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Quark Expeditions, the only team to lead a solar eclipse expedition in Antarctica, launches two new eclipse voyages

The polar expedition operator will reunite experts from its voyage 16 years ago, for two exclusive total solar eclipse voyages in 2021 

November 24th, 2003, almost 16 years ago to the day, Quark Expeditions®, the leader in polar adventures, became the first and only operator to successfully lead a total solar eclipse voyage in Antarctica. Today, to commemorate that achievement, they announced that they are reuniting experts from the original voyage to join two new Antarctic eclipse voyages in 2021.

“In the three decades that Quark Expeditions has been the leader in polar exploration, we’ve achieved a record-breaking list of polar firsts, but one of the most memorable occurred in November 2003, when we provided 100 people, from 17 different nations, the experience of becoming the first-ever humans to witness a total solar eclipse from Antarctica,” says Quark Expeditions President Andrew White. “In 2021, we are fortunate to be offering the same opportunity again and are thrilled to reunite some of the original eclipse team, while also welcoming new experts to enrich the guest experience.”

Total solar eclipses occur when Earth’s moon completely blocks the face of the sun, producing a unique phenomenon highlighted by the appearance of the solar corona, which cannot be seen at any other time. Any given point on Earth experiences a total solar eclipse approximately every 400 years and is only visible along a narrow path about 100 miles wide called the path of totality. The next total solar eclipse in Antarctica will occur on Saturday, December 4, 2021, with the point of greatest duration lying at the edge of the Antarctic Continent, in the Weddell Sea.

“This no ordinary eclipse,” says White. “Although it’s occurring in the planet’s most spectacular place, Antarctica can still be unforgiving. It is important for those wanting to participate in this experience to do so with an operator that knows the regions well. Quark Expeditions has been the leader in polar exploration for three decades and is the only operator to have ever led a total solar eclipse journey in Antarctica.” 

Distinctive guests on the Antarctic Eclipse journeys will include NASA’s “Mr. Eclipse,” Fred Espenak and Babak Tafreshi, an award-winning National Geographic photographer, both of whom participated in the original 2003 voyage. These two experts will be joined by American Eclipse author David Baron, whose TED Talk, “You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse,” has over two million views. As part of the planning process, the team at Quark Expeditions will be conducting a planning summit in May 2020 where special guests, Expedition Leaders and head of guest experiences will come together to discuss key learnings from their 2003 voyage, and how to use those learnings to ensure the ultimate guest experience on their 2021 voyages. 

The following details the two Antarctic 2021 Solar Eclipse voyages:

Solar Eclipse 2021: Totality in Antarctica with South Georgia
Sailing aboard the all-suites, all-balcony World Explorer, guests will travel to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula, enjoying the best of the Antarctic region and special presentations from David Baron and Babak Tafreshi. 

  • 1 Departure Only
  • November 26 – December 12, 2021
  • 17 Days from $16,995 USD

Solar Eclipse 2021: Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia and Falkland Islands
On the super-yacht Ocean Diamond, passengers will journey to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. This slightly longer voyage will be tailored to eclipse chasers and will include special presentations from Fred Espenak. 

  • 1 Departure Only
  • November 25 – December 14, 2021
  • 20 Days from $16,995 USD

Passengers on both trips will receive special eyewear for observing the eclipse and enjoy a celebratory dinner on the evening of the monumental event. Guests will also have the have opportunity to participate in complementary eclipse photography webinars lead by Babak Tafreshi before the event, as well as receive one of his professional photographs of the occasion to keep. 

These voyages are all now available to book and qualify for an early booking bonus of up 10% off plus an additional 10% discount if paid in full before May 20, 2020.

About Quark Expeditions: Specializing in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for three decades. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels and icebreakers, it offers travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on Earth. Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, naturalists and researchers, the onboard program focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passenger experience.

About Travelopia: Travelopia is one of the world’s leading specialist travel groups. A pioneer in the experiential travel sector with a portfolio consisting of more than 50 independently operated brands, most of which are leaders in their sector. From sailing adventures, safaris and sports tours, to Arctic expeditions, each brand is diverse and focused on creating unforgettable experiences for customers across the world.