On Aug. 27, the Scenic Eclipse was welcomed by the City of Quebec, the newest ship of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.
The Eclipse began its inaugural cruise on Aug. 15 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Before heading back to New York where her godmother, Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren, was waiting, the Eclipse stopped for a day in the city to welcome a select few passengers aboard, including travel agents, and PAX.
The ship's elongated silhouette and rather modest size might have allowed it to o unnoticed, but cruising experts understand the importance of this Polar Class 6-level vessel that was built in Croatia.
The Scenic Eclipse redefines the luxury cruising exploration market and sets the barrier even higher for its rivals, Ponant, Silversea, Hapag Llyod and Regent Seven Seas. Welcome to the New World!
For world explorers
Aimed at a wealthy clientele who want to explore the world in optimal comfort, the Scenic Eclipse has all of the right products to turn them into National Geographic explorers: two Airbus helicopters capable of carrying six passengers over the most beautiful scenery that the ship will crisscross; a submarine, the Scenic Neptune, which can bring six people to a depth of nearly 1,000 feet up to eight times a day, inflatable boats, sea kayaks, and bicycles.
Although sold as a specialized vessel in the Arctic and Antarctic, it will cruise in the Caribbean in October, en route to the Chilean fjords and Cape Horn, then arrive in Ushuaia and stop in the Antarctic during four months. In April, it will resume the route to Europe where stops are planned including in Lisbon, Barcelona, Athens, Venice and Amsterdam.
In the summer of 2020, the Scenic Eclipse will travel to Copenhagen, Oslo, and Reykjavik before crossing to Vancouver, then back down south to Peru and Costa Rica and take the Panama Canal before returning to Antarctica for another stay four months. His visit to Quebec was exceptional and no other is scheduled for December 2022.
The Scenic Eclipse's new brochure describes the next six routes with 47 departures and a visit to 68 ports.
114 exquisite suites
The 550-foot Scenic Eclipse can accommodate 220 passengers, which in terms of capacity is between the Endeavor Crystal Cruises (200 passengers) and the future Azura Ritz Carlton (298). The Scenic Eclipse offers no casino or standard room.
It has 114 suites, all with veranda or terrace, divided into four levels, the regular suites, Spa (50 to 52 square meters), Panorama (110 to 115 square meters) and the super spacious Owner's Penthouse of 195 square meters which includes a terrace of 60 square meters and a suite of dinner for eight people.
The passenger/staff ratio on the Scenic Eclipse is almost 1.1 and your guests will never go hungry, thanks to 10 restaurants, or one restaurant per 20 people! If any of your clients want to try their hand at learning how to cook fine cuisine, a gastronomy class is offered. The Scenic Eclipse also has a spa with an area of nearly 6,000 square feet, perfect for those looking to unwind and relax.
To ensure the best experience at sea and in all conditions, the Scenic Eclipse is equipped with outriggers that are 50 per cent larger than those of other ships to ensure greater stability and reduce roll by up to 85 per cent. It has also been built with the aim of protecting the waters and sensitive environments that will visit.
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Photos of the Scenic Eclipse
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