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Discover Antarctica Aboard the Luxurious Scenic Eclipse

· Main destination Antarctica, Antarctica

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Travelling to the base of the globe is a long-held dream for many. Purpose built for Polar regions, Scenic Eclipse’s strengthened hull and Polar Class 6 rating allows you to safely access places others can’t. Walk straight on to sea ice, watch penguin chicks hatch, herald the arrival of seal pups on the beaches and humpbacks offshore – every day is a feast for the senses and every Antarctica voyage offers its own unique experiences. Witness fur seals and King penguins in their natural habitat from the safety of Scenic Eclipse’ on board submarine, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Take a kayak for a paddle around blue-tinged icebergs, navigate the spectacular waterways of Paradise Bay in a sea-ready Zodiac or visit the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton in Grytviken, while exploring South Georgia. Antarctica is awash with incredible scenery, unique wildlife, and unforgettable experiences. The 6-star ultra-luxury Scenic Eclipse will take you closer than ever before.

Scenic Eclipse isn’t like any other cruise ship in the world. She is essentially a mega-yacht, designed and looking far more like a yacht than any traditional cruise ship you may be familiar with. She is also one of the most technologically advanced vessels, perfectly designed for safe navigation through all waters and sensitive marine environments. The on board technology allows Scenic Eclipse to operate efficiently in compliance with and in excess of all of the current environmental regulations in each and every port the ship visits around the world, and in particular the very vulnerable places like Antarctica, where she leaves a very small footprint.

After a day full of unforgettable discoveries and enriching moments provided by the Eclipse’s Discovery Team, the ship’s 200 guests can retreat to the supreme comfort of their luxury suites, relaxing in some of the highest space-to-guest ratio rooms comparable to 6-star hotels. Whether you select the Veranda Suite at generous 32 square meters in size, the Spa Suite at 50 square meters or the two-bedroom Penthouse Suite at 245 square meters, all guests can indulge in the fresh air and magnificent views from their own private veranda or terrace.

The culinary experience on board Scenic Eclipse is also unquestionably in a class of its own. At up to 10 different dining experiences, spanning casual meals to the most refined, you can savour truly all-inclusive cuisine and premium beverages of impeccable standards. Presiding over the culinary team since the ship’s maiden voyage in 2019 is Executive Chef, Tom Götter, supported by a team of more than 38 highly skilled chefs that originate from more than 15 countries and most of whom have been with him since the first Scenic Eclipse voyage.

When the mood strikes to dine in the privacy of your suite, your butler can arrange everything. Choose from the 24-hour in-suite dining menu and your cuisine and accompanying premium beverages will be delivered and served for you to savour in the solitude of your suite. You might also like to start your day with a cup of aromatic illy coffee made from your in-suite Espresso coffee machine, or sip on a specialty tea in the sunlight on your veranda. Your butler will also ensure that your in-suite mini bar is re-stocked daily in accordance with your favourite premium beverage choices.

Guests staying in Spa, Panorama and Penthouse Suites will also enjoy steam showers, complimentary laundry service, luxurious bath and a one-hour complimentary spa treatment included for each guest. Panorama and Penthouse Suite guests also receive a range of VIP amenities, including an in-suite library with Kindle e-books, access to priority bookings for dining at the ship’s specialty restaurants, and choice of onshore and Scenic Discovery excursions (including Zodiacs, kayaks and e-bikes). Priority bookings are also included for spa treatments, helicopter and submarine experiences, and VIP embarkation and disembarkation.

Here are some seasonal highlights to help you decide which Scenic Eclipse Antarctica voyage to choose:

Spring/Early Summer (November-December)

On the Antarctic Peninsula, Spring is a favourite time for many, especially photographers, who delight in pristine snowscapes. While fast ice still clings to bays along the west coast, warmer water elsewhere allows plankton and fish numbers to increase, attracting wildlife back to the region. Flightsee above magnificent Lemaire Channel, heliski hidden powder stashes, explore ice edge and the rarely-seen sea floor in Scenic’s custom-built submarine, Scenic Neptune.

Watch penguins begin courting, nest-building thievery and egg incubation. By late December, chicks hatch to be fed by parents that share fishing and feeding duties. Minkes, humpbacks and Southern Right whales arrive to feed beneath near 24-hour daylight.

By mid-to-late December, in both South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, most penguin chicks have hatched.

Summer (January-Early February)

At peak season on the Antarctic Peninsula, rookeries are full of chicks, parents dodge leopard seals and skuas scan for the unattended. Crabeater and Weddell seals lounge on ice floes, females often nursing newborn pups. Ice retreats enough to allow easier access to the Antarctic Circle and the Weddell Sea and opens up new vistas to enjoy from the ship’s two custom built helicopters. As summer winds down, adolescent chicks fledge and are curious, often approaching visitors before running the leopard seal gauntlet on their first swims.

On South Georgia, penguin chicks almost as big as their parents need constant feeding and are old enough to play with juvenile seals. Days continue to be long and temperatures rise above 5°C, the warmest of the year. On board Scenic Neptune, explore waters never dived before by submarine. Enjoy a seal ballet, schooling pelagic fish and maybe even whales.

In the Falkland Islands, Magellenic penguin chicks emerge from burrows, and King penguin chicks hatch.

Fall (Late February-Early March)

As autumn approaches, cormorant chicks bravely begin to fly and whales, now well fed, group up before beginning their great migration north to breeding grounds. Brilliant sunsets herald nightfall, patches of sea freeze as you watch, courting leopard seals captivate with eerie song and the last gentoo penguins are chased out into the Southern Ocean by winter’s ever-increasing ice barrier. South Georgia is alive with millions of fur seal pups cavorting in swim schools, King penguins packing beaches while the newly-discovered Type D orcas and elusive sperm whales pass nearby.

Discover Antarctica on board Scenic Eclipse

We are delighted to announce that Scenic Eclipse will recommence voyages in Antarctica from January 2022, offering an unrivalled opportunity to see Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula in truly 6-star, all-inclusive ultra-luxury. Book a once-in-a-lifetime voyage with complete confidence and save up to 20% plus receive Free Business Class Airfare.

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

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