In April 2024, Princess Cruises will modify the itinerary of Emerald Princess so that guests sailing the Mexican Riviera can experience a total solar eclipse at sea.
On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse lasting up to 4 minutes and 28 seconds will be visible as the moon’s shadow traverses portions of North America, and a view from the ocean may provide one of the finest vantage points. The total solar eclipse is one of three remaining globally this decade, and the only one visible from North America until 2044.
Princess has rescheduled the 15-day ocean-to-ocean Panama Canal cruise on Emerald Princess after the 10-day Mexican Riviera cruise with Total Solar Eclipse on Discovery Princess sold out. The 3,080-passenger Emerald Princess will observe the total solar eclipse between Cabo San Lucas and Huatulco, Mexico, on April 8, 2024, while sailing from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, along the Mexican Riviera, through the Panama Canal, and across the western Caribbean. The itinerary also includes landings in San Juan del Sur, Costa Rica, Cartagena, Grand Cayman, and Ft. Lauderdale, and is currently on sale with per-person rates beginning at $1,699 USD.
Guests will congregate on the upper decks and be provided with special eclipse-viewing glasses, while astronomy and space exploration enthusiast Fred Cink guides the viewing experience. Guests will also enjoy themed beverages and snacks during the prestigious event.
John Padgett, the president of Princess Cruises, stated, “This rare occurrence in the cosmos is sure to wow millions but only the smallest fraction will ever experience this phenomenon via the ocean aboard an amazing cruise ship,” “Princess thrives on ensuring that our guests have authentic, sometimes once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”
[Source: Princess Cruises Press Release]