Antarctica Eclipse Expedition 2021

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Availability : November 23 - December 12, 2021

Antarctica Eclipse Expedition 2021

Highlights Include:

  • View an amazing celestial event from the remoteness of Antarctica
  • Witness vast landscapes and exceptional wildlife up close
  • Extraordinary opportunities for photos from the last true wilderness on Earth
  • Visits to the Falkland Islands as well as South Georgia
  • Cruise in the Weddell Sea on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula
Tour Details

From: $16,700 per person

22 days

Tour Dates:
November 23 – December 12, 2021

Antarctica is a truly extraordinary experience. Live the life of a true adventurer as you cruise down to the bottom of the world. Cross the Drake Passage, get up close with the wildlife, and stop to explore historic sites made famous by extraordinary explorers like Shackelton, Amundsen, and Scott . Plus, witness the wonders of the solar system! On December 4, 2021, there will be a total solar eclipse over the White Continent and you will be in position to experience this rare event!

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Itinerary
This is a cruise itinerary for a 22-day Antarctic Peninsula cruise. More Antarctica cruises of varying lengths are available, please inquire for more information.

Saturday, November 20, 2021Departure from US

Borton Overseas can assist with booking flights to Buenos Aires.

Sunday, November 21, 2021Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina | Meals: B

You are met outside customs for a private transfer to the hotel. Check in, then take the rest of the day at leisure in Buenos Aires. Overnight Buenos Aires

Monday, November 22, 2021Buenos Aires to Ushuaia | Meals: B

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport for the flight to Ushuaia. Upon arrival the group will transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Ushuaia

Tuesday, November 23, 2021Embarkation | Meals: B D

This morning, there is time to explore Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, or unwind at the resort. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening. Overnight on board

Wednesday, November 24, 2021The Winged Life of the Westerlies | Meals: B L D

Several species of albatross follow the vessel into the westerlies, along with storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels. Overnight on board

Thursday, November 25, 2021Finding the Falklands| Meals: B L D

The Falkland (Malvinas) Islands offer an abundance of wildlife that is easily approachable, though caution is always advised. Not only do various species of bird live here, but chances are great that you’ll see both Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters.

During this part of the voyage, you may visit the following sites:

Carcass IslandDespite its name, this island is pleasantly rodent-free and hence bounteous with birdlife. Anything from breeding Magellanic penguins and gentoos to numerous waders and passerine birds (including Cobb’s wrens and tussock-birds) live here.
Saunders IslandOn Saunders Island you can see the black-browed albatross and its sometimes-clumsy landings, along with breeding imperial shags and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and gentoos are also found here.
Overnight on board

Friday, November 26, 2021Porting in Port Stanley | Meals: B L D

The capital of the Falklands and center of its culture, Port Stanley offers a little Victorian-era charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs are all to be found here. You can also see several century-old clipper ships nearby, silent witnesses to the hardships of 19th century sailors. The small but interesting museum is also worth a visit, covering the early days of settlement up to the Falklands War. Approximately 2,100 people live in Port Stanley. Feel free to wander at will, though be aware that admission fees to local attractions are not included in the voyage. Overnight on board

Saturday-Sunday, November 27-28, 2021Once More to the Sea | Meals: B L D

On the way to South Georgia, you cross the Antarctic Convergence. The temperature gradually cools, and nutritious water rises to the surface of the sea due to colliding water columns. This phenomenon sometimes attracts a multitude of seabirds near the ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels, prions, and skuas. Overnights on board

Monday-Thursday, November 29-December 2, 2021South Georgia | Meals: B L D

Today you arrive at the first South Georgia activity site. Please keep in mind that weather conditions in this area can be challenging, largely dictating the program. You may visit the following sites over the next few days: Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Grytviken and/or Cooper Bay. Overnights on board

Friday, December 3, 2021Southward Bound | Meals: B L D

There may be sea ice on this route, and at the edge of the ice some south polar skuas and snow petrels could join the other seabirds trailing the vessel south. Overnight on board

Saturday, December 4, 2021Weddell Sea Pack Ice & Total Solar Eclipse | Meals: B L D

Very early in the morning the ship will position itself in the center of the shadow of the moon, and if possible, some distance into the Scotia Sea drift ice. The ice edge will be about 60°S, 41°W. Join your fellow explorers to witness this celestial event from one of the remotest places on earth.

Sunday-Monday, December 5-6, 2021Last Push to Antarctica | Meals: B L D

Enormous icebergs and a fair chance of fin whale sightings ensure there’s never a dull moment on this last sea voyage south. Also, your best chance to spot Antarctic petrels is here. Overnight on board

Tuesday-Thursday, December 7-9, 2021Awe-inspiring Antarctica | Meals: B L D

If the ice conditions permit, sail into the Weddell Sea. Possible stops may include Paulet Island, with its large population of Adélie penguins, and/or Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where you could get the chance to set foot on the Antarctic Continent itself.
If conditions aren’t favorable to enter the Weddell Sea from the east, the ship will set course for Elephant Island and head into the Bransfield Strait, between South Shetland Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. Here we will attempt to access the Antarctic Sound from the northwest. Deception Island is a possible stop in the Shetlands.
Other possibilities for Antarctic stops are in the Gerlache Strait, such as Cierva Cove. Mikkelsen Harbour on the south coast of Trinity Island is another alternative. Here you may enjoy a gentoo penguin rookery as well as some fine scenic cruising.
Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure. Overnight on board

Friday-Saturday, December 10-11, 2021North by Sea | Meals: B L D

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re greeted by a vast array of seabirds. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them. Overnight on board

Sunday, December 12, 2021Return and Disembarkation

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Included
  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodations in Buenos Aires
  • One night hotel accommodations in Ushuaia
  • Twenty-one nights shipboard accommodation in selected cabin category with daily housekeeping
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner) – please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including Zodiac shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Lectures and educational programs
Not Included
  • Round trip flights US-South America, including government taxes and surcharges
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, and luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports and visas
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Luggage handling at airports or hotels and excess baggage charges
  • On board communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, Wi-Fi from personal devices
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
Notes
  • Our Destination Specialists will work with you to customize any pre- or post-departure arrangements to your travel preferences
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