The EYE ON THE SKY AstroCruises (TM) Page

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"... and at night they were to dance in the open air, on the upper deck, in the midst of a ballroom that stretched from horizon to horizon, and was domed by the bending heavens and lighted by no meaner lamps than the stars and the magnificent moon dance and promenade, and smoke, and sing, and make love, and search the skies for constellations that never associate with the Big Dipper ..."

     Mark Twain, in The Innocents Abroad (1867), writing about his experience aboard Quaker City on what might be considered historically to be one of the earliest American-origin commercial voyages to qualify as a "pleasure cruise"
AstroCruises (TM)

No astronomy training or experience is necessary. All cruises include daytime astronomy lectures and also schedule evening "naked-eye" shipboard stargazing sessions. They all take place on regularly scheduled cruises (not charters) and so have all the regular cruise ship activites and amenities the perfect entertaining and educational vacation (and a great compromise solution if everyone traveling with you isn't a big astronomy fan)!

Lecturers have presented EYE ON THE SKY astronomy programs aboard Celebrity, Clipper, Cruise West, Crystal, Cunard, Fred Olsen, Hapag-Lloyd, Holland America, Oceania, Orient Lines, P & O Australia, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, ResidenSea, Royal Caribbean, Saga, Seabourn, Silversea, Travel Dynamics International (Classical Cruises) and Windjammer Barefoot cruise ships.

EYE ON THE SKY astronomy articles have appeared in shipboard magazines for Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Crystal, Holland America, Radisson (now Regent) Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean and Sun cruise lines and in Porthole magazine. We've also written and edited articles for the Cruise Critic Web site.

  Total countries/territories (as recognized by Travelers' Century Club) visited by 67 AstroCruises (TM) to date:   
Total countries/territories when the next 2 confirmed AstroCruises (TM) are included:   

Future AstroCruises (TM)

A dark sky at sea gives an excellent opportunity to spot dim objects and phenomena such as the Milky Way, Andromeda Galaxy (two million light-years away, the farthest object visible with the naked eye), the zodiacal light and gegenschein (best times to see zodiacal light north of the tropics are an hour or two after sunset during the waning moon in March-April and an hour or two before sunrise during the waxing moon in September-October, for south of the tropics the reverse is true, and around November 15-20 (also the peak of the Leonid meteor shower) gegenschein is located between the Pleiades and Hyades), auroras, noctilucent clouds and faint meteors and satellites. Change your latitude and see celestial sights you won't see at home the southern hemisphere has stars, galaxies and globular star clusters you won't see in North America and Europe, and the Far North and Antarctica have atmospheric phenomena in summer unseen in other locations. Also, the flat sea horizon is an excellent place to spot the green flash.

Each year we seek to offer a wide variety of cruise styles (luxury, premium, family and adventure), lengths (generally 10 to 21 days), ship sizes (44 to 3600 passengers) and costs (from money-is-no-object to bargain, some starting at less than $100/day). The following is a list of upcoming celestial events and potential AstroCruises (TM) destinations.

Periodic Events 2013-2020 Total Eclipses of the Sun

  2013 November 3  
   Atlantic, Central Africa       Saga Sapphire   
  2015 March 20  
   North Atlantic, Faeroe Islands, Svalbard       Fred Olsen's Boudicca, Cruise & Maritime's Marco Polo   
  2016 March 9  
   Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, Pacific   
  2017 August 21  
   North Pacific, United States, South Atlantic   
  2019 July 2  
   South Pacific, Chile, Argentina   
  2020 December 14  
   South Pacific, Chile, Argentina, South Atlantic   

Solar Eclipses 2000-2020

Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA's GSFC

2013-2020 Total Eclipses of the Moon

  2014 April 15  
   Australia, Pacific, Americas   
  2014 October 8  
   Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas   
  2015 April 4  
   Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas   
  2015 September 28  
   East Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa, West Asia   
  2018 January 31  
   Asia, Australia, Pacific, West North America   
  2018 July 27  
   South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia   
  2019 January 21  
   Central Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa   

2013-2020 Dark-Sky Major Meteor Showers

 2013 August 12    Perseid     27% waxing     Extreme eastern Europe east across much of Asia  
  2014 January 3     Quadrantid     4% waxing     Europe, North Africa and the Near East  
  2015 August 12     Perseid     3% waning     North America and northern South America  
  2015 December 14     Geminid     7% waxing     Central Asia east across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska  
  2016 January 4     Quadrantid     34% waning     Eastern North America east to the extreme west of Europe  
  2017 January 3     Quadrantid     21% waxing     Extreme east of Russia, North Pacific Ocean islands, and extreme western areas of North America 
  2017 December 14     Geminid     16% waning      
  2018 August 13     Perseid     4% waxing     Europe and North Africa east to central Asia  
  2018 December 14     Geminid     36% waning     Extreme Far East east right across North and Central America  
  2019 January 4     Quadrantid     4% waning     Europe east to central Asia  
  2020 December 14     Geminid     1% waning     Extreme eastern Europe east across much of Asia  

A waxing moon is visible in the evening sky and sets after sunset. A waning moon rises before sunrise and is visible in the early morning sky.

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