New Option Available For Viewing 2017 Eclipse on Caribbean Cruise

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As noted in yesterday’s post, much of the Caribbean will be able to view the 2017 eclipse.  However, it will appear as a partial eclipse to most people rather than as a total eclipse.  Royal Caribbean has now made an exciting announcement!  It will position one of its ships  for optimal viewing of the total eclipse.   

According to a press release issued yesterday:

The world’s most adventurous cruise line will host an out-of-this-world, 7-night Caribbean sailing on Oasis of the Seas, which will cruise to the optimal spot at sea for guests to witness the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

Taking place on one of the world’s largest and most adventure-packed ships, the Total Eclipse Cruise will feature a bucket-list-worthy viewing party with a live concert performed by a major headliner – to be revealed at a later date – to celebrate the celestial phenomenon that is poised to become the most photographed, most shared and most tweeted event in human history.

“We’re set to take vacationers on an unprecedented experience that is nearly a century in the making,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “A total solar eclipse hasn’t crossed the entire U.S. since 1918, and with many of our ships sailing to the Caribbean along the projected path, the stars aligned. Oasis of the Seas will have the vantage point of the century and an unforgettable celebration out at sea that adventurers won’t want to miss.”

The press release goes on to note:

Seven other Royal Caribbean ships will be sailing to the Caribbean during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, on itineraries ranging from 3 to 9 nights, offering guests extraordinary partial views of the phenomenon to make for a memorable experience. The seven ships are Allure of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Empress of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas.

The list of ships sailing during the 2017 eclipse appears to be incomplete.  We have reservations on Adventure of the Seas which is sailing a 7 night Caribbean itinerary as well.

 

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Cruise For Cheaper Than Disney On These Fun Family Favorites

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Color Cartoon of Fun Cruise ShipWhen many people first consider taking their family on a fun cruise, a Disney Cruise probably pops to mind.  For years, Disney has set the platinum standard for quality family entertainment.  And, Disney particularly excels when it comes to young children. But, for many folks, a quick visit to the Disney Cruise website may deliver painful sticker shock. Disney often lists its cruises at prices nearly double those of many other major cruise lines. (For a price comparison snap shot see here).  No doubt about it: A Disney Cruise has lots of bells and whistles with its outstanding facilities, top-notch family accommodations and high quality programs.  But, those bells and whistles come with a premium price tag.

If a Disney Cruise isn’t quite in your budget right now, don’t despair. You can still sail on a fun cruise with your family. The more budget-friendly options listed below have lots of wow factors and kid appeal that you can consider instead. Granted, they won’t have Mickey and Minnie (or all of the princesses).  But, they still offer a wide variety of things to keep your family happily entertained.

Fun Cruise No. 1: RC Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas is the newest ship from Royal Caribbean.  It currently holds the title as the world’s largest cruise ship sailing. Of all of the cruises that are colorable alternatives to a Disney cruise, this fun cruise rests at the top of the list. Like Disney, it features numerous characters from family movies that children love. Through Royal Caribbean’s partnership with DreamWorks studios, it offers numerous character experiences with characters from movies such as Shrek, Madagascar, and Trolls. (On some ships, Royal Caribbean has also featured characters from Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, and Home (coming soon).) Similar to the Disney Cruise line-up, activities include character dining, live shows,  character parades, 3D movies and special activities in the kids’ clubs.  Families may also join numerous photo opportunities throughout the cruise. Read More …

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