From the majestic fjords of Norway and the Svalbard Archipelago to the cradle of culture in Spain, Portugal, Scotland and France, be prepared to be submerged in wonder thanks to the World’s First Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse.
Brought to you by Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, renowned for its 33-year history of providing all-inclusive escorted tours to fascinating destinations around the world, the Scenic Eclipse sets a new benchmark in ocean cruising with handcrafted itineraries to some of the rarest destinations on the planet — all within uncompromising six-star luxury.
Here’s is a snapshot of just some of the once-in-a-lifetime locations now available. All said, Scenic Eclipse, which took its maiden voyage earlier this summer, will take guests to 38 countries.
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
This land of vast white icescapes, towering peaks and a maze of protected channels is glistening with possibilities. Scenic Eclipse guests have the unique opportunity to tour a region of the world that few others will see first-hand.
Watch as penguin colonies bustle with lively courtship rituals on the Antarctic Peninsula, immerse yourself in the King penguin colonies on South Georgia or watch as Humpback, Minke and Southern Right whales arrive.
Guests looking for a bit of added adventure won’t be disappointed, either, with the ability explore via Zodiac, kayak, helicopter and submarine. In the summer, the ice softens enough that guests have the unique opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle or explore the Weddell Sea.
And with an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, guests’ time on board will be one of unparalleled indulgence. Scenic Eclipse caps its polar cruises to just 200 guests.
The Arctic & Fjords
The icy landscapes of Greenland, Iceland and the Svalbard Archipelago offer experiences like no other. The immensity of this vast wilderness is deserving of the poetry that it has inspired, with sheltered waterways, a diverse Arctic wildlife and distinct cultures and traditions.
Highlights include navigating Spitsbergen’s stunning waterways, visiting the largest national park in northeast Greenland, visiting abandoned whaling stations and even sailing within 600 nautical miles of the North Pole. Imagine being so close that you can hear the cracks of active glaciers calving huge icebergs.
Iceland, meanwhile, is a chance to explore the land of fire and ice. Known for its stunning volcanic beauty and mythical tales, you’ll have a chance to hike in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, summit to the top of Lava fields or even dip your toe into the famous Blue Lagoon.
Northern Europe and the Mediterranean
Birthplace to some of history’s greatest civilizations, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean are bountiful with picturesque ports, a rich history and colourful culture. From Spain and the Italian and French Rivieras to the Neolithic sites in Scotland and the Hebrideans, Scenic Eclipse offers a glimpse into a side of Europe you have never seen before.
Adventures through the Aegean Sea offer the chance to kayak in the turquoise waters and past the pristine beaches of the Cyclades, while the wonders of Western Europe allow you immerse yourself in the vivacity of Spain, the untouched elegance of Portugal and the history of France.
The North Sea, meanwhile, is an opportunity to explore the rich traditions and seascapes of the Shetland Islands, the Stone Age sites of the Orkney Islands and cultural hubs of Belfast and Dublin.
Cruise the coastlines of the Americas from Nome, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. These diverse offerings include everything from the untamed wilderness of the northern Aleutian Islands to the perfectly preserved colonized cities of Central and South America — and everything in-between.
The busting cities of Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego allow to take in sweeping natural vistas, sip world-renowned wines and tour urban centres just waiting to be explored. On the Eastern Seaboard, trace a more than 3,200-kilometre journey from Boston to Columbia, uncovering everything from the maritime