Once in a Lifetime – Guests Aboard P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer Witness First Total Eclipse in 1000 Years

Today, guests aboard P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Explorer witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event – a total eclipse while at sea. The Ningaloo King of Eclipses cruise is one of P&O’s specialty cruises, sailed from Fremantle to anchor off the coast of Exmouth, Western Australia, for an unparalleled view of the eclipse.

Leading astronomer Dr Rebecca Allen, Co-Director Space Technology and Industry Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, joined guests onboard for the spectacular event.

"Today, Australia experienced a remarkable solar eclipse. Those lucky enough to be at sea near the Ningaloo Reef, or on land at North West Cape and Exmouth, experienced totality which is when the Moon fully blocks the Sun, while a significant portion of the country was exposed to a partial eclipse," said Dr Allen.

Over the course of the sold-out five-night cruise, guests have had access to professional astronomers from the Astronomical Society of Australia who provided lectures, Q&A sessions, and networking events on eclipse and astronomy basics, cutting-edge astronomical research in Australia. 

Marguerite Fitzgerald, President of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia was delighted to welcome 2200 eclipse enthusiasts on board to witness this rare phenomenon, where they were immersed in the experience with some of the country’s leading Astrological experts onboard who were sharing their knowledge in a series of lectures and workshops.

“In our 90th year of operation, P&O Cruises Australia is continuing to deliver innovative, new itineraries and experiences for guests,” said Ms. Fitzgerald.

“This cruise alone has attracted people from across the world to witness this rare phenomenon, and we thank our partners at the Astronomical Society of Australia, as well as Dr Rebecca Allen for making this a truly remarkable and educational experience for all involved”.