Luxury and discovery come together in perfect harmony onboard a Scenic Yacht. Named the World's First Discovery Yachts, they not only have world-class facilities you would expect to find on a six-star ship, but they also have a seven-seat submarine and even a helicopter. With extras such as these, you’ll reach places no other traveller has visited before.
Rest safe in the knowledge that Scenic’s all-inclusive philosophy extends to their yacht offering too so everything you require onboard is included in the price.
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“Billed as the world’s first Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse has been created for eager artisans of leisure and exploration. With stealth style and offering an experience exactly like nothing else, the onboard tapestry of opulence is without equal. I can think of no finer way to explore Polar Regions and secluded seas that lie not just off the beaten track, but at the edges of the beaten map.”
No luxury ocean cruise is complete without dining and drinks to match and with Scenic, they certainly live up to this standard. Scenic believes that dining should be a sensory delight and as such, there are no less than 10 dining options onboard the Yachts which are all included within the price. Small and intimate, they are:
Complementary drinks are served in eight spacious bars and lounges so you can take an apéritif in the Lobby Lounge, enjoy a glass of French fizz at the intimate Champagne Bar or indulge in oysters and Pinot Gris in the Azure Bar & Café. Or if you’d like a more private moment, enjoy them in your suite.
All suites onboard the world’s first discovery yacht have elegant furnishings, your very own butler service, 24-hour in-suite dining, king-sized beds, a secluded private verandah, a separate lounge area plus 6-star amenities, early morning tea and coffee service, Mini-bar including illy coffee and speciality teas, restocked daily and a HDTV and Bose sound system.
On board Scenic Eclipse, relaxation is on another level. With 550-square-metres dedicated to indulgence, the exclusive Senses Spa offers the very best services to revitalise you after a long day of exploration. Accessible to all Scenic Eclipse guests, it is a place of absolute tranquillity. It has a Vitality Lounge, treatment room and hair salon to allow you to make those all-important preparations for the evening ahead. Alternatively, simply immerse yourself in tranquillity in the Scandinavian-inspired plunge pool.
The spacious lounges and bars cater to smaller numbers of guests with ease. Spend time in one of the outdoor areas, from the Sun Terrace to the Observation Terrace which looks over the bow, and spa and pool decks. It offers you the perfect viewpoint to see the wildlife and stunning landmarks you’ll sail by.
Wellness areas with indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzis are perfect for pampering yourself after a long day. If you wish to be more active, there is also a gym and yoga and Pilates studio so you can stretch out, find your centre or work up a sweat.
If you elect for a Spa Suite, once you return after a day exploring some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, you’ll be able to spend time in your own private Jacuzzi, designed by Philippe Starck. You’ll also enjoy a steam shower with oversized head and light therapy to calm your body and soul. These suites are also highly exclusive and secluded with a prime location on the upper decks to ensure your stay is in absolute luxury. You will also be entitled to a one-hour complimentary spa treatment, as well as a complimentary laundry service (limited per day).
On a luxury discovery cruise such as this, it is all about the destination. Scenic offer the ability to get up close and personal on a Scenic Eclipse Zodiac excursion. The fleet of extraordinary Zodiacs allow guests to catch a glimpse of uncharted territory and encounter once-in-a-lifetime sights, such as whales breaching in the Arctic Ocean, or penguins waddling across the Antarctic.
Zodiacs can cross shallower waters than your yacht, and can also navigate the obstacles found in icy seas thus taking you closer to the places you want to see. Their open-air design allows for ultra-intimate viewing experiences giving you memories to last a lifetime.
You can continue your experience with a kayak excursion with the Scenic Eclipse Discovery Team. This very intimate activity sets Scenic apart from other luxury cruises as you’ll be able to paddle into the midst of local wildlife such as the birds around Stornoway or the fish swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Greek Milos Islands. This isn’t your average cruise activity.
Scenic Discovery excursions take guests on exploratory guided tours on board Zodiacs, kayaks and e-bikes and give you an adventure like nothing else. They also include snorkelling in the calm waters of the Caribbean, trekking across the tundra landscapes of the Arctic and sailing above marine life in a kayak.
Discovery Leaders are always onboard to share their knowledge and expertise. With them, you can reach the remotest parts of the world untouched by other travellers and they will share their knowledge with you tailoring it to suit you and yours cruise.
As experts in their field, the Discovery Leaders provide unrivalled insights and knowledge on a range of topics including the environment, history and rich cultures of the lands and people you visit. They conduct in-depth research and combined, they have several decades’ worth of experience in their choses fields to ensure they can really illuminate your voyage and bring it to life.
You’ll also meet a whole host of local guides, community specialists and regional experts throughout your journey too, to enrich it even further.
Scenic truly aims to make every cruise as unique as its guests, which is why they offer the broadest range of all-inclusive shore excursions led by these incredible experts.
Scenic Eclipse also has its very own submarine! This is a deep diving experience like no other where you’ll journey to the depths of the ocean. Scenic Neptune is a customised submarine which is capable of diving to 300 metres with six guests onboard. The Discovery Team will join you and educate you as you delve into the ice-cold waters of the remote Arctic world and help you to catch a glimpse of the natural world which sits beneath us.
Soar the skies in the state-of-the-art Airbus EC-130-T2 helicopters and feel like an intrepid adventurer reaching the places most other travellers never go. The Scenic yacht experience is set to show you the world in ways you have never before experienced and there is no better way to see it in all its glory than from above. Your breath will be truly taken away by the volcanic landscapes in Italy, the coral reefs that span the Caribbean and the Norwegian Fjords which rise majestically out of the waters.
Scenic’s commitment to environmental sustainability is echoed throughout the whole fleet of both river and ocean ships. Pioneering techniques are employed to ensure that impact is minimal. Specifically for Scenic Eclipse, they have included certain comfort and safety features to minimise any negative environmental impact. They include:
Sailing to AECO and IAATO standards:
Scenic Eclipse will adhere to the guidelines from the AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators) and IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators). These organisations are dedicated to responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
All operations in these sensitive environmental areas will be carried out under these strict environmental protocols.