Princess adds total solar eclipse viewing to Panama Canal cruise
Emerald Princess

Princess adds total solar eclipse viewing to Panama Canal cruise

SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises’ guests sailing aboard the Emerald Princess in the Mexican Riviera next spring are in for a real treat – the chance to experience a complete solar eclipse at sea. 

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse lasting as long as 4 minutes and 28 seconds will be visible as the moon’s shadow is cast across parts of North America. The rare event is one of three remaining total solar eclipses to occur this decade worldwide, and the only one to be visible from North America until 2044.

As such, Princess has adjusted its 15-day, ocean-to-ocean Panama Canal cruise aboard Emerald Princess after selling out the 10-day ‘Mexican Riviera’ cruise with ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ on Discovery Princess. 

During the voyage, which departs Los Angeles on April 5, 2024 and sails to Ft. Lauderdale into the Mexican Riviera, through the Panama Canal and across the western Caribbean, the 3,080-passenger Emerald Princess will catch the total solar eclipse on April 8 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. It is now on sale with starting rates of US$1,699 per person.

To view the event, guests will gather on the top decks and be given special glasses. Astronomy and space exploration enthusiast Fred Clink will help guide their viewing experience. Guests will also enjoy specially-themed drinks and bites.

“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 and amazing cruise ship,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises. “Princess thrives on ensuring our guests have authentic experiences that sometimes become once-in-a-lifetime moments.”

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