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Scenic announces the launch of next-generation submersible Scenic Neptune II for unrivalled underwater exploration in Australia & the South Pacific


Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has confirmed the successful sea trials and upcoming delivery of its new Triton 660/9 AVA submersible on board Scenic Eclipse II.

The delivery of Scenic Neptune II on 13 March 2024, is planned for Scenic Eclipse II’s upcoming voyages in the South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, and East Antarctica in 2024 and 2025.

 Jason Flesher, Scenic Director of Discovery Operations, said: “Our collaboration with Triton Submarines on the custom design of our new submersible reflects our commitment to continuous innovation and leading the way in ultra-luxury yacht cruising.”

Featuring 270-degree panoramic views, Scenic Neptune II has been designed to provide an immersive underwater experience that will give guests the feeling of seamlessly merging with the wonders of the ocean. „The clarity of the acrylic hull once submerged is such that you feel at one with the water. Encountering the vibrant marine life of the South Pacific and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef within Scenic Neptune II will create memories to last a lifetime,“ added Flesher.

Patrick Lahey, President and Co-Founder, Triton Submarines, said: “At Triton Submarines, one of our key goals is to progress the development of safe, certified civilian submersibles in many different directions, and we could not achieve this without the support and collaboration of truly visionary clients like Scenic. We sincerely thank them for their confidence in Triton to deliver the highly innovative new Triton 660/9 AVA, which undoubtedly represents a paradigm shift in how cruise guests experience and engage with the ocean.”

Scenic Eclipse II’s inaugural season in the Oceania region will commence on 13 March 2024 with its voyage from Valparaiso across the Pacific. The ultra-luxury Discovery Yacht will arrive in Australia, where Scenic was founded, for the first time on 20 April 2024. With onward journeys along the East Coast and Top End of Australia, Kimberley, Indonesian Archipelago, South Pacific, New Zealand, and East Antarctica over next two years.

The unrivalled discovery experiences on board Scenic Eclipse II also include two state-of-the-art helicopters. Four seabobs will be added for these voyages, which will enable guests to glide below the ocean surface. Each voyage will be led by an expert Discovery Team who will provide deep insights into the destination.

Feature itineraries:

  • Australia’s Top End: Cape York & Arnhem Land – 11 days | Cairns > Darwin

Be immersed in Australia’s ancient indigenous culture and explore the country’s natural wonders in truly all-inclusive ultra-luxury. Your Discovery Voyage will delve deeper into this extraordinary land of unspoilt treasures, remote islands, and wondrous secrets. Whether it’s stand-up paddleboarding in the tranquil waters of Anchor Bay or diving below the surface of the Great Barrier Reef by submersible^ or seabob with our specialist Discovery Team, uncovering a unique perspective of the abundant marine life. 11-day all-inclusive voyage from €10’925pp (€1’000pp* savings included) 

  • Passage through Melanesia: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands & Vanuatu – 13 days | Cairns > Nadi

Sail from Cairns to Fiji, and uncover an astonishing mix of diverse cultures, vivid landscapes, idyllic waters, and welcoming people. From reef-fringed volcanic islands and ritual ceremonies in the mysterious Solomon Islands, to the raw beauty and relaxed atmosphere of Vanuatu, you will leave amazed and deeply touched. Kayak around the Owaraha’s beautiful coral reefs or dive below the surface by seabob^, hike through the rainforest with your Discovery team to reach the rim of an active volcano, or snorkel in the clear waters to find dugongs, sea turtles and many colourful species of fish. 13-day all-inclusive voyage from €7’870pp (€4’235pp*savings included)

Scenic Eclipse voyages are truly all-inclusive, meaning guests can leave their wallet in a safe place and relax, knowing everything is taken care of. Up to 10 dining experiences, premium branded beverages and immersive Scenic Discovery and Freechoice excursions, internal flights, transfers and tipping are all included.


Text: PM Scenic Group, Fotos: Scenic