, icy shores.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Total Solar Eclipse
Day 7 : Elephant Island
Day 8 : Weddell Sea
Days 9-10 : Antarctic Peninsula
Day 11 : South Shetland Islands
Days 12-13 : At Sea – Drake Passage
Day 14 : Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Highlights

  • View a rare total solar eclipse in the Antarctic from the deck of the Ocean Endeavour
  • Explore the Peninsula’s rugged and remote east side including the Weddell Sea and Erebus & Terror Gulf
  • Visit Antarctica's western shores – abundant in penguin colonies and stunning marine life
  • Photograph the sweeping vistas of landing sites on the South Shetland Islands

Ship

Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Camping in the Polar regions A whale comes up to say hello Total solar eclipse Penguins navigating the icy slopes Midnight sun over the flat-topped icebergs of the Weddell Sea Hiking in Antarctica Penguins on the shores of Antarctica

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where your representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. The first night of your voyage is spent in the quaint town of Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world, and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

The remainder of the day is at leisure and you are free to explore, perhaps making a few last-minute purchases from the many shops or artisan markets or relaxing in a café. Visit the excellent museums along the main street, Avenida San Martin, or wander the streets and take in the town’s dramatic setting, with views of the mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south.

Day 2 Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
This morning is free for you to explore Ushuaia, giving you time to wander the streets of this quaint port town, or discover Tierra del Fuego National Park. Transfer to the pier of Ushuaia for embarkation in the late afternoon. You will be welcomed on board the Ocean Endeavour by the Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. This evening set sail through the Beagle Channel that was named after the British ship the HMS Beagle. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America, and is rich in wildlife. Keep a look out for Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross from the deck as well as sea lion colonies.

Day 3-5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
En route to the Eclipse location, your time at sea can be filled with presentations from your onboard team of experts or enjoy photography and bird watching from the warmth of the viewing space on the Ocean Endeavour’s spacious bridge as albatross and other seabirds circle the ship and spot whales. On this special voyage, talks from the resident astrophysicists and meteorologists will prepare you for the incredibly rare event that lays ahead and evening programming will see a chance for a casual drink at the bar while you get to know your shipmates and guides.

Day 6 Total Solar Eclipse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the early hours of the fifth expedition day, you will be invited onto the deck of the Ocean Endeavour to view the incredibly rare spectacle that is an Antarctic Total Solar Eclipse. During the night, the ship will have sailed well into the zone of 100% obscuration, the navigators precisely measuring longitude in conjunction with local weather events to allow a viewing for approximately 1 and a half minutes - the longest possible for the region. Also on deck will be the resident experts in astrophysics and meteorology as well as the team of photography guides to interpret this astronomical phenomenon and instruct on how best to capture a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Following the early start to the day, the ship will turn back to face the west and you'll have an opportunity to rest and review your photographs while aiming to reach the historic Elephant Island.

Day 7 Elephant Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join the crew on the bridge this morning as you scan the horizon for your first sighting of land since South America, when icebergs may well appear in numbers and when you first lay eyes on the continent of Antarctica. The Ocean Endeavour’s navigators will be aiming for the historic Elephant Island – a place central to the incredible survival story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men who used this very island as a camp and rendezvous point during the final and harrowing legs of their epic Endurance saga. Either from the ship or from zodiacs, you’ll witness Point Wild – the very place where Shackleton’s men clung to rocks for several months in anticipation of his return from South Georgia. Ashore, a monument marks this site and the incredible feat of survival that surmises their astonishing journey.

Day 8 Weddell Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The eighth day of your voyage will see the ship turn south and sail toward the eastern side of Joinville Island, at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Far less trodden than the western shores, this area affords time to truly explore some of the world’s most remote and rugged beaches and islands. This area is home to some of the largest Adelie penguin colonies on Earth which attract an abundance of leopard seals and other marine fauna. On this day, you’ll be in true expedition mode as you take the opportunity to visit this remote region on your way further south.

Day 9-10 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Perhaps the most profound experience and when the sights and sounds of the Antarctic really come to life is upon visiting one’s first gentoo penguin colony. Here, on the Peninsula’s western side, explore some of the continent’s most famous locations where tens of thousands of penguins find a rare piece of bare rock on which to nest for the summer months. At this time of year, penguins will be sharing incubating responsibilities and perhaps a few tiny penguin chicks will be appearing. Jumping out of a zodiac onto a beach laden with these vast congregations of birds makes for an unforgettable immersion into the Antarctic ecosystem and a sensory experience like none other! In addition to the penguins, on this voyage, explore glacial faces, channels and bays of the Peninsula offering you the chance to witness icebergs of every description and to get up close and personal with the various seal species that call this part of the continent home. Along the way, your expedition team will be constantly scouting for those leviathans of the ocean – the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to this part of the world at this time of year to feed on krill.

Day 11 South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After turning north again, your voyage will take you to the rugged, windswept vistas of the South Shetland Islands. Home to some peculiar species including elephant seals and fur seals, these islands also boast a water-bound volcano, a string of scientific bases and some of the best sunsets the Antarctic has to offer – making for a fantastic way to round out your excursions and take to the deck of the Ocean Endeavour for a toast to the Antarctic at sundown.

Day 12-13 At Sea – Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Leaving the Antarctic Peninsula behind, head back across the Drake Passage. This is another great opportunity to look out for wildlife from the deck of the ship, as you identify seabirds and maybe whales with the help of your Expedition Team. Gain more insight into the region by attending final lectures and presentations by the polar experts and take time to relax and reminisce about your Antarctic experiences. By the evening you can hope to be back in the tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel, ensuring a restful night's sleep on board.

Day 14 Disembarkation in Ushuaia

  • 1 Breakfast
You are scheduled to arrive into Ushuaia early this morning, disembarking after a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or maybe spend a few days in Ushuaia, giving you time to explore further, maybe hiking in Tierra del Fuego National park.

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Ushuaia - Hotels

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Flexible New Booking Policy
For all new bookings, travelers pay a reduced deposit amount and have the flexibility to change travel dates free of charge up until 30 days prior to departure. Subject to availability on any departure through 2023. Contact us for more details. Some restrictions may apply.
Applies to 2020 departures

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Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m), an interior Single cabin mid ship on Deck 5 with a lower berth and private bath, TV and radio.
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Triple (Cat. 2)
Approximately 225 sq. ft. (20 sq. m), a Triple on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with three lower berths, and private bath. Cabin 4100 has four lower single beds and one private bathroom with a separate shower room.
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Deck five: Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
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Deck four: Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
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Deck five: Picture window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
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Comfort Twin (Cat. 6)
Deck four: Two portholes windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths - 175 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture window, partial view, two lower berths- 135 sq.ft. Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view, matrimonial bed, pvt. bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft.
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Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, approx. 190 sq. ft. Deck eight: oversize windows, partially obstruction view, matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
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Superior Twin cabins on deck 5 are approximately 21 m² and feature a large picture window, one double or two lower beds and a pull out sofa bed and private bathroom. Deck 7 Superior Twins are approximately 17 m² ( )
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Junior Suite (Cat. 9)
Junior Suites on Deck 5 are at least 325 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), and at least 164 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) on Deck 7. All Junior Suites feature a picture window with an unobstructed view, one double bed and a private bath.
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Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), the Owner’s Suite on Deck 7 features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub.

Notes

Solo Travelers: Single Cabins are available in Cat 1. & Cat 4. Same gender shared cabins are available at no extra charge (not available in Cat 8, Cat 9 or Cat 10). Single occupancy of other cabins at 1.7x double occupancy rate. 

Child Policy: Child rate is 50% of adult double occupancy rate in selected cabin. Minimum age of 8.
Children must be aged between 8 & 12 at time of travel to be eligible for these rates.

Please Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, ice conditions and other factors.

Expedition Costs Include:
  • 1-night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • Group transfer from the hotel to pier
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals onboard including snacks
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except optional activities with cost)
  • Guiding and lectures by an expedition team
  • Free use of rubber boots on land
  • Use of gym, sauna, pool, and onboard Jacuzzi
  • Onboard yoga
  • Use of wind and water-resistant jacket
  • All port taxes
  • Transfer airport to the hotel on Day 1 and pier to the airport on the day of disembarkation
Expedition Costs Do Not Include:
  • Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
  • Gratuities for the crew 
  • Optional activities (kayaking, camping, intensive photo course)
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