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Princess Cruises Alters Course for Solar Eclipse

In a recent press release, Princess Cruises announced it is altering the itinerary of an April 2024 sailing of the Emerald Princess

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 portions of North America.  Those sailing the Mexican Riviera onboard the Emerald Princess may have one of the best vantage points. This solar eclipse is one of the last three remaining this decade and the only one visible from North America until 2044. 

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

Princess Cruises has already sold out the 10-day Mexican Riviera itinerary with Total Solar Eclipse onboard the Discovery Princess prompting the decision to change the 15-day Panama Canal sailing of the Emerald Princess. 

The Emerald Princess will embark from Los Angeles on April 5, 2024 and will view the total solar eclipse on April 8 on the Mexican Riviera between Cabo San Lucas and Huatulco, Mexico. The sailing will include stops in San Juan del Sur Costa Rica, Cartagena, Grand Cayman and Fort Lauderdale as well. 

As passengers gather on the top decks, they will receive specialty glasses to safely view the solar eclipse while Fred Cink, astronomy and space exploration enthusiast, guides them through their viewing experience. Guests will also enjoy specially themed drinks and food during the event.