On the heels of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ recent announcement of a second Discovery Yacht being added to the Scenic Eclipse fleet (launching May 2020), the company has announced that it is adding several new itineraries for its 2019 / 2020 cruise season. Highlights include a 21-day Northwest Passage exploration; a 13-day adventure through one of the world’s most geographically-isolated regions, Russia’s White Sea; and two opportunities to take in numerous ports along North America’s east coast, including Halifax and New York City.
Limited to 200 guests and departing August 15, 2020, Across the Northwest Passage will operate on the Scenic Eclipse, which will make its way from Copenhagen, along the coast of Greenland and through the Canadian Arctic Islands until reaching Nome, Alaska. Guests will meet local Inuit communities, learning about the harsh environments, culture and wildlife from the onboard Discovery Team. There will also be opportunities for kayaking amongst icebergs, viewing whales, polar bears and Arctic foxes close up, and hiking across the frozen tundra.
Located on the northwest coast of Russia, the White Sea is surrounded on three sides and is a southern inlet of the Barents Sea. Departing Tromsø, Norway’s northernmost port, on June 21 and July 3, guests will get to visit the North Cape and Murmansk before focusing on the Russian Arctic - Archangelsk and the Solovetsky Islands - a forbidden region for decades.
For travelers wanting a closer to home voyage, Scenic has scheduled 10- and 20-day sailings along North America’s East Coast. The 10-day exploration departs New York City on September 29, 2019, and heads south, taking in Baltimore, Norfolk, Wilmington (NC) and Charleston before ending in the Bahamas. Guests interested in doing the entire coast can start earlier (September 20) in Halifax, Canada, and add five Canadian ports, including Prince Edward Island and Lunenburg, as well as the U.S.’s Boston and Martha’s Vineyard.
The Scenic Eclipse fleet accommodates 228 guests in 114 all-verandah suites, ranging in size from 345 square feet to 2,659 square feet; 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet; a 5,920 square foot spa with a gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio; two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine; a 240-seat theater for entertainment and lectures; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests; and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio.