Few natural events are as dramatic (or as rare) as a total solar eclipse. What once inspired mystery and confusion (its causes attributed to godly displeasure), today inspires justifiable excitement. How about soaking it all up from an island in the sun—or rather, in the shadow of the sun—with this novel experience in Belize, thanks to this small ship cruise? Typically, UnCruise Adventures Belize itineraries depart on Saturdays in October and November for a seven-night cruise. But to coincide with the Annular Solar Eclipse on October 13, 2023, UnCruise is offering an extended eight-night sailing so guests can catch the eclipse in Belize early on October 14.
According to AFAR, the cruise embarks from Belize City aboard the 66-passenger Safari Voyager, bound for Laughing Bird Caye National Park. That’s where guests will be able to watch the 2023 annular eclipse in Belize! From there, the ship will sail to Guatemala for two days of hiking in rainforest parks, kayaking in the Rio Dulce, and exploring Livingston. On the final three full days, guests will sail back to Belize to visit Mayan ruins, kayak in Payne’s Creek National Park, and listen for the calls of crested guans and Amazon kingfishers on a trek within the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The trip concludes in Belize City, although there is the option to extend with hotel nights and cultural land tours to further explore Belize.
And remember: your retina is delicate and irreplaceable. Always practice safe sun with special-purpose solar filters during a solar eclipse.
The 66-guest M/V Safari Voyager (formerly the Sea Voyager) is a 174-foot vessel offering a comfortable basecamp for travelers wishing to experience a Central America small ship cruise. She is a leader in expedition functionality and features the most advanced skiff launching platform among her sister ships Safari Explorer and Safari Endeavour. According to their site, the Safari Voyager is specifically built to handle the humidity and heat that can challenge lesser-designed vessels.