Project Antarctica - Total Solar Eclipse - December 2021
This project will use vessels dedicated specifically for the eclipse observation. The brand new MV Janssonius and her identical sister ship MV Hondius both meet the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Surpassing the requirements of the Polar Code adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), both vessels represent the most flexible, advanced, innovative touring vessel in the polar regions, thoroughly optimised for exploratory voyages that provide you the utmost first-hand contact with Antarctica.
The ships also give you the peace of mind that comes with choosing one of the most environmentally friendly vessels on the polar seas. MV Janssonius and MV Hondius use LED lighting, steam heating, bio-degradable paints and lubricants, and state-of-the-art power management systems that keep fuel consumption and CO2 levels minimal. This means that when you sail aboard her, you get to enjoy the exotic landscapes and wildlife, while impacting on them as little as possible.
An extensive lecture program will be offered during the days at sea onboard both vessels. Expert naturalists share their knowledge of the wildlife and unique ecosystems we will encounter throughout our voyage. South Georgia is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and inspiring places on earth with more wildlife than virtually anywhere else on the planet.
Both vessels plan to observe the eclipse 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 degrees S, 41 degrees W. This is a challenging venture with unpredictable weather, ice and sea conditions to battle, but it is one of the world's last great adventures and we can promise a unique experience!