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A Voyage of Luxury and Discovery Aboard the Scenic Eclipse

The perfect combination of big ship amenities with the intimacy of a small ship feel.

From the moment one steps aboard the luxury expedition ship, Scenic Eclipse, the pampering begins with Champagne, a handshake from the captain, and soft piano music to unwind you from a full travel day. No small touch has been overlooked by Australian-based Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, which has both sister ships, Eclipse and Eclipse 2 that are re-defining the concept of expedition cruising by combining big ship amenities with a small-ship feel. Filmed on board the Scenic Eclipse, Discovery Channel launched their "Maritime Masters" TV show on this vessel, showcasing its standout features and technological innovations to a global audience. Many of the staff and crew from this 5-episode docuseries can be seen today ensuring passengers receive a personal and serene voyage.

The Scenic Eclipse and Eclipse 2 each boast 114 all-veranda suites, each offering spacious, elegantly designed living areas that provide guests with private, breathtaking views of the ocean. With a capacity to accommodate 228 guests in polar regions and 200 in non-polar areas, the lounges are never crowded, and the theater outfitted with leather recliners provide more than enough room for everybody to have an up-close look at the education briefings and nightly entertainment. A state-of-the-art spa, gym and separate yoga/Pilates room offer a selection of wellness activities. Whether it's indulging in a therapeutic massage, participating in a yoga class with panoramic sea views, or simply unwinding in the ‘his and hers’ steam room and dry sauna, guests have ample opportunities to relax and rejuvenate during their voyage.

One of the most distinctive features of the Scenic Eclipse is its onboard exploration capabilities. The ship is equipped with two helicopters and a six-guest submarine, offering unique opportunities for guests to explore the natural wonders of the ocean from above and below. In addition to these advanced exploration methods, guests can enjoy complimentary kayaking and paddle-boarding excursions, ensuring a diverse and unforgettable experience. Scenic is dedicated to personalizing guest experiences, often going above and beyond by organizing unique surprises. For instance in Antarctica this season, guests recently enjoyed an impromptu outdoor concert on the Helipad, set against the backdrop of a breathtaking iceberg, which significantly enhanced the ambiance of the live performance. It's apparent that ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience is Scenic’s goal.

Culinary experiences aboard the Scenic Eclipse are nothing short of extraordinary. With ten dining options, including contemporary fine dining, French cuisine, a sushi bar, and a chef’s Night Market experience, the ship caters to a wide range of palates and preferences. Each restaurant features menus crafted by world-class chefs using locally sourced ingredients, ensuring every meal is a celebration of the regions the ship visits. The Eclipse even has a customized greenhouse onboard to grow fresh herbs since many of their polar itineraries include journeys without port stops, and the need for fresh herbs is a must for cooking such fine delicacies

Unique to the industry, Scenic is one of the few operators with an Open Bridge policy. The Open Bridge policy represents a unique and transparent approach to maritime exploration, inviting guests to visit the ship's navigation bridge, a privilege typically reserved for crew members. This policy allows passengers to step into the heart of the ship's operations, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the art and science of modern navigation and maritime management. This open-door policy not only demystifies the navigation aspects of cruising for guests but also enhances their overall experience by fostering a sense of inclusivity and engagement with the captain’s expertise and the ship's journey.
In conclusion, the Scenic Eclipse is more than just a cruise ship; it's the perfect marriage to a world of luxury, adventure, and discovery. Its unique blend of opulence, cutting-edge technology, and a commitment to sustainable travel makes it a standout in the world of luxury cruising. For those seeking an intimate and enriching voyage across the globe's most spectacular waters, the Scenic Eclipse offers an experience that is truly beyond the ordinary.