Black night sky with some clouds and sun nearly eclipsed by the full moon in Antarctica.
Sunrise from top deck of Antarctica expedition ship.
Antarctica travelers landing on shore in a Zodiac on a sunny day.
Humpback whale just beneath surface of calm ocean with snowy peaks in the background on a sunny day in Antarctica.
Two king penguins on a rocky shoreline with more penguins in the distance, in Antarctica.
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Polar Regions Antarctica Cruise

Polar Solar Eclipse

The once-in-a-lifetime, 20-day Polar Solar Eclipse cruise round-trip from Ushuaia includes visits to some of the most picturesque locations in the Southern Hemisphere, with a special day spent in the center of the moon shadow of the total solar eclipse. Make landings in the Falkland Islands, a florally and culturally rich photographer’s paradise featuring a multitude of exotic seabirds. Tour South Georgia for beautiful penguins, seals and seabirds; and breathtaking mountains, bays and beaches. Experience the iconic icescapes of the Antarctic Peninsula, from where the chance exists to catch a moving celestial event in one of the most amazing locations on Earth.

A total solar eclipse is a cosmic phenomenon that occurs roughly once every 18 months, but experiencing it in Antarctica occurs once in a lifetime. Though it’s possible to see the total solar eclipse along a few key path locations around the globe, none of them offers as unique a venue as Antarctica. Combine that with everything else you’ll enjoy during this voyage and you end up with one truly exceptional adventure.

Three polar expedition vessels offer this unique Antarctica solar eclipse adventure: the 108-guest Plancius, and the 170-guest Hondius and Janssonius. Plancius sails clockwise while sister ships Hondius and Janssonius cruise counterclockwise.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises and South Georgia cruises. For more eclipse departures, view our blog post on the 2021 solar eclipse cruises in Antarctica.



Itinerary

Plancius Itinerary

Plancius sails clockwise, round-trip from Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia before positioning in the path of totality for the Solar Eclipse and exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.

Route map of Polar Solar Eclipse small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with stops at South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Day 1
Embark Ushuaia, Argentina

In the afternoon, embark in the small resort town of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, nicknamed “The End of the World.” Sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Accommodations

Plancius

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
At Sea

Entering the westerlies, the ship is followed by several species of storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Accommodations

Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Falkland Islands

In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), take in an abundance of tame wildlife, including possible sightings of Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins. A possible hike along the shore of Carcass Island provides views of Magellanic and gentoo penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and passerine birds including Cobb’s wrens and tussock birds. A possible visit to Saunders Island provides opportunities to see black-browed albatross and imperial shags, as well as four species of breeding penguins (gentoo, king, Magellanic and rockhopper).

Accommodations

Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Port Stanley, Falklands

Visit Port Stanley, the capital of the Falklands and center of its culture with approximately 2,100 inhabitants. Port Stanley has some Victorian-era charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens and English-style pubs are all found here. Take in 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. Feel free to wander at will, though be aware that admission fees to local attractions are not included in the voyage.

Accommodations

Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 5 - 6
At Sea

En route to South Georgia, cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature may drop significantly in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence there may be sightings of a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels, prions and skuas.

Accommodations

Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 7 - 10
South Georgia

Today arrive at the first activity site in South Georgia. Weather conditions on South Georgia can be challenging and will largely dictate the program. Over the next few days, possible sites to visit are each fascinating in their own way. In Fortuna Bay, penguins and seals inhabit the beaches and guests may follow the final section of Shackleton’s route to the abandoned whaling village of Stromness. The route leads across the mountain pass beyond “Shackleton’s Waterfall.” The terrain is partly swampy and some small streams may have to be crossed along the way.

Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia and are also home to a substantial number of Antarctic fur seals during the breeding season of December through January. At Grytviken, see an abandoned whaling station, where king penguins now walk in the streets and elephant seals have taken residency. Opportunities may exist to visit the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave. In Cooper Bay, a Zodiac cruise may reveal macaroni penguins, fur and elephant seals, and majestic and light-mantled albatrosses.

Accommodations

Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
At Sea

A multitude of seabirds follow the ship southwards. At some point, the ship may encounter sea ice and at the edge of the ice, some south polar skua, snow petrels and other seabirds may trail the vessel south.

Accommodations

Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
Weddell Sea Pack Ice & Total Solar Eclipse

Today the ship positions herself 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.

Some coordinates for the path of the moon’s shadow:

7.06 UTC: 58.47.7 S – 42.45.2 W, 1.39 minutes, 8 degrees above horizon

7.08 UTC: 60.42.4 S – 40.59.8 W, 1.42 minutes, 9 degrees above horizon

7.10 UTC: 62.22.3 S – 39.48.0 W, 1.44 minutes, 11 degrees above horizon

Accommodations

Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 14
At Sea Toward Antarctica

Pass large icebergs and enjoy the chance to see fin whales on the way south. In addition, this day provides the best chance on the trip to see Antarctic petrels around the ship.

Accommodations

Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 15 - 17
Antarctic Peninsula

If the ice permits, sail into the Weddell Sea. Huge tabular icebergs welcome the vessel’s arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Hope to visit Paulet Island with a huge number of Adélie and brown bluff penguins located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where guests may set foot on the Antarctic Continent. If sea ice conditions are not favorable to enter the Weddell Sea from the east, then the ship will set course for Elephant Island and head into the Bransfield Strait between South Shetland Island and the Antarctic Peninsula and attempt to gain access to the Antarctic Sound from the northwest.

The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, but they nonetheless offer many subtle pleasures. A wide variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, southern giant petrels) live here. On Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. If a landing here is possible, then find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station and thousands of cape petrels. A number of kelp gulls, brown skuas, south polar skuas and Antarctic terns can be spotted here too.

Before venturing into the Drake Passage, hope to sail in and around the northern parts of Gerlache Strait. One option is Cierva Cove and the rugged, ice-gripped mountains of the Davis Coast. Mikkelsen Harbour on the south coast of Trinity Island is another alternative. Here may be found a gentoo penguin rookery as well as some fine scenic cruising. Depart from the Peninsula when weather and sea conditions on the Drake Passage are predicted as favorable.

Accommodations

Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 18 - 19
Drake Passage

On the journey across the Drake Passage, enjoy time looking through photos and talking with the naturalists about all the wildlife and history of Antarctica.

Accommodations

Plancius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 20
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snowshoes; luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation; pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Polar Solar Cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). Embarkation time is between 4:00-5:00pm on day of departure. We strongly advise all passengers to arrive the night prior to departure and get a hotel in Ushuaia to avoid baggage and flight delays. The ship sails around 6:00pm on day of departure. Disembarkation is after breakfast on final day between 8:30-9:00am. Plan flights to depart Ushuaia anytime after noon on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request, children under 16 years old traveling with parents may receive 40% discount in Superior, Triple (sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple cabins (sharing with 3 parents/adults). Some voyages may be excluded.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Hondius Itinerary

Hondius sails counterclockwise, round-trip from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula before positioning in the path of totality for the Solar Eclipse and exploring South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Route map of Polar Solar Eclipse small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with stops at South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Read More
Day 1
Embark Ushuaia, Argentina

In the afternoon, embark in the small resort town of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, nicknamed “The End of the World.” Sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

dinner

Read More
Days 2 - 3
Drake Passage

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – the ship enters the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds that may present themselves.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 4 - 6
Antarctic Peninsula

In the Gerlache Strait there are several opportunities for possible landings. Gentoo penguins, leopard seals, Weddell seals, humpback whales, and minke whales are often seen here.

The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, but they nonetheless offer many subtle pleasures. A wide variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, southern giant petrels) live here. On Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. If a landing here is possible, then find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station and thousands of cape petrels. A number of kelp gulls, brown skuas, south polar skuas and Antarctic terns can be spotted here too.

If the ice permits, sail into the Weddell Sea. Huge tabular icebergs welcome the vessel’s arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Hope to visit Paulet Island with a huge number of Adélie and brown bluff penguins located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where guests may set foot on the Antarctic Continent. If sea ice conditions are not favorable to enter the Weddell Sea from the east, then the ship will set course for Elephant Island and head into the Bransfield Strait between South Shetland Island and the Antarctic Peninsula and attempt to gain access to the Antarctic Sound from the northwest.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 7 - 8
At Sea Toward the Eclipse

Pass large icebergs and enjoy the chance to see fin whales on the way north. In addition, this day provides the best chance on the trip to see Antarctic petrels around the ship. Depending on ice and weather conditions, the aim is to venture into the pack ice to find the best possible position for viewing the solar eclipse.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Weddell Sea Pack Ice & Total Solar Eclipse

Today the ship positions herself 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.

Some coordinates for the path of the moon’s shadow:

7.06 UTC: 58.47.7 S – 42.45.2 W, 1.39 minutes, 8 degrees above horizon

7.08 UTC: 60.42.4 S – 40.59.8 W, 1.42 minutes, 9 degrees above horizon

7.10 UTC: 62.22.3 S – 39.48.0 W, 1.44 minutes, 11 degrees above horizon

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
At Sea

A multitude of seabirds follow the ship northwards. At some point, the ship may encounter sea ice and at the edge of the ice, some south polar skua, snow petrels and other seabirds may trail the vessel north.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 11 - 14
South Georgia

Today arrive at the first South Georgia activity site. Weather conditions on South Georgia can be challenging and will largely dictate the program. Over the next few days, possible sites to visit are each fascinating in their own way. In Cooper Bay, a Zodiac cruise may reveal macaroni penguins, fur and elephant seals, and majestic and light-mantled albatrosses. At Grytviken, see an abandoned whaling station, where king penguins now walk in the streets and elephant seals have taken residency. Opportunities may exist to visit the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave.

In Fortuna Bay, penguins and seals inhabit the beaches and guests may follow the final section of Shackleton’s route to the abandoned whaling village of Stromness. The route leads across the mountain pass beyond “Shackleton’s Waterfall.” The terrain is partly swampy and some small streams may have to be crossed along the way.

Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia and are also home to a substantial number of Antarctic fur seals during the breeding season of December through January.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 15 - 16
At Sea

En route to South Georgia, cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature may drop significantly in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence there may be sightings of a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels, prions and skuas.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 17
Port Stanley, Falklands

Visit Port Stanley, the capital of the Falklands and center of its culture with approximately 2,100 inhabitants. Port Stanley has some Victorian-era charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens and English-style pubs are all found here. Take in 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. Feel free to wander at will, though be aware that admission fees to local attractions are not included in the voyage.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 18
Falkland Islands

In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), take in an abundance of tame wildlife, including possible sightings of Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins. A possible hike along the shore of Carcass Island provides views of Magellanic and gentoo penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and passerine birds including Cobb’s wrens and tussock birds. A possible visit to Saunders Island provides opportunities to see black-browed albatross and imperial shags, as well as four species of breeding penguins (gentoo, king, Magellanic and rockhopper).

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 19
At Sea

Entering the westerlies, the ship is followed by several species of storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Accommodations

Hondius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 20
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snowshoes; luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation; pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Polar Solar Cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). Embarkation time is between 4:00-5:00pm on day of departure. We strongly advise all passengers to arrive the night prior to departure and get a hotel in Ushuaia to avoid baggage and flight delays. The ship sails around 6:00pm on day of departure. Disembarkation is after breakfast on final day between 8:30-9:00am. Plan flights to depart Ushuaia anytime after noon on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request, children under 16 years old traveling with parents may receive 40% discount in Superior, Triple (sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple cabins (sharing with 3 parents/adults). Some voyages may be excluded.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Janssonius Itinerary

Janssonius sails counterclockwise, round-trip from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula before positioning in the path of totality for the Solar Eclipse and exploring South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Route map of Polar Solar Eclipse small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with stops at South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Read More
Day 1
Embark Ushuaia, Argentina

In the afternoon, embark in the small resort town of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, nicknamed “The End of the World.” Sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Accommodations

Janssonius

Meals

dinner

Read More
Days 2 - 3
Drake Passage

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – the ship enters the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds that may present themselves.

Accommodations

Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 4 - 7
Antarctic Peninsula

In the Gerlache Strait there are several opportunities for possible landings. Gentoo penguins, leopard seals, Weddell seals, humpback whales, and minke whales are often seen here.

The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, but they nonetheless offer many subtle pleasures. A wide variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, southern giant petrels) live here. On Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. If a landing here is possible, then find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station and thousands of cape petrels. A number of kelp gulls, brown skuas, south polar skuas and Antarctic terns can be spotted here too.

If the ice permits, sail into the Weddell Sea. Huge tabular icebergs welcome the vessel’s arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Hope to visit Paulet Island with a huge number of Adélie and brown bluff penguins located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where guests may set foot on the Antarctic Continent. If sea ice conditions are not favorable to enter the Weddell Sea from the east, then the ship will set course for Elephant Island and head into the Bransfield Strait between South Shetland Island and the Antarctic Peninsula and attempt to gain access to the Antarctic Sound from the northwest.

Accommodations

Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 8 - 9
At Sea Toward the Eclipse

Pass large icebergs and enjoy the chance to see fin whales on the way north. In addition, this day provides the best chance on the trip to see Antarctic petrels around the ship. Depending on ice and weather conditions, the aim is to venture into the pack ice to find the best possible position for viewing the solar eclipse.

Accommodations

Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
Weddell Sea Pack Ice & Total Solar Eclipse

Today the ship positions herself 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.

Some coordinates for the path of the moon’s shadow:

7.06 UTC: 58.47.7 S – 42.45.2 W, 1.39 minutes, 8 degrees above horizon

7.08 UTC: 60.42.4 S – 40.59.8 W, 1.42 minutes, 9 degrees above horizon

7.10 UTC: 62.22.3 S – 39.48.0 W, 1.44 minutes, 11 degrees above horizon

Accommodations

Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
At Sea

A multitude of seabirds follow the ship northwards. At some point, the ship may encounter sea ice and at the edge of the ice, some south polar skua, snow petrels and other seabirds may trail the vessel north.

Accommodations

Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 12 - 14
South Georgia

Today arrive at the first South Georgia activity site. Weather conditions on South Georgia can be challenging and will largely dictate the program. Over the next few days, possible sites to visit are each fascinating in their own way. In Cooper Bay, a Zodiac cruise may reveal macaroni penguins, fur and elephant seals, and majestic and light-mantled albatrosses. At Grytviken, see an abandoned whaling station, where king penguins now walk in the streets and elephant seals have taken residency. Opportunities may exist to visit the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave.

In Fortuna Bay, penguins and seals inhabit the beaches and guests may follow the final section of Shackleton’s route to the abandoned whaling village of Stromness. The route leads across the mountain pass beyond “Shackleton’s Waterfall.” The terrain is partly swampy and some small streams may have to be crossed along the way.

Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia and are also home to a substantial number of Antarctic fur seals during the breeding season of December through January.

Accommodations

Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 15 - 16
At Sea

En route to South Georgia, cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature may drop significantly in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence there may be sightings of a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels, prions and skuas.

Accommodations

Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 17
Port Stanley, Falklands

Visit Port Stanley, the capital of the Falklands and center of its culture with approximately 2,100 inhabitants. Port Stanley has some Victorian-era charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens and English-style pubs are all found here. Take in 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. Feel free to wander at will, though be aware that admission fees to local attractions are not included in the voyage.

Accommodations

Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 18
Falkland Islands

In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), take in an abundance of tame wildlife, including possible sightings of Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins. A possible hike along the shore of Carcass Island provides views of Magellanic and gentoo penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and passerine birds including Cobb’s wrens and tussock birds. A possible visit to Saunders Island provides opportunities to see black-browed albatross and imperial shags, as well as four species of breeding penguins (gentoo, king, Magellanic and rockhopper).

Accommodations

Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 19
At Sea

Entering the westerlies, the ship is followed by several species of storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Accommodations

Janssonius

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 20
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of rubber boots and snowshoes; luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation; pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Polar Solar Cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). Embarkation time is between 4:00-5:00pm on day of departure. We strongly advise all passengers to arrive the night prior to departure and get a hotel in Ushuaia to avoid baggage and flight delays. The ship sails around 6:00pm on day of departure. Disembarkation is after breakfast on final day between 8:30-9:00am. Plan flights to depart Ushuaia anytime after noon on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.

Families & Children

Upon request, children under 16 years old traveling with parents may receive 40% discount in Superior, Triple (sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple cabins (sharing with 3 parents/adults). Some voyages may be excluded.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Nov 23 - Dec 12, 2021
Plancius • 20 days
From $16400USD
Per Person
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Nov 25 - Dec 14, 2021
Janssonius • 20 days
From $16400USD
Per Person
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Nov 26 - Dec 15, 2021
Hondius • 20 days
From $16400USD
Per Person
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Accommodations

Choose the Small Ship that Fits Your Travel Style

Expedition Ship
Plancius

The Plancius is a 108-passenger small ship designed and built exclusively for polar cruises. A wide variety of cabins, ample space on five decks and a wide range of activities offered make the Plancius a great option for active expedition cruises.

Expedition Ship
Hondius

The 170-guest M/V Hondius was built exclusively for cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic. She is one of the strongest ice-strengthened vessels currently cruising in the polar regions.

Expedition Ship
Janssonius

The 170-guest M/V Janssonius is being built exclusively for polar cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic. View ship info and a review from the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations.

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