2024 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE OF THE SUN CRUISE OFF BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
A pair of humpback whales spouting in the distance–an example of what to see in the Sea of Cortez. Called a “blow”, these are clouds or columns of moist air forcefully expelled through the blowhole when a whale surfaces to breathe. For some species of whale this can be seen from a number of miles away. Photo by Paul Maley.
WELCOME TO OUR 51ST SOLAR ECLIPSE TRIP!
MARCH 31-APRIL 9, 2024
STATUS: AS OF March 17, 2022 80% OF THE CABINS HAVE BEEN SOLD.
*SORRY, ALL SINGLE CABINS HAVE BEEN SOLD. ONLY 2 PERSONS PER CABIN AT THIS POINT
*SEE CABIN AVAILABILITY TABLE BELOW TO SEE WHICH CABINS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING
All included—accommodations, food and premium beverages, Wi-Fi, gratuities and complimentary excursions
The Moon’s 28 day journey leading up to the total eclipse of July 2019. Outstanding creative montage created from his images by Lawrence Tulissi.
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The path of totality for the April 8, 2024 eclipse is shown in gray with the blue line indicating the center of the eclipse experience. The arrow points to the range of options to where we plan to see the eclipse. Map courtesy X. Jubier.
Join Paul D. Maley of the NASA Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society on what will be his 83rd trip to see an eclipse of the Sun! If the weather in the above zone cooperates, the Sun will be blacked out for approximately 4 minutes 25 seconds from our vantage point southeast of Baja, Mexico. We at RING OF FIRE EXPEDITIONS have exclusively chartered a new ship introduced in 2021 by Atlas Ocean Voyages—the World Navigator. This cruise ship will carry a maximum of 196 passengers to the Pacific Ocean for our solar eclipse. In addition, we will be joined by Dr. Michael Shara of the American Museum of Natural History, a veteran of 4 total solar eclipses and an outstanding scientific speaker.
You may want to know why this ship and not some other? The ships that are normally permitted to go into the Sea of Cortez are required to cruise within 25 miles of the coastline. The World Navigator, as of this writing, is the only one that can go outside of this limit and into the eclipse path. Also, consider:
Unpack just once on the ship and repack 8 days later
You don’t have to drive to the eclipse location
You don’t have to prepare any meals
The observing location at sea experiences a long total eclipse, more than over the US
You don’t have to fight traffic, worry about overbooked hotels or crowds!
You do not have to be concerned about security issues such as those going into central and northern Mexico
You have free access to wi-fi onboard so if you want to maintain contact with friends you can do so without extra charge
You get to sleep at night while your cruise ship takes you to your destinations
Access to free food and drinks, all day long including evenings and night bars
Cruise takes away the burden of planning your vacation. All is set out for you to relax and enjoy the trip.
No need to tip anyone onboard as gratuities are included
Although the cruise is mostly all inclusive, if you have to pay for an optional service such as laundry or spa, you don’t need to deal with cash or credit cards since you will be given a cruise card which permits charging purchases on the ship
Cruise ships are inherently safe environments
More than 80% of cruisers return for a second voyage – far higher than the percentage of people who choose to revisit a land-based resort or attraction
If you are new to eclipse watching and are not sure which company has the most experience, Ring of Fire Expeditions has the longest track record of eclipse expeditions in the US–almost 50 years. To see the results of some past trips, go to our main page www.eclipsetours.com and look at the horizontal bar showing various options. Click on PAST TRIPS.
Onboard our Solar Eclipse cruise will also be certain naturalists assigned by Atlas Ocean Voyages. At the current time they will be selected from this group or similar:
- Alain Bidart – generalist
- Petra Gladron – marine biology
- Benjamin Dy – biology
THE SEA LIFE ADVANTAGES DURING OUR CRUISE
The Sea of Cortez was dubbed the “world’s aquarium” by underwater explorer, Jacques Cousteau. He coined this term because the Sea of Cortez boasts over 900 species of fish and almost 35 species of marine mammals—all located in the zone between Baja California and the Mexican mainland.
Baja cruises in the Sea of Cortez mainly operate in the months of November to and including April, taking advantage of pleasant weather and sailing conditions. The advantages of sailing in the sea in April are as follows:
- Humpback, minke, sperm, Bryde’s and pilot whales can be spotted
- Whale watching lagoons are less crowded with people
- April is a great time to see huge clusters of mobula rays which are known for leaping out of the water
- A great time to view blue and fin whales with the season running through October
- Chances to view sea turtles
- Birders may enjoy opportunities to view blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, pelicans, frigate birds, cormorants, terns, great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels and willets
- Water temperatures are in the upper 70s with air temperatures in the high 80s getting hotter as spring progresses.
- The night sky is embedded with billions of stars that you can see unhindered by city light pollution
- You avoid the hottest months and hurricane season
Mobula rays jumping out of the sea. Courtesy BBC.
THE WEATHER ADVANTAGE OF OUR CRUISE
To choose the area with the lowest chance of cloud AND the most maneuverability in the 24 hours prior to the eclipse, we have selected the Pacific Ocean area located in the ITINERARY section following this graphic. However, you can clearly see from this image that data over the past years taken on April 8 (eclipse day) reveals the likelihood that US land locations from Texas to Newfoundland will be more than twice as likely to have clouds than we will on the ocean between Baja California and the southwest Mexican coast!!
Cloud cover over the US, Mexico and Pacific Ocean southwest of Mexico. Highest chances of cloud cover are in the USA. Courtesy Jay Anderson.
As of May 1, 2021 subject to change. Detail to be added in the coming months. “Days at sea” are opportunities to look for sea life. The operator reserves the right to modify itinerary details for navigational and operational reasons. Please wait for specifics on excursions until the cruise company is able to define them.
We leave from Cabo, go north into the Sea of Cortez then down into the eclipse path to the Isla Marias islands, then back to Cabo. IMPORTANT: This is a very rough route map for the Mexico (Baja California) Solar Eclipse Cruise. We will navigate into the clearest part of the totality zone. This figure will be updated later.
Get ready for the most amazing spectacle on April 8 as the Moon blocks out 100% of the Sun’s light. This is a phenomenon called the Diamond Ring. Byron Braswell photo.
Projecting crescent Sun images on the side of the ship using a straw hat. Tamara Ledley photo.
The partial phases leading up to totality and after are great to photograph too! Phil West photo.
March 31 (SUNday) DAY 1………Arrive in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Transfer to your hotel for overnight. Dinner tonight included at the hotel.
APRIL 1 (Monday) DAY 2………….Breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Transfer and board the ship in the afternoon.
APRIL 2 (Tuesday) DAY 3……….. Day at sea.
A sea lion posing. Photo by Paul Maley
APRIL 3 (Wednesday) DAY 4………….Isla Partida – La Paz
APRIL 4 (Thursday) DAY 5……. Bahia Loreto – Loreto
Closeup of humpback whale spy hopping. Photo by Paul Maley.
APRIL 5 (Friday) DAY 6………..Isla San Marcos
APRIL 6 (Saturday) DAY 7…………….Day at Sea
APRIL 7 (Sunday) DAY 8…………Islas Marias – Biosphere & museum
This area was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2010. An archipelago of four small islands located 100 kilometers off the coast of Nayarit and about 370 kilometers southeast of the Baja Peninsula was home to prison inmates for 114 years. But since President Lopez Obrador announced the closing of the Islas Marías penal colony in 2019, biologists are discovering that the tiny archipelago is also home to a vast array of marine life. Researchers have identified 21 species of sharks, 10 different rays, three species of sea turtles and healthy coral reefs bursting with life. The endangered whale shark swims in the waters off the Marías, as do 114 species of commercial fish, such as sardines, tuna and red snapper. Little is known about marine mammals in the area, but scientists believe that due to the islands’ location, humpback whales, gray whales, orcas and dolphins should make their way to the reserve, which has been a protected area for the last 20 years. In 2010, the archipelago was also declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
One way to remind yourself about ISO and exposure times for photographers
Solar Eclipse Briefing at sea
This will be our traditional briefings for new eclipse watchers on what to look for and when, safety precautions to take before totality and after and examples of images that can be taken and how best to make that happen. For the more experienced observers we will discuss the timeline leading up to and following each phase.
One of the most impressive sights of all is to see a whale tail in full view. Photo by Paul Maley.
APRIL 8 ( Monday) DAY 9………. ECLIPSE DAY
Overnight we will have traveled to the center of the path of totality. The partial eclipse begins at 946am with the total eclipse occurring between 1102 and 1107am. The partial portion of the solar eclipse ends at 1227pm. The Sun will be at an elevation of 68 degrees above the southeast horizon at maximum eclipse time.
Venus appears to the naked eye about 45 minutes before totality in this photo (above) taken in 2013 by LeRoy Maxfield on one of our previous eclipse cruises. It is often seen many minutes before and after the Sun goes dark due to its brightness. Venus is the dot on the left side of the frame.
The outer atmosphere of the Sun is seen during the total eclipse!‘
Planets that may be seen during totality include Jupiter (left of Sun), Venus and perhaps Saturn and Mars (right of Sun) as they appear very high above the southeastern horizon. Courtesy Stellarium.
Typical Ring of Fire Expeditions post-eclipse group photo with the Texas flag. Bob Hulse photo.
APRIL 9 (Tuesday) DAY 10……… Return to Cabo San Lucas. Disembark in the morning.
*Note that we cannot guarantee the weather will be clear for this or any other solar eclipse.
Location of the three passenger decks are shown below. Best views are from decks 5 and 6.
ATLAS OCEAN VOYAGES “World Navigator” courtesy Atlas Ocean Voyages.
This brand new ship, the World Navigator, is to be launched in 2021; it has 98 staterooms and suites that all feature an ocean view—and nearly 90 percent have a balcony. There are no interior cabins! They come in seven categories, ranging from 183-square-foot Adventure Staterooms with a large picture window and a mosaic-tiled spa shower to 466-square-foot one-bedroom Navigator Suites with a spa shower and bathtub plus a 106-square-foot veranda. A notable option is the 269-square-foot Horizon Staterooms, which feature a French balcony: a floor-to-ceiling glass wall with an upper panel that slides open to make the entire cabin a veranda. On the environmental front Atlas has banned single-use plastics aboard its ships. Furthermore, the ship uses the latest hybrid power management and propulsion system that consumes as little as one-fifth the fuel of conventional cruise ship systems. With its alternate hydro-jet propulsion, it can quietly cruise up to five knots without disturbing sensitive marine wildlife but can accelerate to nearly 20 knots if needed.
At 423 feet in length, World Navigator is large enough to offer all the amenities cruisers have come to expect, including a few that they may not have, like The Water’s Edge: an outdoor, bow-mounted viewing area with heated seating for cooler climates. The ship also sports a jogging track; glass-enclosed, forward-facing observation lounge; inclusive dining venues; an onboard theatre; a SeaSpa by L’Occitane; a fitness center and a juice bar. The ship has a retractable floating dock which will be set up at each stop for water-based activities.
The ship will be defined as much by its inclusions as its physical characteristics, with Atlas offering things like premium beverages; butler service in suites; L’Occitane toiletries; yoga, Pilates and spinning classes; prepaid gratuities; and complimentary shore excursions in selected ports of call.
CRUISE SHIP FEATURES
- All ocean view staterooms and suites with balconies
- Complimentary Butler service for all suite guests
- Sun deck and multiple outer deck observation areas
- Outside heated pool
- Library with extensive selection of books and reading areas to relax
- Two restaurants offering exquisite dining experiences
- Panoramic lounge & terrace
- Three bars plus a ship’s boutique
- 2 passenger elevators
- Fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
- Sea Spa by l’Occitane (including steam room)**
- Hairdresser offering full-service hair styling, manicures and pedicures**
- 24-hour on-board medical facilities with certified doctor**
- 24-hour room service
- The Club lounge for live music and dancing
- A theater with unobstructed seating for more than 200 guests
- Wireless internet access throughout the ship
- Electricity 110/220 volts
**Services at cost based on treatment selected
- Overall length: 466 feet
- Beam: 59 feet
- Draft: 15.3 feet
- Average speed: 16 knots/18mph
- Ice class: 1C
- Passenger cabin decks: 4
- Passenger capacity: limited to 196
- Crew: 142 (crew-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.4)
- Gross tonnage: 10.700 GRT
- Electric Motors: 2 x 2.3 MW
The following diagram shows the location of all passenger cabins. Decks 5 and 6 have the best views and larger windows. Deck 3 (Adventure class) has a large non-opening window.
Suite: 10 one-bedroom suites including the 382-square-foot Journey Suite, 466-square-foot Discovery Suite and 466-square-foot Navigator suite. Each features a double-wide 106-square-foot balcony furnished with sun loungers, teak chairs and tables large enough for al fresco dining. Inside, cruisers will find two closets, a living room and a bedroom, each with an interactive flat-screen TV. The Navigator and Discovery suites both offer dual sinks and a separated toilet, while the Navigator Suite also has a bathtub.
Junior Suite: Two 300-square-foot junior suites are available, one with a traditional balcony and one in a hybrid configuration.
Veranda Stateroom: These 269-square-foot rooms have the most traditional balcony cabins on the ship.
Horizon Stateroom: Also 269 square feet, these rooms feature a French balcony: floor-to-ceiling glass wall with an upper panel that slides open to give the entire room an open-air feel. Similar to the Veranda Staterooms, the hybrid nature of these rooms gives them 23 percent more interior space.
Adventure Stateroom: There are 12 of these 183-square-foot rooms, which offer cruisers a view through a large picture-frame window. No balcony in these cabins.
CABIN PRICES FOR ECLIPSE CRUISE 2024 (as of 12/21/21)
Prices shown are per person with 2 sharing a cabin. All cabins/suites will be limited to two persons EXCEPT for 4 triple cabins. The price per person for 3 people in a cabin is the same price per person as 2 sharing. There is no discount for the 3rd person. The price of one person occupying a single cabin is shown in the table below. As of 12/21/21 there are no single cabins permitted as all have been booked.
Some cabins have French balconies. A French balcony (also called a Juliet style balcony) is a glass door or wall-to-wall window that opens to give you fresh air and the feel of a veranda, minus the outside floor, tables, and chairs.
|CABIN TYPE||PRICE PER PERSON||PRICE FOR SINGLE OCCUPANCY||NUMBER OF CABINS||CABINS AVAILABLE FOR SALE*||BALCONY?|
|NAVIGATOR SUITE deck 6||$19,500||$39,000||4||0||WALKOUT BALCONY|
|DISCOVERY SUITE deck 6||$18,000||$36,000||2||0||WALKOUT BALCONY|
|JOURNEY SUITE deck 6||$17,000||$34,000||4||0||WALKOUT BALCONY|
|HORIZON DELUXE deck 6||$15,500||$28,000||2||2||FRENCH BALCONY (you cannot walk out on this)|
|VERANDA DELUXE deck 6||$14,200||$26,000||2||0||WALKOUT BALCONY|
|HORIZON A1 deck 6||$12,999||$24,000||12||9||FRENCH BALCONY (you cannot walk out on this)|
|HORIZON A2 deck 5||$11,200||$19,000||12||5||FRENCH BALCONY (you cannot walk out on this)|
|VERANDA B1 deck 6||$10,000||$18,000||20||1||WALKOUT BALCONY|
|VERANDA B2 deck 5||$8,750||$15,000||28||0||WALKOUT BALCONY|
|ADVENTURE deck 3||$7,150||$12,000||12||0||WINDOW ONLY|
CABIN AVAILABILITY TABLE
Check the table below to see if the cabin you want is reserved or not before sending in your registration form.
|301||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED|
|302||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED|
|303||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED|
|304||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED||ADA|
|305||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED|
|306||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED|
|307||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED|
|308||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED|
|309||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED|
|310||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED|
|311||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED|
|312||ADVENTURE - NO BALCONY||RESERVED|
|536||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
|537||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
|538||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
|539||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
|540||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
|541||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
|542||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE|
|543||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
|544||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE||TRIPLE|
|545||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE||TRIPLE|
|546||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
|547||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
|628||HORIZON DELUXE - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE|
|629||HORIZON DELUXE - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE|
|630||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE||ADA|
|631||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE|
|632||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE|
|633||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
|634||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE|
|635||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE|
|636||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
|637||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE|
|638||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE||TRIPLE|
|639||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE||TRIPLE|
|640||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||AVAILABLE|
|641||HORIZON - FRENCH BALCONY||RESERVED|
SOLAR ECLIPSE CRUISE 2024 PRICE INCLUDES:
- one pre-night at a hotel in Cabo San Lucas
- arrival transfer from Cabo San Lucas airport (SJD) to hotel *
- transfer to the ship from the hotel *
- transfer to Cabo San Lucas airport at end of cruise *
- dinner at the hotel the first night and breakfast/lunch the next day
- all meals
- free wifi
- all excursions
- open bar
- paddle boarding
*at scheduled dates and times specified by Future Travel for group arrival/departure
SOLAR ECLIPSE CRUISE 2024 PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- airfare to/from Cabo San Lucas
- pre or post hotel expenses including any hotel services, meals not included, incidental expenses, etc. for which payment is required prior to checkout.
- pre or post cruise packages (unless specified)
- additional onboard services such as spa, etc.
- a washing and ironing service for laundry
- cost of passports and any visas (if required)
- medical services and fees related to this
- use of jet skis on the ship at extra cost
- SCUBA diving equipment
- anything else not mentioned in the SOLAR ECLIPSE CRUISE 2024 PRICE INCLUDES section above
- trip cancellation and delay, medical evacuation insurance which is mandatory (passengers are required to secure this from Future Travel or Future Travel must approve your own insurance (or international insurance if you are a foreign national)
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As is typical for every cruise charter in advance, Atlas Ocean Voyages has also provided a caveat to the cost. Should fuel prices increase beyond a specific index value by more than 5% up to 30 days prior to the start of the cruise, Atlas Ocean Voyages will increase prices to Future Travel (and to you). Such a last minute increase could be caused by such things as a huge spike in oil futures or an event such as closing of the Strait of Hormuz. We do not anticipate this will happen, but Atlas Ocean Voyages is protecting themselves in case it does. Future Travel will be forced to notify all passengers of a cost increase should this happen.
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT
- Scroll up above and look at the CABIN AVAILABILITY TABLE. Choose any cabin that is designated “AVAILABLE“
- Click HERE to complete one registration form AND submit payment for each person in your party.
We cannot confirm you unless the registration form [one for each person] and payment are all received.
IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES you may pay by one of these methods: 1) credit cards, or 2) wire transfer. A USD$75 fee is charged if a wire transfer is used for each payment. No checks or money orders can be accepted! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE
From time of booking before April 1, 2022: $2,500 per person
April 1, 2022: 35% of cruise price
November 1, 2022: 50% of cruise price
April 1, 2023: 100% of the total cruise price
25% penalty of total paid if cancelled by April 1, 2022
50% penalty of total paid if cancelled between April 1 and November 1, 2022
75% penalty of total paid if cancelled between November 1, 2022 and April 1, 2023
After April 1, 2023: 100% penalty
TRIP PROTECTION / TRAVEL INSURANCE
Based on the remoteness of the region, extended advance purchase and the requirements of the Cruise Line, all passengers are required to purchase travel insurance / trip protection at an additional cost at the time of deposit. Future Travel will provide you with a quote upon registration (unless you live outside the US you will be required to purchase your own within 14 days of deposit). You may buy your own insurance or supply an existing policy, but coverage will need to be approved prior to deposit. The minimum travel insurance coverage you will need to provide from an in-country travel agent, will be $50,000 USD Emergency Medical per person and $1,000,000 USD Emergency Medical Evacuation Repatriation per person. You must also have a pre-existing conditions waiver (usually standard if insurance is purchased within 14 days of deposit) . TRAVEL INSURANCE PRICES WILL VARY BY AGE, STATE OF RESIDENCE AND TOTAL TRIP COST. INSURANCE WILL BE QUOTED AND MUST BE PAID UPON DEPOSIT. INSURANCE PRICES ARE IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE LISTED CABIN PRICES. Travel insurance must be paid by Credit Card. Note: email@example.com. For more information and a quote on insurance pricing, contact Sandy Polley at:
GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES
Prospective participants need to know that the ship has very limited capability for guests with disabilities. Wheel-on and / or wheel-off access is only possible in Cabo; the Zodiacs are not wheelchair accessible. This is an ‘expedition ship’ which is geared to go into areas larger ships cannot venture. In certain situations if guests are not physically fit enough to board or disembark Zodiac boats, it may not be possible for them to accomplish wet landings. In all the areas the ship operates it is important to be of a moderate fitness level in order to participate in the activities offered. As they make use of the Zodiacs on a regular basis, it is important guests are physically able to embark and disembark the Zodiacs by means of the gangway which involves a lot of steps at a steep angle in a moving sea. On shore, the Expedition team will be taking guests on guided hikes which can involve moderate to difficult walking on uneven terrain. Also note that if you are 24 weeks pregnant or more, you cannot participate in Solar Eclipse Cruise 2024.
BOARDING THE SHIP
It is important to also point out that all passengers are responsible for being sure they are on board the ship on departure day. Failure to do so will result in the passenger being left at the port and it will be the passenger’s responsibility to catch up to the ship using the passenger’s own resources. Neither Atlas Ocean Voyages nor Future Travel can be responsible for any passengers who fail to board the ship prior to the schedule time of departure.