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Can anyone give advice about finding a ship that would have a dark place to go (away from light pollution) to get a good look at the sky while out in the ocean - preferably on a more affordable line?
Generally, there's no good place. Sometimes, there's an area at the back of the ship behind the funnel which is darker than elsewhere, but even there there are navigation lights, and smoke from the funnel.
On "Astronomy" cruises — especially to eclipses, the astronomy charter group will ask the ship's captain to darken an area of the ship, usually again this is towards the stern, behind the funnel.
HMS Sylvania '64
Dawn Princess '93,'94,'95 (ex Sylvania)
Sky Princess '97
Viking Serenade '97
Seawind Crown '94
Regent Sea '95
Marco Polo '95,'96,'97,'98,'99,'99,'00
Stella Solaris '99,'00
Norwegian Dawn '04
Costa Mediterranea '07
Last edited by Kalos Orisate; January 8th, 2009 at 10:49 PM.
I was on the ryndham in the spring and they had great astronomy lectures and the a viewing on the top deck. Their sky deck offers shading from the lights they have to have on at night so the visibility was great. The lectures on the transatlantic s are great but don't know if it always an astronomy expert
I have often wished they would make a certain area or time to view the night sky where it is dark also and turn off as many lights as they can. However the front of the ship does offer a decent view. That area I believe is darker due to the bridge and navigating at dark. Was on the breeze and it was pretty dark but still of course some lights.
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