Project Antarctica - Eclipse Cruise

Price:          £14,495 / $18,120 per person (Single Price - On request)

Duration:    20 Days from 25th November 2021

                  *Buenos Aires Extension package available - see itinerary below

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 11 - Northward bound


Weddell Sea Pack Ice There may be sea ice on this route, and at the edge of the ice some south polar skuas and snow petrels could join the other seabirds trailing the vessel north.




Days 8 and 9 - East to the eclipse


Giant Icebergs Giant icebergs and a good chance of fin whale sightings enliven this segment of the voyage. Also, your best chance to spot Antarctic petrels is here. 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.




Days 4 to 7 - Entering Antarctica


Humpback Whale This extended voyage gives you the chance to sail even farther down the icy coast of the western Antarctic Peninsula. In the Gerlache Strait are several opportunities for great landings where you might set foot on the Antarctic Continent, surrounded by an epic landscape of alpine peaks and mammoth glaciers calving at sea level. 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. 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


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 – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the bird 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 you might see.




Extension Package - Fly to Ushuaia for an overnight stay


Ushuaia Today fly to Ushuaia for an overnight stay. Ushuaia is located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, nicknamed the “End of the World.” The windswept town, perched on a steep hill, is surrounded by the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel. It is the gateway to Antarctica cruises and tours to nearby Isla Yécapasela, known as “Penguin Island” for its penguin colonies.




Extension Package - Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital city and the home of Tango


Buenos Aires Argentina Arrive into the vibrant city of Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.




WHAT'S INCLUDED IN MY TOUR?


Tour Price £14,495 / $18,120 per person *Extension Package Price £1,495 / $1,875

  • 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 Janssonius 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 Janssonius 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 50% by 1st May 2021 25% by 1st August 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 - Join your return flight


Plane on runway Time at leisure until your transfer to the airport to join your return flight.




Day 10 - Weddell Sea pack ice & total solar eclipse (Dec 4, early morning)


The ship positions itself in the centre 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




Day 20 - Arrive back into Ushuaia at the end of your journey (*unless you have booked our extension package back to Buenos Aires)


We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark after breakfast. This is the end of the journey unless you have booked our extension package to return to Buenos Aires.




Days 12 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


Antarctic Convergence

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


Port Stanley The capital of the Falklands and centre of its culture, Port Stanley offers a little Victorian-era charm: colourful houses, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs are all to be found here. You can also see 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. Approximately 2,100 people live in Port Stanley. Feel free to wander at will, though be aware that admission fees to local attractions are not included in the voyage.




Day 18 - Finding the Falklands


Falklands scenery

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


Albatross

Several species of albatross follow the vessel into the westerlies, along with storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels.




Extension Package - Enjoy the sights of Buenos Aires with optional excursions available


Tango Show, Buenos Aires Enjoy the sights and sounds of this vibrant city with local excursions available, including an evening dinner and tango show.




Day 1 - Join your cruise ship, the MV Janssonius


Beagle Channel landscape Time at leisure today until embarkation of the MV Janssonius. Once onboard and checked into your cabin, sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.




Extension Package - Fly to Buenos Aires for an overnight stay


After disembarkation join your return flight to Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel on arrival for an overnight stay.





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