Lets take a moment to paint a picture: hovering over the vast, white icy mass of Antarctica, looking below from your seat in the helicopter, you can see a large, quivering dark blob amidst the white...but what appears to be a single blob is, in fact, hundreds of penguins together, some diving into the waters, their powerful flippers propelling them below, some waddling ashore, some with chicks cuddling up close. It's an unique perspective on these symbolic Antarctic creatures, and just yesterday you saw them from a different point of view, from a seven-seat submarine, watching as they seemed to fly through the sea, perfectly streamlined as their legs - set far back in the body - and their tail work together as an underwater rudder. From your underwater vantage point, you watched, amazed, as they cruised serenely, leaping clear of the water every few metres to catch their breath - a sight you'll never forget. Your base for these remarkable adventures is none other than a state-of-the-art luxury yacht, the first of its kind, the world's first discovery yacht, Scenic Eclipse, which is due to launch in 2018.

Scenic Eclipse won't just be sailing in the Antarctic - she'll be sailing in warmer climes, with her maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice on 31 August 2018 (keep the date in your diaries!), before sailing to The Americas, Antarctica, Europe and the Mediterranean, and the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords. With the two on-board helicopters and a seven-seat submarine, guests will be able to reach places usually inaccessible, and experience a new dimension of wonder, benefiting from the unique perspectives from under water and above air. Guests will be able to get the very best of some of the world's remotest and most fascinating regions with the help of the onboard Discovery Team, comprised of field experts covering a range of subjects and interests. Along with a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks, scuba diving and snorkelling excursions, there will be some great opportunities for in-depth discoveries.

LIFE ONBOARD

Scenic Eclipse promises to be a game-changer for Scenic, an award-winning luxury travel operator with 30 years experience, marking their first foray into ocean travel and the launch of Scenic's Ocean Cruising Line, she will be a perfect fusion of luxury yachting with expedition. Following in Scenic's tradition of innovative use of technology, Eclipse will boast a number of pioneering features, with a balanced focus on safety, comfort and luxury. Built to the highest standard, with a Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1 Super) rating, Eclipse is designed to navigate the most challenging seas in the utmost comfort and safety, utilising innovative zero speed stabiliser fins, fifty percent larger than standard; these sophisticated stabilisers also work when the ship is stationary, adding to guest comfort.

Featuring 114 all-verandah suites, ranging from a spacious 32sq.m Verandah Suite to the palatial 233sqm two-bedroom Owner's Penthouse Suite, Eclipse will make for a stylish home-from-home for 228 guests (although passengers will be limited to 200 for Antarctic and Arctic sailings to enable a number of landings per day for each guest). Your personal butler and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio will ensure that your every need is met whilst onboard.

But lets not get drawn into too many stats, lets paint another picture: perhaps, lets imagine relaxing in a Jacuzzi on the Sun Deck, or enjoying a drink with friends in one of the Eclipse's spacious bars and lounges (and the great thing is, top-shelf beverages are complimentary all day, every day). Perhaps, even, enjoying the onboard entertainment or an informative lecture in the 240-seat theatre. Lets imagine keeping up with the fitness regime with a pilates or yoga class in the dedicated studio, or running on the treadmill in the well-equipped gym, or - better yet - simply unwinding with an indulgent massage, just one of the many treatments offered on the 450sqm spa's extensive menu. However you've spent your day onboard or ashore, you can look forward to some truly sublime cuisine, and a varied choice of six onboard dining options, from casual al-fresco dining on the Pool Deck or in the Ocean Cafe Lounge, to a variety of contemporary fine dining, whether French, Pan Asian, Italian or steak.

As with all Scenic cruises, Scenic Eclipse will offer an all-inclusive experience, with all tips, gratuities, meals (and drinks), shore excursions led by expert local guides, WiFi, and Scenic Enrich special events included in the price, along with a choice of Scenic Freechoice activities which personalise the guest experience.

Scenic Eclipse promises to take Scenic's expertise, knowledge, and style to the oceans - watch this space for more!

  • Scenic Eclipse and helicopter

    Scenic Eclipse and helicopter

  • Diving underwater with the penguins in a submarine

    Diving underwater with the penguins in a submarine

  • Pan Asian Dining

    Pan Asian Dining

  • Fine dining

    Fine dining

  • Fine dining

    Fine dining

  • Bar

    Bar

  • Reception

    Reception

  • Spa plunge pool

    Spa plunge pool

  • Onboard theatre

    Onboard theatre

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