As travellers, we are all chasing that elusive feeling of wonder. Nothing piques our interest like the promise of a once-in-a-lifetime experience, yet these truly unique moments are increasingly hard to come by.
Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic are proud to offer front-row seats to an event that will bring you to an overwhelming understanding of Mother Nature’s magnificence. Reserve your berth on one of three purpose-built expedition ships to watch the marvel of the solar eclipse unfold from the waters of Antarctica.
Watch the 2021 solar eclipse from Antarctica
On the morning 4th of December 2021, the new moon will be directly between the sun and the earth. If the weather cooperates, those lucky enough to be in the right place will experience the coveted sight of a total solar eclipse, which will render the world pitch black for just a few minutes.
The collaborative expertise of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic has ensured that passengers of the National Geographic Endurance, the National Geographic Orion and the National Geographic Explorer will be in the best possible position to witness a dazzling reminder that we are part of an infinitely vast universe. Viewing the solar eclipse is subject to the weather, but cutting edge technology in the hands of a first-class crew means your chances are never better.
Lindblad’s industry-leading expedition ships carry an intimate number of passengers to suit their optimised designs. The collective 376 spots for the 24-day Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands cruise are predicted to sell out well in advance and it is strongly advised that you contact your travel adviser to register your interest as soon as possible.
How Lindblad can bring you the ultimate solar eclipse experience
To watch the solar eclipse you’ll need protective eyewear, which will be waiting on board for you. There’s also a certain science to capturing this sensation on film, and with just a two-minute window available, knowledge and preparation is vital.
As on all Lindblad-National Geographic expeditions, there will be a National Geographic photography instructor and a gear locker full of state-of-the-art photo equipment at your disposal. Each ship will also offer customised equipment and instruction to meet the special challenges of shooting a solar eclipse from the water.
Meanwhile a team of naturalists, guest speakers and crewmembers are eager to illuminate all the aspects of the eclipse to you in intricate detail.
Your purpose-built expedition vessel
Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic’s remarkable ships are ideal for viewing an eclipse from the waters of Antarctica, but that’s just the beginning.
Booking a trip on the National Geographic Orion, Explorer or the soon to be launched Endurance will help you appreciate the difference between a cruise and an expedition. Each vessel is decked out with tools that help you immerse yourself in every remote destination you sail to, whether it’s hearing the voices of whales or sea lions through the underwater hydrophones, navigating exotic waters on a kayak, or investigating further with a video microscope.
Add the expertise of Lindblad and National Geographic’s onboard naturalists, seasoned sailors and guest speakers and your holiday is suddenly an adventure rich with opportunity for enlightenment.
Cabins and comfort
Your creature comforts are also high on the list of priorities. Each ship boasts an intimate number of inviting cabins, which all offer a view of the outside world. The ships’ restaurants offer meals inspired by local flavours and ingredients wherever possible, all served at one meal session with unassigned seating to make it easier to meet your fellow expeditioners.
There’s also plenty of opportunity for “me” time, with a sauna, day spa and fitness facility available on all three ships. You can kick back in the library or enjoy a drink in the lounge as the world’s most captivating landscapes drift by.
Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Kayak among the exquisite icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula, visit with king penguins in South Georgia and explore the rugged coastlines of the Falkland Islands on this 24-day adventure. The solar eclipse is the crowning jewel in an expedition filled with “pinch yourself” moments.