The next big eclipse will be one like no other—as it will only be seen in Antarctica. The total solar eclipse in Antarctica is set for December 4, 2021. It will turn already-awe-inspiring Antarctica cruises, including many South Georgia cruises, into a mind-blowing, truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.  

Get in the path of Totality aboard one of these special 2021 Antarctica eclipse cruise departures. Below we detail 11 departures to view the solar eclipse of 2021 in Antarctica.  

With the date approaching and space filling up fast, book your solar eclipse Antarctica 2021 cruise now, with our help. Start your trip search here, then contact our experts for a personalized recommendation on which Antarctica eclipse tour in 2021 is best for your interests, to truly do it right.

View of solar eclipse with light clouds.
“Annular solar eclipse” by: Takeshi Kuboki is licensed under CC BY 2.0

2021 Antarctica Eclipse Cruises

Astronomers, umbraphiles and Antarctica fans can witness this impressive moment aboard the following solar eclipse cruise ships and their Antarctica eclipse tours in 2021:

16-Day Eclipse Antarctica Cruise Aboard Le Commandant Charcot

The 270-guest Le Commandant Charcot (limited to 200 guests in Antarctica) is currently under construction. Get aboard this ground-breaking hybrid electric polar expedition ship during its first Antarctica season. This sophisticated ship will offer the chance to experience the solar eclipse in Antarctica in a sustainable and luxurious way, with many included off-ship activities such as citizen science, exploration by hovercraft, kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing.

17- & 20-Day Eclipse Antarctica 2021 Cruises Aboard World Explorer & Ocean Diamond

The brand new 176-guest World Explorer and the 189-passenger Ocean Diamond will each be making a special eclipse cruise in Antarctica. Aboard the Ocean Diamond, experience the amazing wildlife of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula, and be joined by NASA scientist Fred Espenak. On the World Explorer Antarctica eclipse cruise, experience South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula alongside two special guests: National Geographic night-sky photographer Babak Tafreshi and American Eclipse author David Baron.

20-Day Voyages To See The Total Solar Eclipse in Antarctica Aboard Plancius, Hondius & Janssonius

The 116-passenger Plancius and the brand-new 170-passenger Hondius and Janssonius have their eclipse Antarctica cruise itineraries set and are taking bookings. The fortunate travelers aboard these expedition vessels will not only get to see the incredible sights and wildlife of South Georgia, Falklands and the Antarctic Peninsula, but will also be specifically positioned in the center of the moon shadow during the total solar eclipse in Antarctica.

These Antarctica eclipse cruises operate round-trip from Ushuaia and aim to be in the Weddell Sea to witness the phenomena among giant tabular icebergs and sea ice.

These special 20-day itineraries sailing round-trip from Ushuaia aim to be in the Weddell Sea to witness the phenomena among giant tabular icebergs and sea ice. The Hondius and Janssonius will be sailing first to the Antarctic Peninsula, being in the path of Totality on Day 9 or 10, then on to South Georgia and Falklands; the Plancius and Ortelius sail first to Falklands and South Georgia before making their way to the Peninsula to view the total solar eclipse in Antarctica on day 11 or 12.

22-Day Solar Eclipse in Antarctica Voyage Aboard Sylvia Earle

Debuting in November 2021, the state-of-the-art ship Sylvia Earle will offer an active way to experience the solar eclipse in Antarctica, also positioning within the path of Totality. This departure features a visit to Elephant Island–an uncommon stop on most Antarctic expeditions–and will aim to view the eclipse from the South Orkney Islands. Guests can pre-book off-ship adventures including kayaking, snowshoeing, ski or snowboard touring and mountaineering via retracing Shackleton’s fabled South Georgia crossing on foot. Joining this departure is NASA graduate, glaciologist and geologist Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj.

23-Day Antarctica Eclipse Cruise Aboard Sea Spirit

The 114-passenger Sea Spirit sets sail for a once-in-a-lifetime journey traveling round-trip from Ushuaia and includes stops in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. This solar eclipse cruise ship will aim to be positioned east of the peninsula on December 4th for ideal views within the path of Totality. This Antarctica cruise for the solar eclipse combines incredible natural phenomena with wildlife-filled and stunning landscapes.

24-Day Antarctic Cruises For The 2021 Eclipse Aboard National Geographic Resolution, Explorer & Endurance

The 148-guest Nat Geo Explorer and the brand new 126-passenger sister ships National Geographic Endurance and National Geographic Resolution set their course for an eclipse Antarctica cruise where the adventure of a lifetime meets the chance of a lifetime. Travel round-trip from Ushuaia with stops in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. All three solar eclipse cruise ships will aim to be positioned in the path of Totality on December 4, 2021.

Set course for an eclipse Antarctica cruise where the adventure of a lifetime meets the chance of a lifetime.

Come prepared to create breathtaking images of the solar eclipse in Antarctica, thanks to guidance from an onboard National Geographic photographer and certified photo instructor. And gain insight into the 2021 eclipse and other likely astronomical features, from the experienced naturalist team and guest speakers.

diagram showing canon of solar eclipses

Why Take An Antarctica Eclipse Tour In 2021? 

Antarctica is a majestic continent all on her own, playing colors and angles of light off of bright, reflective snow and ice. The early season solar eclipse in Antarctica offers fresh snow, new ice sculptures, longer days, more sunlight and awakening wildlife. Add to this the unique light changes of a total solar eclipse in Antarctica, and guests aboard these 2021 Antarctica eclipse cruises will be treated to shadows, reflections and eerie light drastically changing over icebergs and snowy mountains.

Selecting Your Antarctica Solar Eclipse Cruise Ship & Itinerary 

While every eclipse cruise in Antarctica aims to position the ship in the path of Totality on December 4, what follow are a few things to consider when selecting the best eclipse cruise in Antarctica for you.  

Many of the Antarctica cruise ships that we partner with will be operating a 2021 Antarctica eclipse cruise, however the amenities are what set each solar eclipse cruise ship apart. Ships that operate luxury Antarctica cruises, such as Le Commandant Charcot and the National Geographic fleet, come with refined service, a plethora of daily onboard activities, expansive common areas, gourmet food and wine, and the best naturalist guides. 

Some eclipse Antarctica cruise ships will feature a special guest on board. Consider whether you’d like an astrophysicist, glaciologist, geologist, or NASA scientist on your 2021 Antarctica eclipse cruise. Or maybe a National Geographic night-sky photographer or eclipse author is who you want alongside you during the solar eclipse of 2021 in Antarctica. 

Some eclipse Antarctica cruises offer more active adventure options, such as kayaking, one-time paddle excursions, stand-up paddleboarding, snowshoeing, mountaineering, and even ski and snowboard touring. 

Finally, consider the itinerary options for your Antarctica eclipse tour in 2021. Are places like the Larsen Ice Shelf, Weddell Sea, Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island Antarctica, or Elephant Island important to reach on your Antarctica eclipse cruise?

large iceberg seen on Antarctica solar eclipse cruise

A Word About Weather For Your Eclipse Antarctica Cruise 

While Antarctica is the ultimate grand stage for eclipse viewing, note that the biggest factor in viewing the solar eclipse of 2021 in Antarctica is weather—even more important than latitude! Learn more from our Antarctica Climate page. Although crystal-clear skies are often experienced on this enchanted continent (the world’s driest), overcast nights are just as common. The crews aboard these solar eclipse cruise ships will utilize their in-depth technology to find the best possible viewing area, hoping to ensure an unobscured sun.

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