Nov 27, 2021 - Dec 10, 2021
Trip Type
By Sea

Ship Size: Up to 180 guests
Price: Starting from $14,095 per person double occupancy
Co-sponsored with: Duke, Smithsonian, Colorado College

Activity Level

Trip Overview

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Earth’s most wondrous cosmic event in pristine Antarctica. From aboard the exclusively chartered, Five‑Star L'Austral, be among the privileged few to witness the total solar eclipse from the Wedell Sea on December 4, 2021. Your ice‑class ship will be precisely positioned in the path of totality, revealing the spectral glow of the corona for nearly two minutes*, an evocative moment for both umbraphiles and first-time observers. Cruise for 10-nights to the unspoiled wonders of the White Continent to enjoy fantastically shaped icebergs, sparkling turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries, and awe-inspiring whales. Accompanied by the ship’s expert team of naturalists, board sturdy Zodiac watercraft for excursions ashore and to observe Antarctica’s abundant marine wildlife. Spend one night in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina. Extend your journey with the Buenos Aires Pre-Program and Iguazú Falls Post‑Program Options.

Schedule by Day

  • Nov 27: Depart the U.S.
  • Nov 28: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Nov 29: Buenos Aires/Fly to Ushuaia/Embark L'Austral
  • Nov 30: Cruising the Drake Passage
  • Dec 1: King George Island
  • Dec 2: Elephant Island
  • Dec 3: Coronation Island, South Orkney Islands
  • Dec 4: Total Solar Eclipse, Weddell Sea
  • Dec 5: Heroina Island
  • Dec 6: Brown Bluff, Antarctic Continent / Bernardo O'Higgins Station
  • Dec 7: Deception Island
  • Dec 8: Cruising the Drake Passage
  • Dec 9: Ushuaia, Argentina/Disembark ship/Fly to Buenos Aires/Depart for the U.S.
  • Dec 10: Arrive in the U.S. 

*Eclipse viewing and cruise itinerary are subject to weather, ice and sea conditions and may be revised as necessary.


Per person double occupancy:

  • Category 8:            $14,095
  • Category 7:            $15,395
  • Category 6:            $16,695
  • Category 5:            $17,095
  • Category 4:            $18,095
  • Category 3:            $18,495
  • Category 2:            $18,995
  • Category 1:             $19,395
  • Deluxe Suite:        $19,795
  • Prestige Suite II: $20,095
  • Prestige Suite I:   $20,995
  • Owner’s Suite:      $21,595

Single occupancy:

  • Category 6:           $27,595
  • Category 4:           $30,095


  • One night at the InterContinental Buenos Aires Hotel
  • Ten nights aboard L'Austral


Optional Buenos Aires Pre‑Extenstion

  • $645 per person double occupancy
  • $845 single occupancy

Optional Iguazú Falls Post‑Extension 

Jungle View Rooms:

  • $2,295 per person double occupancy
  • $2,995 single occupancy

Falls View Rooms:

  • $2,445 per person double occupancy
  • $3,245 single occupancy

What to Expect

Activity Level 3

This is an expedition-type cruise involving shore landings by rubber Zodiac boats. Participants must be able to get in and out of the Zodiacs with minimal assistance. While ashore in Antarctica, the excursions involve a fair amount of walking over rocky, uneven, and sometimes steep terrain. Please be aware that crossing the Drake Passage can be rough and unpredictable. Because of the remoteness of the destination and an absence of shore-side facilities for medical treatment, each participant must have a health statement signed by a physician verifying they are in very good physical condition in order to participate.

Study Leader(s)

Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry
Additional Lecture Info
From Duke: Andrew Read, Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology; From Colorado College: Christine Siddoway, Professor of Geology, and Shane Burns, Professor of Physics

Mode of Travel

Revolutionizing the small ship cruising experience, the deluxe L’Austral features a new generation of unprecedented design, technology and standards in comfort and elegance, and caters to the most discerning passengers.

For More Information

Please email or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.