Total solar eclipse as seen from west of Cairns, Australia in 2012. B.Braswell photo.
2021 ANTARCTICA SOLAR ECLIPSE CRUISE – RING OF FIRE EXPEDITION #53
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JANUARY 16, 2018:
As of January 12, 2018 the cruise operator has decided that they will use a new ship that will enter service in 2020 (one year prior to our cruise). It will not be one of the well advertised old Russian ice breakers that some of you (and we) have traveled on to Antarctica in the past. This ship will have 6 classes of cabins labeled A through F (no details) and probably 6 or 7 decks; total passengers: approximately 200. It is expected to have an elevator and possibly be able to accommodate passengers with disabilities (no details). On this latter point we have not been given precise information. The contract to build the ship will be signed this year (2018) and once that happens more specifics will be released to us. The current pricing is expected to range from $13000 to $19000 but again this is a draft baseline with a cruise lasting 10 days (not 11). In order to stay within our planned cost parameters the cruise routing had to be reduced by one day. Both time and mileage are key in the pricing of this cruise. We have been given a draft itinerary but it is not ready to be released as yet since there is additional negotiations with regard to the planned eclipse intercept point at sea.
OCTOBER 4, 2017:
The cruise operator informs us that their first priority now is to get the 2019 sailing schedule in place. Only after this will it be possible to address our 2021 Antarctica eclipse cruise. Therefore we expect to get the details for everyone by January.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2017:
The cruise operator may be delayed in defining details of the voyage due to the 3 hurricanes that have hit in September. Their operations as well as that of our Tahiti cruise operator have all been impacted. Please stand by and we will notify you as soon as new details emerge for our Antarctica eclipse cruise.
AUGUST 9, 2017:
THIS IS THE FIRST NOTIFICATION TO JUMP ONBOARD OUR EXPEDITION TO ANTARCTICA FOR THIS UNIQUE EVENT. The information we have today is quite general and is as follows. We will update this page in the coming days as more is known. You are the first to see it and we are far ahead of anyone else in developing this trip 4 years ahead!! Definition of speakers is TBD as are all other details.
Penguins, seals, icebergs, whales, onboard lectures, bridge visits–Antarctica!
We are in negotiations to book space onboard a ship departing from Ushuaia, Argentina. The ship name is still to be determined but we hope to have details by around October, 2017. The trip itself will begin and end in Ushauaia with the eclipse cruise lasting 12 days/10 nights. You will initially have to fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, then take an internal flight to Ushuaia. Prices PER PERSON in 2021 are expected to range from $10,000 USD to $20,000 depending upon the type of cabin. The lowest price applies to triple occupancy sharing. The Antarctica portion will comprise 10 of those days with an itinerary SIMILAR to the one that follows this paragraph. Two additional days will be added for the eclipse to travel east from Coronation Island out to the eclipse path and back.
A graphic showing an approximate routing is shown here.
Example of normal cruise routing. Our route may be from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula then east to the eclipse zone, then back to Ushuaia. Details are expected in October 2017.
EXAMPLE OF ANTARCTICA PORTION (WITHOUT THE ECLIPSE)
Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina
With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Although the city has grown during the past few years, it retains an easygoing and accessible feel. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend time in nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.
Day 2 — Embarkation Day
Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!
Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.
Days 5 to 7 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.
Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!
Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.
Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.
Paddleboarding with a whale
Days 8 and 9 — Crossing the Drake Passage
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.
Day 10 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.
IF YOU ARE SERIOUSLY INTERESTED TO JOIN US, PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW. THIS IS A NO RISK PROCEDURE AS DEPOSITS ARE FULLY REFUNDABLE UNTIL WE ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE CRUISE. THEN YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED TO CHOOSE WHETHER TO CONTINUE OR CANCEL. NOTE THAT THERE IS ONE SHIP INVOLVED AND IF WE DO NOT SELL THE SPACE IT WILL GO TO OTHER GROUPS.
DONT HAVE A ROOMMATE? NO PROBLEM AS WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED MATCHING BY GENDER.
Provide a registration form AND deposit NOW if you wish to be first in line. Click HERE to complete the registration form; send in $1,000 USD (details on the registration form) which is FULLY REFUNDABLE until the expedition goes live which may be around October, 2017 or earlier depending on the cruise company schedule.
IMPORTANT: YOU WILL NOT BE ON THE CRUISE LIST UNLESS YOU SUBMIT BOTH A REGISTRATION FORM AND DEPOSIT FOR EACH PERSON AT THE SAME TIME.
HOW TO SUBMIT A DEPOSIT:
If you live in the USA, you can pay by one of two methods. Note: Future Travel no longer accepts actual checks due to the time to process and risk of loss through the postal system.
1.PAY BY ELECTRONIC TRANSFER: Use our secure electronic payment form. It is faster/safer than going through the regular mail. The web link is: https://houstonwebsolutions.formstack.com/forms/ach_authorization
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If you are OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES, you can pay by the following:
1) credit cards, 2) money order; or 3) wire transfer (NOTE: a $50 wire transfer fee will have to be added to your deposit because of bank charges here). Please contact Judy Shaw at email@example.com to make arrangements.
Once the trip goes live it means that we will have the basic details including the name of the ship, prices for the different kinds of cabins, true length of the expedition, and an itinerary. You will have 7 calendar days to make a decision to go on the trip or cancel. If you cancel at that point, you will receive a 100% refund. If you decide to go on the trip, the deposit becomes fully NON REFUNDABLE and will be subject to additional payments/cancellation penalties which today are not known. The formal deposit will likely be on the order of 20% of the total price of the cruise and it will be nonrefundable.
This is all the information we have to date, so kindly wait until we notify you that the expedition is being launched. We are excited to be out in front of this adventure and hope you will join us in 2021.
Killer whales near the ship