James Shillinglaw, Oct 19, 2022
Ultra-luxury cruise operator Scenic has confirmed that its newest ultra-luxury Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse II, is scheduled to set sail in April 2023 with construction advancing as planned. Her inaugural voyage will be the Incredible Iberian Discovery, which sails for 11 days from Lisbon to Barcelona. Earlybird offers are available on many sailings with savings of up to 20 percent.
As the construction of Scenic Eclipse II reaches its final stages, Scenic has provided a glimpse into the numerous enhancements to the new Discovery Yacht. The development of the ship is showcased in a newly released video from James Griffiths, vice president of marine operations for Scenic Group (see above).
Scenic Eclipse set the benchmark in wellness with its expansive 5,920-square-foot Senses Spa complete with dedicated male and female wellness areas appointed with saunas, steam room, temperature-controlled plunge pools, relaxation lounges and a manicure/pedicure studio. The outdoor terrace features relaxation lounges and vitality spa. Scenic Eclipse also has the only dedicated Yoga and Pilates studio for a ship its size. Scenic Eclipse II continues this commitment, with the expansion of the steam room area to include aromatherapy, an integrated ice fountain and experience showers, and the introduction of a KLAFS custom salt therapy lounge with heated beds, enhanced with aromatherapy scents designed to benefit mind, body and soul.
Due to guest satisfaction with the state-of-the-art KLAFS Infrared chairs on Scenic Eclipse, designed to relieve back pain and encourage muscle relaxation, an expanded dedicated infrared “ocean view” lounge with color light therapy to energize and reinvigorate skin cells has also been introduced into the wellness area on board Scenic Eclipse II. On Deck 10, a new bar area with indoor and outdoor seating will be a highlight for guests to enjoy the views with a drink in hand as they cruise through Antarctica, the Arctic, the Mediterranean or the Caribbean. A large oval-shaped pool with comfortable relaxation space will also be a new feature.
The maiden voyage of Scenic Eclipse II is the 11-day Incredible Iberian Discovery, sailing from Lisbon (Portugal) to Barcelona (Spain). Departing April 13, 2023, prices start at $8,056 per person double.
Guests can explore the world’s most unique continent, the icy realm of Antarctica on a Scenic Eclipse II voyage. Purpose-built for this region, the Polar Class-6 rating and oversized zero-speed stabilizers ensure a safe and comfortable expedition into polar waters, with Scenic’s Discovery Team providing guests with insights and once-in-a-lifetime excursions among the penguins and other wildlife. The 15-day Beyond the Antarctic Circle voyage sails on a roundtrip from Ushuaia (Argentina), with prices starting at $18,631 per person double.
The dramatic coastline of Scotland is front and center on Scenic’s Scottish Isles: Historic Trails & Wilderness as Scenic Eclipse II departs Edinburgh and makes it way around the rugged north end of the Island. The many small islands that dot the coast line are ripe for exploration as the history and culture and wildlife are revealed. The nine-day adventure departs on Sept 13, 2023 with pricing starting at $8,704 per person.
Australia is globally known for its contrasting landscapes. Chart the northern territories from Cairns to Darwin on the 11-day Australia’s Top End: Cape York & Arnhem Land voyage. Explore the unspoiled natural wonders, including the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and learn of the history that defies the region, and nation. Prices start from $11,785 based on the April 30, 2024 departure.
Scenic Eclipse II also will spend 13 days exploring several of the most recognized islands that make up French Polynesia and the South Pacific. From Tahiti to Bora Bora to some of the Cook Islands to Fiji and beyond, guests will see days filled with sun activities and evenings under the stars. Reefs & Volcanic Isles: Tahiti to Fiji sails on March 31, 2024 with fares starting at $10,855 per person.
Guests can enjoy the nine-day Caribbean Sunsets: Turks & Caicos Islands to Jamaica sailing, departing Nassau on Oct. 23, 2023, combining ports in The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, and Jamaica. Guests are invited to enjoy glass-bottom kayaks in the mangroves and small caves of Providenciales, see 80,000 West Indian flamingos take flight on Little Inagua Island, and amble down Port Antonio’s Great River on a bamboo raft. They also swim and snorkel off the white sand beaches of Egg Island. Fares start at $7,823 per person.
Guests discover the lands above the Arctic Circle as Scenic redefines polar exploration. Visit waterfalls in Iceland, cruise the Denmark Strait in search of whales, navigate colossal glaciers and spectacular icebergs of Disko Bay, and witness some of the most fascinating wildlife on earth, including native reindeer, musk oxen, arctic hares and polar foxes. The 12-day Exploring the High Arctic voyage from Reykjavik to Copenhagen departs Aug. 2, 2023 with prices starting at $11,805 per person.
With just 228 guests (200 in Polar regions), an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, private butler service, and 10 dining options, Scenic Eclipse yachts ensure an extraordinary level of personalized service for each guest. All voyages are truly all-inclusive, so guests can leave their wallet in a safe place and relax, knowing everything is taken care of. Transfers, fine dining experiences, premium branded beverages, gratuities, and once-in-a-lifetime immersive excursions are all included in the price. For more information, call 844-788-7985 or visit www.scenicusa.com.