South Pacific Cruise to Totality
With special visit to famed Pitcairn Island
- A truly unique total solar eclipse cruise experience.
- Enjoy 14 nights of five-star luxury aboard the privately chartered, 330-passenger M/S Paul Gauguin – sailing June 26 to July 10, 2019.
- Step ashore on famed Pitcairn Island (seas permitting), where Fletcher Christian and eight other mutineers from HMS Bounty escaped British naval law by founding a “free” settlement in 1790.
- Stand in the Moon’s shadow for three minutes and 16 seconds during the July 2 total eclipse of the Sun.
- Discover South Pacific gems such as Bora Bora, Moorea, Rangiroa, Huahine and Taha’a.
- Gain new insights into astronomy and Polynesian culture through a rich program of shipboard lectures presented each day at sea.
Finding the best spot to view a total solar eclipse can be challenging on a planet whose surface is more than 70 percent water. Sometimes the secret is to charter a small, nimble ship that can get you exactly where you need to be. And when the ideal route takes you across the South Pacific, island hopping among tropical gems, you have an unmatched opportunity to keep one eye on the heavens while experiencing a spectacular taste of paradise right here on Earth.
At the turn of the 20th century, post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin traveled to French Polynesia to create some of his most renowned masterpieces. In the summer of 2019, a privately chartered vessel bearing Gauguin’s name will transport our small group of TravelQuest adventurers to the same remote corner of the South Pacific, including famed Pitcairn Island, as we spend 14 nights exploring exotic archipelagoes and then on July 2 gather at a perfect viewing point to witness the total eclipse of the Sun.
During the total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019, the Moon’s shadow will mainly pass over the Pacific Ocean – including a point just north of Pitcairn, the only inhabited island in a remote volcanic archipelago. It was here that the notorious Fletcher Christian and eight other mutineers from HMS Bounty escaped British naval law by founding a “free” settlement in 1790. Even today, Pitcairn is visited by only a small number of ships – most arriving with too little time for passengers to disembark.
While a Pitcairn landing is not guaranteed on our TravelQuest voyage, we’ve designed our itinerary to allow a window of about 36 hours in which we hope to set foot on this two-mile-long speck in the vast Pacific. Highlights ashore include a visit to Pitcairn village to see the anchor of HMS Bounty and the ship’s Bible – plus chances to meet local residents, some of whom still bear the surnames of the original mutineers.
This is your chance to experience the ultimate in relaxation as you explore pristine tropical sanctuaries and discover the rich legacy of Polynesian civilization. And as an added bonus, in the months ahead TravelQuest plans to offer an optional pre-cruise add-on excursion from Tahiti to legendary Easter Island.
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