2026 Solar Eclipse at Sea?

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Solar Eclipse 2026 - Cunard Queen Mary 2

Cunard’s Solar Eclipse at Sea offers Prime Viewing for 2026

Three ships in the Cunard fleet will be in the path of totality for the next solar eclipse

VALENCIA, Calif., April 11, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The captivating spectacle of this week’s solar eclipse has left viewers in awe, with many already looking forward to the next celestial event on August 12, 2026.

Luxury cruise line Cunard is proud to announce 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.

  • Queen Mary 2 will embark on a 14-night voyage through Norway and Iceland, August 4-18, 2026 providing guests the rare opportunity to witness the wonderous 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.

    This unforgettable 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 breathtaking 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 9-16, 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 harbor.
  • Queen Victoria will sail a seven-night Western Mediterranean voyage, from Civitavecchia (near Rome, Italy) to Barcelona, Spain from Aug 10-17, 2026, visiting Tarragonaand 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, travelers will find themselves immersed in a moment of awe and wonder, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

“Watching a total solar eclipse from sea is an utterly unique and very rare experience,” Katie McAlister, president of Cunard. “Cunard is therefore thrilled to offer three remarkable voyages positioned along the path of the 2026 eclipse – two in the Mediterranean and one in Iceland – which 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.”

More information on Cunard’s 2026 Solar Eclipse at Sea can be found here.

For more information about Cunard or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Advisor, call Cunard at 1-800-728-6273, or visit www.cunard.com.

For Travel Advisors interested in further information, please contact your Business Development Manager, visit OneSourceCruises.com, or call Cunard at 1-800-528-6273.

About Cunard
Cunard is a luxury British cruise line, 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. A pioneer in transatlantic journeys for generations, Cunard is world class.

The Cunard experience is built on fine dining, hand-selected entertainment and outstanding service. From five-star restaurants and in-suite dining to inspiring guest speakers, the library and film screenings, every detail has been meticulously crafted to make the experience unforgettable. Destinations include Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East, Alaska and Australia.

There are currently three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria and a fourth ship, Queen Anne, will enter service in 2024. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally and will be the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service. Cunard is based at Carnival House in Southampton and has been owned since 1998 by Carnival Corporation & plc. www.cunard.com (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).

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