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If you have been on a Solar Eclipse Cruise, were deck chairs set up?

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#1 bladerunner6

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Posted 05 February 2023 - 04:59 PM

This question came up on a thread we have at CruiseCritic for the Discovery Princess cruise for 2024.

 

I looked at my photos from 1998 and I see some deck chairs on Eclipse Day but I can’t remember if it was the normal amount or if they reduced them.

 

If you have been on an eclipse cruise and can remember, I would love to hear from you.

 

 Thanks.

 

 



#2 bobruben

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Posted 04 February 2024 - 01:34 PM

On the 7-22-2009 eclipse on the Costa Classica, there were plenty of deck chairs and lounges all around. The ship was loaded with astro-nerds, we ended up observing from the aft cafe bar. The ship could carry 1308, I don't think it was full.

 

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Posted 04 February 2024 - 01:53 PM

Both eclipse cruises (1991 Mazatlan and 1998 Aruba- both Carnival) that I was on were full.  If I remember correctly, the chairs were stacked and out of the way.  The decks were PACKED w/ humans and tripods.


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#4 Bryguy

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Posted 04 February 2024 - 10:03 PM

We were on Celebrity's cruise ship for 1998, which was basically sold out. The deck chairs and lounges were stacked and the deck was packed with people. This was after dropping some off on Antigua and heading back out to see for the eclipse. After getting back to Antigua to pick up the passengers that stayed behind, we found out they got rained out. They should have stayed on the ship.



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Posted 05 February 2024 - 02:37 PM

On the P&O Canberra "Voyage Into Darkness" cruise from NYC to Tenerife, Canary Islands, Dakar, Senegal, and off the west coast of Africa for the eclipse in 1973, we set up on the bow of the ship. There were about a zillion tripods and people - no deck chairs there during the event. Can't say about anywhere else on the boat. As far as I know, that was the first commercial eclipse cruise.

 

Interesting note - Isaac Asimov and Neil Armstrong were two of the luminaries aboard. Asimov would mix and mingle with the hoi-polloi, but Armstrong was kept at a distance, maybe at his request, maybe because of some policy. Both of them gave presentations during the cruise.



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Posted 12 February 2024 - 05:05 PM

Thanks everyone!





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