A Unique Cruise
As a company specializing in solar eclipse travel, we journey to specific locations where we can watch the Moon completely cover the Sun. On a TravelQuest eclipse cruise, an astronomy component is added to the normal cruise activities. Our on-board astronomers discuss the latest discoveries in astronomy, explain the science of eclipses, and describe what to expect on eclipse day. This is particularly important if you have never seen a total solar eclipse. Our astronomers have witnessed numerous totalities, and they will help you get the best images of this mind-bending event. Since they’re present during the entire cruise, you can pick their brains about the eclipse at meals, or after talks, or any time during our days at sea.
For this 20-night cruise, Lindblad Expeditions takes care of all the cruise logistics and expedition programming. Most of the 69 outside-facing cabins on the Endurance feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light. An open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit, enjoy the view, drink your coffee, and chat with the Captain and the ship’s officers.
Our Antarctica cruise isn’t limited to the White Continent. We will also sail to breathtaking South Georgia Island, the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the renowned Antarctic explorer. The island teems with Antarctic wildlife including a vast penguin colony, home to tens of thousands of king penguins. After the solar eclipse, we’ll stop in the Falklands, islands that boast a wide array of seabirds, including albatross and king cormorants, plus large colonies of rockhopper and Magellanic penguins.
Our preferred eclipse-viewing position is near the start of the eclipse track, roughly halfway between the Falkland and South Georgia Islands. This places us outside the gloomiest parts of the Southern Ocean, at a location where the cloud cover is not as obstinate. We’ll keep our sailing plans flexible, and take advantage of real-time satellite images as well as hour-by-hour numerical models of the atmosphere. Working with the ship’s Captain, our astronomer-meteorologist can use the ship’s mobility to nearly double our chances of seeing the eclipse.
A total solar eclipse, a cruise in Antarctica, and a visit to a pair of amazing islands in the South Atlantic. This is a unique opportunity, not to be missed.