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2021 Antarctica Solar Eclipse Cruise

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16 days / 15 nights
Availability : Nov 29 - Dec 15, 2021
Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Cruise Overview

Join us on our special total solar eclipse expedition aboard Silversea’s luxury Silver Cloud.

Don’t miss your chance to see one of Earth’s most wondrous cosmic events in one of Earth’s most magnificent locations. Join us on a luxury  cruise down to Antarctica for this eclipse. On the morning of the eclipse, our luxury ship will be positioned on the centre-line of the moon’s shadow, at the edge of the sea ice in the Weddell Sea, between the South Orkneys and South Georgia.

Set foot on this last continent, a place untouched by humanity – and enjoy what is probably the most southernmost afternoon tea in the world.  Revel in the beauty and overwhelming power of nature. Admire the staggering abundance of wildlife. Meet the personal challenge of reaching the earth’s last great wilderness frontier. You’ll cruise across seas of glass, passing giant prisms of ice riding an ink-blue sea. And you’ll share the landscape with bellowing elephant seals and raucous rookeries of penguins, unafraid and unperturbed by your presence. 

Cruise starts at

Ushuaia, Chile (Google Map)

Cruise ends at

Ushuaia, Chile (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Santiago
  • Roundtrip flights to Ushuaia from Santiago, Chile
  • Transfer from hotel to airport and ship
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shore side activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Solar Eclipse lectures by a highly qualified Astronomer
  • Spacious suites
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Santiago post-cruise
  • Guided Santiago city tour and winery tour
  • Guided Valparaiso tour
  • Eclipse Traveler documents kit

Price Excludes

  • Gratuities at the Beauty Salon and Spa
  • Travel Insurance
  • International flights
  • Any personal expenses

Complementaries

  • Eclipse glasses
  • Eclipse Traveler luggage tags
  • Eclipse Traveler badge
  • Eclipse Traveler T-shirt
Itinerary

DAY 1NOV 29, 2021 / ARRIVE SANTIAGO

Arrive Santiago. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Santiago.

DAY 2DEC 1, 2021 / FLIGHT FROM SANTIAGO TO USHUAIA / EMBARK SHIP

At 55 degrees latitude south, Ushuaia (pronounced oo-swy-ah) is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina’s northern border with Bolivia. It is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego, the island at the southernmost tip of Argentina.Although its stark physical beauty is striking, Tierra del Fuego’s historical allure is based more on its mythical past than on rugged reality. The island was inhabited for 6,000 years by Yámana, Haush, Selk’nam, and Alakaluf Indians. But in 1902 Argentina, eager to populate Patagonia to bolster its territorial claims, moved to initiate an Ushuaian penal colony, establishing the permanent settlement of its most southern territories and, by implication, everything in between.When the prison closed in 1947, Ushuaia had a population of about 3,000, made up mainly of former inmates and prison staff.

DAY 3DEC 2, 2021 / DRAKE PASSAGE

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

DAY 4DEC 3, 2021 / DRAKE PASSAGE

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

DAY 5DEC 4, 2021 / SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS - ECLIPSE POSITION **

The ship will position east of Coronation Islands to experience totality for approximately 1 minute 40 seconds.

DAY 6DEC 5, 2021 / ELEPHANT ISLAND

Awesome glaciers flecked with pink algae can be seen approaching Elephant Island — so named either for its elephant-like appearance or for sightings of elephant seals here. Elephant Island is home to several Chinstrap Penguin rookeries, as well as 2,000-year-old moss colonies. Weddell seals and Macaroni Penguins can also be spotted. In 1916, when Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, the crew was stranded here for more than 4 months finding shelter under two upturned lifeboats on the spit of land Shackleton’s men named ‘Point Wild’. The bust of the Chilean captain Luis Pardo has been erected here to commemorate the successful rescue in the tug Yelcho.

DAY 7DEC 6, 2021 / ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. It is a region of protected bays, unscaled snow-capped mountains, vast glaciers and a few places where whalers or scientists have worked. Just as irresistible are the many Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguin colonies, the seals basking on ice floes, the whales and orcas.

DAY 8DEC 7, 2021 / ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. It is a region of protected bays, unscaled snow-capped mountains, vast glaciers and a few places where whalers or scientists have worked. Just as irresistible are the many Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguin colonies, the seals basking on ice floes, the whales and orcas.

DAY 9DEC 8, 2021 / ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness. It is a region of protected bays, unscaled snow-capped mountains, vast glaciers and a few places where whalers or scientists have worked. Just as irresistible are the many Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguin colonies, the seals basking on ice floes, the whales and orcas.

DAY 10DEC 9, 2021 / SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first land seen in Antarctica. Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins all breed here. In addition, because it is the warmest part of the continent, large moss beds as well as orange, black, grey and green lichens grow –even hair grass and pearlwort manage to survive. Leopard seals, Weddell seals, crabeater seals, Southern elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals can be seen in the water and on the beaches.

DAY 11DEC 10, 2021 / DRAKE PASSAGE

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

DAY 12DEC 11, 2021 / DRAKE PASSAGE

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

DAY 13DEC 12, 2021 / DISEMBARK AT USHUAIA - FLIGHT TO SANTIAGO

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Santiago. Upon arrival, enjoy an afternoon city tour of Santiago. Explore the city’s highlights, including the Palacio de La Moneda Presidential Palace, designed by 18th-century Italian architect Joaquín Toesca, and the Plaza de Armas, with its impressive Cathedral and Central Post Office. Ride a funicular up San Cristobal Hill to behold the stunning statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and take in expansive views of Santiago. Overnight at our hotel in Santiago.

DAY 14DEC 13, 2021 / SANTIAGO

Today we will explore Chile’s vineyards and taste the best wines it offers. Chile is an agricultural paradise whose bounty of fruits and vegetables supplies the world’s marketplaces and whose wine graces tables on every continent. A Mediterranean climate and increasingly organic, sustainable farming practices contribute to creating high-quality wines which are the purest expression of their privileged terroir. While standard geography would suggest that Chile’s long, narrow shape should display the greatest changes in growing conditions from north to south, it is actually proximity to the Andes mountains or Pacific Ocean from east to west which causes more pronounced climate and soil variations. Vines bask in the sun more than 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) above sea level under the crystal clear skies of the Elqui Valley, as well as just four kilometers (2.4 miles) from the sea itself in San Antonio.

DAY 15DEC 14, 2021 / SANTIAGO

Today we will explore Valparaiso. In the 19th century, Valparaíso was one of South America’s richest cities, having grown fat on the shipping trade. Then the Panama Canal stole its thunder and it became increasingly dilapidated. As part of an attempt to reverse its fortunes and give it a facelift, from 2006 the local government repainted many buildings. Façades were transformed with vermilion, lime-green, puce, cornflower-blue, and mango-yellow coats. Now, Valparaíso is a polychromatic canvas awash with street art, and anything goes. It tumbles precariously down hillsides to its port, a maze of helter-skelter streets and miradors connected by steep staircases and clanking funiculars.

DAY 16DEC 15, 2021 / DEPARTURE FROM SANTIAGO

Transfer to Santiago Airport and end of our adventure.

VISTA SUITE

$17,850 pp

A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. Some Vista Suites accommodate three guests.

VERANDA SUITE

$19,980

A Silversea signature. Spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda. Each spectacular sunset feels like it is yours alone. Some Veranda Suites accommodate three guests.

MID-SHIP VERANDA SUITE

$23,190

A Silversea signature. Spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda. Each spectacular sunset feels like it is yours alone. Some Veranda Suites accommodate three guests.

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John K.

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This is my third eclipse trip arranged by Eclipse Traveler and again it was fantastic. I am continually impressed by the travel consultants and the companies they use at each destination. I appreciate travelling with the peace of mind relying on them to provide a seamless flow of people who meet me at airports for transfers, the quality of accommodation and range of destination tours offered. It is high quality and value for money. I will continue to recommend my family and friends book with Eclipse Traveler.

March 10, 2017
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