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