Total Solar Eclipse — Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands

National Geographic Endurance
National Geographic Endurance
126 Passengers

An expedition to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands is an exhilarating adventure of a lifetime. See massive icebergs in Antarctica, the wildlife spectacle of South Georgia’s colonies of hundreds of thousands of king penguins, and the vast albatross breeding grounds of the Falklands. Add to that the chance of seeing a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon—a total solar eclipse.

We aim to be positioned in the path of totality during the next total solar eclipse on December 4, 2021. While we will be in the right spot to witness the eclipse, which will last two minutes, the most important factor in viewing an eclipse is weather. Although clear skies are often experienced here, overcast days are just as common. The ships’ crews will utilize their state-of-the-art technology aboard to find the best possible viewing area, hoping to find an unobscured view of the sun, but nothing can be guaranteed. And, of course, our naturalist team and guest speakers will provide insight and background on eclipses and other astronomical features one might encounter in the Southern Ocean and Southern Hemisphere.

Get deep background from illuminating experts
Learn about the basics of solar eclipses so that you can understand what you may hopefully experience. Go deep on the science with the help of a special guest expert.

Our photography expertise will help you get the shot
Get aboard with everything you’ll need—before your expedition we’ll share info about special photography equipment you’ll need if you want to create an image of the eclipse, like solar filters. While aboard, your National Geographic photographer and certified photo instructor will prepare you for the special challenges of shooting an eclipse from a ship, where tripods and long exposures don’t work since you’ll be situated on a moving platform.

The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this South Georgia Island cruise expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a king penguin colony of tens of thousands individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. You’ll have other rare sightings here too: massive–in both senses of the word–herds of elephant seals, and a wandering albatross stretching its 11-foot wings.  It’s the impossible beauty of an Antarctica trip exponentially increased by unimaginable numbers of animals. A not-be-missed polar experience, for those with the luxury of time.

For most travelers, visiting Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, for those with the luxury of time, including the Falklands and South Georgia Island cruise just makes sense. And makes for a genuine experience-of-a-lifetime. This voyage has it all.
• The impossible beauty of Antarctic ice: tabular bergs, the haunting Lemaire Channel
• Massive wildlife spectacles in South Georgia and the Falklands
• Three distinct regions to experience
• Superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance

Incomparable wildlife experience
Only the plains of the Serengeti during the migrations can compare to the wildlife spectacles offered by both South Georgia and the Falklands. On your South Georgia Island cruise you’ll see a single rookery with tens of thousands of king penguins—an astonishing sight and an indelible memory. In the Falklands, you’ll see rockhopper penguins in great number in their “hobbit shire” of the tussock grass. And, in both, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see albatross in great numbers—wandering albatross with their impressive 11-foot wing spans; and beautiful black-browed albatross—in colonies that fill the windward ledges of these southernmost islands. These, plus elephant and fur seals, pelagic birds in great numbers, and various species of whales feasting on the Southern Ocean’s seasonal bounty create unprecedented wildlife viewing experiences for you.

Add the human dimension to the ice
From the ghostly remnants of the whaling stations that once peopled South Georgia, to the warmly welcoming ranchers of Port Stanley on the Falklands, and the penguin-adapted researchers of Port Lockroy, a picturesque science station off the otherwise unpeopled Weddell Sea coast, you’ll experience the contrast between the majestic, uninhabited wildness of Antarctica, and the unique human incursions into the land of the ice.

Please note that although international airline tickets are not included in the trip cost the dates of this trip include your travel dates (based on USA/USA travel).

Brief Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 Home/Fly To Buenos Aires, Argentina/Overnight
Day 3 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship
Day 4 At Sea
Days 5 to 10 Antarctica
Days 11 & 12 At Sea
Days 13 to 17 South Georgia Island
Days 18 & 19 At Sea
Days 20 & 21 Falkland Islands
Day 22 At Sea
Days 23 & 24 Ushuaia/Disembark/Buenos Aires/Home

Days 1 & 2 — Home/Buenos Aires, Argentina/Overnight

Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (international flight not included). Settle into the hotel before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón.

Day 3 — Buenos Aires/Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking.

Day 4 — At Sea

Settle in to shipboard life as we sail to Antarctica. Keep a lookout for albatross that glide alongside the ship.

Days 5 to 10 — Antarctica

With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. We’ll spend these days on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration.

Days 11 & 12 — At Sea

As we voyage, head up to the bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as our skilled captain and officers sail these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness center, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience.

Days 13 to 17 — South Georgia Island

This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and, conditions permitting, we’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet our ship. And at a vast penguin colony you’ll see tens of thousands of king penguins!

Days 18 & 19 — At Sea

Whales beneath, birds above, as you continue on. Our naturalists will prepare us for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands.

Days 20 & 21 — Falkland Islands

The Falklands boast albatross, king cormorants, nesting rockhopper penguins, and Magellanic penguins in their green tussock grass burrows. Stroll the photogenic colonial town of Stanley and visit the evocative Anglican Cathedral with its archway of whalebones.

Day 22 — At Sea

On our final day at sea, enjoy one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters. Toast our epic voyage at a festive farewell dinner.

Days 23 & 24 — Ushuaia/Disembark/Buenos Aires/Home

Disembark in Ushuaia. Fly by charter to Buenos Aires and connect with your overnight flight home (international flight not included).

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Fore Deck (deck 4) with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair. 183 square ft.
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Fore Deck (deck 4) with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair. 205 square ft.
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Main Deck (deck 5)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 205 square ft.
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Lounge Deck (deck 6)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 205 square ft.
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Bridge Deck (deck 7)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 205 square ft.
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Bridge Deck (deck 7)—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed. 344 square ft.
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Bridge Deck (deck 7)—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet. 430 square ft.
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Main Deck (deck 5)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 140 square ft.
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Lounge Deck (deck 6)—Suite with balcony and sofa. 140 square ft.