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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Solar Eclipse in Antarctica

This incredible expedition voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula on brand new ship Sylvia Earle gives you the best chance of witnessing a full solar eclipse over the Weddell Sea, and includes exciting Zodiac landings

Cruise Only
15 nights from £12517pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Chinstrap Penguins
  • Antarctica scenery
  • Icebergs in Antarctica
  • Icebergs in Antarctica

Call us now on 01756 706500 to secure your cabin!


You may be lucky enough to observe a full solar eclipse over the Weddell Sea during this unique voyage taking in the breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and South Orkney Islands.

The Great White Continent will be plunged into darkness as this remarkable spectacle takes place over the Weddell Sea. After crossing the legendary Drake Passage, spend an unforgettable ten days capturing the magic of pristine Antarctica, from majestic icebergs to incredible glaciers and towering mountains. Late spring is a very special time to visit this vast white wilderness.

Penguins are busy building nests and raising their chicks, while fur seals guard the vast beaches as their pups enter the world. Observe these important spring rituals during thrilling Zodiac landings with the experienced Expedition Team.

AE107 Operated by Aurora Expeditions


Solar Eclipse in Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Arrive in Ushuaia where you will be met and transferred to the hotel (preferred flights only). Upon arrival, please ask the hotel check-in staff for Aurora Expeditions cabin tags, and fill them in.

Day 2 - Ushuaia

Check-out of the hotel and head to the port to embark your ship. Settle into your cabin, before important briefings.(D)

Day 3 - Drake Passage

Your ship begins to cruise the famous Drake Passage towards the South Shetland Islands. Enjoy lectures on board about the region's history, wildlife and environment. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Drake Passage - South Shetland Islands (Antarctica)

After finishing cruising the Drake Passage, arrive in the South Shetland Islands, surrounded by majestic icebergs. Weather permitting, you may be able to enjoy your first landing in Antarctica late afternoon. (B,L,D)

Days 5-10 - Antarctic Peninsula

Arriving in Antarctica is an unforgettable experience. You'll explore the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. As you are so far south, you'll experience around 18-24 hours of daylight. The Expedition Team will design each day taking into account weather and ice conditions. You may be able to enjoy two landings or Zodiac excursions everyday, during which you may be lucky enough to spot whales, seals and penguins. Ashore, walk along pebbled beaches or up snow-covered ridges for stunning panoramic views. There will be optional activities available and the chance to take a polar plunge. In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, the ship may be able to cruise narrow straits and linger in sheltered bays to watch whales. (B,L,D)

Days 11-13 - South Orkney Islands

According to NASA, the Weddell Sea is the best place to observe the solar eclipse. The full solar eclipse will only be visible in Antarctica. Hopefully you will be able to witness this natural phenomenon. Be spoiled for wildlife encounters as the Weddell boasts a large Adélie penguin colony just outside of the Antarctic Sound. On thrilling Zodiac cruises or slicing a path through the maze of sea ice in your kayak, keep watch for chinstrap and gentoo penguins in and out of the water, where you’re likely to spot humpback, minke and orca whales. With good ice and plenty of luck, you may even get close to a well-known emperor penguin colony. (B,L,D)

Days 14-15 - Drake Passage

Enter the Drake Passage for the return journey to South America. With lectures and film presentations to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

After breakfast, disembark the ship. (B)

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.

Price Includes

  • 14-night cruise
  • Hotel stay in Ushuaia as specified in the itinerary with city tour
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner on board
  • Unlimited tea and coffee on board
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from Expedition Team
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights – we can arrange these for you
  • Overseas transfers not mentioned in itinerary
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks (outside of dinner service)
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry services
  • Gratuities - $15 per person per day gratuity is automatically added to your onboard account. The amount can be increased or decreased when settling your bill
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes

Cruise Extensions

  • Taste of Buenos Aires 3-night stay in Buenos Aires with private cultural city tour, Street Art Walking Experience and return airport transfers. Contact us for details
  • Taste of Santiago 3-night stay in Santiago with private cultural city tour and return airport transfers. Contact us for details
  • Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls Explorer 2-night stay at Iguazu Falls with tours of the falls and 3-night stay in Buenos Aires with private city tour, traditional dinner and tango show, and return airport transfers. Contact us for details

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