Antarctica & the Total Solar Eclipse Cruise (2021)

Embark on the ultimate adventure to witness a total solar eclipse over Earth's last great wilderness Antarctica, where towering icebergs and massive glaciers set the stage.

Journey Overview

Embark on the ultimate adventure to Antarctica, where towering icebergs and massive glaciers set the stage for an extraordinary phenomenon: a total solar eclipse. Discover rare yet abundant wildlife on a voyage timed with the peak of the austral summer; explore the Antarctic Peninsula with action-packed daily excursions; and enjoy an immersive pre-cruise stay in Santiago, Chile, complete with expert-led tours of the artistic city.

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise for 12 nights on a voyage to Antarctica timed to view a rare total solar eclipse (conditions permitting) during the peak austral summer
  • Learn about the incredible science behind a total eclipse from a rocket scientist, award-winning astronomer and former NASA astronaut
  • Enjoy an immersive pre-cruise stay in Santiago, Chile, complete with expert-led tours of the artistic city and a welcome stargazing event at a local observatory
  • Observe incredible wildlife throughout the vast Southern Ocean and Antarctic Peninsula, from humpback whales to colonies of penguins and seals
  • Sharpen your skills with enhanced photography opportunities provided by dedicated A&K photo coaches, including complimentary lectures and workshops

Featured Experts

Dr. Kathy Sullivan, Astronaut, Geologist and Scientist
One of the first women to join NASA in 1978, Dr. Sullivan’s tenure also includes the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. She is the former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and currently serves as an ambassador-at-large for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, travels the globe as a scientific expert and holds a Ph.D. in geology from Dalhousie University.

Dr. Massimo Terenghi, Scientist and Photographer
A former professor of astrophysics at the University of Milan, Dr. Terenghi has worked in leadership roles with the European Southern Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert. In addition to serving as the director of the ALMA telescope, he spent 17 years building the Paranal Observatory in Atacama. He’s won multiple awards, including the Grand Cross of the Bernardo O’Higgins Order by the Chilean government and the Tycho Brahe Award by the Institute of Navigation, and is now an astronomical photographer.

Dr. David Crain, Scientist and Newspace Entreprenuer
With a Ph.D. in atmospheric and space physics, Dr. Crain has founded and co-founded several commercial space start-ups with an emphasis on weather observations. He has also participated in several observational expeditions for past solar eclipses, and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Utah State University and Sam Houston State University.

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Nov 28: Arrive Santiago, Chile

Arrive this morning in Chile’s capital and transfer to your hotel, the Mandarin Oriental, located in Santiago’s Las Condas district. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Tonight, gather with your fellow adventurers and the A&K team for a welcome reception at the Observatorio Astronómico Andino, located in the outskirts of Santiago. Chile boasts some of the clearest skies in the world, making the country a natural habitat for astronomical observations. Join A&K’s solar and space experts, who discuss the exciting itinerary of this once-in-a- lifetime solar eclipse voyage.
Mandarin Oriental, Santiago | Meals: D

Nov 29: Santiago | Mountainside Metropolis

Ringed by the Andes Mountains and shaped by the contributions of a dozen different European cultures, Santiago is one of South America’s most interesting cities. The city was founded in 1541 by Spanish captain Pedro de Valdivia and is nestled some 2,000 feet above sea level in Chile’s great central valley. Today, choose from a number of included excursion options, such as an active walking or bicycle tour of the city, an insider art walk with a visit to an artist’s studio, a visit to Santa Rita winery located in the Maipo Valley, or a stroll through the city’s famed graffiti street art district. This evening, relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel and prepare for tomorrow’s charter flight to Ushuaia.
Mandarin Oriental, Santiago | Meals: B

Nov 30: Ushuaia | Gateway to Antarctica

Fly to the charming port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. On arrival, enjoy lunch at the Arakur resort and — time and weather permitting — take a guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve. This afternoon, arrive at your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Stylish and comfortable, ‘Le Lyrial’ features all-balcony staterooms and suites only on A&K journeys to Antarctica. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship, or relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage. On departure, enjoy cruising through the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to sea.
'Le Lyrial' |Meals: BLD

Dec 1-3: At Sea | Scenic Views & Onboard Enrichment

Relax and enjoy the special touches and amenities available on board stunning ‘Le Lyrial’ while getting to know your fellow explorers and enjoying the many enrichment programs offered. Weather permitting, A&K’s seasoned expedition staff lead the Zodiacs towards Signy Island and the rarely visited South Orkney Islands. Typically only traversed by British and Argentine scientists, the archipelago comprises four main islands and supports a wide variety of tundra vegetation, plus offers breathtaking polar scenery. Attend a special presentation from guest lecturer Kathy Sullivan, who shares what it was like to be the first American woman walking in space and how the earth looked from the space shuttle ‘Challenger’ — 140 miles above the earth. Later, your Expedition Leader confirms the plan for the total eclipse viewing.
'Le Lyrial' | Meals: BLD

Dec 4: Southern Ocean | The Solar Eclipse

Weather, sea and ice conditions permitting, your Captain navigates ‘Le Lyrial’ to the centre of the eclipse’s path of totality, which is the very narrow track on the surface of the earth where the radiating “circle of light” is best seen. This is caused by turbulence and refraction in the atmosphere, which results in shimmering bands of light and shadow. The proposed positioning of ‘Le Lyrial’ would allow for a remarkable viewing time of approximately one minute and 40 seconds. The next total eclipse in this part of the world isn’t until 2061, which makes this a truly once-in- a-lifetime trip for many travellers.
'Le Lyrial' | Meals: BLD

Dec 5-9: Antarctica | The White Continent

As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. Dependent on weather, sea ice and wildlife conditions, Antarctic expeditions demand spontaneity and no two are ever the same. With that in mind, your Captain and Expedition Team carefully plan your active, curated itinerary and daily excursions that may include the following areas:

Danco Coast: Bordering the South Shetland Islands along the Antarctic continent, the Danco Coast is famed for its scenic, jaw-dropping waterways. From the comfort of ‘Le Lyrial,’ you may sail through some of its most stunning and photogenic channels, straits and bays.

Elephant Island: Located in the outer reaches of the South Shetland Islands, Elephant Island is a mountainous and ice-covered islet. The island gained fame after British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton rescued himself and 22 of his crew from the remote island after his ship, ‘Endurance,’ was stranded by ice. Now, only the luckiest get to land on Elephant Island due to challenging currents and weather.

Antarctic Sound: At the northernmost tip of the Antarctic mainland, this body of water features some of the best sightseeing on the peninsula and a proliferation of giant icebergs. Noted for its vast numbers of bird species, the sound is home to the largest breeding colonies of Adélie penguins in Antarctica. Look forward to opportunities to land on remote, wildlife-laden islands as well as possible opportunities to experience a continental landing on the northwest tip of the Antarctic peninsula.

South Shetland Islands: Antarctic research stations, remarkable history, amazing geological features and abundant wildlife define these islands off the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our expedition team looks for opportunities to visit a wide range of sites including working research stations, volcanic islands, and historic sites as well as gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguin rookeries.

Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast followed by a morning excursion on swift Zodiacs. Piloted by expert A&K drivers, each excursion is accompanied by lecturers and joined by groups of no more than 10 guests. After mornings discovering native species and striking terrain, return to ‘Le Lyrial’ for lunch and time to relax and observe the wildlife. The rich waters that surround you allow for excellent viewing of everything from fin whales, humpback whales and orcas, to Antarctic and imperial shags. By afternoon, set out for the day’s second excursion, which may include visiting a scientific research station, hiking on a sheltered beach packed with basking Southern elephant seals, or circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. After full days of adventure, evenings aboard your luxury cruiser invite you to unwind over cocktails in the cosy lounge before dinner in the elegant dining room. At night, choose to recap the day’s discoveries with your naturalist guides; chat on deck with fellow guests; or seize the opportunity to capture photos in the stunning low light characteristic of Antarctica’s long, ethereal twilight.
'Le Lyrial' | Meals: BLD

Dec 10-11: Cruising the Drake Passage | A Memorable Return

The ship’s return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and reflection, with time to compare notes with your expert lecturers on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent. Spend time on board with newfound friends in the comfortable common spaces of ‘Le Lyrial,’ enjoy quiet relaxation on your own private balcony or absorb more fascinating lectures by your captivating Expedition Team. While cruising through this historic passage, you may spot various species of whales and seabirds. The immense albatross is an especially stunning sight to behold. These wandering birds boast a wingspan approaching 12 feet and are capable of gliding through the air for hours at a time in search of food.
'Le Lyrial' | Meals: BLD

Dec 12: Depart Ushuaia

‘Le Lyrial’ docks at Ushuaia this morning. Enjoy breakfast, and then say goodbye to your Expedition Team and ship’s crew before disembarking by 9:00 a.m. You are transferred to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires, where you connect to your international flight home.
Meals: B

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements, including Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control, at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 4-9 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: welcome reception on Nov 28 at 6:15 p.m.

Last group event: disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. on Dec 12

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Nov 28, 2021 - Dec 12, 2021 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Classic Balcony Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$33,145pp was AU$38,980 Single Supplement AU$27,990 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Deluxe Balcony Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$36,480pp was AU$42,315 Single Supplement AU$29,990 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Premier Balcony Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$38,145pp was AU$43,980 Single Supplement AU$31,660 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Prestige Balcony Suite - Category 4 Price AU$51,480pp was AU$57,315 Single Supplement AU$47,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Premier Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 5 Price AU$58,145pp was AU$63,980 Single Supplement AU$53,825 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Privilege Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$63,145pp was AU$68,980 Single Supplement AU$58,660 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Grand Deluxe Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 7 Price AU$71,480pp was AU$77,315 Single Supplement AU$66,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Grand Privilege Three-Room Balcony Suite - Category 8 Price AU$79,815pp was AU$85,650 Single Supplement AU$74,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Lyrial: Owner's Balcony Suite - Category 9 Price AU$88,145pp was AU$93,980 Single Supplement AU$82,325 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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