Mediterranean Total Solar Eclipse Cruise

March 2006


Our ship, the Costa Classica, departed from Savona, Italy (west of Genoa) on March 21, 2006. The ship made port calls at Rome, Italy; Alexandria, Egypt; Limassol, Cyprus; Rhodes, Greece; Antalya, Turkey; and Naples, Italy, before returning to Savona. We observed the total solar eclipse on the ship on March 29, 2006, on the centerline at 33°09.2´N, 026°43.4´E, where totality lasted 3 minutes, 55 seconds, at an elevation of 60 degrees above the horizon.

Click here to download a video of the 6 minutes before, during, and after totality, or view it at YouTube.

 

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The Vatican
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Cameron, Alex and Paula at the Vatican
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The Imperial Roman Forum
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Cameron and Barbara at the Forum
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Arch of Titus
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Triumph from the sacking of Jerusalem - Arch of Titus
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Alex, Cameron and Barbara at the Coliseum
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Coliseum
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Coliseum interior
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Map of expansion of Rome
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Pantheon exterior: "M(arcus) Agrippa, son of Lucius, consul for the third time, built this"
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Pantheon interior
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Tiber River and St. Peter's Basilica
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Castel Sant'Angelo (originally Hadrian's Tomb)
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Piazza San Pietro
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Pyramid of Khufu ("Great Pyramid" of Giza)
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Alex at base of Khafre's Pyramid
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Pyramid of Khafre -- notice people at the base
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Remains of original limestone facing
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Khafre's Pyramid and the Great Sphinx
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Alex and Egyptian boy at the Sphinx
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Noseless Sphinx
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Careful, they spit!
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Mastaba (Tomb) of Mereruka is the largest at Saqqara
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Alex and Egyptian guide at Mastaba of Mereruka
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Paula with turban around her neck
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Alex at Step Pyramid of Saqqara
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Cameron at Mastaba Saqqara complex
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Barbara negotiating (haggling?) over book purchase
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Cameron, Alex, Paula and Barbara at Saqqara Step Pyramid
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Alex and his bookmarks
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Jeep ride at Step Pyramids with Cairo in the background
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Barbara and Moses
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Adam, Evan, Alex and Paula at Step Pyramids
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Egyptian, camel, Alex and Evan in late afternoon desert
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Ancient Greek theater in Cyprus
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Paula and Alex on the stage
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Evan, Barbara and Paula overlooking the Cyprus coast
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Evan, Alex and Paula
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Temple of Apollo, Cyprus
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Alex at the Temple of Apollo
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Greece
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Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
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Acropolis of Lindos above village of Lindos
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Alex and friends
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Lindos
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Stairs up to the Acropolis
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Paula and Alex on the edge
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Lindos and St.Paulís Bay
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Evan twisted his ankle going down these steps
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View from the back of a donkey
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Cameron and Barbara at ancient Rhodes theater
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View through our cabin porthole
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Setting sail from Rhodes harbor
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Alex and Alexander the Great - Antalya, Turkey
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He was clouded out for the eclipse
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Paula and Alex at ruins of Perge, Turkey
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Alex and columns
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Turkish rug showroom, Antalya
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Ancient theater in Side, Turkey, with NASA technicians preparing to observe eclipse


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