Scenic invites you to experience the next generation of 6-star ultra-luxury ocean cruising in Antarctica on board Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yachts.
The Benchmark in Ultra-Luxury Cruising
A state-of-the-art Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse sets the benchmark in ultra-luxury cruising. Designed with a wealth of world-class facilities for unrivalled exploration, it is purpose built for the Polar regions with a Polar Class 6 rating. With only 200 guests on board in the Polar region, you will access multiple shore landings each day and enjoy an impressive array of indoor and outdoor spaces. Take a culinary journey with up to 10 world-class dining experiences and nine bars and lounges. Rejuvenate at the indulgent 550 sq m Senses Spa and a dedicated Observation Lounge, Terrace and state-of-the-art theatre where you will be inspired with lectures from the Discovery Team.
At the heart of every expedition voyage is the expert Discovery Team, ensuring you can experience the extraordinary in every way. Their expertise will take you close to majestic glaciers and in viewing distance of wildlife by Zodiac or kayak. Their passion, knowledge and enthusiasm will enable you to unlock the endless wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. With Scenic Eclipse’s two state-of-the-art on board helicopters^ and custom-designed submarine, Scenic Neptune^, you can also soar above the horizon and below the surface for unrivalled exploration.
Discover Antarctica through its changing seasons
Antarctica is a land of pristine beauty, breathtaking wildlife and inestimable importance in an environmental and historical sense. Travelling to the base of the world on an ultra-luxury Antarctica expedition cruise is a long-held dream for many people.
At the South Pole there’s effectively just one day each year – with six months of daylight and six months of darkness. The Antarctic Peninsula is not as extreme but there are months of near darkness in winter and plenty of midnight sun – or, at least, midnight light – in summer.
Discover the secrets that each season reveals.
Spring/Early Summer – November to December
Spring is an ideal time to visit the Antarctic Peninsula, when you can watch penguins begin courting, nest-building thievery and egg incubations. By late December, delightful chicks hatch and are hungrily fed by doting parents. Minkes, humpbacks and Southern Right whales arrive to feed beneath the 24-hour daylight.
South Georgia is an island teaming with wildlife and exploration history, while the Falkland Islands are unique. Explore the pristine beauty and surrounds during a Zodiac excursion past lounging seals or a helicopter flight^ over ancient glaciers. Witness the delightful king penguins balancing eggs on their feet, while couples feed freshly hatched chicks. Powerful male seals battle rival bulls to protect their 70-strong harem.
As Scenic Eclipse enters the Weddell Sea, a frozen world of magic and wonder unfolds before you, where vast tabular icebergs take your breath away. Journey on a voyage into the Weddell Sea , to visit the famous Snow Hill Island where you will see thousands of Emperor penguins nurturing their young. Meanwhile in the Falkland Islands, Magellanic penguin chicks start to emerge from the burrows while king penguins’ chicks start to hatch.
Into the Weddell Sea
Summer – January – Early February
During summer, wake up to spectacular scenery and ice-filled channels, and spend days marvelling at the many wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula. Set out exploring the rookeries, full of chicks as their parent’s dodge leopard seals. Crabeaters and Weddell seals lounge on ice floes while their females nurse newborn pups. On South Georgia ravenous penguin chicks almost as big as their parents, need constant feeding. The always changing weather, scenery and colours provide opportunities for professional and amateur photographers capturing moments that will last a lifetime.
Autumn – Mid February – Early March
As autumn approaches, well-fed whales group together to begin their great migration north to their habitual breeding grounds. Meanwhile, courting leopard seals captivate with eerie songs as they chase Gentoo penguins into the Southern Ocean. Once again, South Georgia is alive with millions of fur seal pups, while king penguins pack the beaches and orcas and the elusive sperm whales glide by.
Witness some of the stunning wonders of Antarctica’s nature, landscapes and wildlife in new, unique and exciting ways.
Soar Above & Beyond the Horizon
Venture into the sky on one of Scenic Eclipse’s two state-of-the-art helicopters^ custom-designed for flightseeing. Be among the first to experience the thrill of taking off from our custom-designed deck as you explore from the air. Discover tabular icebergs, rugged alpine peaks, sublime Antarctic icecaps and take a bird’s eye view of Antarctica’s wildlife – a perspective few have had the chance to witness.
Dive below as Scenic Eclipse’s on board submarine Scenic Neptune^ takes you to spectacular dive sites, up to 300 metres underwater to reveal the wonders of the deep. From steep walls festooned with colourful life, including coral, sponges and the blown-glass beauty of the Polar tunicates to seabed’s decorated with gigantic sea stars and exquisite nudibranchs. Be one of the first guests to explore the spectacular marine life of South Georgia, on a submarine^, as Scenic Neptune becomes the first permitted vessel to operate in these waters.
Scenic offers a selection of 6-star ultra-luxury expedition voyages for up to 200 guests in Antarctica. Secure your Super Earlybird offers with a 13-day Antarctica in Depth itinerary from Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires with prices starting at $17,705* pp. including a saving of $3,640* pp. Or for a trip of a lifetime, on a 20-day Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands itinerary from $30,715* pp including a saving of $6,640* pp and a 16-day Into the Weddell Sea itinerary from $22,745* pp. including a saving of $4,860* pp.
Start planning your Polar expedition now and dream about the discoveries that await you on board Scenic Eclipse. Visit scenic.com.au or call your Scenic Travel Advisor.
Terms & Conditions: Prices are based on Super Earlybird Offer, valid for new bookings only on selected 2022 and 2023 itineraries. Savings are applicable if full payment is received at least 12 months prior to departure, If payment has not been received, the savings offer will be removed from the booking without notice. Savings are based on cruise content and cabin upgrade only, excluding port charges, air and any other additional items. Pay in full offer is combinable with Earlybird savings where applicable, complimentary DPP and loyalty vouchers. Advertised price is based on Antarctica in Depth Cat: DD Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite departing 10 Nov 2020, Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands based on Cat: DD Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite departing 21 Nov 2022 and Into the Weddell Sea is based on Cat: DB Deluxe Suite departing 20 Dec 2022, subject to availability at time of booking. Offer is not combinable with future travel credits or vouchers, or other early payment offers. Offers are inventory controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. We reserve the right to withdraw offers and promotions at any time and these are only applicable to Australian residents. ^Helicopter and Submarine at additional cost, subject to availability, weight restrictions, medical approval and weather and ice conditions. Helicopters are unable to operate in South Georgia. For full terms & conditions, please click here.