Three Cunard Ships to Offer 2026 Solar Eclipse Cruises

Cunard will be offering three Solar Eclipse at Sea voyages in 2026 aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and its new ship Queen Anne.

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Luxury cruise line Cunard has announced that three of its Queen ships — Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and the upcoming Queen Anne — will be positioned directly along the path of the next solar eclipse, which is taking place on August 12, 2026.

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 will embark on a 14-night voyage through Norway and Iceland from August 4-18, 2026. It will provide guests the opportunity to witness the solar eclipse during an overnight stay in Reykjavik on the evening of August 12th.

The voyage will also include visits to Zeebrugge, Belgium; Olden and Skjolden, Norway; and Isafjordur, Iceland, before concluding in New York.

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Queen Mary 2 (Photo courtesy of Cunard)

Queen Anne

Queen Anne will traverse Spain and France on a seven-night itinerary roundtrip out of Southampton, England. From August 9-16, 2026, guests can explore the Spanish ports of Santander, La Coruña, and Gijon before stopping in the Bay of Biscay to explore the town of Pauillac, France.

After a day strolling the Spanish streets in La Coruña’s Old Town, passengers can sip cocktails and don eclipse glasses for a view of the phenomenon from the deck of Queen Anne as the ship sails from the Spanish harbor.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria will sail a seven-night western Mediterranean voyage from Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) to Barcelona, Spain from August 10-17, 2026. The sailing will visit Tarragona and Palma de Mallorca in Spain, plus Villefranche and Toulon in France. On August 12th, after a day in the historic town of Tarragona, guests will board the ship to pick the perfect spot to view the solar eclipse.

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Queen Victoria

“Watching a total solar eclipse from sea is an utterly unique and very rare experience,” said Katie McAlister, president of Cunard. “Cunard is therefore thrilled to offer three remarkable voyages positioned along the path of the 2026 eclipse – two in the Mediterranean and one in Iceland – which will give guests the chance to witness this extraordinary phenomenon from the water, an unforgettable moment observed from the luxurious vantage point of our Queens.”

For more information on Cunard’s 2026 Solar Eclipse at Sea sailings, click here.


Did you watch the solar eclipse this week? Are you interested in one of Cunard’s eclipse sailings in 2026? Drop us an anchor below and let us know!

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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