Scenic’s ultra-luxury discovery yacht Scenic Eclipse is offering guests the exclusive opportunity to embark on a unique helicopter excursion to witness first-hand the incredible 5,000 breeding pairs of Emperor penguins of Snow Hill Island. A colony that was only discovered in the 90’s and situated on the brink of the Antarctic Circle, Snow Hill Island is only accessible by helicopter.
Boasting soaring high icebergs and impenetrable walls of Weddell Sea ice, this remote location is often only visited by scientists. From December 2022, subject to weather and operational conditions, guests (chosen in order of suite level) on board Scenic Eclipse’s 15/16-day Antarctica & The Weddell Sea voyage will have the chance to be some of the few to experience the excursion. Designed by experts in polar expeditions, this new experience gives guests the rare opportunity to witness these magnificent penguins in their natural habitat.
The new excursion has been meticulously planned to coincide with the end of the breeding season, marking the perfect time to spot downy chicks as they shed fluffy grey feathers and prepare for their first forays into the Antarctic Ocean. Guests can watch the penguin parents waddle out to sea to hunt, their iridescent orange ear patches glinting in the polar sun.
Emperor penguins are a rare sight. Despite being a top Antarctic wildlife attraction, they are a near-endangered species only found in a few specific locations and seasons. This new experience follows Scenic’s recently added submarine dives in South Georgia Islands, which invites guests to witness a diversity of rich marine life in an unforgettable way.
“Scenic Eclipse has a Polar Class 6 rating and is custom built for Antarctic exploration, allowing us to go far deeper into the Weddell’s ice than most cruise lines,” said Jason Flesher, Operations Manager, Scenic Expeditions. The ship’s technology enables us to take our guests to the most hidden corners of Antarctica and offer them a once in a lifetime experience.”
With Scenic Eclipse’s dynamic positioning system, fleet of Zodiacs providing multiple daily shore landings, two helicopters, a six-guest submarine and expert Discovery Leaders, and adhering to the IAATO Snow Hill Emperor Penguin Colony Guidelines, guests will be able to take in the majesty of these animals, only yards away.
To be the first to witness the impressive colony, guests can join the 16-day Antarctica & The Weddell Sea voyage, flying to Buenos Aires and sailing a roundtrip from Ushuaia. Prices start at CAD$29,335 per person, double, based on December 20, 2022, departure in a Deluxe Verandah suite.
For more information, visit www.scenic.ca.