2026 Launch of Solar Eclipse Itineraries for AIDA Cruises

An AIDA cruise ship in port
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AIDA Cruises plans to offer special solar eclipse cruises in 2026. According to a press release, passengers will have the opportunity to observe this natural event from five different ships sailing in Spain, Iceland and Greenland.

The total solar eclipse is set for August 12, 2026, with the peak lasting approximately two minutes, as stated by the company.

One of the ships, the AIDAsol, will depart from Hamburg on August 7, 2026, embarking on a special eclipse cruise. The ship will travel through the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay toward the eclipse.

In the Western Mediterranean, the AIDAcosma and AIDAstella will be departing from Palma de Mallorca during the solar eclipse, according to the company. Additionally, the AIDAbella and AIDAluna will offer eclipse cruises as well.

This announcement comes alongside AIDA's new summer deployment for 2026, with bookings for the solar eclipse cruises opening on July 31, 2024.

In 2026, AIDA ships will also witness other natural events, such as the Perseids meteor shower. Passengers on ships in the Baltic Sea, like the AIDAdiva, will be able to view the Perseids between July 17 and August 24, 2026.

Travelers will also have the chance to see the Aurora Borealis during 14-day voyages on the AIDAsol. These "Autumnal Northern Lights" cruises are designed to maximize the chances of seeing the phenomenon and include stops in Leknes and Bodø, the Lofoten Islands, and Tromsø.

In addition, AIDA will celebrate the summer solstice with various northern routes on eight ships in 2026. A notable highlight will be the AIDAprima's journey to the Norwegian fjords, including visits to Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord.

AIDA's full summer program for 2026 features around 450 cruises to destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and the Atlantic.