Hondius Antarctica Cruises
The Hondius, which set sail in May 2019, is the first vessel to be built to class “LR PC6”, meeting the latest and highest demands of Lloyd’s Register for “Polar Class 6” vessels, the highest PolarClass notation for ice-strengthened vessels. The vessel will also fully comply with the mandatory requirements of the Polar code, adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for safe ship operation and the protection of the Polar environment.
Hondius will be the strongest ice- strengthened vessel in the Polar Regions and will be equipped with stabilizers, and very suitable for advanced, innovative exploratory quality voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions.
Hondius fulfills advanced hotel and expedition standards. It offers deluxe accommodations for in total 174 passengers in
One deck has been entirely reserved for (multi- language) lectures and presentations in one large observation lounge and in addition one separate lecture room. The vessel offers a deluxe standard and at the same time a distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere. Prepared for highest comfort experience in the Polar Regions. It is their philosophy to keep sea legs short and to focus on fast and effective access to shore and near shore activities for all nature and wildlife minded passengers. A powerful fleet of zodiacs will guarantee quality outings and swift landing operation for all passengers at the same time.
Their main focus remains discovery, taking advantage of wildlife opportunities and the related shore activities, a product that has been very much appreciated by our current travelers for many years. A speedy zodiac embarkation is guaranteed with two separate gangways and in addition a zodiac embarkation indoor-platform which can also be used for special outdoor activities such as kayaking.
While cruising, 72 crew and staff members (including expedition and hotel staff) will be at the passengers’ service. Hondius is
equipped with 2 main engines and can reach a maximum speed of 15 knots.
On Dec. 4, 2021, you have the rare opportunity in one trip to experience two of the greatest natural wonders available: a cruise to Antarctica, and a total eclipse of the sun.
Ships will maneuver the ice-bound waters of Antarctica for positioning in the center of the moon shadow during the eclipse, using technology to find the best possible viewing area in the Weddell Sea.
Departures are round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with explorations of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Photography experts will share information about special equipment you’ll need if you want to create an image of the eclipse. A naturalist team and guest speakers will provide insight and background on eclipses and other astronomical features one might encounter in the Southern Hemisphere.
The following Antarctica cruises, will be even more awesome with the added thrill of the total eclipse of the sun.
20-Day Voyages: (Rates and itineraries)
Nov. 23-Dec. 12, 2021 – Polar Solar Eclipse, aboard 116-guest Plancius
Nov. 26-Dec. 15, 2021 – Polar Solar Eclipse, aboard the brand-new 170-guest Hondius
There are also cruises available on slightly longer voyages. There are groups already booked on these ships, but there is still some space on them. But you should book soon if you are interested because they will sell out way before 2021.