Princess Cruises is altering an itinerary aboard Emerald Princess in April 2024 to give guests sailing the Mexican Riviera the rare opportunity to experience a complete solar eclipse at sea.
On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse lasting as long as 4 minutes 28 seconds will be visible as the moon’s shadow is cast across parts of the North America, and Princess Cruises says a view at sea may very well offer one of the best vantage points. The total solar eclipse in 2024 is one of the three remaining worldwide this decade, and the only one visible from North America until 2044.
The cruise line created a dedicated 10-Day Mexican Riviera cruise with Total Solar Eclipse on Discovery Princess especially for those who want to experience 2024’s eclipse at sea. However, as it quickly sold out, Princess decided to alter the itinerary of another one of its cruises taking place in the same period. Thus, guests on the 15-day ocean-to-ocean Panama Canal cruise will get to admire the eclipse from aboard Emerald Princess.
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.John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises
“Princess thrives on ensuring our guests have authentic experiences that sometimes become once-in-a-lifetime moments”, said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises. “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.”
Emerald Princess will depart Los Angeles on 5 April 2024 and arrive at Ft. Lauderdale in Florida 15 days later. During the voyage, the 3,080 passengers will sail into the Mexican Riviera, through the Panama Canal and across the western Caribbean, catching a glimpse of the eclipse on 8 April, between Cabo San Lucas and Huatulco, Mexico. The itinerary also includes stops in San Juan del Sur Costa Rica, Cartagena, Grand Cayman and Ft. Lauderdale.
Guests will gather on the top decks and be given special glasses they can wear to safely view the eclipse as astronomy and space exploration enthusiast Fred Cink helps guide their viewing experience. During the coveted event, passengers will also enjoy specially-themed drinks and bites.
The Panama Canal cruise is still available for booking, with prices starting at €1,339 per person.