Scenic Eclipse II will take ultra-luxury cruising to delightful depths, as the first commercial cruise operator to offer a submersible experience in the majestic Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. With the introduction of its new state-of-the-art submersible Scenic Neptune II, the Discovery Yacht sets the benchmark in underwater exploration. On the opposite coast of Australia, the 228-guest, ultra-luxury yacht will be the only ship in the Kimberley region with two state-of-the-art helicopters, allowing for unparalleled exploration in one of the world’s most rugged and remote destinations. Free and reduced airfare and other savings offers are available for early bookings.
Australia’s Top End: Cape York & the Great Barrier Reef
Custom-designed in collaboration with Triton Submarines, Scenic Neptune II features the latest technology, accommodating up to eight guests and an expert pilot. The submersible will deliver captivating and awe-inspiring discovery excursions into the remarkable World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Diving up to 600 feet below the surface, Scenic Neptune II's spacious interior and crystal-clear acrylic sphere will provide unrestricted views, for complete immersion in the mesmerising vistas beneath the surface. Guest safety is also paramount, with comprehensive Safe Return to Surface procedures and multiple fail-safes in the submersible design.
Setting sail on April 30, 2024, guests on Australia's Top End: Cape York & Arnhem Land voyage will be among the first to explore the splendours of the Great Barrier Reef in this extraordinary style of discovery. Sailing from Cairns to Darwin, guests are immersed in ancient indigenous culture and Australia's natural wonders. They can expect to delve into unspoiled treasures and remote islands while hearing captivating stories from locals – all as they are introduced to the vibrant underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef from a truly unique perspective on board Scenic Neptune II and uncover the dream of Cape York, known as the "Tip of Australia." Prices start from CA$17,095 per person, double.
The Kimberley Coastline
Scenic Eclipse II 's Airbus H130-T2 helicopters set new standards for tourism worldwide. With spacious, air-conditioned interiors and large windows, guests are fully immersed in the spectacular natural environment. They are also the quietest helicopters in the sky and feature BOSE noise-cancelling headsets for optimal comfort. With no need for transfers to an external operator and simultaneous landings and departures direct from the ship, guests have more time to spend in the air or at their destination.
Scenic is offering two itineraries exploring this ancient wilderness with a total of 12 departures, from May thru August 2024: Discover the Kimberey Coastline and Uncover the Kimberey Coastline, sailing in opposite directions between Darwin and Broome. On each voyage, the flightseeing program will be complimented by up to 11 exhilarating helicopter excursions, all designed by Jason Flesher – Scenic’s Director of Discovery Operations. From flightseeing tours over the iconic King George River and Horizontal Falls to visits to remote indigenous communities. Landings at Darwin Aviation Museum and Willie Creek Pearl Farm for VIP touring and the strikingly remote Buccaneer Archipelago and Lacedepe Islands. These excursions will show guests the best of the captivating Kimberley Coast. Throughout the voyage, helicopter barramundi fishing expeditions and private beach picnics will be on offer, complete with expert guide and delicious fare from Scenic Eclipse II’s galley. Guests will also have the opportunity to create their own journeys, chartering the helicopters for private flightseeing and their own specialised tours. Prices start at CA$14,645.
Scenic Eclipse II has 114 all-verandah suites range in size from 345 ft² to 2,659 ft² giving guests ample room to spread out and relax. All guests enjoy butler services which deliver luxury touches from in-suite drinks and dining to coordinating dinner and spa reservations to personalized attention. Plus the 10 dining experiences, a 5,920 ft² Senses Spa, and multiple public spaces with bars and top deck pool.
For more information, visit www.scenic.ca.