Total eclipse in the Weddell Sea

From 30/11/21 To 14/12/21
15 Days

Cruise Information

Day 1


Day 2

Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 3

Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 4

Sailing ice floes

Day 5

2021 Total Eclipse observation

Day 6

North Antarctic Peninsula

Day 7

The Weddell Sea

Day 8

Sailing toward Larsen Ice Shelf

Day 9

Sailing toward Larsen Ice Shelf

Day 10

The Weddell Sea

Day 11

North Antarctic Peninsula

Day 12

South Shetland Islands

Day 13

Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 14

Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 15

Total eclipse in the Weddell Sea
Cruise ID : O301121
Cruise Continent : Antarctica
Cruise Duration : 14 Days
Departure Date : 30/11/21
Arrival Date : 14/12/21
Departure Port : Ushuaia
Arrival Port : Ushuaia

PONANT invites you to board Le Commandant Charcot, for a 15-day exploration cruise that is as original as it is spectacular, in order to observe a total eclipse of the Sun from the Weddell Sea ice pack. This cruise in the heart of the great White Continent will also be an opportunity to discover the eastern part of the Weddell Sea, unexplored and totally unknown to this day, as well as the imposing Larsen ice shelves.

From Ushuaia, your ship will first set course for the Weddell Sea ice pack, located in the only area in the world where the solar eclipse will be 100% visible. You will land on the immaculate and sparkling ice pack and enjoy, from the thick ice layer, a unique and privileged setting for a magnificent observation of a total solar eclipse. In this region close to the polar circle where the sun never quite sets, the full night will surround you to fully experience a few magical and suspended moments.

The Weddell Sea could be described as extreme and captivating, mostly frozen by a thick and compressed ice floe. It is a challenge and a privilege to sail on it, with its promise of exceptional landscapes and original encounters. As you advance across this immense polar expanse, you will enter an infinite ice desert, a world of silence where there is nothing but calm and serenity.

You will reach the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula, a landmark in the history of polar exploration. To the north-west of the Weddell Sea, stretching along the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, stands the imposing ice barrier formed by the Larsen platforms. An extension of the ice sheet onto the sea, this white giant is equally disturbing and fascinating, if only due to its colossal dimensions and the impressive table top icebergsamongst the largest ever seen – that it generates.

This voyage will be an opportunity to come as close as possible to the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula, a real refuge for wildlife. So, you may have the privilege of observing some of the Weddell seals, crabeater seals and leopard seals, Adelie penguins, papuan and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, sea birds.

We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. The sailing schedule and any landings, activities and wildlife encounters are subject to weather and ice conditions. These experiences are unique and vary with each departure. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while respecting safety instructions and regulations. 

Cabin Categories

Duplex Suite

€ 37810*
Cabins Available

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6

€ 14490*
Fully Booked

Prestige Stateroom Deck 7

€ 14760*
Fully Booked

Prestige Stateroom Deck 8

€ 15030*
Fully Booked

Prestige Suite Deck 7

€ 24780*
Fully Booked

Prestige Suite Deck 8

€ 25460*
Fully Booked

Première Suite Deck 6

€ 17920*
Cabins Available

Première Suite Deck 7

€ 18600*
Cabins Available

Première Suite Deck 8

€ 19290*
Cabins Available

Deluxe Suite Deck 6

€ 26150*
Cabins Available

Privilege Suite Deck 8

€ 26830*
Cabins Available
*Please note that whilst we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to date information prices are subject to change. 


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