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Cruises lining up for 2026 eclipse


For anyone who missed this year's total eclipse in North America or who liked it so much they're ready for another go, several cruise lines are offering cruises that will put passengers right under the momentarily absent sun.

The August 12, 2026 eclipse will travel a path that includes bits of Siberia, but whose totality will most easily be visible in Greenland, Iceland, Spain and a corner of Portugal. Prime areas include the Spanish islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza.

While many people will likely do what many people did in the U.S. this month: plan on traveling to a city where totality will be visible, several cruise lines are planning to position ships in areas where it will be visible from the ocean, and which can maneuver into better positions if the sky turns cloudy.

Princess Cruises has created an eclipse itinerary for Sky Princess, with sales starting on May 23; it will hover off the Spanish coast for the occasion. Cunard says its three ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Anne will all be in prime watching spots, and Holland America will also have three ships on eclipse duty, with details not yet determined.

Or, if you can't wait for all of that, there are two partial eclipses coming up, one in South America on October 2, and another in Antarctica on February 17, 2026. There's also a total eclipse coming for Africa, Europe and the Middle East in August 2027, and another in July 2028 for Australia and New Zealand.

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