Scenic Eclipse has revealed a first look at its exclusive Scenic Neptune submarine as it dives below the clear aquamarine Caribbean waters, during its inaugural season captained by pilot Remy Izendooren.
The images capture the intensity and breath-taking beauty of diving up to 300 metres below the ocean, and shows guests on board during their deep-sea adventure on the custom built U-Boat Worx Cruise Submarine.
From sunken wrecks, marine and biological reserves to a sea floor teeming with life in Antarctic, Scenic Neptune will provide guests an unforgettable experience as the craft journeys through the ocean’s depths.
Scenic Neptune adventures on offer in 2020 are available on the following itineraries*
Antarctica In Depth
12 Days - Buenos Aires > Buenos Aires
Departs Various Dates in February, March 2020
Priced from $18,580 pp
Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands
20 Days - Buenos Aires > Buenos Aires
Departs Various Dates in February, March 2020
Priced from $30,740 pp
ABOUT SCENIC NEPTUNE
For seamless visibility, Scenic Neptune’s acrylic spheres are constructed from a material which has the same refraction index as seawater, which means the barrier visually disappears underwater, providing an open and spacious feeling.
Scenic Neptune has internal climate control as well as a surround sound audio system, for the most enjoyable dive. The craft is specially commissioned to meet international design standards, offering unmatched comfort with maximum legroom and headroom, without compromising on style.
Getting in and out of the submarine has been made easy through a convenient deck and optimum human engineering, such as ergonomically designed handles. Once inside, guests seat themselves in one of the two three-person pods, one each at the front and back, and enjoy spectacular views of their complete surrounding from chairs that are mounted on a 280-degree swivelling platform. The craft is also fitted with strong exterior lights that will allow guests to take in every last detail of the underwater sights.
*Activities are subject to weather conditions, permit approvals and guest weight restrictions, incur additional costs and subject to availability depending on demand.
Remy Izendooren, Submarine Pilot, Scenic Eclipse
With a passion for adventure and discovery, Remy Izendooren has worked on 62-passenger ship and charter yachts, visiting the Seychelles, Adriatic Sea, Greenland, Greece, Malta, Côte d’Azur, Antarctica and Chile. He shares his deep sea insights...
Tell us about your role as Senior Submarine Operations Officer
From selecting dive sites and organizing permits, to rinsing the sub with fresh water after a long day of diving, I am responsible for all aspects of the submarine operations on board Scenic Eclipse. The real highlight for me is sharing the subsea wonders of the world with our guests. Volcanic pinnacles, sheer walls, majestic wrecks, a wide diversity of marine life and beautiful reefs all lie waiting to be discovered.
Where is your favourite dive location and why?
The world has a myriad of spectacular dive sites waiting for us to explore, from sunken wrecks and vibrant tropical reefs to a sea floor teeming with life in Antarctica.
My personal wish list includes:
- Strýtan Hydrothermal Field in Eyjafjör›ur, Northern Iceland
- Half Moon Cay Wall, south-east of Lighthouse Reef atoll in Belize
- Wreck of HMHS Britannic, sister ship of the infamous Titanic, in the Aegean Sea
How do you describe the experience of going in a submarine to a guest?
Diving with our submarine is an ‘out of this world’ experience.
What is the best guest feedback you have ever received?
I have had the honour to be a part of many people’s first-ever experience of being underwater. To me it’s all about people and their genuine reactions and emotions. The best feedback is not always given verbally. I will never forget the lady that fell asleep during the ascent after an incredible dive to the Antarctic seafloor. After I woke her at the surface she told me that she was so relaxed from the serene setting and exploring the dream-like, underwater world that she dozed off.
What’s the biggest challenge in piloting a submarine in a range of different oceans and climates?
Modern submersibles are without doubt the safest way to dive into the heart of our oceans. Our seven-person submarine will be taking guests to the furthest reaches of remote regions and therefore safety is paramount. In ensuring safety with no compromise, above all else we had to establish self-sufficiency in our contingency plans.