Fly-Cruise Antarctica, Kimberly Coastline, and Russian High Arctic highlight the many adventures
Ultra-luxury, all-inclusive cruise line Scenic now spans the world, unveiling its 2023/24 sailing collection on board its expanded fleet of Discovery Yachts. With the introduction of Scenic Eclipse II, guests will be able to reach further than ever before as Scenic’s new season features more than 50 countries across all seven continents, marking Scenic’s largest-ever collection of ultra-luxury ocean voyages.
Scenic Eclipse II – identical in design, and with all the innovative, world class features of her sister ship – will join the fleet in early 2023. For the first time both Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yachts will be providing guests with the chance to sail to all four corners of the globe, as well as every continent, with its new collection of 85 voyages featuring brand-new destinations including Indonesia, Polynesia, the Pacific Islands, Australia, the Caribbean and Scotland. This is in addition to several new itineraries in the Arctic, Mediterranean, the Americas and Antarctica.
Rob Voss, The Scenic Group COO, commented: “This is a milestone moment for our brand and for all of those who have been working intensely behind the scenes to bring it to fruition. Utilizing our invaluable guest feedback, we strive to offer the best, most desirable bucket-list experiences possible, and our new 2023/24 announcement demonstrates our sincere intent in this continued ambition.”
Voss adds, “The Antarctic is an incredible and timeless destination, and we are enormously proud to be one of the first luxury operators to return here. By 2023, Scenic Eclipse II will join Scenic Eclipse in the region – doubling capacity for even more guests to enjoy the leading itineraries and luxury experiences that we provide.”
Highlights of new itineraries for 2023/24 include:
Antarctica Insights: Fly and Cruise
Scenic Discovery Yachts’ customized design provides a smooth journey for guests on their unique voyage across the Drake Passage. Alternatively, and new for 2023/24, is the option to fly either in both directions or just one direction – perfect for those with time limits or who are just too excited and want to arrive in Antarctica swiftly. The nine- or 10-day journey begins (or ends) in Punta Arenas (Chile) with a two-hour flight to/from King George Island. Once in Antarctica, guests join one of the Discovery Yachts and begin their exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and its maze of protected channels, with expert assistance from Scenic’s dedicated Discovery Team. Guests can glide in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard on pristine, icy water, taking in the vast and awe-inspiring expanse of blue, and experiencing the peacefulness of the frozen continent. As penguins and seals thrive in their natural habitat, in one of the most undisturbed areas on Earth. Fares start at $17,417 per person, double.
Discover the Kimberley Coastline
As Scenic returns to its origins (Australian-founded company), this 11-day voyage from Darwin to Broome offers guests an exploration of one of the world’s most remarkable and precious environments – the vast wilderness of Australia’s Kimberley Coast. The plethora of sights range from vivid, contrasting colors and vast pristine wilderness to deep gorges to rainforests to cascading waterfalls. Always looking to involve local experiences, traditional owners of the land instruct Scenic guests about the region’s heritage and folklore. Prices start at $13,795.
Wild Frontiers: Franz Josef Land Archipelago
Scenic, in its never-ending quest to provide unique and memorable trips to its guests, ventures where only the most intrepid explorers have gone before – the Russian High Arctic and Novaya Zemlya. This 18-day exploration introduces guests to isolated isles and ice-fringed waters, dazzling wildlife and intriguing histories. Guests will be surrounded by extraordinary wildlife – including polar bears, whales, walruses and seabird colonies – and experience a pristine wilderness reached by very few. Cruise fares start at $23,395.
Additional new itineraries for Scenic’s 2023/24 season include:
13-day Caribbean Sojourn voyage from Nassau to Bridgetown
11-day Atlantic Isles & the Caribbean voyage from New York to Nassau
13-day Passage through Melanesia: Solomon Islands & Vanuatu voyage from Cairns to Fiji.
13-day Secrets of Indonesia: Spice Islands & Raja Ampat voyage from Darwin to Darwin.
9-day Scottish Isles: Historic Trails & Wilderness voyage from Edinburgh to Dublin
12-day Beyond the Arctic Circle voyage from Tromsø to Oslo
9- and 10-day Antarctica Insights: Fly & Cruise voyage from Punta Arenas to Buenos Aires
Small ship cruising with Scenic offers unrivalled exploration and sets the benchmark in ultra-luxury discovery voyages. The sleek design of Scenic’s fleet of Discovery Yachts, allows for unparalleled access to some of the world’s most remote regions. With just 228 guests (200 guests in Polar regions) and a 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio and butler service, a journey on board Scenic Eclipse ensures an extraordinary level of personalized service. The up-to 20-member, on board Discovery Team educates guests, provides expert lectures and guidance, and ensures a safe journey every step of the way.
Scenic Eclipse II is built from the same blueprint as her sister, identical in her design, and offers a wealth of world class features, and state-of-the-art technology for unrivalled exploration. Guests joining the new Scenic Eclipse II will enjoy an immersive underwater experience aboard the first-of-its-kind Triton 660/9 AVA submarine, with large ultra-clear acrylic spheres designed for optimum underwater viewing. Enhancements to the fleet include a newly designed ‘Deck 10’ on both yachts, featuring the Panorama Bar that has been stylishly-appointed and furnished with relaxed outdoor seating with chairs and sun loungers alongside the outdoor pool.
Scenic is currently offering savings of up to 20 per cent per person on 2023/24 voyages when booked and paid in full 12 months prior to departure. All Scenic Eclipse voyages are truly all-inclusive, including return flights, transfers, up to 10 fine dining experiences, premium branded beverages and once-in-a-lifetime immersive excursions. All new 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.
Text: PM Scenic