MV HONDIUS Eclipse Cruise
Price: £14,495 / $18,120 per person (Single Price - On request)
Duration: 20 Days from 26th November 2021
*Buenos Aires Extension package available (£1,495 / $1,875 per person) - click here for details
Highlights: Ushuaia, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, South Georgia, Falkland Islands, Planned observation from near the South Orkney Islands
Includes: See below Day 20 of itinerary for full details of all inclusions
Day 10 - Northward bound
Days 7 and 8 - East to the eclipse
Days 4 to 6 - Entering Antarctica
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. Here you can 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 ice permits, you sail into the Weddell Sea. Here colossal tabular icebergs herald your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. You might visit Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where you could get the chance to set foot on the continent. Paulet Island, with its large population of Adélie penguins, is another possible stop.
Days 2 and 3 - Path of the polar explorer
Extension Package (extra cost) - Fly to Ushuaia for an overnight stay
Extension Package (extra cost) - Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital city and the home of Tango
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN MY TOUR?
Tour Price £14,495 / $18,120 per person
The price for the main tour is from embarkation in Ushuaia on Day 1 to disembarkation in Ushuaia on Day 20. All meals are included on the cruise.
The price for the *Extension package is for bed and breakfast accommodation in hotels in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia (return) and all transfers. Accommodation is provided in twin or double bed hotel rooms with a private bathroom.
Single rooms for sole occupancy are available on request on the extension package. Single room supplements are £800 / $995. Single cabins on the MV Janssonius are double the per person cost (there are no single cabins onboard)
MV Hondius Cabin Upgrades - the basic tour price is based on a standard twin porthole cabin on the lowest deck. Upgrades to superior cabins or suites are available at an additional cost of £595 to £6,845 per person. Deck plan and upgrade prices can be seen by clicking on this link
What to expect from Life onboard the MV Hondius can be seen here
Flight packages from London and the US will be offered by our flight partner about 11 months in advance of the tour departure (when all fares and schedules are available) or you can arrange your own International flights if you prefer.
Current return air fares from London to Buenos Aires are between about £800 and £1,000 and from the US about $800 to $1,200. You would also need to consider the cost of flights from Buenos Ares to Ushuaia (return) if you were not taking advantage of the Extension Package.
Airport transfers and assistance are included on arrival and departure days if you take advantage of the Extension Package. If you choose to arrange your own International flights, or arrive on non Extension Package dates, then the meet point is the hotel on Day 1 of the Extension Package and the tour ends at the hotel on the final day of the Extension Package. If you do not take the Extension Package then the meet point is the cruise ship on Day 1 and services end at disembarkation on Day 20.
Provisional Reservations - We are now accepting reservations for this tour. A deposit of 25% of the tour price wiill be due within one month of making your provisional reservation. Due to the nature of this project special Terms and Conditions will apply, incorporating the terms of the vessel operators - see here for details Payment Schedule 25% due within one month of confirming your provisional reservation 25% by 1st July 2021 Final Balance by 1st September 2021 Please note: The Antarctic cruise itinerary is a guide only. The exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather, ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. There will be a priority to position the vessel with the best prospect for a clear sky at the time of the eclipse, however it is not possible to guarantee observation of either specific wildlife or the eclipse. A daily program sheet will be issued on board.
Extension Package (extra cost) - Join your return flight
Day 9 - Weddell Sea pack ice & total solar eclipse (Dec 4, early morning)
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
Day 20 (15 December 2021) - Arrive back into Ushuaia at the end of your journey (*unless you have booked our extension package back to Buenos Aires)
Days 11 to 14 - South Georgia journey
Today you arrive at the first South Georgia activity site. Please keep in mind that weather conditions in this area can be challenging, largely dictating the program. Over the next several days, you may visit the following sites:
Cooper Bay – A Zodiac cruise in Cooper Bay offers a great opportunity to see macaroni penguins below a large rookery. Numerous fur and elephant seals are found on the beach, while majestic light-mantled albatrosses can be seeing gracefully gliding above.
Grytviken – In this abandoned whaling station, king penguins walk the streets and elephant seals lie around like they own the place – because they basically do. Here you might be able to see the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave.
Days 15 and 16 - Once more to the sea
On the way to South Georgia, you cross the Antarctic Convergence. The temperature gradually cools, and nutritious water rises to the surface of the sea due to colliding water columns. This phenomenon sometimes attracts a multitude of seabirds near the ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels, prions, and skuas.
Day 17 - Porting in Port Stanley
Day 18 - Finding the Falklands
The Falkland (Malvinas) Islands offer an abundance of wildlife that is easily approachable, though caution is always advised. These islands are largely unknown gems, the site of a 1982 war between the UK and Argentina. Not only do various species of bird live here, but chances are great you’ll see both Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters.
Day 19 - The winged life of the westerlies
Several species of albatross follow the vessel into the westerlies, along with storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels.