Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has released its new 2019 – 2020 Scenic Eclipse brochures. Three versions are available, covering Europe, the Mediterranean and the Americas; Antarctica; and the Arctic / Baltic region, all of which encompass both cruise offerings and land-cruise combinations, some of which can be split for non-cruisers.
Along with the brochures, Scenic is announcing several incentives: Early-bird fares offer up to 10 percent savings on all sailings; and paying in full by October 31, 2018, on any departure saves between $300 and $750 per person. Guests booking a cruise-land departure will receive the early-bird fare, regardless of when it is booked, as well as a free 20-minute submarine excursion (or equivalent onboard credit). And on a large number of select sailings, the line is offering: free private door-to-door airport transfers; $500 per person on board credit; and complimentary deposit protection. There are a limited number of sailings offering 50 percent off the single supplement. All offers are on sailings through August 2020 and are combinable with past offers and vouchers.
Scenic Eclipse is the line’s first Discovery Yacht, set to launch in January 2019. The new brochures describe the ship, activities, food and amenities, along with multi-page tour descriptions:
Europe & The Americas Voyages – Highlights include viewing the Panama Canal transit, Cuba’s Havana, the smaller ports in the Mediterranean, such as Cassis in the French Riviera, and visiting the tiny World Heritage site of Isla Gorgona, Colombia, once an island prison and now a wildlife area. Land-cruise opportunities include eating and touring through Italy before a cruise to Portugal and Spain; or visiting Bogotá, Pereira, Medellín and Cartagena, Colombia, before a cruise through the Panama Canal, ending in Peru.
Antarctica Voyages – On these cruises, a six-guest submarine, capable of depths up to 980 feet, shows off marine life usually out of view; and two luxury six-guest helicopters can take guests into the inner reaches of the Antarctica Peninsula to see wildlife trekking across the ice flows. Guests can pick from Antarctica-only itineraries or ones that combine with South Georgia Island and the Falklands; Peru; the Galápagos and Peru; Ecuador; Argentina and Brazil; or the Chilean Fjords. Guests can also enjoy land-cruise tours that combine South Georgia with Argentina and Brazil or with a Patagonian adventure. Or explore the Chilean Fjords in combination with Cape Horn; Argentina and Brazil; or Peru.
Arctic, Fjords & The Baltics Voyages – The 21-day Northwest Passage adventure takes in Greenland before heading out through the Canadian Arctic Islands, past Pt. Barrow and ending in Nome, Alaska. Russia’s White Sea includes stops in Murmansk, Kola Peninsula, the Solovetsky Islands and Arkhangelsk. Other Arctic sailings include Norway’s Fjords, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Atlantic Canada and Baltic destinations including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
The Scenic Eclipse has 114 all-verandah suites; 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet; a 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. Technology improvements include zero-speed stabilizer fins, 50 percent larger than standard to provide greater stability; the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A Super); redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; state-of-the-art bridge systems; and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor.