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.


How to See the 2017 Eclipse On Your Caribbean Cruise

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Did you know that in less than 12 weeks North America will experience a total eclipse of the sun? This exciting event, which NASA refers to as “a rare celestial event,” takes place on August 21, 2017. With school still out in most places, this falls during prime summer vacation season, and we already have plans for a Caribbean cruise during that same time period. Ever since my kids figured out that we would be away during the 2017 eclipse, they have peppered me with questions on whether we will still be able to see the eclipse when we are on a ship. It seems like now is a good time to try and figure that out.

What to Expect from a Total Solar Eclipse

What is a total solar eclipse? An eclipse occurs when the moon, sun, and earth align. During this type of eclipse, the moon is in between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun’s light from reaching earth as strongly as usual. When this happens, daylight dims and it seems like dusk, right in the middle of the day.

While partial eclipses are pretty common—most years see at least two of them—total solar eclipses are rare.

The solar eclipse happening in August of 2017 will be visible from the United States, but it will not be visible everywhere on earth. So, what about the Caribbean? Read More …