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We have an amazing 16-day cruise that will take you to see the next total solar eclipse

Tour operators Smithsonian Journeys and luxury cruise line Ponant collaborated on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see the total solar eclipse while sailing on the Indian Ocean.



A total solar eclipse is an incredible sight for anyone interested in the sky, whether they are professional astronomers or amateurs. The next one will be on April 20, 2023, and the ocean provides the best vantage point.

In fact, some of the best places to see this solar eclipse will be from the water, as its path passes through the ocean, up the coast of northwest Australia, and across several islands in Southeast Asia. Because of this, the luxury cruise line Ponant and the tour operator Smithsonian Journeys have collaborated to offer a 16-day solar eclipse itinerary that will take passengers to some of the world’s most remote locations.

The journey starts in Indonesia, with a departure from Bali on April 9 heading to Komodo National Park to see the aforementioned lizard people. East Timor is the next stop before heading to the Kimberley region of Western Australia by boat. The ship’s course will take it into the Indian Ocean, where it will be in prime position to witness the eclipse.

The three-hour show will feature insights from Smithsonian Journeys experts Alex Young, associate director of science at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Australian American historian Craig Benjamin. Totality, the dramatic moment when the sun is completely obscured by the moon, will occur for about a minute. The cruise then heads back to the Western Australian coast, where passengers will disembark on April 24.

Guests can expect to see Komodo dragons, humpback whales, and a wide variety of seabirds on their trip; explore vast, ancient landscapes, from sandy beaches to coral reefs to waterfall-lined gorges; and immerse themselves in the local culture, especially in Dili, the capital of East Timor, which is home to a thriving arts and crafts community.


The luxurious Le Lapérouse, a 184-passenger ship with only suites for passengers, features a spa, two restaurants, and a spectacular underwater lounge.

An unforgettable experience awaits both seasoned eclipse chasers and first-time viewers on this voyage.

The starting rate for this cruise is $20,480 and reservations can be made on this page.