Eclipse Expeditions & Astronomy Sessions Announced by Atlas

A solar eclipse over water
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Atlas Ocean Voyages is expanding its Cultural Expeditions’ Atlas Focus Lab program by adding new Stargazing and Astronomy Workshops to select expeditions in 2024 and 2025.

In addition, Atlas is planning two total solar eclipse cruises for August 12, 2026. The World Navigator will be positioned in the Arctic near Patreksfjordur, Iceland, while the World Traveller will be in the Mediterranean near Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

During the Stargazing and Astronomy Workshops, guests will explore the cosmos alongside fellow travelers using advanced telescopes on deck. These sessions will include discussions and lectures on topics such as the origin of the universe and recent astronomical discoveries. In 2024, three expeditions aboard the World Navigator will feature talks by Astronomer Jonathan H. Ward.

In 2025, Astronomer Charles Barclay will join the World Voyager's expedition departing from Leith (Edinburgh) to Trondheim on June 10. Additional Northern Europe Stargazing and Astronomy Workshop expeditions for 2025 will be announced soon.

“There has always been a close connection between stargazing and the sea, from captains navigating by the stars to amateur astronomers observing the night sky from the deck,” said James Rodriguez, president and CEO of Atlas Ocean Voyages. “We are excited to welcome Jonathan Ward and Charles Barclay aboard as our guides to the galaxy, enhancing our guests' onboard experience to new heights.”

On August 12, 2026, guests on the World Navigator will view the solar eclipse from Patreksfjordur, Iceland, while those on the World Traveller will sail the Mediterranean between Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and Banyuls Sur Mer, France.

“This year’s solar eclipse was one of the most sought-after travel experiences in 2024, and Atlas Ocean Voyages is delighted to offer two voyages to prime locations for the next solar eclipse in 2026,” added Rodriguez.