A rare and spectacular total solar eclipse will be coming to North America on Monday, April 8, 2024. If you haven’t planned to visit the narrow path of totality that runs through northern Mexico, 14 US states and southeastern Canada on that day, you’ve got high hotel prices to contend with.
There are still plenty of RV parks, campgrounds and festivals to accommodate you, but there’s an easy way out – an eclipse cruise.
Seeing a total eclipse of the sun from a cruise ship is a sublime experience, They are much more stable than you might think—good weather—so much so that tripods and cameras can often be used.
Either way, you need to decide soon because there are only a handful of tickets left on these special solar eclipse itineraries:
Princess Emerald Cruises: 15-Panama Canal Day – Ocean to Ocean with a Total Solar Eclipse
When: April 5-27, 2024
Depart/arrive: Los Angeles/Ft. Lauderdale
Price: from $1,699
Princess Cruises has modified its 15-day ocean-to-ocean Panama Canal cruise aboard the 3,066-capacity Emerald Princess to intercept the path of totality. It will now make a full stop on April 8, 2024 between Cabo San Lucas and Huatulco, Mexico before traveling through the Panama Canal, San Juan del Sur Costa Rica, Cartagena and Grand Cayman. Astronomy and space exploration enthusiast Fred Cink is the guide on board.
Holland America Koningsdam Line: 22-Day Solar Eclipse & Circle of Hawaii
When: April 5-27, 2024
Depart/arrive: San Diego/Vancouver
Price: from $4,099
Another cruise ship whose operator has adjusted its itinerary to accommodate the eclipse is the 4,173-capacity Koningsdam cruise ship, which will now be in the path of totality on April 8, 2024 at sea between Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Then comes a crossing over to Hawaii. Expect lectures and advice from Adam Burgasser, an astrophysicist at the University of California San Diego experience of the last “Great American Eclipse”.
UnCrise Adventure Game Safari Voyager: 8-Day Baja California Eclipse Cruise
When: April 6-13, 2024
Departure/arrival: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Price: from $7,150
This seven-night boutique cruise around Baja California Sur on the 66-cabin Safari Voyager will offer exotic wildlife in the Sea of Cortez – think snorkeling to see sea lions and dolphins and whales – on either side of a total solar eclipse off the coast of Mazatlán, Mexico.
Bolette Cruises Fred Olsen: 13-night Azores crossing the Eclipse Solar Path
When: April 6-18, 2024
Depart/arrive: Southampton, UK
Price: from £1,999
North Americans may have the best seats in the house on April 8, 2024, but it’s actually the Brits who may have the ultimate view of the whole thing. The prize of a completely eclipsed sunset, no less, is available to guests on the 1,338 capacity Bolette, which intercepted the path of totality just as the shadow of the moon leaves the planet. It is dangerous, for sure, because the sun will eclipse dead-on the horizon, but if the sky is clear passengers could be in the view of their lives.
Disclaimer: I am an editor WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com and author “The Complete Guide to the Great North American Eclipse of April 8, 2024.”
Do you wish a clear sky and wide eyes.