“Scenic Eclipse” to Recommence Ultra-luxury Expedition Voyages to Antarctica

Scenic Eclipse (August 2019, Courtesy Scenic Cruises)“Scenic Eclipse” will be one of the first cruises to return to Antarctica when it resumes sailing its ultra-luxury expedition voyages starting January 7, 2022.

Scenic Group COO Rob Voss expanded on the announcement, “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.”

Scenic’s 13-day “Antarctica in Depth” voyage takes in the endless, pristine landscapes of Antarctica and its unique wildlife, as awe-inspiring and unchanged as the day that man first set eyes upon them. And after nearly two years of no cruise visitors, Scenic is eager to share these treasured moments.

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 seven-mile-long Lemaire Channel where steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage, the chance to visit a working scientific base and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff, exploring an abandoned whaling station, climbing to the rim of a volcanic crater, and, if conditions are favorable, 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,” offered 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 range from active to awe-inspiring: cruising among the ice formations in Zodiacs, navigating kayaks or paddleboards amongst icebergs while whales feed below, stepping ashore to view (and photograph) the vast penguin rookeries and seals, and taking hikes with expert marine biologists and geologists on pristine paths – to name a few.

For a truly unique experiences, guests are welcome aboard the yacht’s custom-built six-guest submarine, “Scenic Neptune”, which offers inspiring journeys deep below the ocean surface with 280° views of nature and rich marine life in their true habitat. Or they may wish to soar above the horizon in one of two state-of-the-art, six-guest Airbus helicopters that offer vistas not seen by any other method.

In celebration of the return to Antarctica, Scenic is offering 2-for-1 business class flights and up to 20% off select 2022 Antarctica sailings when the booking is paid in full within 12 months of sailing or 48 hours (if booked with less than 12 months before departure).

Scenic is also offering a book three suites and get one free when you book select Jan-Mar 2022 Antarctica & South America sailings. Scenic’s Flexible Booking Policy allows guests to defer their travel plans or cancel up to 60 days prior to departure with no additional booking fees (third party fees may apply).

(Scenic Cruises)