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Bucket List Group Travel > USA Bucket List > ANTARCTICA Total Solar Eclipse 2021 Wildlife Expedition Cruise
Overview

Once in a lifetime opportunity, get checked your bucket list with this awe-inspiring adventure!

ANTARCTICA – Solar Eclipse, Polar Kayak, Polar Camp, Polar Snowshoeing, Photography we have covered it all! 

To experience a total solar eclipse anywhere on earth is something truly spectacular. But to see the Earth’s moon conceal our 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 we are celebrating with a designated voyage from South America.

cruise route Antarctica

After sailing east to the eclipse zone, we’ll 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, we’ll 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.

Wildlife You May See

wildlife on antarctica

Highlights
Visited Places:

Ushuaia, Argentina

Elephant Island

Weddell sea

Antarctic Peninsula

Drake Passage

Shetland Islands

Travel Experience:
  • View a rare total solar eclipse in the Antarctic from the deck of the Ocean Endeavour

  • Hear from world-leading experts on the significance of this event in our onboard presentation series

  • Explore the Peninsula’s rugged and remote east side including the Weddell Sea and Erebus & Terror Gulf

  • Witness the historic Elephant Island – a focal point of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic Endurance saga

  • Visit the Peninsula’s western shores – abundant in penguin colonies and stunning marine life

  • Explore the sweeping vistas of landing sites on the South Shetland Islands

  • View albatross and spot for whales at sea en route to the eclipse zone

  • Take advantage of optional activities during the voyage such as sea kayaking, ice camping, photography workshops, and snowshoeing.

6 Reasons To Book This Trip

1. Affordable Adventure – Traveling with a like-minded group is not only fun but also it’s cost-effective instead of traveling solo.

2. Forget About The Planning – We take care of permits, transportation, and logistics, so all you have to do is show up.

3. Shared Photos – At the end of every trip we will have a google photo album where we share our wonderful tour pictures. We can also share to this website and multiply the memories!

4. Make New Friends – On every trip you will meet new people, it’s a good opportunity to make friends for your life while enjoying the group event.

5. Group Leader –  Event organizer will be there every step of the way, making sure that the trip goes as smoothly as possible.

6. Unforgettable Memories – All events are designed keeping in mind to have an unforgettable memory of your lifetime.

Notes
Tour Start

ushuaia, argentina

Tour End

ushuaia, argentina

Destination

Argentina / Antarctica

Flights
  • Arrival: Day01 arrive before 3pm 
  • Return: Day14 anytime after 3pm 
Airport: Ushuaia Airport (USH)

Tour Dates 2021:

29 Nov – 12 Dec

Meeting Point
  • The group meets at the arrival airport or at the hotel on Day01.
  • More details will be provided via group chat on WhatsApp
Availability
  • Seat available till the booking is open!
  • Balance due 2 months before the tour departure date!
* Minimum number of members requires for all group tour. Please confirm with the organizer before any flight booking!
Itinerary
Day01

ushuaia, argentina

lighthouse-Ushuaia
Description:

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ushuaia. With nothing planned apart from an important welcome meeting this evening, you’ve got today to begin exploring the world’s southernmost city. Take a stroll down Avenida San Martin, or for the more adventurous, how about tackling part of the Martial Mountains for a killer view over the Beagle Channel. After meeting your local leader and fellow travelers at your welcome meeting, why not head out for an optional dinner. Tonight’s all about introductions, and what better place to do it than with a traditional Asado – an Argentinean-style barbecue.

On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. 

Activities Included:
  • N/A – Free time
  • Airport transfer
Accommodation:
  • Hotel near Ushuaia
Day02

Ushuaia – Embarkation Day

ushuaia
Description:

You’ll jump aboard the Ocean Endeavour for your Antarctic expedition later in the day, so this morning, continue to explore Ushuaia. Perhaps check out the Museo Maritimo to brush up on local history, or just enjoy a morning strolling this languid town. Once you’ve boarded the ship, wave goodbye to Argentina and say hello to the Drake Passage. Next stop: the Antarctic.

Activities Included:
  • Free time – Sightseeing/walking
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Accommodation:
  • Ocean Endeavour (Cruise)

Day03 - 05

at sea

whales
Description:

En route to the Eclipse location, your time at sea can be filled with presentations from our 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 we spot for whales. On this special voyage, talks from our 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.

There are things on at different times of the day, so do as little or as much learning (and chatting) as you like! The Ocean Endeavour is equipped with a gym, library, heated saltwater pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and more, so there’s always something to keep you busy while crossing the open waters.

Activities Included:
  • Cruising
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation:
  • Ocean Endeavour (Cruise)

Day06

Total Solar Eclipse (Eclipse Point)

solar-eclipse
Description:

During the early hours of our 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, our ship will have sailed well into the zone of 100% obscuration, our navigators precisely measuring longitude in conjunction with local weather events to allow viewing for approximately 1 and a half minutes – the longest possible for the region.

Also on deck will be our resident experts in astrophysics and meteorology as well as our 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 we’ll give you an opportunity to rest and review your photographs while we aim to reach the historic Elephant Island.

Activities Included:
  • Solar Eclipse
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation:
  • Ocean Endeavour (Cruise)

Day07

Elephant Island

Description:

Join us on the bridge this morning as we scan the horizon for our first sighting of land since South America, when icebergs may well appear in numbers and when we 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, we’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.

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing/wildlife
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation:
  • Ocean Endeavour (Cruise)
Day08

weddell sea

pengin and seal
Description:

The eighth day of our voyage will see us 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 us 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 attracts an abundance of leopard seals and other marine fauna. On this day, we’ll be in
true expedition mode as we take the opportunity to reconnoitre this remote region on our way further south.

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing/wildlife
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation:
  • Ocean Endeavour (Cruise)
Day09 - 10

antarctic peninsula

activities
Description:

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, we’ll 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, we will be exploring glacial faces, channels, and bays of the Peninsula offering us 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, our 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.

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing/wildlife
Optional Activities:
  • Polar kayaking
  • Polar Camping
  • Polar Showshoeing
Special Information

Potential excursions and landing sites in Antarctica are determined by weather and ice conditions and cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation:
  • Ocean Endeavour (Cruise)
Day11

shetland islands

south shetland island
Description:

After turning north again, our voyage will take us 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 our excursions and take to the deck of the Ocean Endeavour for a toast to the Antarctic at sundown.

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing/wildlife
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation:
  • Ocean Endeavour (Cruise)
Day12 - 13

at sea, DRAKE PASSAGE

Description:

Looking back at the 10 days of Antarctic experiences behind us, we’ll sail north across the Drake Passage with South America again in out sights. 

This stretch of water offers good chances to spot for orca, seabirds and whales but also a great opportunity to recap the journey with your guides, partake in workshops for photo editing or simply gaze out the window in contemplation of what the Antarctic has just delivered us.

Our guides will be out on deck spotting birds and other wildlife but you can also find them in the lounge at night for a last few chances to share stories about the polar regions and swap photos of the incredible event that marked the start of our journey.

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing/wildlife
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation:
  • Ocean Endeavour (Cruise)
Day14

ushuaia, argentina

penguins on shore
Description:

Today is the last day, the tour ends after breakfast. Early morning disembarkation from the Ocean Endeavour allows plenty of time to resume your exploration of Ushuaia or to make a leisurely drive to the airport for connecting flights home.

Our guides will join you on the dock to farewell the ship and crew that have taken us to the last continent and back. Bid farewell to the group members and guide, hoping you will have loads of photos and great memories to share with your friends and family.

Activities Included:
  • Airport Transfer
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Our Expedition Cruise

voyager

Expedition Cruise
optional activities
Description:

The Ocean Endeavour is the ultimate expedition cruising ship. Strong, stable and with plenty of creature comforts, you will feel at home.
A huge range of activities both on and off the ship make her versatile and appealing to clients of all ages and budgets. The large Zodiac fleet, with boarding on both sides of the vessel makes for fast embarkation and disembarkation.

AMENITIES
  • Restaurant

  • Nautical lounge

  • Polar library

  • Gym

  • Swimming pool

  • Saunas

  • Spa facilities

  • Lecture theatre

  • Polar boutique

  • Sun deck and plenty of deck space for observation

  • Elevator access (Decks 4, 5 and 6)

  • Clinic with licensed Doctor

  • Wi-Fi in certain public areas (charges apply)

  • 24-hour tea and coffee available

  • Onboard laundry service (charges apply)

Inclusions

Price Includes

  • 1 Night hotel accommodations 
  • 13 Nights Ocean Endeavour (Cruise)
  • All meals onboard the vessel including snacks

  • Onboard lecture program (all voyages) from the expedition

    staff and naturalists

  • All onshore excursions and Zodiac cruising (excluding

    optional activities with cost)

  • Free use of rubber boots on land and use of

    waterproof outer shell jacket

  • Pre-night accommodation prior to embarkation,

    breakfast and transfer to The Ocean Endeavour for

    embarkation

  • Transfer to the airport on return to port

  • Use of gym, sauna, pool, and onboard Jacuzzi

  • Onboard yoga

  • All Port taxes

Price Excludes

• Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city • Visa and passport expenses
• 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 (recommended US$15 per person per day)

• Optional activities like Sea Kayaking or Ice Camping, Snowshoeing, 

Tour Information
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No. All trip prices are based on double occupancy rooms. You will be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender to share the accommodation. If you enrolled with another person, you’ll room with that person. Although single supplement option is available if you prefer a room for yourself. If you are interested in a single room please select the single supplement package while booking.

What are the accommodation options?

We offer luxurious hotels, budgeted motels, spontaneous camps, handy lodges and every other possibility at your destination.

What is cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking cancellation fees could apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

More than 60 days prior to departure you will receive a full refund less deposit amount
Between 45 to 60 days prior to departure we will retain the deposit or 50% of the amount paid (whichever is greater)
Less than 45 days prior to departure we receive the right to not refund any of the costs paid

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Yes, Travel insurance is required for all international trips. Insurance covers (and reimburses you) for things like trip cancellation, trip interruption, and trip delay, lost or delayed baggage, medical coverage, medical evacuation, etc.

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