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 Luxury Cruise Companies Offer Voyages for Viewing Solar Eclipse in 2026

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Luxury Cruise Companies Offer Voyages for Viewing Solar Eclipse in 2026

The solar eclipse on April 8 this year evinced huge interest from people in the American sub -continent leaving the viewers in awe, who are looking forward to the next celestial event on 12 August 2026.

With the celestial event attracting millions of viewers across the Americas and Europe, luxury cruise companies are all set to cash in on the people’s interest offering them a perfect view of the eclipse in 2026 and also adding several destinations in Europe.

One of them is the UK-based luxury cruise Cunard, which has announced that three of its Queens – flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and the company’s newest ship launching this May, Queen Anne – will be positioned in extraordinary destinations directly along the path of the next solar eclipse, that will be visible two years later.

Queen Mary 2 will embark on a 14-night voyage through Norway and Iceland, between August 4 and 18 in 2026 providing guests the rare opportunity to witness the wondrous solar eclipse during an overnight stay in Reykjavik on the evening of August 12.

Viewing the eclipse from Iceland will offer a unique, immersive experience as the country’s dramatic landscapes will provide a striking backdrop to this inspiring event, Cunard said.

This journey will include visits to the picturesque towns of Zeebrugge, Belgium; Olden and Skjolden, Norway; and Isafjordur, Iceland, before disembarking in New York. Travelers will be treated to the serene beauty of the tranquil fjords, thundering waterfalls, and breath-taking scenery across the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Queen Anne will traverse Spain and France on a seven-night itinerary roundtrip out of Southampton, England. From August 9 to 16 in 2026, guests can indulge in the exotic Spanish ports of Santander, La Coruña, and Gijon, before stopping in the Bay of Biscay to explore the charming town of Pauillac, France.

After a day spent strolling the Spanish streets in La Coruña’s Old Town, passengers can sip cocktails and don sunglasses for an unparalleled view of the phenomenon from the deck of Queen Anne, as the ship sets sail from the Spanish harbour.

Queen Victoria will sail a seven-night Western Mediterranean voyage, from Civitavecchia (near Rome, Italy) to Barcelona, Spain from Aug 10-17, 2026, visiting Tarragona and Palma de Mallorca in Spain, plus Villefranche and Toulon in France.

On August 12, after guests spend the day in the historic town of Tarragona home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, they will board Queen Victoria to choose the perfect spot for viewing the solar eclipse.

With expansive deck space, outdoor pools, and multiple open-air bars, passengers will be able to luxuriate while enjoying the ideal vantage point to witness this rare phenomenon. As the eclipse casts its ethereal glow over the Mediterranean, travellers will find themselves immersed in a moment of awe and wonder, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Unique Experience

Cunard President Katie McAlister said that watching a total solar eclipse from sea is an utterly unique and very rare experience and her company was offering three remarkable voyages positioned along the path of the 2026 eclipse.

“The three voyages, two in the Mediterranean and one in Iceland, will give guests the chance to witness this extraordinary phenomenon from the water, an unforgettable moment observed from the luxurious vantage point of our Queens,” she added.

Cunard is renowned for creating unforgettable experiences around the world. Cunard has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, since 1840, celebrating an incredible 183 years of operation.

Global Business Magazine

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