Antarctica's Solar Eclipse
DURATION:22 Days/ 21 NightsREGION:AntarcticaSHIP:Greg Mortimer
A total solar eclipse occurs only every 1-2 years, and to witness it in Antarctica is without doubt a rare occurrence. On this unique voyage aboard the new Greg Mortimer, you will visit Antarctica and experience the incredible white continent in late spring, photograph glistening icebergs, witness thieving Adélie penguins stealing one another’s stones during nest-building, and orca whales hunting in packs. It’s a wonderful time to kayak and to snowshoe while the show is still pristine.
Perched in a favourable position, we hope for clear skies and favourable weather conditions to witness the full solar eclipse. The eclipse we hope to see in Antarctica is a total solar eclipse, which is only visible from a small area on Earth. Those who are able to see the total eclipse are in the centre of the moon’s shadow when it hits Earth. A total solar eclipse is in itself special, but to possibly experience it in Antarctica is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. Enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises amongst sea ice and icebergs in the Weddell Sea.
In South Georgia, a wildlife hotspot unlike any other, you will encounter elephant and fur seal beachmasters aggressively defending their harems from younger competitors, young wandering albatross test their enormous wings on their maiden flight, walk amongst some of the largest king penguin colonies on Earth and listen to their trumpeting mating calls. For the adventurous few, retrace the steps of Shackleton, Worsley and Crean’s epic alpine crossing from King Haakon Bay to Stromness. Stop in historic Stanley, Britain’s remote outpost, on our return to Ushuaia.
Voyage passenger capacity: 100 landing passengers plus 20 kayakers; maximum of 120 passengers on board.
In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.
We have multiple departure dates for this cruise. Select a year and month to view itineraries for alternative departure dates.
Operated by: Aurora Expeditions
Proudly named after Aurora Expeditions' adventurous co-founder, the 104-metre Greg Mortimer ship is their very first, purpose-built expedition vessel. Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the Greg Mortimer is built to world-class Polar Code 6 standards and was designed in close consultation with expedition specialists, taking advantage of more than 25 years of experience.
The Greg Mortimer accommodates 160 travellers on board, which is limited to just 120 in the polar regions. Not only is the ship bigger to contend with adverse weather conditions, its added creature comforts make for a more enjoyable journey out on the open ocean. The Greg Mortimer remains true to Aurora Expeditions' ethos and focus on multiple landings, flexible itineraries and family atmosphere – just with an improved home base!
Expeditions to the polar regions can face some of the worst Mother Nature can throw at us. However, this won't be problem on the Greg Mortimer with the introduction of the patented X-BOW™, created by Norwegian ship designer ULSTEIN. As one of the leaders in marine engineering, ULSTEIN's X-BOW™ is an inverted bow concept that's designed to alleviate challenging open ocean waves!
The following additional options may be added to your cruise.
One of the most unique ways to experience Antarctica. The experience of sea kayaking in the humbling wilderness of Antarctica is guaranteed to stir your soul. Paddle between brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes, skim past penguin rookeries or under soaring bird cliffs, or drift quietly as you watch wildlife unobtrusively, absorbing the majestic scenery. Led by experienced guides, paddling in small groups allows us the opportunity to paddle between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes as well as allowing easy and intimate access to beautiful coastlines. Rather than travelling large distances, the aim is to see as much as possible. Paddle anywhere between 5 to 15 kilometres (2 to 4 hours) per outing, sometimes taking a snack and a flask of hot chocolate to enjoy mid excursion. Each group of 4 to 12 kayakers generally visit the same wildlife sites as fellow expeditioners, however smaller craft often means there is the opportunity to access areas that are often not accessible by Zodiacs. There will also be time to do some shore landings with the rest of the group.
This latest innovative activity option is led by expert polar diving guides from diving specialist Waterproof Expeditions, and utilises state of the art equipment including specially designed WaterproofÂ© Snorkel-Drysuits, gloves, hood, fins, mask, and snorkel. Participants will be provided with all of the training and equipment they need to experience Antarctica from this truly unique angle. Passengers who take part will enjoy the opportunity to snorkel daily (weather dependant), taking delight in sheltered bays, off shore islands and secluded ship wrecks which make for spectacular wildlife viewing.
Your cruise price includes:
- Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1 (selected flights only)
- One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia on Day 1
- Half day city tour in Ushuaia on Day 2 prior to embarkation (lunch not included)
- Luggage transfer from your hotel in Ushuaia to ship on Day 2
- On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
- All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
- Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
- Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
- Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
- A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
- Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
- Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Your cruise price does not include:
- International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
- Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
- Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges - Save 25% on travel insurance here
- Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
- Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
- Optional activity surcharges
- All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
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Please note: This cruise is sold in USD
Please note that all Polar itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities. Solar eclipse viewing subject to cloud conditions on the day.
Single occupancy is 1.50 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (twin and triple cabins only).