Designed for an intimate group of eclipse chasers and intrepid travelers, this astronomical polar odyssey will transport you to the remotest reaches of our globe for a chance to witness a celestial event rarely witnessed on the White Continent –  a total solar eclipse.

Our route will follow in the path of the courageous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton – visiting unique places that have amazed and inspired scientists, explorers, and sightseers alike for over a century.

Antarctica contains more than 90% of the earth’s land ice, spectacularly displayed in sharp snowy peaks among mountainous fjords, colossal blue glaciers, and roaming icebergs. This unique frozen desert is rich in biodiversity and home to some of the most well-known wildlife on earth, including emperor penguins, leopard seals, orcas, albatross and blue whales.

Our ice-strengthened expedition ship will provide an intimate and education experience throughout the cruise, with highly experienced on-board Antarctic experts and Zodiac small group landings to fully immerse in this extraordinary landscape and observe the incredible wildlife. Unlike most of the other modern arctic vessels, we will have an unrivaled view of totality from the vast flat open deck, ensuring the best viewing experience for all. 

Not only will this be a once-in-a- lifetime expedition to one of the most majestic landscapes on the planet;  we also uniquely position ourselves within the remote path of totality to behold the alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth in a rare and transformative moment of a total solar eclipse. This unique expedition to the White Continent will be led by Dr. Kate Russo, who is a leading authority on the human experience of totality.    

Special Early Bird Pricing – for a limited time enjoy $1,000 off per person while availability lasts. 

MEET DR. KATE RUSSO

Dr. Kate Russo  is an author, psychologist and eclipse chaser currently based in her home region of North Queensland, Australia. 

A Clinical Psychologist and phenomenological researcher by profession, Kate has made it her mission to understand why seeing a total solar eclipse is so frequently described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. She has authored several books on the topic, including, Being in the Shadow: Stories of the First-Time Total Eclipse Experience, and continues to capture stories of the lived experience of totality as well as provide leadership to communities within the path of totality.

Kate believes a total solar eclipse is not just an astronomical event, but is a nature event that can be appreciated by all.  She encourages everyone to follow her lead and experience the awe and wonder of being in the Moon’s shadow. 

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

Adventure

From glacial hiking on icy peaks and active volcanos to cruising among the icebergs, fuel your adventurous spirit while you discover the wonders of one of the most remote and breathtaking regions of the planet, including visits to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic peninsula.  

Extraordinary Wildlife

Walk along ice sheets with fledgling penguin chicks; watch majestic humpback whales perform with their enormous flippers; see hungry and mischievous seals via Zodiac boat; and snowshoe to gorgeous overlooks while graceful birds, including the blue-eyed shag, wandering albatross and polar skua, fly overhead.

Totality

For the very few eclipse-chasers who make this journey, December 4, 2021 will be a landmark moment, witnessing this natural marvel from one of the most remote and breathtaking regions on the planet. Our vessel has selected the best possible observation position east of South Orkney, near the centreline within the path of totality, where the Sun is 11 degrees above the horizon. Our vessel is one of the few expedition ships that allow for a 360-degree horizon view of totality, ensuring the best view of this wondrous phenomenon. 

Renowned Leadership

Dr. Russo has devoted her life to chasing total solar eclipses around the globe, and has done so already for over two decades. Kate’s tours are especially suited to those who do not have a strong astronomy background, due to her expertise in the human experience of totality and her involvement in community eclipse planning.  She forms strong networks across the path of totality, and is then able to offer unique insights and experiences for her tour participants that are not available to other astronomy tour groups.   

ROUTE AT A GLANCE

  • Day 1            Arrival and embarkation
  • Day 2            At sea toward Falkland Islands 
  • Day 3 – 4       Falkland Islands, Port Stanley 
  • Day 5 – 6       At sea toward South Georgia
  • Day 7 – 11     South Georgia and South Atlantic 
  • Day 12          Solar Eclipse east of S. Orkney Islands
  • Day 13          At sea towards Antarctica
  • Day 14 – 17   Antarctic peninsula and South Shetland Islands
  • Day 18 – 19   Crossing the Drake Passage
  • Day 20          Arrival in Ushuaia and disembarkation 

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ABOUT THE OCEAN ATLANTIC

Recently renovated, the Ocean Atlantic features multiple viewing decks, 4-star international cuisine, and even a pool and heated Finnish sauna! Comfortable cabins with portholes and fine amenities ensure you will not miss a single glimpse of Antarctica’s splendor. 

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Vessel Highlights

  • Observation decks for spotting wildlife and enjoying the ever-changing polar landscape
  • A bright, spacious 4-star restaurant with international cuisine, as well as two well-stocked bars. 
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking & snowshoeing, and optional kayaking (additional charge)
  • Comfortable lounge area for reading, writing, or relaxing with a cup of coffee
  • Lecture theatre for group workshops, discussions, and presentations
  • Polar library filled with a large collection of literature  
  • Gym, sauna, and pool.

JOIN US

Special Early Bird Pricing, starting at $14,999 USD per person in a shared cabin. 

 

For a limited time enjoy $1,000 off the regular price per person 

while availability lasts. 

We expect this once-in-a lifetime Solar Eclipse Expedition under the leadership of Dr. Kate Russo to sell out – early booking is advisable, and a waiting list will be created for cancelations. 

Inclusions

  • 20-day cruise with accommodation in a shared cabin with private facilities
  • Positioning as close as possible to the centerline, adjusting for best viewing based upon weather on eclipse day
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
  • A limited edition Eclipse Expedition parka!
  • Rubber boots and necessary expedition equipment
  • Private guides and lectures by our english speaking expedition leaders 
  • Exclusive, educational content, presentations and activities on the total solar eclipse experience 
  • Full board on the ship – breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks
  • Free tea and coffee available at all times 
  • Welcome champagne reception 
  • Comprehensive cultural information and reading materials
  • Associated service taxes and port fees through the program

Exclusions

  • Flights/transportation to and from Ushuaia, Argentina (USH)
  • Optional ship activities, including available snowshoeing and  kayaking
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Food and beverage other than that specified in itinerary
  • Optional gratuities 
  • Costs associated with trip interruption or modification due to weather, travel conditions, political/civil disputes, medical emergencies, or other causes beyond our control