Yes, I’ve seen a partial eclipse, but longest total exclipe of the Century at the Point of Longest Duration is July 22, 2009. The cruise ship COSTA CLASSICA has been chartered and is, right now, the only way to see it at the point of longest duration – 6 minutes 39+ . seconds. This target viewing site is one of two sites with the best weather prospects (and there’s a backup site just in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate).
Costa’s cruise begins and ends in Tianjin (Beijing), China. Ports of call include Chejhu, South Korea, Kagoshima and Kobe, Japan (you’ll spend 2 nights in Kobe). If you want optional tours at an additional cost there’s an overnight bullet train excursion to Tokyo or an overnight to Kyoto with tours planned for Kyoto and Osaka. Want the ultimate? There are optional tour extensions including Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.
Pricetag? Per person cruise only based on double occupancy from $2,599 inside cabin or $3,643 per person, cruise only based on double occupancy of an outside cabin. The charter dates are July 16-29, 2009 and special airfares are available in addition from your home airport
On the day of the eclipse, yours will probably be the only group in the world to see this at the Point of Longest Duration. For fun they are going to use the forward motion of the ship along the center line of the eclipse to push the length of totality to 6 minutes and 40 seconds … because they can.
There are 3-7 day tour extensions in China, and all tours are escorted with English speaking guides. Somewhere along the way I’ll be waving to you…
http://www.astronomyvacations.com/Classicaltinerary.html, Astronomy Vacations by Mayhugh Travel, Inc.