Scenic Eclipse will be one of the first cruises to return to Antarctica when it resumes sailing its ultra-luxury expedition voyages from January 7, 2022.
“Our crew and staff are so delighted to be able to welcome guests back on board our world-class yacht, Scenic Eclipse. Besides the opportunity to be one of the first cruise lines to return to Antarctica after nearly two years of no visitors, we are also excited to showcase several enhancements on board Scenic Eclipse – a number of which were driven by our guests’ feedback," said Scenic Group COO Rob Voss.
In celebration of the return to Antarctica, Scenic is offering complimentary roundtrip business class flights and up to 20 per cent off when the booking is paid in full by December 15, 2021 on January to March 2022 sailings.
Scenic is also offering Flexible Booking Policy, where guests can defer their travel plans or cancel up to 60 days prior to departure with no additional booking fees (third party fees may apply). Additional details are available here.
Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
Scenic’s 13-day “Antarctica in Depth” voyage takes in the endless, pristine landscapes of Antarctica: departing Ushuaia, Argentina, guests spend six full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, often with multiple shore visits per day made possible by the limit of 200 guests on board Scenic Eclipse.
Highlights vary, depending on weather conditions, and may include navigating the stunning 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel, the chance to visit a working scientific base, exploring an abandoned whaling station, climbing to the rim of a volcanic crater, and, if conditions are favourable, the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South.
“This 2022 season will be like no other, with only a few expedition lines operating,” said Jason Flesher, expedition operations manager – Scenic Discovery Yachts. “Antarctica will have had no tourists for nearly two years, so we are expecting unbelievable encounters and experiences with the wildlife. Our expert Discovery Team members’ passion for this part of the world will help bring this unique region to life for our guests."
Included daily excursions include cruising among the ice formations in Zodiacs, navigating kayaks or paddleboards amongst icebergs while whales feed below, stepping ashore to view (and photograph) the penguin rookeries and seals, and taking hikes with expert marine biologists and geologists on pristine paths – to name a few.
The yacht’s custom-built six-guest submarine, Scenic Neptune, offers inspiring journeys deep below the ocean surface with 280° views of nature and rich marine life in their true habitat. Two six-guest Airbus helicopters are also available.
Full vaccination required
All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated. On embarkation, all guests are given a rapid antigen test (at no additional cost) and temperature checks are ongoing.
Social distancing and use of face masks when moving around public spaces is asked of the guests.
Scenic Eclipse’s near 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio means attentive and personalized service and the status of having up to 10 dining experiences and nine bars and lounges ensures plenty of open space.
HVAC systems provide 100 per cent fresh air through a three-stage air purification process to the spacious all-balcony suites and public areas, while advanced HEPA filtrations, and rapid response protocols to any COVID-19 positive test contribute to the safety of all aboard.