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This Epic Cruise Will Take You To Antarctica During a Full Solar Eclipse

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Photo: Poseidon Expeditions/Facebook
Matthew Meltzer
Jun 25, 2019

Knocking two things off your bucket list at once is tough. Like meeting the president at the Super Bowl. Or joining the Mile High Club with a celebrity. The confluence of events that are tough to come by alone, nearly impossible together.

Well in 2021, Poseidon Expeditions is giving you the chance to have two once-in-a-lifetime experiences in one fantastic voyage. No, you won’t be learning Mandarin while running with the bulls. But you will be setting foot on Antarctica and witnessing a full solar eclipse in 23 life-changing days. The November 20 Antarctic sailing of the M/v Sea Spirit out of Ushuaia will not only take you to the world’s most remote continent, but it’ll also sail right through the line of totality during the December 4 eclipse.

“Our goal is to meet the center of the moon’s shadow as it moves swiftly across the Scotia Sea,” said Nikolay Saveliev, president of Poseidon Expeditions via a press release. “This may well bring the ship within sight of the Weddell Sea pack ice, adding a great polar ambiance to this amazing celestial event.”

The ship won’t actually be in Antarctica during the eclipse but rather in the islands of South Georgia, home to 100 million seabirds including albatross, penguins, and prions. After gathering on the top deck to take in full totality, the ship’s guests continue on to Antarctica, where they’ll sail along the Antarctic peninsula and make stops in the South Shetland Islands. Though the awe-inspiring sight of daytime darkness and 360-degree sunsets might be tough to top, the remote glaciers and ice fields of Antarctica will give it a run for its money.

For this exceptional celestial event, Poseidon will add astrophysicist and author Paul M. Sutter to its roster of onboard experts, contributing his expertise in all things eclipse to the knowledge dropped by the ship’s biologists, geologists, and ornithologists. So you’ll basically leave this three-week adventure smarter than at least two characters on Big Bang Theory.

Sound like your idea of a vacation? Cool, just grab 16 grand and book your spot today. What, you thought having two lifetime-of-envy experiences at the same time was gonna come cheap? Triple-occupancy rates start at $16,556 if you’re willing to cram three in a room like it’s Spring Beak 2005. If you want to join the Seven Continent Club with your significant other, double occupancy starts at $21,886.

If you’ve got the cash, this is going to be one of the most epic cruises in history — and the 114 spots onboard will probably sell out fast. It’s not exactly a cheap trip. But still, it’ll probably cost you less than going on safari with a member of the royal family.

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