25 Remarkable Scenic Eclipse Antarctica Photos from our first 2022 Voyage


In January 2022, Scenic Eclipse sailed into the pristine Antarctica region after an hiatus of almost two years. The guests and crew were delighted by the stunning icescapes and wildlife. Here are some of our most spectacular moments from the recent voyage to the White Continent.
It was a significant moment for Scenic Eclipse in early January 2022. The World’s First Discovery YachtTM was one of the first ultra-luxury cruise ships to sail in Antarctica again after almost two years.

A sense of celebration filled the air as the 6-star yacht glided with sophisticated ease through the Drake Passage, and into the pristine waters of the White Continent.

Each day was filled with extraordinary discovery moments. Paddleboarding past vast icebergs, witnessing wildlife in their natural habitat, and indulging in unrivalled ultra-luxury on board.

Here are 25 of the most breathtaking photographs taken during our first of many Expedition Voyages in 2022.
 

Scenic Eclipse Antarctica Voyage Moments 

Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
As Scenic Eclipse departs Ushuaia in Argentina, our guests come together on the Observation Deck to celebrate, The World’s First Discovery YachtsTM first moments at sea. There is a remarkable sense of excitement and anticipation amongst guests, crew and staff.  
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
The innovative ship design ensures Scenic Eclipse combines comfortable sailing with speed. Even on the rough waters of the Drake Passage, guests travel in comfort. In just over a day’s time, we enter Antarctic waters and spot our first iceberg. Look closely and those tiny dots are penguins sliding down the iceberg and into the ocean to find food. A breathtaking moment to behold, with Discovery Leader Jason Flesher explaining, "I feel like Scenic Eclipse is back home in conditions she was built for, and I truly feel myself, the crew and Discovery Team can feel the excitement building after our first iceberg spotting.”
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
It’s straight into exploration mode, with guests meeting at the specially designed marina. The marina allows easy access to Zodiacs, so we’re out on the water quickly to explore Hope Bay and the surrounds.   
A complimentary Parka and included use of Polar boots, combined with plenty of layers, ensures everyone stays warm and dry as the sturdy Zodiacs zips through the icy waters here.
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
The wildlife in Antarctica is naturally inquisitive and the abundance was on show in this pristine ecosystem. Just moments after boarding the Zodiac, a pair of snowy sheathbills flew in for a quick visit.  
There are many species of whale which can be spotted in Antarctica, and today it is the humpback whale. During the summer months, between December and April, the waters here are frequented by humpback whales who travel to Antarctica to feed.  
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica

There are also 18 species of penguin, and guests marvelled at a group of Gentoo penguins on Gourdin Island. 

Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
The first day in Antarctica has been filled with an unrivalled amount of exploration. In the evening, guests enjoy a culinary journey in one of ten dining experiences on board Scenic Eclipse. Our truly all-inclusive philosophy ensures everything is covered, including all meals, premium beverages, personal Butler, and an abundance of expedition experiences. 
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
Imagine waking up, opening your floor-to-ceiling sliding doors  and stepping out onto the private verandah of your luxuriously appointed suite and seeing this. A truly unique way to start the day, elevated to another level as your Butler brings you your morning latte.  
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
The weather conditions have been checked by the Discovery Team, and it is perfect for a day of kayaking in the waters off Enterprise Island. Each of the 21 members on the Discovery Team are experts within their field, ensuring each moment in Antarctica is elevated to another level. They are on hand to ensure guests feel confident on the water and share interesting insights into the history of whalers once using this island. Silence descends on the group as each guest kayaks through vivid blue waters and past vast glaciers. A once-in-a-lifetime moment that will be remembered for a lifetime.  
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
There is a transcendent and untouched beauty in Antarctica that really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated.  
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
Guests enjoy an  exquisite lunch on board after a morning of exploration and Scenic Eclipse sets sail in search of the afternoon’s exciting excursion. With a Polar Class 6 rating and custom-built stabilisers, The World’s First Discovery YachtTM is made for these waters. She cuts through icebergs with ease, sailing into the most remote parts of this region.  
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
With two on board helicopters^ and custom-built submarine^, guests can tailor their ultra-luxury cruise to suit their own interests. Today, a guest decides to take a sightseeing helicopter^ tour of the inland of Antarctica instead of joining the group paddleboarding activity.  
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
The calm waters that surround Enterprise Island are perfect for stand-up paddleboarding, giving guests a unique view of this extraordinary region.  
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
Every moment on Scenic Eclipse in Antarctica is multi-sensory. Intricate ice formations, extraordinary wildlife encounters, and multiple daily landings. In Antarctica, site landings are limited to 100 guests at a time. This is why Scenic Eclipse is reserved for only 200 guests. We alternate between two groups, ensuring each have longer visits at the sites and get to see more than ever before.  
Today is spent on remarkable Half Moon Island, the home to a spectacular array of wildlife. The Antarctic tern, blue-eyed shag and Snowy Sheathbill are a few of the native birds who nest on this white island.  
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
Guests marvel at inquisitive chinstrap penguins who eyes them with curiosity.
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
In Cierva Cove, the Discovery Team share the importance of Antarctica’s largest and most prominent peninsula. By Zodiac, Discovery Leader Jason Flesher, takes guests close to a large glacier, explaining how Cierva Cove’s beauty is the result of glacier calving, the shedding of ice from the front of the glacier into the sea. It creates icebergs that are the perfect habitat for mammals and penguins.
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
It isn’t long before we are treated to the sighting of a fur seal. We maintain our distance, and the adult fur seal locks eyes with the group. A spectacular wildlife encounter. 
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
Then, as the Zodiac moves through the water to return to Scenic Eclipse, a humpback whale breaches nearby, splashing its tail into the water with awe-inspiring power and grace.  
Scenic Eclipse Antarctica
Back on board Scenic Eclipse, guests watch as the icy waters flick to life as humpback whales and seals glide pasts the Discovery Yacht. This is unparalleled wildlife watching, enjoyed from a your luxuriously appointed suite as your butler brings you a glass of France’s finest.

Innovative Design for Unrivalled exploration 

Purpose built for Polar regions, Scenic Eclipse’s strengthened hull and Polar Class 6 rating enables guests to safely access the furthest regions of this spectacular continent. This is a true exploration, combining 6-star ultra-luxury with state-of-the-art technology.  

On a Scenic Eclipse Exploration Voyage, the clever design enables guests to easily walk straight on to sea ice from the ship, watch penguin chicks hatch and herald the arrival of seal pups on the beaches and humpbacks offshore. Extraordinary moments in a truly spectacular destination. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  

Click the link to learn more about the Weddell Sea itinerary, South Georgia & Falkland Islands or the ultimate, Antarctica in Depth.  

^Flights on board two helicopters, helicopter excursions and submarine at additional cost, subject to regulatory approval, availability, weight restrictions, medical approval and weather and ice conditions. Helicopters are unable to operate in South Georgia. 
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