Skip to main content

Witness Antarctica’s 2021 Total Solar Eclipse on an Exclusive Cruise

solar eclipse

Like shuffleboard, belly flop contests, and midnight chocolate buffets, “blacking out” is a daily requirement for many cruise-goers. Lucky passengers aboard one specialty cruise in 2021 will enjoy an entirely different type of blackout, however. For a brief moment, they’ll witness a total solar eclipse from one of the most remote places on Earth.

(It’s like a total eclipse of the heart, but better.)

The solar event is more than two years away, but Poseidon Expeditions knows curious, space-loving travelers are already planning where they’re going to be to witness it. The company’s exclusive Solar Eclipse in Antarctica (clearly, the marketing needs a little work) starts at the southern tip of South America where just 114 passengers will board the M/v Sea Spirit in Ushuaia, Argentina. The 23-day voyage will visit South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, and the Antarctic peninsula before looping back to South America by way of the Aitcho Islands.

But, of course, this is no ordinary Antarctic cruise. Two weeks into the trip, the captain will pilot the ship into the eclipse’s narrow path of totality. For less than two minutes, passengers will watch day turn to night as the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, effectively blacking out the sky. From seeing penguins to witnessing this total solar eclipse to trekking one of the last truly wild places on Earth, this cruise promises to tick a lot of boxes on most travelers’ bucket lists.

As with many of Poseidon Expeditions’ cruises, the twelve-person crew aboard the Sea Spirit consists of hardcore wildlife and earth science experts. Special guest Paul Sutter — an astrophysicist, author, and speaker on all things physics-related — will join the team to answer passenger questions and share his thoughts on the experience from an expert perspective.

The Solar Eclipse in Antarctica cruise joins a growing list of specialty cruises to the White Continent. Travelers looking to dip their toe on the continent “just to say they did it” can now “bag” the elusive destination on a day trip courtesy of Natural World Safaris. Hardcore adventure seekers can trek to the South Pole on the fully-guided Ski Last Degree polar expedition. Well-heeled travelers for whom time and money are no object can even visit both the North and South Pole on a single, 88-day luxury cruise.

This once-in-a-lifetime cruise won’t come cheap. With an early booking discount, a triple occupancy suite (which usually requires bunking with two strangers) costs $16,556 per person, while upgrading to a double occupancy berth is priced at $21,866. Plus, passengers will need to find their own way to and from Ushuaia. Sure, you could buy a new car with that sum, but this cruise sounds a whole lot more fun.

Editors' Recommendations

Mike Richard
Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008. He's kayaked in Antarctica, tracked endangered African wild dogs in South…
This is the best time to visit Portugal
When should you book your vacation?
Portugal

Are you thinking about planning a trip to Portugal? Known for its stunning coastline, charming cities, and delectable foods, Portugal is a popular year-round vacation destination. However, the best time to visit Portugal depends on what you are looking for. Whether you’re a budget traveler seeking the best deals, a beach lover chasing the sun, or an adventurer eager to immerse yourself in local festivals and events, timing your trip right can make all of the difference. From the hot temperatures of summer to the festive charm of winter, let’s discover the best time for you to head out on the perfect Portuguese adventure.
The best time to visit for good weather

For travelers seeking the best weather, summer (June to August) is the ideal time to visit Portugal. This season boasts the warmest and sunniest days, with daytime temperatures often reaching the high 80sºF and minimal rainfall. This time is perfect for beach vacations, particularly in the Algarve region, where you’ll find crystal clear waters and golden sands. 

Read more
What to do in Nashville: Don’t miss out on these incredible activities
Need help planning your trip to Music City?
Nashville

Looking pretty, Music City. Are you thinking about taking a trip to Nashville this year? Nashville offers a rich blend of culture, history, and entertainment that promises a memorable experience for every visitor. Whether you’re a music enthusiast looking to explore iconic venues or a foodie ready to dive into delicious Southern cuisine, Nashville has something for you. If you aren’t sure what to do in Nashville, TN, we’ve got you covered. Here are just a few of the best things to do in Nashville, Tennessee.
Take a stroll down Lower Broadway

Lower Broadway consistently makes the list of the top things to do in Nashville. This vibrant stretch, often referred to simply as “Broadway,” is lined with honky-tonk bars, live music venues, and busy eateries that showcase the best of Nashville’s legendary music scene. Lower Broadway is not only the heart of Nashville’s nightlife but also a hub where famous musicians bring their flair to the local scene. Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar offers a mix of Southern cuisine and stunning rooftop views, while Blake Shelton’s Ole Red combines great food with live music. 
Indulge in some hot chicken

Read more
This is the longest flight in the world
You'll definitely need a nap on this flight
an airplane on the runway under a cloudy sky

When it comes to ultra-long-haul travel, one route stands out above the rest – the Singapore to New York flight operated by Singapore Airlines. This flight covers up to a mind-boggling 9,537 miles nonstop.
How long is the longest flight in the world?

In total, passengers are airborne for a whopping 18 hours and 40 minutes, nearly an entire day spent soaring across the world. Making such an extremely long-haul flight possible is the Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range). This specialized aircraft features a modified fuel system that allows it to carry a higher quantity of jet fuel, giving it the extended range required to complete the Singapore-New York route without refueling stops.
Comfort amenities for the world’s longest flight

Read more