By Andrea Romano
July 05, 2019
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If you missed the last great solar eclipse over South America this past week, there’s still time to plan for the next one.

Getting a chance to see an eclipse is a glorious event. Even though NASA live-streamed the only total solar eclipse for 2019, which happened on July 2 over Chile, Argentina, and the South Pacific, that doesn’t mean everyone got a chance to get the full view.

But luckily, this event happens more often than you might think — and you can catch a truly spectacular occurrence in just two short years, in one of the most remote locations in the world, via cruise ship.

Cruise Industry News reported that Poseidon Expeditions is offering a 23-day adventure to Antarctica, where the next total solar eclipse will be in full view on Dec. 4, 2021, on the cruise line’s Sea Spirit ship.

The voyage will be a round-trip journey to and from Ushuaia, Argentina, which sets sail on Nov. 20 and returns on Dec. 12. The itinerary explores not only the Antarctic Peninsula but also the Falklands, South Orkney Islands, South Georgia, the Scotia Sea (where you’ll see the eclipse) and the Weddell Sea.

“Our goal is to meet the center of the moon’s shadow as it moves swiftly across the Scotia Sea during its rare and brief appearance in Antarctica. This may well bring the ship within sight of the Weddell Sea pack ice, adding a great polar ambiance to this amazing celestial event,” Nikolay Saveliev, president of Poseidon Expeditions, told Cruise Industry News.

Barring any weather issues, guests will be able to get an incredible view of the total eclipse from one of the rarest viewpoints on Earth. According to Cruise Industry News, the ship’s course will be running along the very narrow path of “totality,” meaning the area which will be plunged into total darkness by the eclipse, so guests can get the full experience of the celestial event.

According to Lonely Planet, the cruise is a great opportunity for science lovers as well, since the itinerary will also focus on issues facing the world’s oceans and wildlife (including dolphins, whales, seals, penguins, and many other species) as well as a guest lecture from astrophysicist Paul Sutter.

The Sea Spirit is an exclusive ship with only a 114-person capacity, so the journey will be a very unique and rare opportunity for world travelers.

Prices for booking this trip begin at $16,556 per person for a triple occupancy room and $21,866 for a double occupancy room. 

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