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Total Solar
Eclipse 2021

WITH OUR PARTNERS AT WILDERNESS TRAVEL

USHUAIA TO USHUAIA

Total Solar Eclipse 2021

WITH OUR PARTNERS AT WILDERNESS TRAVEL

USHUAIA TO USHUAIA

A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME ADVENTURE TO THE FALKLANDS, S GEORGIA, & ANTARCTICA

Our partners at Wilderness Travel will be hosting this absolutely spectacular experience—seeing a total solar eclipse on a Polar Latitudes expedition cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll travel in the company of our team of expert naturalists and Wilderness’ world-renowned guest speakers featuring distinguished UC Berkeley astronomer Dr. Alex Filippenko, renowned mountaineer and polar explorer Conrad Anker, and climate scientist Tim Jarvis — who once recreated the epic Antarctic sailing and mountain crossing undertaken by Sir Ernest Shackleton. 

Sailing on board the newest ship in our fleet, the MS Seaventure, you’ll be treated to a host of amenities, like a fitness center, sauna, and heated salt-water pool. Plus, Seaventure’s 1A Super ice class and extra mobility gives us the flexibility to maneuver into the ideal viewing position on Eclipse Day.

While this voyage is operated by Polar Latitudes, all bookings and inquiries must go through Wilderness Travel

Departure:
21 DAYS / 19 NIGHTS ON BOARD

Nov 22, 2021 – Dec 12, 2021

Activities:

Kayaking
Photography
Citizen Science

A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME ADVENTURE TO THE

FALKLANDS, S GEORGIA, & ANTARCTICA

Our partners at Wilderness Travel will be hosting this absolutely spectacular experience—seeing a total solar eclipse on a Polar Latitudes expedition cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll travel in the company of our team of expert naturalists and Wilderness’ world-renowned guest speakers, featuring distinguished UC Berkeley astronomer Dr. Alex Filippenko, renowned mountaineer and polar explorer Conrad Anker, and climate scientist Tim Jarvis—who once recreated the epic Antarctic sailing and mountain crossing undertaken by Sir Ernest Shackleton. And you’ll be on board the newest ship in our fleet – the Seaventure, which provides a host of amenities as well as the flexibility to maneuver into the ideal viewing position on Eclipse Day.

While this voyage is operated by Polar Latitudes, all bookings and inquiries should go through Wilderness Travel

Departure:
21 DAYS / 19 NIGHTS ON BOARD

  • Nov 22, 2021 – Dec 12, 2021 (SVT)

Activities:

Kayaking
Photography
Citizen Science

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Ushuaia
  • Day 2: Embarkation
  • Day 3: Southern Ocean
  • Day 4-5: Exploring the Falklands (Malvinas)
  • Day 6-7: At Sea: Southern Ocean
  • Day 8-11: South Georgia
  • Day 12-14: Scotia Sea – Eclipse Day!
  • Day 15-18: Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 19-20: Drake Passage
  • Day 21: Disembarkation
Eclipse Route Map

Itinerary Overview

Eclipse Route Map
  • Day 1: Ushuaia
  • Day 2: Embarkation
  • Day 3: Southern Ocean
  • Day 4-5: Exploring the Falklands (Malvinas)
  • Day 6-7: At Sea: Southern Ocean
  • Day 8-11: South Georgia
  • Day 12-14: Scotia Sea
  • Day 15-18: Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 19-20: Drake Passage
  • Day 21: Disembarkation

Day 1, Ushuaia

Ushuaia is the perfect starting point for your cruise, with its award-winning museum and a lively main street of cafes and shops. If you arrive early, you’ll want to visit beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park. Overnight at the five-star Arakur Resort and Spa.

Day 2-3, Embarkation/Southern Ocean

Embarking in the afternoon, we’ll be greeted at an orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s Welcome Dinner. Then relax and take in the dramatic scenery as we sail down the Beagle Channel. Our experts begin their presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean, and we join the Expedition Team on deck to look for whales, dolphins, and seabirds.

Day 4-5, The Falklands/Malvinas

The Falkland Islands (Malvinas) offer an unforgettable vista of moors and rugged coastlines carved by the South Atlantic. Sea lions, fur seals, elephant seals battling among themselves to establish territories, and huge penguin colonies are a spectacular sight. Port Stanley features unusual sights like a whalebone arch and shipwrecks along the coast.

Day 6-7, At Sea: Southern Ocean

There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way across the Antarctic Convergence—the point where cold, northward-flowing waters meet the relatively warmer waters of the subantarctic—and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations continue, featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia, and the upcoming eclipse.

Day 8-11, South Georgia

Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with icebergs, and an astounding array of wildlife are all within view as we travel down South Georgia’s leeward coast. Landing sites feature huge elephant seals, fur seals, macaroni penguins, albatrosses, petrels, and skuas. King penguins, from fuzzy chicks to fattened adults, can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. Visit the whaling museum, the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, the British Antarctic Survey station, and the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Day 12-14, Eclipse! Scotia Sea

The excitement builds as we head toward the eclipse viewing position, with presentations by guest astronomer Alex Filippenko, PhD. On Day 13—Eclipse Day—we’ll be on the centerline between South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands; the eclipse takes place in the surreal austral summer light. Being on board the Seaventure provides the best chance of cruising into an area of open sky, depending on the unpredictable Antarctic weather. In the afternoon, visit Base Orcadas or Signy Research Station in the South Orkneys. Informative presentations and wildlife watching continue as we head farther south and icebergs become more and more plentiful on Day 14.

LOCAL CONTACT TIMES FOR OUR PLANNED VIEWING POSITION
AT 59° 58.716’ S 41° 36.972’ W:

1st contact: (eclipse begins) 03:17:54 altitude: 3.7°
2nd contact: (totality begins) 04:06:19 altitude: 8.6°
3rd contact: (totality ends) 04:07:59 altitude: 8.8°
4th contact: (eclipse ends) 04:58:13 altitude: 14.5°
Duration of totality: 1 minute and 40.6 seconds

Day 15-18, Antarctic Peninsula

Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and wildlife viewing opportunities. We’ll visit the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. Adelie, chinstrap, and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater, and elephant seals are often found hauled out to rest along with leopard seals and Antarctic fur seals. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors, and orca sightings are common.

Day 19-21, Drake Passage/Ushuaia

The lecture series and wildlife spotting conclude as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. Morning disembarkation on Day 21 lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

ECLIPSE DAY WEATHER PROSPECTS

Here’s the straight talk: This eclipse occurs in a dramatic and beautiful but problematic area of the globe, with limited observing sites and difficult viewing conditions. This is Antarctica, with its changeable weather and frequent storms and overcast skies. In spite of this, the situation for ship-board observers may not be as bleak as cloud maps from past years would suggest. While the map of average December cloud cover shows rather pessimistic conditions for the month, and the station data—what there is of it—confirms frequent cloud cover with an average of 82 percent, day-to-day satellite images are slightly more optimistic. Our planned position has one of the lowest cloud cover percentages in the area, as surrounding “boxes” have amounts that range as high as 84 to 98 percent.

As eclipse meteorologist Jay Anderson reports in personal communications, “I’ve become a little more optimistic about the 2021 eclipse over the Southern Ocean in the past year. Satellite images I’ve examined over the last 20 years show a cloud cover that is frequently—always, in fact—broken by relatively nearby clear patches, often quite large. While the average cloudiness is quite high at about 80 percent, the mobility offered by a ship should help improve these odds. Monitoring satellite images and watching the computer forecasts will make it possible to adjust to a better location a day or two ahead of time if clearer skies are available.”

The mobility of our ship will therefore be a significant factor, allowing us to sail to a clearer patch of sky on eclipse day, and to even target a better viewing position based on weather charts a day or two before the eclipse. But given the typically cloudy conditions in Antarctic waters, we strongly recommend that you plan to join this trip for the remarkable experience of Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands, and treat the eclipse as a special bonus if we are fortunate enough to see it.

Categories
Cruise Price
Reduced Price
Discount
Porthole Cabins
Deck 3
$19,750 $18,250 $1,500
Forward Window Cabins
Decks 4 & 5
$21,450 $19,950 $1,500
Window Cabins
Decks 4 & 5
$23,950 $21,450 $2,500
Veranda Cabins
Deck 6
$26,450 $23,950 $2,500
Owner’s Suites
Deck 7
$28,950 $26,450 $2,500

Trip Cost Includes

  • One night hotel in Ushuaia with breakfast
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All scheduled landings and excursions
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, and cocoa 24/7
  • House wine, beer, and soft drinks with dinner
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings

 

  • An official expedition parka to keep
  • 200-minute WiFi card
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
  • Digital voyage log
  • Group transfers in Ushuaia on scheduled arrival and departure dates
  • Services taxes and port charges
  • Crew gratuities

ACTIVITIES

  • KAYAKING     $895

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Space is extremely limited!

  • CITIZEN SCIENCE Included
  • PHOTOGRAPHY    Included

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Available to all guests on all voyages

IMPORTANT DETAILS

 

Prices quoted are per-person based on double occupancy.

A limited number of twin suites may be sold for single occupancy at 150% of the per-person double occupancy rate

Polar Latitudes’ Early Booking Discounts do not apply to this voyage.

BOOKING TERMS

 

Bookings for this voyage are governed by Wilderness Travel’s Terms and Conditions.

Reduced prices apply to reservations confirmed by April 30, 2021.

 

YOUR GUEST EXPERTS FOR THIS VOYAGE
Conrad Anker
Conrad Anker
Guest Expert
Dr Alex Filippenko
Dr Alex Filippenko
Guest Expert
Tim Jarvis
Tim Jarvis
Guest Expert

Conrad Anker, an acclaimed mountaineer, recently climbed Ulvetanna in Queen Maud Land, adding to his Antarctic summits. Among his Himalayan expeditions are three Everest climbs, including one on which he discovered the body of legendary explorer George Mallory.

Alex Filippenko, PhD, is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences at UC Berkeley. An extraordinary astronomer and educator, Dr. Filippenko has been voted “Best Professor” at UC Berkeley a record nine times. As of 2019, he has seen 17 eclipses, 12 of them with Wilderness Travel.

Tim Jarvis, environmental scientist and adventurer, recreated Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 800-mile survival journey in a replica of Shackleton’s 25-foot open lifeboat—including crossing South Georgia’s treacherous crevassed glaciers—all using rudimentary period clothing and equipment. His adventure is chronicled in Chasing Shackleton, and a PBS documentary. Tim is the Australia World Wildlife Fund Global Ambassador. 

YOUR EXPEDITION TEAM

World class marine biologists, environmental scientists, ornithologists, and modern day explorers are all part of our expedition team – highly experienced, synced to your needs and interests, and with safety always top of mind. More than a team, though, this is a tight knit family. Most of us voyage together year after year, all share a deep love for Antarctica, and all take immense pleasure in making your trip one you’ll never forget.

Polar Latitudes is one of the few operators that require all operational staff to be certified as crew under the International Maritime Organization’s STCW standards. Furthermore, we are the first polar operator to adopt the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA) guide qualification framework, a world first in training and certifying polar guides in the skills and experience required for our unique industry. Read more about why you should consider choosing PTGA accredited guides here.

Check out some of our amazing Expedition Staff below!

Expedition Team changes for each departure and is composed of at least one of each of the roles below.
Team details are sent via email approximately 90 days prior to departure.

Hayley Shephard
Hayley Shephard
Director of Expedition Operations
Dr. Dan Schual-Berke
Dr. Dan Schual-Berke
Medical Director
Hannah Lawson
Hannah Lawson
Expedition Leader
Nate Small
Nate Small
Expedition Leader
Pablo Brandeman
Pablo Brandeman
Expedition Leader
Stephi Walker
Stephi Walker
Assistant Expedition Leader
Mariela Cornejo
Mariela Cornejo
Passenger Service Manager
Conny Bartl
Conny Bartl
Passenger Service Manager
Marc Jansen
Marc Jansen
Passenger Service Manager
Grace Cordsen
Grace Cordsen
Passenger Service Manager
Annette Bombosch, PhD
Annette Bombosch, PhD
Citizen Science Coordinator
Seb Coulthard
Seb Coulthard
Antarctic Historian
Falcon Scott
Falcon Scott
Antarctic Historian
Paul Hart
Paul Hart
Antarctic Historian
Mattias Horntrich
Mattias Horntrich
Marine Mammals
Thérèse Horntrich
Thérèse Horntrich
Marine Mammals
Jeff Reynolds
Jeff Reynolds
Marine Mammals
Ruth Peacey
Ruth Peacey
Ornithologist
Marty Garwood
Marty Garwood
Ornithologist
Tracy Allen
Tracy Allen
Geologist
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Geologist
Ben Osborne
Ben Osborne
Photography Coach
Philip Stone
Philip Stone
Photography Coach
Will Rogan
Will Rogan
Photography Coach
Kalle Kaub
Kalle Kaub
Photography Coach
Adam Rheborg
Adam Rheborg
Photography Coach
Nicole Genoud
Nicole Genoud
Kayak Guide
Zack Kruzins
Zack Kruzins
Kayak Guide
Sara Orstadius
Sara Orstadius
Adventure Guide
Ben Boulton
Ben Boulton
Adventure Guide
Laura Zhang
Laura Zhang
Adventure Guide
Bryan McDonald
Bryan McDonald
Adventure Guide
David Hartmann
David Hartmann
Kayak Guide
Echo Xia
Echo Xia
Adventure Guide
Randy Bulicka
Randy Bulicka
Musician
Ashley Hamilton
Ashley Hamilton
Adventure Guide
A world-class small ship experience

Seaventure features a 1-A Super ice class rating — the highest ice class awarded to passenger vessels. The ship offers all outside-facing staterooms (some with balconies) and beautifully appointed dining areas, as well as al fresco dining on the Lido deck when weather permits.

Seaventure also offers a heated saltwater pool on the top deck, a sauna and fitness center, and a dedicated Citizen Science lab.

Common Spaces

Dining Room

Club/Bar

Outdoor Dining

Library

Fitness Center

Heated Salt-Water Pool

Sauna

All Voyages Include:
  • Certified Emergency MD and Clinic
  • World Class Cuisine and Live Entertainment
  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea station
  • Voyage Photographer
  • Dedicated Passenger Service Manager
  • Complimentary Expedition Jacket
  • Expedition Boots on loan for shore landings

Ship Facilities:

  • Two Elevators serving all passenger decks
  • Library with computers
  • Fitness Center and Sauna
  • Heated salt-water swimming pool
  • Citizen Science Laboratory

Accommodations

Owner's Suite

includes balcony

Veranda

includes balcony

Veranda (Twin Setup)

includes balcony

Window

Porthole

Accommodations

All Staterooms Feature:

  • Exterior views
  • Sitting area with chairs or sofa and table
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Telephone
  • Safe to store your valuables
  • Independent temperature controls
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Owner's Suite

includes balcony

Veranda

includes balcony

Veranda (Twin Setup)

includes balcony

Window

Porthole

TRIP LEVEL

The trip is rated Level 1+, Easy. You will be travelling to a very remote destination. You must be able to complete on-board safety drills and emergency evacuation procedures without the assistance of others. Rolling seas and windy conditions require you to be stable on your feet, especially when walking on slippery decks or up and down steep gangways. Shore excursions often require hiking over uneven terrain without the benefit of a developed trail. Some agility is required for getting in and out of the Zodiac landing crafts. While several Zodiac landings are dry (onto docks), many will require that you step in the cold water wearing knee-high boots to get ashore. Zodiac and shore excursions are weather permitting.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Passport

A valid passport is required for your trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of exit from Argentina. In addition, we recommend your passport has at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say “Visas” at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say “Amendments and Endorsements,” and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. You can request a new passport or have extra pages inserted in your current passport through a visa service agency or the US Passport Services Office. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip.

It is a good idea to carry a photocopy of the photo page and the entry stamp page of your passport as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.

Visas

US citizens do not need a visa for Argentina. If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.

Sea Kayaking Program

To experience Antarctica up close and personal, there’s really no better seat than the one in your own kayak, just inches above the water, navigating among icebergs and glacial ice dating back 30,000 years. Gliding through an otherworldly landscape with a small team, led by expert guides and occasionally joined by a family of playful penguins or seals, this is about as intimate and magical as it gets.

Prior to your first kayaking adventure, the guides will hand out and explain the use of all your gear, as well as explaining the basic skills for operating an ocean kayak. Each morning when not at sea, we’ll meet as a group, assess the weather conditions, and plan out the day. Kayaking will take place at landing sites that have appropriate conditions, including weather, sea, and ice, as determined by the Expedition Leader and kayak guides. There will be 30 people participating in the kayaking program, divided into two groups of 15 for safety. Ideally, we’ll paddle daily, typically with one group in the morning and one in the afternoon; but of course, that’s always subject to Antarctica’s unpredictable weather and ice. And there’s no pressure or commitment to join every outing. Even the heartiest of souls will sometimes skip an outing in favor of some extra sleep, a Zodiac outing, or a few hours curled up in our library with a good book.

Anyone 16 or older, in reasonably good health and with even a small amount of paddling experience is welcome to join. There are a limited number of openings, and it is a popular option, so we strongly recommend you sign up early. Please note that a $450 deposit is required to confirm your place in the sea kayaking program, with the balance due at the time of final trip payment.