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Friday,  July 19, 2024 5:58 PM 

Atlas adds stargazing workshops & 2026 eclipse expeditions

  • Cruises
  •   06-21-2024  5:59 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Atlas adds stargazing workshops & 2026 eclipse expeditions
Image of the 2023 Australian total solar eclipse in Exmouth. (Shutterstock/aeonWAVE)
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Atlas Ocean Voyages is enhancing its Cultural Expeditions’ Atlas Focus Lab programming by introducing new Stargazing and Astronomy Workshops on select 2024 and 2025 expeditions.

Atlas will also feature two special voyages highlighting the total solar eclipse, scheduled for Aug. 12, 2026.

World Navigator will be positioned in the Arctic region off Patreksfjordur, Iceland, and World Traveller will be positioned in the Mediterranean off Palma de Mallorca, Spain, ensuring optimal viewing locations centered in the path of totality for each location.

Throughout each Stargazing and Astronomy Workshop, guests will engage in conversations about the cosmos with fellow explorers while viewing the galaxy with advanced telescopes on deck.

Talks and lectures will cover topics ranging from the birth of the universe to the latest astronomical discoveries.

Featured on three expeditions in 2024 aboard World Navigator, guests will have the opportunity to enrich their journey with enlightening talks led by astronomer Jonathan H. Ward.

Astronomer Charles Barclay will lead the World Voyager expedition in 2025, departing on June 10, 2025, for 12 nights from Leith (Edinburgh) to Trondheim.

Additional Stargazing and Astronomy Workshop expeditions to northern Europe in 2025 will be announced soon.

“There has always been a close connection to stargazing and the sea, from captains navigating with the stars to novice astronomers gazing at the night sky on deck,” said James Rodriguez, president and CEO of Atlas Ocean Voyages. “The Atlas Ocean Voyages team looks forward to welcoming Jonathan Ward and Charles Barclay onboard as our expedition guides to the galaxy as we further elevate the onboard experience for our guests to new heights.”

World Navigator will mark the Aug. 12, 2026, solar eclipse in Patreksfjordur, Iceland, while World Traveller will sail the Mediterranean Sea between Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and Banyuls Sur Mer, France.

Both itineraries have been carefully curated to position the vessels in the most optimal locations on the globe for viewing the eclipse.

“This year’s solar eclipse was one of the most sought-after travel experiences in 2024 and Atlas Ocean Voyages is thrilled to offer not one, but two voyages to optimum locations for the next solar eclipse in 2026,” said Rodriguez.

Like the previous trips, both journeys will feature expert astronomers serving as expedition guides. They will share their knowledge of the solar eclipse and detailed descriptions of the uninterrupted views of the stars above.

Guests will also enjoy special lectures, advanced telescopes on deck, and engaging conversations about the cosmos with fellow explorers.

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