Sometimes the planets just align, or in this case, the moon, the Earth, the sun, and Bonnie Tyler on a big-ass boat.
In the marketing coup of a lifetime, Royal Caribbean has landed the iconic ‘80s power-balladeer to perform aboard its Oasis of the Seas ship during “The Great American Solar Eclipse”. And yeah, she’s scheduled to play her mega-hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at the precise time that the moon passes over the sun.
That’s right, according to Time, the Total Eclipse Cruise will “be positioned in the path of totality for this critical moment.”
Can you really think of any place you’d rather experience the totality than in the middle of the ocean, with some like-minded new friends, all singing along to the greatest eclipse song in the history of eclipse songs?
The weeklong cruise sets sail out of Orlando, Florida, on Aug. 20, with the eclipse scheduled like clockwork to take place on the 21st. Tyler, who will be accompanied by Joe Jonas’ DNCE band, is excited to spend a few key days aboard.
"It’s going to be so exciting. It doesn't happen very often, does it?" Tyler told Time. “The eclipse of the sun lasts 2 minutes and 40 seconds, I’m told. Unlike my song. It had to be chopped about, because it was so long. I never thought it would be played on the radio, in the beginning."
Thankfully, the stars aligned and Tyler convinced songwriter Jim Steinman to give the song to her, because I don’t know if 1983 could have happened without it. But if you were ever worried that history would remember Old School and The Dan Band’s usurpation of “Total Eclipse of My Heart” over Bonnie’s anthemic, multi-platinum original, then worry no more. Because the Total Eclipse Cruise is going to be history in the making, spreading all sorts of love in the dark.