Scenic Eclipse continues to set the benchmark within the ultra-luxury expedition cruising market with the launch of its 2022/23 Antarctica and South America programme. It features new Discovery Experiences, Scenic Freechoice options, and a new itinerary sailing the Weddell Sea, as well as a diverse range of South America luxury land journeys extensions.
With a focus on enriching discovery experiences, every itinerary has been selected to give guests unrivalled immersion in the incredible region. Highlights of the new 2022/23 programme include:
Brand new 19-day Into the Weddell Sea voyage
The new 19-day voyage will cross into the Weddell Sea, only possible at this time of year thanks to Scenic Eclipse’s Polar Class 6 rating, world-class design and features. Enjoy 24 hours of daylight on route through the majestic icy waterways and hear the song of the Weddell seals while paddling by kayak. Witness history in the making as majestic glaciers calve during a Zodiac ride or get up close to the ice or wildlife on an immersive stand-up paddle board experience. Upon landfall, the sight of large bustling penguin rookeries and lazing seal colonies will welcome guests, as pods of whales breach off the shore.
Prices for the 19-day Into the Weddell Sea voyage start from £14,785 per person departing 19 December 2022.
New innovative discovery experiences
Scenic Eclipse’s helicopter excursions has been expanded to include helicopter ice landings to take guests further inland for an in-depth exploration of the extraordinary Antarctic landscape. The more adventurous can make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ski on Antarctica’s incredible terrain, as the on board helicopters takes guests to the top of its virgin mountain slopes on brand new helicopter skiing excursions.
Scenic Eclipse’s submarine, Scenic Neptune, is the first permitted vessel to operate in South Georgian waters. Guests will have the opportunity to embark on an underwater discovery like no other with a submarine dive up to 300 metres below the surface. Journey below the horizon and comfortably observe the rich marine life and unique icefish which thrive under the stark Antarctic landscape.
Lisa Bolton, General Manager of Product at Scenic commented: “Our first season sailing the Antarctic waters was such a resounding success that we knew we had to continue to innovate with our 2022/23 programme. The world-class design and features of Scenic Eclipse allows us to explore further and provide our guests with highly personalised experiences. Ensuring full immersion in the destination is what Scenic Eclipse does best. Our two on board helicopters and submarine, enables us to take these encounters further by offering our guests the opportunity to take part in helicopter landings and skiing in Antarctica as well as submarine experiences in South Georgia – a truly unforgettable experience.”
Scenic Eclipse blends discovery with 6-star ultra-luxury, including the ultimate in safety, sustainability and world-class design. Custom-built for sailing in polar regions and with just 200 guests on board, guests enjoy diverse discovery activities and multiple shore landings throughout their voyage. The state-of-the-art technology allows for smooth sailing in all Antarctic conditions, as well as access to unique locations and wildlife encounters that can only be reached by discovery yachts like Scenic Eclipse. With an on board staff-to-guest ratio of almost 1:1, there is an abundance of personal space to allow for social distancing.
Scenic is currently offering savings of up to 20 per cent on selected 2022/23 Scenic Eclipse voyages when booked and paid in full 12 months prior to departure. The 16-day Antarctica in Depth itinerary starts from £11,955 per person departing 8 December 2022.
All voyages are truly all-inclusive, meaning all flights, shore excursions, meals with up to 10 dining experiences, premium beverages, and even the in-suite mini-bar are included as standard all day, every day. An expert Discovery Team of up to 20-members is on board to lead the Scenic Discovery excursions and to host engaging lectures and education programs. While complimentary expedition parkas, water bottles and use of polar boots are available for all guests while in the polar regions.
All new 2022/23 bookings are covered by Scenic’s flexible booking policy, enabling guests to defer their cruise to another travel date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure and come with Scenic’s Deposit Protection Plan included.